I was watching a tv show a while back and they asked people the things that they needed to survive. Just basic survival, day-to-day stuff, not zombie apocalypse survival. I was pretty surprised at the answers:

1.  An internet connection.
2.  Television.
3.  Cuddling.  Yep, seriously.
4.  A trustworthy best friend.
5.  Daily showers.
6.  Central heating.
7.  A cup of tea.  The Brit’s did the survey, as you can tell by this one!
8.  Saying "I love you" once in a while.
9.  A solid marriage.
10.  A car.
11.  Glasses.
12.  Coffee.
13.  Chocolate.  Really?  13th?
14.  A night in on the couch.
15.  A glass of wine.  Really?  15th??
16.  A good cry once in a while.
17.  A big breakfast.
18.  A nice vacation.
19.  An iPhone.
20.  Beer

So it got me to thinking, what are the bare necessities for living in the El Paso? I mean, if you know El Paso, you know. We are pretty unique around here so I think these are the things that we need to survive:

1.  Shade:  Walk outside during the summer's 103 heat and you'll agree.


2.  A margarita:  You're going to need to stay hydrated, so make sure you have supplies.


3.  AC in the car:  Ever wonder what a chicken in an oven feels like? Ride around in a car in El Paso in the summer that doesn't have AC and you'll find out real fast.


4.  A friend with a backyard swimming pool: Along with the shade and your margarita you're going to need some water to dangle your feet in.


5.  A grandchild by the time you're 40: Ask me, I'll tell you.


6.  At least one male family member who still rocks Drakkar Noir: When I was a kid the old school cologne was English Leather. Drakkar Noir is the go to old school cologne now.

Mario Ragma Jr.

7.  A surefire recipe for chili con queso: You need something to dip your tortilla chips into while you're drinking your margarita.


8.  A passable cumbia: We will point and laugh at you at the quince if you can't cumbia.


9.  "Your Chico's": Yes, there are Chico's Tacos all over town, but you only go to "your's" because it's the best in the city.

Emily Slape

10.   A tv in your garage: You don't want people messing up your house when they come over to watch the fights or the game. Out in the garage is the only place to watch a sporting event.