Aliens are cool after all

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By Ned Cantwell

As a service to our readers, I took a little time off to cover the Rose Bowl Parade, thus providing a first-hand account of the reception to the New Mexico float.Note I was the only New Mexico columnist to make this sacrifice. Please, a little applause here.OK, it wasn’t like going off to Iraq in a flak jacket, but surviving Los Angeles traffic where a million other folks want to do the same thing you want to do is no trivial accomplishment.Your humble correspondent wasn’t the only New Mexican there to gaze upon our float. Some 85 volunteers were there to attach the flowers. That was news to me. I thought for a couple of hundred thousands bucks, the state got a turn-key deal.Reality is, you need to do a lot of the work yourself. That’s kind of good, a community spirit thingThe volunteers were granted free admission to the parade. I sauntered to the ticket window and told them I am a member of the working press.“Jolly good,” the fellow answered, “that will be $75.”Because I wanted to impress two young and startlingly beautiful female traveling companions, I whipped out my Visa and said, “No problemo.”Their eyes wide with unabashed admiration, the girls gushed, “Gosh, Grandpa.” The fourth member of our travel group just rolled her eyes.Now comes a particularly painful admission.

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