August 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Thank God for Mississippi

"Over and over again what cushions New Mexico’s ultimate fall from grace is more often than not the more pitiful situation of Mississippi."

By Susan Tungate

Information and Inspiration Under Santa Fe Skies

Susan Tungate is a writer, intrepid traveler, blogger and writing teacher.

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Unfortunately, New Mexico shows up at the wrong end of many of the “best” and “worst” lists ranking states on issues like child well-being, poverty, injury-related deaths and, I am afraid, others. It is a terrible state of affairs. We hate it, and things must change. Often, though, we are saved from the ultimate humiliation and can therefore hold on to a shred of pride by one thing…the State of Mississippi.

Over and over again what cushions New Mexico’s ultimate fall from grace is more often than not the more pitiful situation of Mississippi. It happens so often that a few years ago a state legislator proposed, semi in jest and I suspect late in the evening, that we change the tag line on our license plates from “Land of Enchantment” to “Thank God for Mississippi!” “Thank God for Mississippi!” is our rallying cry. We may be doing poorly on some issues, but by God Mississippi is doing worse.

As a result, whenever the latest ranking of the states is published, I automatically check to see where Mississippi falls on the list. Can our pride be saved again? Can we hold our heads up even just a little?

And so it was yesterday when I read the enticing headline in the New Mexican, “Firm rates N.M. 2nd on list of clumsy iPhone users.” The article begins: “New Mexico has shown up near the top of another list.” It seems the company providing the warranty coverage on your iPhone reviewed the claims filed by over 125,000 owners alleging “accidental damage from handling the devices.” The next line said it all: “New Mexico ranked second, right behind Mississippi.” Woohoo!

Apparently we are clumsy, but Mississipians are clumsier. The article states that between 30-35% of New Mexicans owning iPhones will report they have damaged them in the next two years. Usually we drop them, and often we drop them in water—toilets, pools, coffee, and rain. Let me just point out we are in a drought.

The company also announced the list of clumsiest iPad owners. On that one, Nebraska can thank God for Mississippi. New Mexico escaped the top 5.

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