New Mexico – Land of the Virgin Turn Signal

February 15, 2012

We had rain, then sleet, then snow last night.  Although the roads were good from my home east of Los Lunas to the “Big I” (intersection of I-40 and I-25), I-40 was closed from Louisiana Blvd through the canyon and out to Moriarty — and the reverse, coming into town.  So, it took me a half hour to traverse the 28 miles from my home to the Big I, and another half hour to make the 1-1/4 mile trip to my exit.  The traffic was at a standstill with people trying to get from the lane that brought them through the interchange to the lane that they needed to get to their exit.  So, wall-to-wall cars all wanting to be in a different spot on the 6 or 7 lanes of the freeway — and almost none of them are using their signals.  How insane is that?  I try to be a courteous driver.  If someone signals, I will slow and let them merge into my lane, but do not flip me off if you have not signaled and I don’t let you in.  I am not Carmack the Magnificent.  It is my long held theory that if you buy a used car that has been driven exclusively in this State, the turn signals are brand new, never been used.  I need a bumper sticker New Mexico – Land of the Virgin Turn Signal.

Once I parked at the office, I walked through the courtyard around which the complex is constructed.

Isn’t this pretty?  The owner group has just obtained permission from the City Planning Commission to tear this place down.  That is supposed to happen next winter.  They plan to construct a retail center. It’s too bad because this is a lovely place to office.  The courtyard contains picnic benches, a putting green, a raised deck and lots of trees and grass.  It’s dog friendly.  I’ve been here for more than five years.  Sigh!


  1. Leonore says:

    Years ago a radio announcer, giving advice to visitors here for Balloon Fiesta, told tourists NOT to use turn signals because it confuses us locals. Still true!!

  2. jean from NM says:

    Sad news about the tear-down. I’m glad now I moved my office from there last year. I can’t stand the thought of those beautiful trees coming down, and all the iris and plants being ripped out. Sad indeed.

  3. DeAnn says:

    Wow, sad about the little park. I hate when they do that!

    My husband is one of those who thinks that eveyone can tell when he wants to move to another lane without a signal. Drives me nuts. He’s swearing at the poor driver etc. (no hand gestures thankfully).

  4. jean from NM says:

    I followed a city police car home from work tonight. He changed lanes in front of me once without signaling, and also turned off the main highway without signaling. I got the unit # and wonder if I should contact the Abq police chief to have him check the unit’s signals. I suppose there’s a remote chance they could be broken. I know the accelerator was since he tore off at way over the speed limit.