This sure is a fascinating town we live in.
From the population marker I saw on the way in from Lubbock, I did not expect to see the bustle of activity that I have seen every day. I would hardly call Tucumcari a “small town.”
In fact, on my way to work this very Monday morning that I am typing this, around 8 a.m., I was turning left onto First Street from Route 66 with a green arrow granting me right-of-way when a kindly gentleman across from me accidentally proceeded in front of me, momentarily cutting me off and forcing me to stop suddenly to avoid a collision.
The man realized his mistake, stopped, and waved apologetically. I waved back, but not before my sudden stop forced an elderly gentleman driving a large van behind me to hit his brakes, making his tires squeal just the slightest little bit.
The whiplash must have slammed his head into his steering wheel horn repeatedly, because it just kept honking and honking. I saw the man through my rear-view mirror, mouthing words with great emphasis and shaking of fist, which he continued to do after seeing the other car in the middle of the intersection as he followed me for a stretch down First Street. Small-town-Tucumcari, New Mexico? Take it from me, that’s big-city drivin’ right there.
As your new general assignments reporter and managing-editor-in-training, I could not be more relieved that y’all have resisted the small-town mentality in so many aspects of life, from those murals you have up along the highway (a few of which almost made me cause additional wrecks) to the large number of businesses, churches, and community organizations that I have seen and heard about. Yet when people pass me by on the streets of my new Tucumcari neighborhood, they smile and wave. It makes me think of McLean, Texas, another Route 66 town where I went to elementary school. And that is certainly a small town.
So we have the best of both worlds here. But Thomas Garcia and I need your help to make the Quay County Sun your newspaper. We want your stories, your story ideas, your photos, and your opinions. Call us, e-mail us, or just stop in for a minute. There has never been a greater time than now to work in a community-based news publication, but community is the key word. So please give us a holler, even if you have to shake your fist while you do it.
Russell Anglin is the senior reporter at the Quay County Sun. Contact him at 461-1952 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org