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Hang In There!

A Blog about why you should not live in ArizonaHi! What Brings You Here?

Hello, readers! If you’re reading this, thank you. There is a reason you’re on this website. Perhaps you need to know you’re not the only one feeling the way you feel about Arizona. Do you feel stuck in the desert? Do you miss home? Are you born and raised in Arizona, wondering what the world outside of the desert is like? Are people rude to you everywhere you go? Do you miss seasons? Is the heat unbearable?


A Message For Arizonans

On the rare occasion, you love Arizona with every fiber in your body and you will post very nasty, negative, personal comments. Well, I’m glad you love Arizona because someone needs to keep that place running. Unfortunately, this website is not for you. These are not the droids you’re looking for. Move along.


Let’s Talk About You

Are you still here and reading? Ok, good. This website is for you. Please read through the articles on this website. Some are dated, as I’ve moved out of Arizona a few years ago. But, the user comments are the most valuable resource on this website. There are always people leaving their sentiment, giving more evidence that you’re not alone in how you feel. Remember, you’re here for a reason. This website will help you get out of the desert and enjoy life. Hurry! You are losing valuable time!


Let’s Talk About Me

I keep my identity private on purpose. There are people in my life who would really get upset if they knew I was behind this blog. I will always wear the mask, helping people like you get out of the desert.


I will share some details about me, although I will keep my identity private. I am from the South, born and raised. Southern hospitality is not just a concept, it’s REAL! In the South, you can find yourself getting into conversations with complete strangers as though you knew each other. As a matter of fact, when I visited home with my family I struck up a conversation with a woman at the baggage claim. My daughter asked if I knew that woman. I told her, “No, that’s just how people are in the South.”


God knows I missed the South living in Arizona. I had seen other Southerners come and go, after realizing they also didn’t like the desert. I tried to convince myself that Arizona was a fine place to live for the first few years. Then, I found myself becoming angry. People would not wave back at me, nor would they acknowledge me when I held the door open for them. Heck, I could complete a transaction at the gas station with the clerk without a word being said!


Besides the poor Arizona attitudes, I missed having four seasons. I really love seeing leaves change colors and fall. As I write this, it’s Spring. Flowers, trees and bushes are blooming. There are pinks, whites, reds, yellows…colors. The only brown or tan colors are in the ground underneath the green, green grass. It’s a nice 70 degrees outside and it’s the end of April. I don’t even know what you’re dealing with there, but I’m sure it’s starting to heat up!


Just Checking In

The purpose of this post is just to show signs of life. I’ve left Arizona far behind, and I hope to never go back. I still read the comments you leave behind, and I understand you. I have to moderate the comments for the fact that Arizonans come across here every once in a while with very nasty comments.


As I read through the comments, I get it. I understand you. I was you. But, I got out. I’m much happier now. I have returned to the South, and I live close to a lake. I enjoy fishing in the summertime, and taking the dogs out on the boat for a swim. I don’t have to hide inside during the summer anymore.


What Are You Going To Do?

If you’ve read this far, then I’m definitely speaking to you! You have found NoArizona because you did some kind of web search that brought you here. I’m glad you’re here! Please, read through this website for some ideas. I can even show you how I escaped the desert!


Do you remember trees? REAL trees? Yep, they’re still out there. You just have to make it happen, and I know you can do this! I was you. It can be done. Life is too short, so you need to start the process now. Your soul will thank you!


Again, your comments are the most valuable resources for this website. I encourage you to leave your mark for others to see. Help someone else out, let them know they’re not alone. I’m not asking for me, I’m asking for people like you who feel trapped.


Thank you for reading. Let’s get started….


How To Leave Arizona (For Good)

NoArizona is No Longer Based in Arizona

NoArizona has been around for a few years now. If you’ve been following NoArizona, you may have noticed there hasn’t been an update in a while. There is a simple explanation for this: I left Arizona, and it is the furthest thing from my mind. Living in Arizona was such an unpleasant experience, I enjoy NOT thinking about it! Keep reading, and I’ll tell you how I got out! Continue reading

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Updated 3/21/2014
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NoArizona On YouTube

A Blog about why you should not live in ArizonaNoArizona has started a YouTube channel! Stop by, and let us know what you think! Below is our premiere video, with more on the way.


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To Live And Die In Arizona

Arizona is one of the most depressed places in the United States

Living (And Dying) In Arizona

If you’ve read NoArizona articles before, you’ve heard numerous reasons why Arizona is a bad place to live. I dug a little deeper and found dying in Arizona would be much worse.

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August In Arizona

August in Arizona is miserableEndless Summer

It’s August, and it’s hot. It’s a given fact that will never change and people in Arizona reluctantly accept it. It’s hot for about six months in Arizona, but what’s so unique about August?

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Sad Tales of the Desert: A Poem By Edelmann & Vetterli

Serpent Moves

I’m moving, I’m changing
I might find myself
Out in the desert’s land
Raise the moon
Call the dead
Touch the sky
Curse the sand

I might
Leave myself
Out in
The desert’s land
Like the serpent
Glides from its skin
With gentle moves
On floors of sin

– Chris Vetterli & Marky Edelmann

Living In Arizona Is Depressing

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Sad Tales of the Desert: A Poem By Jeff Martin

A Line in the Sand

Tell me what would you do
If I told you the truth
And I took you by the hand
To see the dust swirl in pools 
And a dark desert cool
In an empty wasted land

Tell me, what would you do
If this happened to you
Would it help you now
To understand
There’s a line in the sand, a line in the sand
It’ll keep you from the promised land
It’s just a line in the sand

And what would you say
If I told you today
That your mother won’t hold your hand anymore
She’s broken and tired
She’s inflamed with desire 
To turn her head and walk away 
From the line in the sand, the line in the sand
It’ll keep you from the promised land
It’s just a line in the sand
It’s gonna keep you from the promised land 

The refineries burn
And your mother she turns
To watch you stumble into the night
She’s run out of tears
Have you run out of fear
Or is your candle still burning bright
You’ve crossed the line in the sand, the line in the sand
It’s gonna keep you from the promised land
It’s just a line in the sand

Living In Arizona Is Depressing

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An Unwilling Return to Arizona from My Temporary Escape


The photo you see is the area where I was spending vacation. There was water, trees and rain. Having grown up there, I was surprised to find those elements as a big deal. It felt comfortable and good to be home again. Unfortunately, it came to an end.

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