I am in the process of putting together an online user group for a very cool software developer I am sorta - kinda working with (no, not KeyToSound). Anyways, the format that the company has been using for its user group "badge" or graphic seems a little bit to small to spell out "Albuquerque", so I thought, "Hey, I'll just say Burque..." but I really didn't know if it was proper etiquette or not (kinda like calling San Fransciso "Frisco" which is a big no-no when referring to the city by the bay and if you do, you will immediately have the word "tourist" tattoo'd on your forehead).
So in order to get some more information and to find out if this Gringo could even say "Burque" without getting a virtual beatdown, I did a little googlin' and found this link:
hehehe... this link is a great read. I had scene the "Q" thing around town and thought it was more of an advertising agency's thingy rather than the city mayor... kinda reminds me of the "Q" guy from Star Trek (that weirdo that spoke in riddles that no one could ever figure out, so they just labeled him fucked up).
I am happy to report that I am going to go for it. I'm going to create my user group badge and use "Burque" with a confident demeanor, knowing that true Duke City citizens will give me the nod.