...the Japanese restaurant has Santa Fe style sushi and green chili tempura.
...you've got rocks for a front yard and dirt for your back yard.
...you are excited to see grass.
...the median household income is 45,000 and the median house value is 282,000 (I highly doubt the median income can afford the median house)
...you order food at a restaurant and they ask you red or green.
...you order food at a restaurant and ask for Christmas.
...there are jewelry vendors on every corner.
...on Saturdays you'll find old cardboard boxes on street corners with Yard Sale written on them.
...even Target looks like an old pueblo style building.
...there is a procession carrying the virgin (just like we saw all over Spain).
...downtown is filled with restaurants, art galleries, and jewelry vendors.
...there are as many restaurants in a town of 70,000 as there are in cities 4 times the size
...on Christmas Eve you can go downtown and walk around eating cookies and drinking hot cocoa for free all evening.
...the free hot chocolate is spiked with red chile.
...you never know when there might be a detour for another film being made.
...you drive down the street with your windows down in the fall so you can smell the chile being roasted in every big parking lot.
...there are walking trails allllll over the city.
...people throw in random spanish words in their everyday speech (and half the time you don't understand even if you are fluent in spanish.)
...it's a novelty to see a house built with a peaked roof and siding.
...you're embarrassed to be seen buying chemical weed killer or not going organic.
...at least once a week you find yourself saying, "Well, this is Santa Fe!"
...you have to specify Las Vegas NEVADA.
Phew! I think that's enough for now. I'd better add that we have only lived here a year, for whatever difference that makes. If anyone wants to add to my list, feel free to do so in the comments. I realize some of these aren't exclusive to Santa Fe, but we sure like to think so!