Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Flying Saucer Earrings

I picked up these UFO earrings at the UFO Museum in Roswell, NM a couple of years ago when a friend hooked me up with VIP passes to the annual UFO Festival. The festival seems to coincide with the Fourth of July because it commemorates events that happened in late June and early July 1947 in an area north of Roswell, which was the site of a crash landing of, depending on whom you believe, an alien spacecraft or crafts, a weather balloon, a top secret U.S. high altitude surveillance balloon, or Soviet aircraft carrying grotesque, 12-year-old human Guinea pigs meant to scare the bejesus out of us. (You can always blame anything on a Commie plot!)

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Roswell. I made myself a silver duct tape skirt just for the occasion. They have an alien-themed parade. There is no such thing as traffic, and parking is not a problem. It's a cute little town, what with its alien-head-shaped street lights, but you can tell its tourism is soon to take off even more. The museum plans to move to a bigger location, and I heard a rumor that a UFO-themed amusement park is in the works.

If it weren't so dang dry and far away from a beach, I might consider moving to Roswell and setting up some kind of cute little shop with a punny name. Like the Cup & Saucer coffee shop or the Crash Here Bed & Cocktail. The place is practically screaming for a Flying Saucer franchise.

If you go to the convention, see if you can find some UFO Dip: a tin of dry spices, created by some enterprising Roswell residents, that you mix with sour cream. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a website, but the stuff is truly out of this world!

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