New Mexico December 02, 2017
11 Annoying Things You Should Never Ask a New Mexican
If you’ve been in New Mexico long enough, you’ve run into folks from out of state who ask questions about New Mexico and our way of life. Some questions are thoughtful and deserve a good reply. Others questions; not so much. Here are a few.
1. Where did you learn to speak English so good?
I learned to speak English so
well from my parents and in school; pretty much the same way you did.
2. Where are all those cool cactus with the arms?
The Saguaros? There are still in Arizona. However, step into my yard. I'd love to introduce you to my friend, the cholla.
3. Is the chile hot?
Ok, how many of you have answered "no", just to watch a tourist cry and uselessly chug water?
4. Where do all the Indians live?
Well, a few guys from Zuni live down the street from me. But, seriously, even if you show folks a Pueblo, they still want to know where they put the tipis.
5. How far are we from Mexico?
People who ask this one should actually get points for knowing New Mexico is
6. Where do people ski if New Mexico is a desert?
A quick road trip to Taos, Sipapu or Red River should fix this one. Best wait until winter though. And bonus question: Yes, it does snow in New Mexico.
7. Why does chile only come in two colors?
Forget explaining the varying depth and complexity of red chile. To them, all red is just red, all green is green, and both are just plates of face-melting pain waiting to happen.
8. Are jackalopes real?
We submit the above photographic evidence to answer this one. (We have photos of Big Foot too, if you want 'em).
9. Isn't Albuquerque the capital?
Well, Albuquerque is shiny and bright, and it does have all the tall buildings. But, nope! The capital is still Santa Fe, since 1610.
10. Do I have to fill out customs form to send you a gift?
This one is complicated. It depends on what you are sending and how much the item is worth. You will need
at least two forms, filled out completely. Once they are filled out, toss them in the trash and hand the package to your local U.S. Postal Delivery person.
11. What is "new" about New Mexico?
It all depends on how you look at it, right?
Compared to the ancient Pueblos, most everything in the state is new - and
New Mexicans love every inch of it!
How do you answer questions about New Mexico? Which question is your pet peeve? What else would you add to this list?
Special thanks to all who contributed questions via Facebook!