You Don't Need a Passport to Move to New Mexico

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2009 - Humor - 128 pages
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You Don't Need a Passport to Move to New Mexico
By Debora L. Carr
When an east coast 'Jersey girl' moves west to her new 'home on the range' in Albuquerque, it does not take long to figure out that 'they do things differently in New Mexico'. She finds she has moved from a state that has perpetually been the butt of comedian's jokes, to a state that is generally not even recognized as such by a large portion of the US population.
A compilation of firmly tongue-in-cheek vignettes regarding life in New Mexico as viewed through the eyes of an oftimes bewildered transplanted 'Easterner', the reader is invited on a rollicking ride through a state filled with weird wonders from moss rocks to the 'mummy truck' and populated with a cast of colorful characters such as Tat2 Tammy, the Masked Man of Central Avenue and Jesus on a Harley, to name but a few.
Born out of the humorous newsletters Debora wrote and sent to friends and family members 'back east', the book relates tales of crazy drivers, odd customs, and strange roadway sights amid a landscape straight out of a Roadrunner cartoon. All are part of the Land of Enchantment that is known as New Mexico.
About the Author
Debora Carr was born and raised in the central New Jersey area, graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Art Education in 1980 and became a successful professional graphic artist and packaging designer. She chose to accompany her parents when they decided to relocate to and retire in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2003, where she continued her chosen profession of graphic artist, working as a one-person art department for a small print shop. She continued to keep in touch with friends and family members 'back east' by means of periodic humorous newsletters which she called her 'Albu-Quirky Journals' in which she detailed her perspective on life in New Mexico. These collected essays were developed from those early newsletters and are written in a tongue-in-cheek style, emulating those written by two of her favorite authors, James Thurber and Mark Twain.
She has a penchant for collecting stories and photos of all things weird, odd and unusual and is delighted to find that her new home state of New Mexico is overflowing with them.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Got Car Insurance?
4
Hit the Road and Hope it Doesnt Hit Back
10
Enchanted Places With Lots of Spaces
14
The Rolling Wreck
18
The Mummy Truck and Other Roadway Oddities
22
Chilis Chilis Everywhere And Not an Antacid in Sight
28
Jackalopes Coyotes and Bears Oh My
32
Election Eccentricities
66
How to Drive Like a New Mexican
70
Strange Streets of Albuquerque
74
Curious Customs and Eccentric Events
77
Massage Madness
81
New Age New Mexico
88
The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Humming?
92
The Bone Zone
96

Lets Be Friends
39
News Flash New Mexico
42
Business as UNUsual
49
A Shocking State of Affairs
54
Old West New Look
56
Law and Disorder
60
Weird Laws
64
Tiny Treasures of Tinkertown
102
Monumental Mosaics
105
Rock On New Mexico
110
Zakyneros Stone Home
114
References
119
Photo Credits
121
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