Monday, November 1, 2004

Sharing stuff and things

Quote of the day: 

"If you mix raisins with turds, they are still turds."

I thought that was appropriate for Election Day Eve.


The following is a little snip from one of my favorite authors (thank you Tarlesio for the forward), who also happens to live in NM....taken from the Op-Ed page of the NY Times.  FYI any potential visitors:  You do not need a visa to visit here.  You don't need to dial any extra numbers to call here.  We speak English in NM (as well as Spanish and Spanglish with some Navajo thrown in), and finally ... WE ARE A STATE IN THE UNION, effective 1913!!!!  Now we're finally on the map politically .... I'm ready for us not to be again, and so's Mr. Hillerman.

Some dorkbrain in a chatroom (from the deep south, but that's no excuse since most of my family is too) asked me if I appreciated what the US was 'doin for my country'.  These people vote.  Scary.

Albuquerque, Found at Last


Los Ranchos, N.M.

While New Mexico swings precious little weight in presidential politics - a mere five electoral votes - it pays a heavy price for being a swing state. This election has even taken the pleasure out of two of my favorite activities, poker and channel surfing.

The Philosophy Club, a group of poker players based at the University of New Mexico, has been made so divided by the barrage of hateful political advertisements that neither George W. Bush nor John Kerry can be mentioned without producing hostile stares and icy silences. The club dates back at least to 1973, when I was first invited to make my weekly contributions. It has become a band of elderly brothers. We remain that way only by avoiding politics and limiting debate to matters like the ethics of raising a bet after checking or whether it makes sense to draw to an inside straight.

Nonetheless, at a recent game, a suggestion that the Supreme Court rule that neither presidential nominee is eligible for the job because of secretly being born in Bosnia or Burkina Faso or some place, and that both parties be required to pick new candidates - with an I.Q. test required and disappointing sons of famous men disqualified - was unanimously approved.

For those of us who watch TV with a channel-changer in hand, running up and down the lineup from Channel 2 to Channel 78 in the hunt for something interesting, things have become hectic. One clicks away from a Republican operative outlining Mr. Kerry's flip-flop voting record only to find a Democrat pointing to George W. Bush's foreign-policy blunders. One channel away is our Republican member of Congress warning us that her opponent seldom bothered to vote as a state legislator. Two channels up, there he is, telling us that our representative is a "friend of Osama bin Laden.''

Now, with polls showing the race undecided, our puny five-vote delegation looks very important. And New Mexicans are not used to this. We are used to being ignored. We love it that way. One of the most popular monthly features in New Mexico magazine is called "One of Our 50 Is Missing.'' It consists of reports about folks in other states refusing to accept our "foreign" credit cards, asking if one needs a visa to visit a friend in Albuquerque, or demanding a foreign postage charge to send the pair of shoes you've ordered from their catalog. Now, it seems, our fellow Americans finally know what country our state is in. I'm not the only one hoping that after tomorrow, they'll forget.

Tony Hillerman, a former editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican, is the author of the forthcoming "Skeleton Man."

We've been invaded with campaigners lately.  W's gonna be here today.  That translates to all of our major traffic arteries being closed at rush hour.  This time, he's landing at the Sunport so I imagine he won't be doing gazillions of dollars worth of damage to a runway he was warned couldn't handle the weight (our tax dollars at work Mr. Bush, thank you for destroying something out of laziness or not caring or both).  Yesterday it was Bubba (sigh!  pitter patter!) and Kerry. 

At any rate...I am so glad tomorrow's Election Day, and our lives can go back to normal.  Almost.



More later. 

Have a wonderful Monday.



kuhlhiggins said...

Cute quote and sooo true.

lamove04 said...

I haven't traveled much, but have visited NM twice, as a close friend moved there.. he first lived near Albuquerque and then Santa Fe.  We drove around and saw alot, beautiful state... and yes, it IS part of the U.S.  :-)  Albert

andreakingme said...

This is why I've been spending so much time reading lately. I can't stands it no more.

Yes, my brain hurts.

phlskygirl said...

They let you vote for american presidents in New Mexico?