This is the kind of episode where I fear some stand-up comedian will contact me and say I ripped off his New Mexico joke. I don't think I've heard any of these jokes before, but I wouldn't be surprised if I wasn't the first to make them. Co-invention happens all the time.
A few years ago I had the thought that it must be really hard to throw away an old garbage can -- the garbage man would just be confused by the empty can at the curb and leave it behind. Then last year NBC ran the first SNL (an episode I know I saw back in the day) and George Carlin told that joke. Somehow it lodged in my subconcious for decades, waiting to pop out as what I thought was an original idea. But then again, maybe I had forgotten it entirely and my idea was, in essence, "original." Who knows? But as unintentional as it would have been, if I had used the garbage can joke in a DI, someone would have remembered the Carlin bit and assumed I was stealing from the master. Yikes. I hope nothing like that ever happens, but it probably will. Maybe it already has.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get them to pronounce Albuquerque correctly. No matter, the mispronounciation is funnier.