Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
By Smokey Briggs
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Survivor? Not hardly.
Well, I finally saw an episode from one of these "survivor" shows.
I only have one thing to say - what a bunch or wimps! (Okay, anybody
that knows me knows I probably have more than one thing to say).
So this is the plot of a "real life" television show called "Survivor?"
A bunch of people with conflicting personalities pitted against one another
competing for food and water and other precious resources in a hostile
In my family we call that "Family Vacation" and the cost for failure
are far worse than getting thrown off the island. Anybody on a Briggs family
camp out is probably armed.
Of course, the show would not be as interesting if anybody in the cast
had the common sense never given to horror movie characters.
"Don't open the door Gretchen," you think from your seat in the theatre.
Of course she opens the door and the villain is there.
Horror movies would be short if I wrote the script.
Opening scene: Crazy guy with a knife starts breaking in the front door.
Terrified mom grabs shotgun. Front door disintegrates. No more crazy guy.
The rest of the movie is about the romance between the dweeby girl who
works for the coroner's office and the cop investigating the scene.
Unfortunately, the entire cast of Survivor would open the door and gaze
stupidly at the knife-wielding maniac.
Seriously, if I were castaway with this bunch of morons I would vote
them all off the island with a sharp stick.
Really, these people are too dumb to be allowed to keep sucking up valuable
oxygen. Herding goats is beyond their mental capabilities. Honestly, I
saw that part.
Then they got some chickens.
"Should we eat the chickens or wait for them to lay eggs," Dilbert asks
as he holds a fine rooster.
I do not think Dilbert is going to make it. And none of these clowns
would make it if placed in a real test of survival skills.
Like that great American tradition, "Holiday Survivor." Nineteen in-laws,
parents, uncles, aunts, kids, cousins, sisters, brothers and sundry boy
and girl friends locked in the same house for three days in the dead of
First man out without incurring the wrath of the mother-in-law wins.
Points are given for creative excuses to go to the Quick Stop to get out
of the house and for making time with your good looking cousin.
Then there is Beach Trip Survivor. Load up the kids and dogs and mom
in the family sled along with a Coleman stove and a fishing pole and jaunt
down to the beach. Add three or four friends from different stages in yours
and your spouse's life and the goofy people they married, all their kids,
their dogs, and throw in a few in-laws.
Add 100+ heat, no toilette facilities, third degree sunburn and sand
in every possible crack and crevice of your body.
Beach Trip Survivor is similar to an old-fashioned Texas Barbed Wire
Cage Match _ Blood will flow.
Or you could just load up mom, the three-year-old and both dogs for
a little weekend camping trip into the Big Bend.
Make sure mom is five months pregnant.
Don't run the A/C because you are playing with the four-wheel drive
and do not want to over stress the engine.
Camp in the Basin.
I did that.
I am a survivor.
The cast members of Survivor are just weenies.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of the
Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed at:
Anchor is closing. Now what?
McCain foods announced that it will close the Anchor plant here in Pecos
yesterday. About 700 people found out that they will not have jobs soon
and Pecos just lost its largest employer.
That is quite a blow to a town that was not an economic powerhouse to
The general mood in town yesterday seemed, quite understandably, to
be one of despair.
Things do look bad for Pecos. There is no doubt about it.
But, this may not be the last nail in the coffin that many will predict
in the coming days.
Pecos still has a few things going for it.
The first is the prison. So far, it has proved to be an economic boon
to the area and plans are under way to add another 1,000 beds. Hopefully
the addition will prove a sound business decision and create 200 or so
jobs in the area.
Hopefully, the Air Force bomber training scoring sites will also come
online and provide a double handful of good-paying jobs to the area.
The dairy industry is also growing in the area, along with the supporting
agricultural businesses. Diary production may be the wild card in Pecos'
But, most of what Pecos has going for it is potential. Pecos has a few
things going for it that most areas cannot boast - lots of cheap land and
363 days a year of sunshine. Arizona was built on that formula.
Pecos can profit from it if we market it right.
Pecos is also uniquely situated to benefit from increasing trade with
Mexico. The results of NAFTA, good and bad, are just beginning to be felt.
Between I-20 and railroad Pecos has better transportation options than
many mid-sized towns.
The possibilities are there.
The equation for success has two parts: the first is recruiting business
and industry and the second is being the kind of town a business would
be willing to relocate to.
The second part of the equation is the most important variable. If Pecos
can accomplish this, then we will be able to attract new businesses. If
we do not, all the economic development in the world will not work.
Drug free rally was a positive event in Pecos
On behalf of the Pecos Police Department and myself, I want to publicly
express our gratitude to the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District
counselors regarding the recent Patsy Torres show for Red Ribbon Week.
Over the past years, these men and women have always worked hard to send
a message to our young people about the consequences of drugs. This year
they have outdone themselves. Ms. Torres covered a variety of topics through
her music, which included drugs, alcohol, gangs, suicide, teen pregnancy
and education. These topics could not have been presented to a more important
audience than our children. They are the future of this community, state
Mr. David Lucero, manger for Ms. Torres, personally adviced us that
this is the most support for a drug rally that he has ever witnessed. I
considered that to be an extremely nice compliment for the people of Pecos.
Again, thank you counselors for your work with our children in this
area. You brought a very positive event to Pecos.
Very truly yours,
CLAY D. McKINNEY
Chief of Police
Pecos Police Department
Woman complains Pecos needs to be cleaned up
City Fathers of Pecos,
There's no place like home!
I always believed that statement to be true; but in the last few years
it has proven to be a false statement.
I was born and raised in Pecos; my mother & her family have lived
there for over 70 years. I came up North to finish my education and I had
planned to move back to Pecos. Before that happened I met and married my
husband; so I live up here now.
I do come back for a family reunion every other year. Each time I return
it gets harder and harder to face my hometown I was so proud to say I was
from. If you tore all the vacant buildings down; Pecos would not be much
bigger than Barstow. The town's people have to go to Monahans or Odessa-Midland
I have family that is buried in the cemetery on Eddy Street which would
not be taken care of if not for the living family members. I have seen
many small towns; Kermit for example that take good care of their cemeteries.
The Fourth of July used to be a great and fun place in Pecos. People
came from all over. Pecos boasts the world's first rodeo. That has even
And where are all the friendly people? You walk down the street and
no hello or nothing! The clerks that work at the stores are rude. They
don't even acknowledge you when you go in. No smile! No Texas hospitality!
Before you get to Pecos; the sign boasts 22 restaurants, where are they?
Neighborhoods are junky; houses have trash, old appliances and such
out there or on the porches.
And last, but not least, I mentioned my family having a reunion every
other year. They have to go to Barstow to the community center. It is nice
and air conditioned, has a kitchen, two restrooms, a park & swimming
pool for the kids. And we pay $20 to $25 a day for that. Nice!! And to
top it off! You drive about 10 miles to go to a family reunion when we
were all mostly born in Pecos.
It gets a little sadder each time I come home.
The only thing Pecos has going for it anymore is that I still have family
that lives there and the cantaloupes and onions.
I don't know if this letter means anything or will do anything to wake
ya'll up; but I just had to voice my opinion.
BEVERLY STEPHENSON FRAZIER
Cat in the hat in Latin
Cattus Petasatus Cat in the Hat in Latin.
Dr. Seuss intrigues us all with his rhyming silliness. Now Latin lovers
can read it in the language of their hearts, thanks to a translation by
Guenevera and Terentio Tunberg.
They didn't teach Latin at Flomot, so I will have to take the Tunbergs'
word for it that their version resembles the original Cat in the Hat. In
fact, it's been so long since I read the original, I don't remember how
Imber totum diem fluit
Urceatim semper pluit.
Taedet intus nos manere:
Numquam potest sol splendere…
Even I can tell the Latin rhymes. And the "vocabulary" section explains
what each word means. So anyone with a yen to pick up some Latin expertise
may want to check the nearest bookstore for a copy. Or go to the publisher's
website at yttp://www.bolchazy.com.
ISBN 086516472-X, Published by Bolchazy-Carducci, Wauconda, Il.
- Peggy McCracken
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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