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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000504.txt from 1997/09

From: "Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Pawn Shop Prices
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 1997 11:52:17 -0400

> From: MX%"klarinet@-----.69
> Subj: Re: Pawn Shop Prices

> Dan,
> Tahna has a good question. What do you mean? As a New Mexican, I'd sort
> of like to know what *odd* opinions people cherish of our state. I'm
> impressed you even knew it was a state--you wouldn't believe how many
> people think we're part of Mexico :-) *sigh*. It's certainly true that we
> have a *lot* of pawn shops, but here in Albuquerque, I don't think it's
> because of Native American Jewelry.

I had discussed this with Tahna privately, but what I said to her
was that the treatment of the indian in New Mexico had led to
a great deal of alcoholism, and that this was particularly visible
in Gallup (the pawn shop city). My negative reference is speaking
of NM is that, while most of the states have treated the indian
dreadfully, New Mexico appears to have made the least effort at
maintaining a viable independent life for them. Thus the
alcoholism, thus the sale of artistic treasures in pawn shops in
Gallup, etc., etc.

This is way off topic, but since you asked.

> "You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge
> and come out completely dry. Most people do."
> --The Phantom Tollbooth
> On Tue, 9 Sep 1997 10:52:55 -0600 "Tahna Britton" <>
> writes:
> >>And that's New Mexico!
> >hey, what do you mean, that's New Mexico?!
> >
> >----------
> >> From: Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.EDU>
> >> Depending on the state, one finds great variance in the quantity
> >> and quality of clarinets available. On a recent visit to Reno,
> >> I found several pawnshops, each with 40 or 50 clarinets. But that
> >> is because a gambler in Reno will pawn anything.
> >> Gallup, NM also has lots and lots of pawn shops, but the reason
> >> for this is very sad. They take advantage of the local indian
> >> population by buying up tribal jewelry. But every pawn shop
> >> in town had at least two or three clarinets. >
Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, California

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