DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME
We think Santa Fe is one of the most indelible cities in the world. But when John Kejr, of Taos, scanned the Greyhound bus line’s national route map online, he noticed something peculiar. The map of the continental U.S. indicated each state’s capital with a red dot and the city’s name in red letters—even the capitals of North and South Dakota, states Greyhound doesn’t serve, along with other capitals not on its routes. “Well, they included 47 of the 48 anyway,” writes an incredulous Kejr. Indeed, when we brought up the map, Santa Fe was nowhere to be seen.
On a visit to Germany, Werner Koelln attended a large party where he was introduced as being from New Mexico. “Immediately one gentleman started talking to me in Spanish, telling me that he hailed from across the United States’ northern border,” recalls Koelln, who lives in Alamogordo. “Evidently geography isn’t covered in Canada any better than in the USA.”
ROGER, ROGER. WHAT’S OUR VECTOR, VICTOR?
When the Air Force posted Lindsey Cline, of Albuquerque, to Maxwell Air Force Base, in Montgomery, Alabama, she had a little trouble getting her documents processed. It seems the sergeant who looked at her paperwork mistakenly wrote “Mexico” in the box marked “country of origin.” Cline tried to explain that she had been born in New Mexico. His response? “Ma’am, you may have been born in the newer part of Mexico, but I still have to list your country of origin.” After she managed to correct him, he muttered under his breath, “Well, you learn something new every day.”
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