New Mexico August 27, 2017
11 Things No Self-Respecting New Mexican Would Ever Do
As New Mexicans, we pride ourselves on being pretty easy-going most of the time. However, there are a few rules even we adhere to. Though we’re friendly folks, our state is different than any other. So if you want to live here, it helps to know a few things a New Mexican would never do.
1. Complain about the rain.
While we cherish our sunny skies, New Mexicans know that in every life, rain must fall. Luckily, even most of our rainy days are sunny too.
2. Complain about the snow.
Sometimes (judging by the roadway accidents), snow makes New Mexico drivers lose their minds. Still, we embrace our snow and all it brings: skiing, snowboarding, winter hiking, and snuggling by the fire.
3. Call this an "enchirito."
It is alright for a New Mexican to make the occasional run for the fast-food border. Just keep in mind, a true New Mexican will never mistake a mass-produced knock-off for real New Mexican food.
4. Mess with one of these!
New Mexico has a thousand species of spiders. Of those, only two groups are considered dangerous, widow spiders and recluses. Leave them alone!
5. Wish for taller buildings.
Albuquerque has enough skyscrapers for the state. Let the 22-story Albuquerque Plaza keep its "tallest building" glory.
6. Freak out about the dust.
Your car will be covered. You might need to dust your house and sweep. Occasionally, if you don't roll up your windows quickly enough, you'll get a face full of grit. Dealing with the dust is just something we do. Just be alert on road and remember, it's ok to pull over if visibility is bad.
7. Spend the summer somewhere hot and sticky.
You have a choice -- you can be hot and sticky in the deep south or a big up-north city -- or, you can be warm and dry in New Mexico. A real New Mexican will just crank up the swamp cooler and stay put!
8. Leave food out while camping.
Don't feed the bears, even unintentionally. Secure your food when camping. Also, if you live in a bear area, bring in your pet food and bird feeders. No one wants to see Game and Fish tranquilize another bear.
9. Play in an arroyo!
Floods happen fast and arroyos can be deadly. Because flood waters get channeled to other areas, it doesn't even need to be raining where you are for water to come barreling your way.
10. Give up our turquoise.
Turquoise, mined in New Mexico, has fans and historical significance across our three cultures. We are proud of our state gem. Wear it with pride, New Mexico. Let's show the tourists how it's done!
11. Admit that the chile is too hot.
Papa Felipes/Used by permission
New Mexico chile can pack a punch, but it's not like a ghost pepper or a Carolina Reaper. A real New Mexican will never admit that the chile is too hot. He will just eat a tortilla, drink another beer, and pretend his mouth isn't on fire.
Ok, New Mexicans, what else goes on this list? Do you know people who have broken these unwritten rules for being New Mexican?