The Roswell experience – Companion piece to Report from Area 51

Aliens blasting down to take over the planet has always been a scintillating thought.

Sure, we may end up getting our brains bisected, but at least we would no longer have to worry about mundane things, like emptying the dishwasher or folding laundry.

Since our Logical Lizard Geoffrey Notkin posted about his and Caroline’s experience near Nevada’s Area 51, I thought it only fair to chime in with my own alien excursion.

Welcome to Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell street lamp/Ryn Gargulinski

Roswell street lamp/Ryn Gargulinski

Roswell soda machine/Ryn Gargulinski

Roswell soda machine/Ryn Gargulinski

If nothing else, Roswell is cashing in on the aliens that began landing there in the 1940s by hooking up the town with alien-themed everything.

Despite its jovial outward appearance, some Roswellians seemed pretty cranky. One man who ran one of those kitschy alien novelty shops was downright rude. When I asked if there was a bathroom I could use, he pointed at the wastebasket.

What we should do to the rude man/Ryn Gargulinski

What we should do to the rude man/Ryn Gargulinski

Maybe he was mad because if you took photos in the alien museum, which was dark but became illuminated by the flash, you could tell some of the alien beings were held to the wall with duct tape.

Duct taped alien/Ryn Gargulinski

Duct taped alien/Ryn Gargulinski

Alien behind a shower curtain/Ryn Gargulinski

Alien behind a shower curtain/Ryn Gargulinski

Alien near a metal thing/Ryn Gargulinski

Alien near a metal thing/Ryn Gargulinski

While it was evident the duct-taped aliens were not real, I do like to believe in the other incidents. Like one of my friends said about the spacecraft and debris found by a New Mexico man in the 1940s: “Why would a farmer lie, Ryn, why would a farmer lie?”

Besides, any alien is sure to be nicer than that grouchy old pee-in-the-wastebasket man.

Our friend the alien/File photo

Our friend the alien/File photo

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About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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9 Responses to The Roswell experience – Companion piece to Report from Area 51

  1. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    It is my belief that the earth is no more than an alien ‘ant farm’. They drop in from time to time to scare the heck out of us, or to get a good laugh, sometimes so hysterically they crash.

  2. Rynski says:

    Hiya Rad Max!

    Your alien ant farm theory is right on. I think aliens also come in the form of animals, which is why we have those weird Labradoodle dogs.

  3. carolyn says:

    Thanks for this blog on Roswell, Ryn. I commented on the Logical Lizard’s blog as well. I like your photos of those Roswell aliens, and went there to visit that UFO museum because my younger brother had a UFO (?) sighting when he was 12 years old. I unfortunately wasn’t there with him at the time, so I’m not sure what exactly he saw.

    • Rynski says:

      My pleasure to share Roswell, Carolyn. I very much enjoyed the museum…and I think it’s fabulous your brother possibly had a first-hand experience. I hope you didn’t run into any cranky old men when you were in Roswell. Others there seemed very nice, especially the group of teachers I did a workshop with.

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  5. Dear Rynski:

    Thank you for the great report! Aah, dear old Roswell, I remember it well. In fact, while writing \Report from Area 51\ I fully intended to include a comment along the lines of: \The only town in the USA with a finer collection of alien collectibles is, of course, Roswell, NM.\ So, thank you for kindly correcting that omission : )

    Funnily enough, I had a weird experience with a grumpy shopkeeper there as well. But, like you said, most of the humans were friendlies. And I have to agree with you: there are some intriguing eyewitness reports about the 1947 crash. I hardly think a career Air Force officer would mistake an unknown flying craft for a weather balloon. The Men in Black evidently got to him.

    Watch the skies! — Logical Lizard

  6. azstargirl says:

    ok lizard, next stop roswell!

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