My Turn: Balloon fiesta an idea worth floating

I know a few families who make it a point to never miss the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. This weekend is the last weekend and I’m trying to bum a ride. It isn’t one of those close-to-home events that you only go to when you have guests visiting; according to my friends it’s something magical.

Christina Calloway

Christina Calloway

My uncle and aunt live in Las Vegas, Nev., and they never visit the famous Vegas strip unless people come to visit. It’s not something most locals do, they tell me. Well, those that I have talked to have convinced me that the balloon fiesta is beyond tourism.

I had a list of places to visit and things to do while living in New Mexico and I have definitely fulfilled some of those wishes, so here’s a shot at one more.

I’m hoping to see a hot air balloon of Meatwad, a character from a cartoon I watch called Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

I doubt I’ll see my favorite little guy, but his hot air balloon would be the first thing I purchased if I hit the lotto. Obviously priorities might change, but right now I think an $80,000 balloon of my favorite cartoon character is a reasonable purchase for someone who just hit the big time.

The only hot air balloon I’ve seen is the one my optometrist shows me and it’s usually blurry. I’m ready for a real lift-off from that sad reality.


Christina Calloway writes for Clovis Media Inc.

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