Many people who now live in Arizona were lured in by promises of paradise. Some of those people came to realize Arizona isn’t quite normal and a difficult place to live.
This article focuses on the most common lines used to convince you to move to Arizona, and a rebuttal to each one. Enjoy!
Arizona has 300+ days of sunshine each year…nothing wrong with that!
There is something very wrong with that much sunshine in a year. More sun means less rain. Less rain means you’ll be spending a lot of money just to keep the plants in your yard alive. Although it may sound strange to those who have never lived in Arizona, the sunny days become monotonous. (See Arizona Weather)
From Phoenix, you’re only a 6-hour drive or 1 hour flight to Anaheim or San Diego!
Yes, but if you’re not up for driving 6 hours, you can drive about 2.5 hours to the south and take in some old-fashioned international border violence!
Beautiful mountains everywhere!
You mean these mountains behind the brown cloud of pollution and dust? (See Arizona Pollution)
The Phoenix area has numerous golf courses to choose from!
Yes, those tiny specks of green are golf courses in the desert, and that’s the most green you’ll see there. (See Arizona Landscape)
The Arizona sunset is beautiful!
The setting sun is definitely something to look forward to…it means the heat from the sun will cease to beat down on you on a 115 degree day!
The beautiful Saguaro Cactus… nothing says “Welcome To The West” like the Mighty Saguaro.
Er, yes…very lovely, and prickly!
Spring Training! For only 7 bucks you can watch the big league players perform!
If you’re a hardcore fan of baseball, this can be a positive. However, the fact is most of the fans who come for Spring training are from out of town. Phoenix sees this as an opportunity to mooch off of out-of-state visitors.
The cliché… “It’s a DRY heat!”
The “dry heat” line is the number one excuse used to convince people to move to Arizona. You know what else is a dry heat? AN OVEN! High humidity is very uncomfortable, but my opinion is the intense dry heat is outright painful. It will literally burn your skin.
If you like cooking eggs outdoors, I suppose Arizona is the place for you!
Miss the snow?? You won’t, but if you like to ski or snowboard, head to Flagstaff (peak elevation 12,000 feet!) during the winter.
On the contrary, I sorely miss snow. I love the anticipation of seeing a fresh blanket of snow in the mornings. It means winter is in full swing and it’s cold for a reason!
If you live in Phoenix, Flagstaff is about a 3-hour drive north. Once you get there, you’re greeted by high prices and a rude populace. Flagstaff is especially bad if you don’t like hippies.
Calling friends and relatives in the middle of December, and complaining about getting sunburned.
This is part of becoming an Arizona zombie. The extreme heat of the summer makes the 80’s in “winter” feel mild. If it gets below 70 degrees, it’s cold. People who attempt to convince you to move to Arizona will tell you how nice the winters are. Yes, they ARE nice but it’s NOT winter! Winter in the Phoenix area is Spring or Summer in other parts of the country.
If your Arizona relatives call you bragging about how nice the weather is in the “winter”, they are essentially telling you they no longer know seasons. In Arizona, there are only two seasons: Spring and Summer.
Being able to sit outside in the evening without being attacked by mosquitoes!
As much as they want you to believe there aren’t mosquitoes in Arizona, they are quite abundant. They’re not as bad as other parts of the country, but they are usually found near standing water.
Mosquitoes are the least of your worries in Arizona. You have to be wary of scorpions, the brown recluse spiders, tarantula spiders and Africanized bees. These insects are more than pests and can be deadly.
The Phoenix area has one of the easiest “grid” systems for getting around the city; it won’t take you much time to learn your way around.
Sounds great, huh? I can tell you it makes for a very boring drive. You basically drive a straight line for each mile until you either have to stop for a red signal or turn onto another street.
Arizona is also known as for having some of the worst drivers. Arizona ranks as #10 for the most drunk drivers, #8 for the most pedestrian accidents and has the #4 most dangerous intersection in the United States. (See Arizona Drivers)
No earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes… but we LOVE our monsoons.
You mean this??
Most of the country doesn’t have “monsoons”…they have rain.
The people – you’ll actually walk by people in the street who will say “Good morning” to you, instead of looking down and away, and ignoring you.
I would love to know which street this person was walking when someone acknowledged them! Arizona is notorious for having rude people! As a matter of fact, Travel & Leisure ranked Phoenix as the #8 rudest city in America! (See Arizona People)
Palm trees that make you feel like you’re on vacation 365 days of the year!
No Arizona provides information about Arizona and reveals the truth about life in the desert based on facts and observations.
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