Category Archives: Family Life In Arizona

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….

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An Arizona Story (Reader Contribution)


A Blog about why you should not live in ArizonaWe were contacted on our Facebook page by a reader we’ll call “Mr. Smith” (he asked to protect his privacy). Mr. Smith shared his story with us, and I thought I would pass it on to you.

 

There has not been a post to this blog for quite some time now. We were able to escape the clutches of the desert and live in a four-season wonderland! Autumn is in the air, and the weather is crisp in the mornings. We love it! Now that we’re out of Arizona, there hasn’t been that much to write about. We do like to make posts of encouragement on our Facebook page for those who remain behind, also wanting to escape.

 

So, here is the story of Mr. Smith and his struggles with life in Arizona:

 

My wife and myself moved out to Arizona in order for me to go to Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program. This private “not-for-profit” program lost its’ American Psychological Association accreditation as I was attending, meaning the degree was useless.

 

Both my wife and I planned to work with children so we started working for a group home. This group home was deplorable. The boys had to use one hand towel as their way to wash themselves and clean themselves. They shared one tooth brush and one bar of soap, between five boys. Additionally they only had a twin mattress on the floor and nowhere to put their clothes.

 

Both of us ended up getting hired to work for the Arizona Department of Children’s Services, which we worked for approximately two years. Let me get to that in just a second. After I had started, we had lived in an apartment complex in Surprise. A lady kicked my dog while walking hers and said, “Get that fucking mutt out of this apartment complex” My dog attacked her dog, when she kicked mine. I told her, let me put my dog up and we will go to the emergency vet together and see what they say. I put my dog in the Kennel and stepped out of the apartment door, lo and behold there were officers waiting for me. They stuck their foot in my door and told me to give them my identification. I asked if I was under arrest or under investigation. They denied I was and I told them I was leaving with a lady, I needed to go.

 

The field training officer said I was an asshole for asking and put me under arrest. They did not explain to me what I was arrested for or what the issue was. Upon arrival at the police station, I sat there for three hours, with them trying to question me without reading my Miranda Rights, while they tried to figure out what to charge me with. I declined to answer. They charged me with Dogs running at large and interfering with a law enforcement investigation. I was released to my wife with a court date two months down the road. This would have been a misdemeanor. I have no criminal record. I went and consulted with an attorney first thing in the morning. They indicated that with the dogs being on the leash, that they could not charge me with dogs running at large and since there were no dogs running at large, I could not interfere with an investigation that should not have occurred.

 

My attorney sent this over to the prosecutors office, who initially wanted me to pay for the lady’s veterinarian bill, before they would drop the charges (I found out the lady that kicked my dog called). I declined, saying there was no legal basis for them doing so.

 

After a few hours, the prosecutor came back and agreed. I received an order the same day, with the charges dismissed with prejudice as long as I agreed not to sue the Department. When I returned home, there was an eviction notice, stating that because I had been arrested (and signed a “Crime-Free” Policy) that I would be evicted. My attorney told them that the policy stated that I had to be convicted of a crime and they denied me due process by immediately evicting me. We ended up having to sue for damages and to get the eviction removed from our records. The lady that processed the eviction was fired.

 

On to my work at the Department of Children’s Services. During this time I saw some really messed up things. We had individuals that were supervisors that had us remove children for no reason, just best they did not like the family. Additionally, I ended up working some of my supervisor (and her supervisor’s) previous cases. There were over 400 cases, where they did not see the children and lied about it. Upon pointing this out to them, they fired me.

 

I never received a performance evaluation, never received a single write up, just given one of those “at-will” memos and given the boot. I never even saw human resources or the equal employment officer, but was fired by the supervisor I was trying to report.

 

This was the end of our stay in Arizona. We left and started working for another State government. We now have savings, 401(k), pensions, and money to spare, with all of our debt paid. Another thing to watch out for in Arizona is if you want decent internet, you are stuck with Cox Cable, which will charge $150 plus, because they can and the bill will fluctuate every month.

 

Additionally you have to watch out for APS as they will charge $450 plus for A/C in the summer (about half of that is “fees”). The people there are rude and very passive aggressive. I lived across the road from a lady for two years (after moving out of the apartments), who would never even wave back or say hello. My wife came home crying, because she thought she had done something to the people she worked with, because they were so hateful.

 

We were out there three years too many and made absolutely no friends. Its just funny, because once we moved to another state, we made a permanent friend the week we moved there. Sadly, there is a lot more, but I believe this serves as sufficient warning to those considering moving to Arizona. If there is one thing I can stress, it is to SAY NO TO ARIZONA!

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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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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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A Look At Religion In Phoenix


Arizona is not Bible minded

How Important Is Religion In Phoenix?

I recently read an interesting article regarding the most and least Bible-minded cities in the United States. The Bible is the oldest and best-selling book in history, and many parts of the country have embraced it while others have not.

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Arizona’s School System Ranked 8th Lowest


Arizona school system ranks poorly

Arizona’s Low Grade Schooling

Arizona made the list for one of the worst school systems in the nation. The facts are startling, especially if you have children attending Arizona schools.

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Happy Halloween!


It's still hot in Arizona for Halloween

Happy Halloween from No Arizona!

May your AC’s shut off soon!

Please be safe!

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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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