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Mysterious Mountian Holiday Lights

By Denise Ortuno Neil,

There are all kinds of deep seeded mysteries in Palm Springs. Some of them urban legends, some of them actual unsolved mysteries. We have the infamous tunnels, the trolls under the bridge, the Tahquitz Witch and many more. Now we have a new one. Over the weekend some mysterious, yet holiday looking lights appeared up on Lykken Trail in Palm Springs. The lights were in different colors and seemed to have a distinctive shape. I first found out about it through a Facebook community page, Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group. The post quickly gained steam as the group came up with different scenarios of what the lights were, why they were there and who was responsible. We came up with all kinds of plots...UFO's, artists, pranksters..we threw around the ball for quite a while. What ever it was, it was fun to swim in the seas of our imaginations. 

Sweet Transvestite

Sweet TransvestiteBy Denise Ortuno Neil

I was a pre-teen when I first heard of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. My sister Colette had long been into the cult movie craze and as the curious little girl that I was, I followed along. My sister even convinced the principle at Palm Desert Middle School to let her teach the "Time Warp" to all of my classmates during P.E. class one day. It was a great success! I'm sure todays parents would not allow such a thing to occur knowing the premise of the film, but this was in the early 80's, and how happy I am that I grew up back then.

I quickly became a fan of the film, learning every song on the sound track, singing and dancing with zeal  every time I'd hear it, and with my sister in the house, it was alot. The Rocky Horror Picture Show debuted in 1975. The creation came from Richard O'Brien and starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarrandon and Barry Boswick among the other talented cast. It has been hailed the longest running film musical ever.

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