Illustration by Chris Philpot. 


JAN AND LEE RADER sent us a snapshot of the International Travel section at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Manassas, Virginia. What was shelved face-out among a display of informative, full-color tomes on such far-flung locales as Vancouver Island, Montreal, Puerto Vallarta, and Belize? If you’ve been reading this column regularly, you’ve already guessed it: Moon Publications’ New Mexico travel guide.


CATHY YANDELL and her husband, both from Gallup, headed to a bank’s drive-up window in their adopted state of Minnesota to deposit an anniversary check from his mother in New Mexico. There seemed to be a problem. “I’m sorry,” said the teller, “but we won’t know how much this is for a few days. Mexican dollars are different.” Yandell informed her that New Mexico was in the United States. “I’ll go check with my supervisor in the back,” the clerk replied with a puzzled expression on her face, turning off her microphone as she left. Whatever transpired behind the scenes, the check was matter-of-factly accepted upon her reappearance.


In the Monday, January 23, 2023, edition of the Denver Post, reader BARBARA ROBERTS found a weather-related news brief on page A-2 that erased Colorado’s nearest southern neighbor. Beside a map of expected snowfall in northern New Mexico, the blurb read, “Most of this incoming weather system will miss Colorado completely, instead moving over northern Mexico ... ” Looks like a bunch of Coloradans missed out on a good ski trip!

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