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Jun. 29th, 2006 | 10:12 am
mood: confusedconfused
music: I have to type minutes now.

And contemplating asking Warren Buffett to supplant the bizarre economy of this town.

If you've ever seen Red Dawn, Vampires, The Hi-Lo Country, or a ton of random old and new films that needed "Western" backdrops, you've seen my hometown in movies. Plenty of people tout this as a boon to the economy, which it obviously is, but I don't agree with the idea that this means film crews get free license to do whatever they want. Like erecting massive "United States Border Patrol" signs, booths, and checkpoints on the main bridge into town. On the drive from Albuquerque yesterday, Mom, Dad and Earl had mentioned that something was filming in town, and wanted to "make sure I was awake" when we arrived in town (I napped in the car because it was 10 flipping p.m. and I'd been up since 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time).

And they. are. terrifying. Like 14 feet tall on top of the already large bridge. I don't think this is a period film (whatever it is), so they basically look exactly like a fucking port of entry. So all of the tourists who are already confused and wondering if they are on the New Mexico-Nevada border (heh) will now also think they are on the New Mexico-Mexico border. I will take photos this afternoon and post them as soon as I can.

In the meantime, here is a piece of one of the old murals left by the Red Dawn filming. The film used Las Vegas as the fictional town of Calumet, Colorado, and there remains a mural plastered on the side of two-story building of a woman in all-white (and somewhat slutty, heh) cowgirl regalia with a caption that says "Calumet Says Howdy." I know I have photos of the whole thing but I can't find them right now so that'll have to wait. This is on one of the main streets in town, and there are still stores and offices in the building. Someone in town did actually restore the mural and added "Where the Mighty Rockies Meet the Great Plains" and it's another tourist attraction/welcome thing now. To give you an idea of the size, I believe her boot is about 2.5 feet high.

Hopefully we don't keep the faux border checkpoints like this too. :P

UPDATE: I found a photo of the whole mural before it was restored. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferesperanza/45754523/
In addition to fresh paint, the top of her head, hat, and hand have since been re-added. Flickr is wonderful.

UPDATE #2: Here's the whole thing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeyharrison/145427427/

I will still post my own photo later because I like it much better. :)

And I have to mention that I find it very odd to see all of the photos of Las Vegas that appear online; I found the buildings next to my dad's old shop, houses 3 blocks from mine that people photographed from the Amtrak, and lots of other familiar things. I guess we're kind of a big deal, as far as historic preservation and blue roofs go. :)

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