Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas is going to be a whole lot harder than I thought it would be!

And I’m not referring to closing the business or even to packing up the clothing and personal goods for the trip home. I’m talking about leaving the life I have here, the friends I have here, the freedom I have here and the fun I have here. Knoxville is where my younger son and his family live. My other son and his family have a home north of Atlanta.

Of course, I own a home in Knoxville and that has been the place I call home ever since 1979. By default it seems, because so many of my possessions are there and because some of my family and friends are there, and maybe just because I have been around there for so long, Knoxville is my home. And that’s where I’m headed, come Tuesday morning (the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise!). I’ll be going back to Knoxville towing my car behind me.

But in many ways my life in Las Vegas was more fulfilling than my life in Knoxville. Brodie has said that the alternate name for the “Land of Enchantment” is the “Land of Entrapment.” In some ways I can see what he means, because New Mexico is Enchanting to the point that one could become Entraped here. I’m feeling a connection to New Mexico that I didn’t expect to feel, and that is causing me to wonder how I could start over, since I’m going to have to do that anyway, but from here.

It is for me an interesting twist to this saga that I didn’t expect to have to deal with. Maybe it’s only a tremor; but one never knows which tremors are the beginnings of upheavals.

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4 thoughts on “Leaving Las Vegas

  1. Perry Post author

    Thanks Shannon and Mike. I’ll be driving a U-Haul and towing a car across Oklahoma during the Spring when there are almost daily tornadoes so I am a bit anxious about that part of the adventure, but other than being a bit tiring the trip is pretty simple. Get on I-40 and head east until I exit about 2 miles from my house. I should be there by the weekend.

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  2. David Steele

    Perry –

    This place grew on you as it did on me. Not only is the geography beautiful, but I found the people chaming and the culture engaging.

    Without doubt you have a an experience you can recall with great joy and know you made a difference each day in the lives of those who enjoyed your leadership directly, as well as those you had a positive impact on beyond the work environment.

    Most importantly, the customers benefited from your wonderful leadership and management of the contract.

    Perhaps as important as reflecting on your recent time there you should reflect upon the history of Las Vegas, New Mexico as you wind down this weekend.

    The arrival of the railroad on July 4, 1879 brought with it businesses and people both respectable and dubious. Murderers, robbers, thieves, gamblers, gunmen, swindlers, vagrants, and tramps poured in, transforming the eastern side of the settlement into a virtually lawless brawl. Among the notorious characters were such legends of the Old West as: dentist Doc Holliday and his girlfriend Big Nose Kate, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Mysterious Dave Mather, Hoodoo Brown, Durango Kid and Dancehall Rustler.

    Historian Ralph Emerson Twitchell once claimed, “Without exception there was no town which harbored a more disreputable gang of desperadoes and outlaws than did Las Vegas, New Mexico.”

    As you drive out of town and relfect upon the history, I say to you Perry, this is “No Country for Old Men”….

    All the Best, David

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