It seems kind of profound or scary to me that when I was born the state of New Mexico was only 34 years old. Now it is 100 years old and it is celebrating its birthday with little fanfare. Unlike the 250th anniversary of the City of Albuquerque's birthday back in the 1950's. Everyone went all out for that one and all the men in the city were growing beards to commemorate it. Even my dad Fermin did so.