My wife and I have lived in New Mexico for just about a year. We really are enjoying our new state, but I thought I would like to clear up a couple misconceptions that I had prior to our move. First, spring in New Mexico is beautiful. I thought it would be various shades of brown, but the colors are amazing! Vibrant red, yellow, orange flowers on trees, bushes, cacti. And they last for quite some time. We live on the border of a desert-like area, and I just love to walk the dogs in the early morning, admiring the scenery and watching the sun rise over the mountains. A very peaceful feeling (at least until the dogs spot a bunny). Second, it can get windy here. We were told about the wind before we moved here, but we found it can be really, really, windy. Steady winds of 25-30 mph, with gusts to 50. Pool furniture tossed around, and a layer of sand on the bottom of our pool. Dust storms that obscure the mountains visible from the back of our house. I’ve come to appreciate those signs on highways that tell me what to do in the event of a dust storm. If you are looking for a place to live, with friendly people, low cost of living, hot weather without humidity (and it cools off at night), check out New Mexico. Now, while you contemplate your move, think about drinking a beer. Better yet, think about drinking a new beer. And even better than that, write down your thoughts on this new beer. Discuss its appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and your overall impression. Feel free to comment on what others have written. Cheers!