Each state has its own cultural identity that sets it apart from all the others. While we believe New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment, there are a few aspects of life here that others might consider odd. Here are 14 experiences that are particularly New Mexican:
1. You’ve had to convince someone, who’s usually working in some kind of customer service capacity, that you live in the United States.
Does the following conversation sound familiar?
“It’s fine that you don’t ship internationally because New Mexico is part of the United States.”
“Are you sure?”
2. You’ve been told you speak excellent English.
There are circumstances in which that could be a compliment. But, when someone says this because they assume that Mexico and New Mexico are the same place, it's really tempting to break out a map. (You can use the one in #1.)
3. However, you do know variants on the word “road” in more than one language.
Even people who couldn’t count to ten in Spanish automatically translate words like “camino” and “paseo.”
4. You’ve corrected a map app or your GPS while driving…
…Because it’s butchering the names of pretty much every road and town.
5. You’ve driven down a road so washboarded that your teeth shook.
And you didn’t make a big deal out of it because it’s at least a weekly occurrence.
6. You’ve encountered a pothole big enough to be a roadside attraction.
It’s probably related to the abundance of orange barrels and lack of work crews!
7. You’ve never put away your sunglasses.
Attribute this to the many days of sunshine throughout the year and the glare that comes off snow in winter.
8. You’ve woken up to this:
But, by mid-afternoon, it look like this:
9. It has rained… only over your house.
Blessing or a sign of wrath? Either way, it’s kind of unnerving.
10. You’ve had to remove a cactus thorn from a pet’s foot (or from your own).
Goat heads are the worst.
11. You’ve wondered who the heck decides the difficulty rating of hikes in New Mexico.
Because “easy” often feels more like this.
12. You’ve worn hiking boots to a restaurant...
...And haven’t thought twice about it.
13. You’ve eaten chile for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Apparently, people from other states consider this bizarre. They don't know what they're missing.
14. You’ve been asked if you do meth.
Look, reality TV might be super popular, but “Breaking Bad” is FICTION. As in made up.