I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

December - 8 - 2011

I have to admit, I’ve always been a bit of a snoot about real Christmas trees vs. fake.  Throughout my adult life, I’ve always insisted that we either buy a tree to plant (really expensive and usually quite small at my budget) or a cut, live Christmas tree.  I’ve sniffed in disdain at my friends who spend $200 or $300 on an artificial tree – they don’t get the fresh smell, they don’t get the joy of the search through the lot, their children don’t get to meet the guy at the Delancey Street trailer who described how this tree-selling project helps  [ Read More ]

July - 27 - 2011

January 6, 1912.  That’s the date  Congress finally decided we were worthy of becoming part of the union, after years of wrangling.  For decades prior to statehood, it had been unclear that New Mexican citizens as a whole were particularly interested in changing their status from territory to state.  And there was the added prejudice existing in Washington – did they really want this land full of Hispanics and Native Americans to become part of their union? 100 years later, we’re set to begin our yearlong celebration of statehood next month in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Centennial SalsaFest,  [ Read More ]

July - 15 - 2011

Repost from March 2010 – Absolutely loooooove this place.  Holy shit! Sometimes you go to dinner at a place in 1995 and you’re blown away. And then you try it again in 2000, and although you’ve been there before, like the week before, you’re still blown away. And then you go again in 2005, and although you’ve chosen to live elsewhere, you know that the food at this place will be consistently amazingly good. Crazy but true.  Fast forward to 2010. I am now at least 18 years into my love affair with El Patio in Albuquerque on Harvard SE  [ Read More ]

December - 12 - 2010

A lot of my readers know my personal story. In Las Cruces, in 1981, I was a first semester junior, give or take a credit or two, at New Mexico State University.  I loved college, every minute of it, including the work-study job I had at the Rio Grande Historical Society.  I loved Las Cruces and the view of the Organ Mountains on the eastern horizon.  I loved Chope’s in La Mesa, and El Patio in Mesilla.  I loved my little efficiency on the western outskirts of Mesilla.  I loved my friends and meeting for breakfast on Saturday mornings for green chile huevos at Dick’s.  [ Read More ]

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