New Mexico's first governor was a man named Lew Wallace. Wallace, who also famously wrote the American classic "Ben-Hur," was a Civil War hero, sent by President Rutherford B. Hayes to govern the newly-acquired, rough-terrained territory out west.
Shortly after his arrival, Wallace wrote home to his wife in Indiana, expressing his frustration about how tough the terrain, the heat and the travel were on people that weren't accustomed to the elements that New Mexico could force upon them.
"All calculations based on our experiences elsewhere fail in New Mexico."
Thus, The Curse of Lew Wallace was born. We have adopted that curse as our own. What you try at home - what may work for you elsewhere - will fail when you cross our borders.
The Curse of Lew Wallace lives on.
Long live the Gov.