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El Paso, a wonderful place to explore!~Juan’s Perspective

As I mentioned awhile back, Juan and I relocated back to my hometown. Here is Juan’s perspective on our recent move and why El Paso is a great move for us. Urban Hobo is rapidly growing and can’t think of a better place to build this start-up fun company than here!

Shawn and I recently relocated to El Paso, TX from Phoenix, AZ (my hometown). For Shawn, the decision (and transition) was an easy one. Shawn was born and raised in El Paso and most of her close friends still live here. Since we’ve been married, we’ve visited at least once a year so I’ve had some exposure to the city and, an idea of what to expect.

When we informed every one of our plans, most of our friends and family (not living in El Paso) had the same initial reaction, “Why?” Some were downright scared, “It’s not safe!” “You’ll get shot by the Cartels in Juarez!” If you actually do some research (instead of believing the newspapers and tabloids), you’ll find that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the U.S. After analyzing the data myself, and comparing Phoenix to El Paso, it appears that only by the grace of God did we get out of Phoenix alive without becoming a crime statistic!(ha ha ha) And, El Paso has a VERY strong economy (the overall cost of living is much cheaper than Phoenix). Less crime, stronger economy, lower cost of living and much milder summertime temperatures! All positive reasons to live in El Paso.

Shawn is excited to be back and loves her home town. However, being familiar with the city she takes many things for granted. Conversely me being new to the city and region my perspective on things is slightly different. Furthermore, I’m an avid history buff. I’ve read a lot about the history of the area and have even had a chance to visit a number of historic sites within the region. Many of the sites where historic events took place that helped shape the state, the region and the Country, are within the city limits. Many more are a short car ride away. Besides the historically significant aspects, El Paso has so much more to offer. The culture is evident. Unlike many other Western/Southwestern areas, the culture in El Paso is alive! The Spanish, Mexican, and Southwestern influences are all around you. Not in a phony, tourist or commercial way. The city does not try to hide its heritage, rather it embraces it!

El Paso is a medium-sized city, but with a small town feel. It is also the largest border city in the world. El Paso is also home to Ft. Bliss (the Army’s second largest installation) drawing people from all over the United States. It is this cultural diversity that gives El Paso an energy that I’ve not found or experienced in other cities in the West/Southwest, Northwest or Pacific Islands. Something else I’ve noticed; the residents are much more polite and friendly. El Paso is the kind of city where quality of life is the number one priority.

As I settle in and learn more of my new home, I am finding that El Paso is not just a wonderful place to live; it’s also a wonderful place to explore!

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Nose to the grindstone

ImageWell…we have been in our new place for a little over two weeks and thankfully with a lot of hard work and dedication to get things done….it feels like home. We are already venturing out on our bicycles….however I am back in the hills again and certainly have to build my lung capacity again.

So now…no excuses…need to get started BIG TIME on Urban Hobo. This week I have been putting the finishing touches on our website. Now, I have to fill it with inventory….We must get to work!

You may…or may not know…Urban Hobo is about “Artful Edibles” and handmade whimsical gifts. Our handmade gifts can be anything from our handmade tin Christmas ornaments to funky art from recycled materials or even small canvas paintings that are bright and fun. All one-of-a-kind.

Now I am gearing up since I have several orders for crosses I am making. The one shown here is a painted black & white on tin with little charms that hang. All of these crosses are handmade so no two will be exactly alike. The cross is about 8 inches long and 4 ½ inches wide. I am also making some that are plain tin with hammered look. Since I have a bunch to make, I felt this was a good place to start.

I will also have these crosses made smaller to be used as Christmas ornaments! (I know… how in the world can I be talking about Christmas four months into the year???) However, I will be starting on ornaments soon as there are several craft fairs and bazaars we would like to participate in the fall during the holiday season. One must have a lot of inventory for these events!Image

If you are interested in one of these crosses as I begin to add them on my facebook page (Urban Hobo) and launch my website, please feel free to reach out to me via email shawn@urban-hobo.com. The crosses (like the one shown) will sell for $20.00. 

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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