Beto’s girlfriend

The Washington Post Magazine has published a long piece by Sasha Watson, who once dated Beto O’Rourke. Now an author and educator, Watson writes about spending time with the presidential hopeful when he was attending Columbia and she was at Barnard, an elite women’s college, in New York City in the late 1990s.

There he was known as “Robert” and fairly quiet. But when she visited El Paso and met his friends and family, he was “Beto,” with a bigger personality. “He wasn’t some quiet guy; he was the eldest son, the big brother, the leader of his small gang of artists and musicians.”

They’ve kept in touch over the years. She’s met O’Rourke’s wife Amy and is now following his campaign. It’s bizarre to watch your college boyfriend run for president, she muses.

And she shares a little story that many of the big profiles of O’Rourke have missed: The summer she and Beto and friends rented an ice cream truck in Albuquerque and rode around selling treats to kids, sometimes playing live guitar music instead of the traditional jingle.


Updating that Whisper: It looks like a segment of ABC’s “What Would You Do” filmed in El Paso won’t air anytime soon.

When reporter John Quiñones and his crew were in town last month, the word was that the episode would be shown this month.

But an affiliate relations rep told KVIA Channel 7 that the program isn’t on the network’s schedule this spring. It’s been replaced with “20/20,” a news magazine show. The segment focused on how El Pasoans reacted to immigrants being bullied in a Downtown restaurant.


Big doings over at the El Paso District of the Texas Department of Transportation, where they’re celebrating 100 years in the road business. There will be proclamations, fairs and an open house with guided tours and interactive stops from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the district HQ at 13301 Gateway Blvd. East.

Want booze with that?

The Whole Foods Market in El Paso is now selling Mango Mojito ice cream, made with mango, mint, lime and a splash of Cuban rum. It’s the product of an ice creamery named Humphrey Slocombe that makes booze-infused ice cream.