Above: Illustration by Chris Philpot.
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS LOOKS TWICE
Sam Rynas moved to Santa Fe seven years ago, but his family still seems confused. His parents recently sent him a postcard addressed to “Santa Fe, Mexico.” Note this, though: The U.S. Postal Service delivered it to him.
REALLY: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED
Last Christmas, Ron Brown decided to travel from Cornelius, Oregon, to visit Santa Fe. But his airline’s automatic check-in kiosk wouldn’t issue a boarding pass, because he didn’t have a passport. Luckily, an Albuquerque native worked there. “She couldn’t believe that I needed a passport to travel to Sante Fe, so she printed boarding passes for the round trip, in case the other airline didn’t know what country they were in when I wanted to return.” It was, he adds, a wonderful winter holiday.
THAT'S WAY OUT OF TUNE
Andrew Baker lives in Alamogordo, where he uses the RCA Signal Finder app with the TV antenna on his house. “Every time I select ‘current location,’ it tells me that I am not located in the United States.”
OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB
Emily Sabako and her husband, Steve, haven’t yet retired from San Marcos, California, to Albuquerque, but can already claim their first “Missing” moment. While vacationing at an Airbnb in Nob Hill, she tried to use their Spectrum TV’s DVR to watch a movie. But the app didn’t work. In a webchat with the company, she received a series of disjointed excuses, including “Your also in new mexico, and being in another country is also taking a affect to.” She “almost spit Diet Coke on my laptop,” Emily said, “even my Chihuahua is rolling her eyes!”
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