Speaking of NM, we just got one of the new turquoise centennial license plates.
I don't leave the ranch very often and hadn't seen the new plates. There's 45 miles of open highway between my place and town. Yesterday when I went to Belen I kept seeing all these different plates and couldn't make out what state all those cars were from till I got into town and traffic was slow enough so I could read the plate.
No never had that problem personally
I did have to convince my cousins that we have running water & electricity. And when I worked at this hotel in Santa Fe we heard this guy telling someone on the phone that "nobody here speaks any English"
My grand dad was post master of a 3rd class post office which was in a corner of the front room in the house. One day a car with Mass. plates pulled up and the guy came in to ask my grandma if she spoke English ad if so how much farther to the US border. my grandma couldn't speak Spanish but said later she wished she could . This nut was 200 miles inside the USA and had just walked into a US Post Office flying the red white and blue American flag over the place.
He acted like she was lying to him when she informed him the border was 200 miles south of where he was.