Dear Abby: This letter is in response to the letter from Hawaii. Your Hawaiian correspondent was put out by the number of people who didn't know that Hawaii was part of the United States.
We who live in NEW Mexico are constantly running into the same situation. Let me give you a few examples:New Mexico was the only state in the union whose license plates were stamped with "U.S.A." in the lower right-hand corner of the plate.
I also have seen maps in which New Mexico was completely omitted!
As a counselor who assists students in applying for financial aid to further their education, I have been asked why they did not seek aid from their OWN country (meaning Mexico)! And this from so-called educated administrative assistants and executive secretaries!
Many people visiting New Mexico comment on how surprised they were that they didn't have to go through customs or present a passport. They actually thought New Mexico was a part of Mexico.
- From Mexico (The New One)
Dear From: Move over. Many from West Virginia wrote to say that their state is sometimes considered the western part of the state of Virginia. And while we're on the subject of geographical ignorance, many wrote to say that they wish people would quit getting Australia confused with New Zealand.
Dear Abby: My husband and I are friendly with another couple whom we do not see very often because of the distance between us. We have dinner at one home or the other about twice a year. Tonight, they were our guests.
They arrived promptly at 6:30 p.m. and we had drinks on the patio. At 7 p.m., my husband went inside and turned on the TV to catch the beginning of a football game. After 15 minutes, he rejoined us, "freshened" the drinks, then went back inside to watch the game, leaving me to entertain the couple. I tried several times, without success, to root him out.
At 7:30, my husband emerged, put the steaks on the grill (on the patio), then he ran inside again to watch the game, returning in time to turn the steaks. He rushed through dinner and - you guessed it - he sneaked in to watch the game again. I made conversation with the guests until the game was over. Then my football fan joined us for a spirited 20 minutes of conversation after which our guests departed, saying they had a long drive home.
Needless to say, I am terribly upset and wonder if we will ever see these lovely people again. What should I have done? And how can I keep this from happening again?
- Football Widow
Dear Widow: You should have kicked your husband in the end zone as soon as he started to pull the disappearing act. And in the future, don't schedule a dinner party on a football night unless everybody enjoys football and wants to watch it together.
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