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Old 02-10-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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May 30th: Just moved to Arizona. Now this is a state that knows how to live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! It is beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.
June 14th: Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshipper.
June 30th: Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
July 10th: The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least it's kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.
July 15th: Fell asleep by the community pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body). Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.
July 20th: I missed Lomita (my cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got to the hot car at noon, Lomita had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the upholstery. The car now smells like Kibbles and bits I learned my
lesson though. No more pets in this heat.
July 25th: The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer!! And it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.
July 30th: Been sleeping outside on the patio for 3 nights now. $225,000 house and I can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?
Aug. 4th: Its 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85. I hate this stupid state.
Aug. 8th: If another person cracks, 'Hot enough for you today?' I'm going to strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like baked cat!!
Aug. 9th: Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and when I sat on the seats in the car, I thought my butt was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried butt, and baked cat.
Aug 10th: The weather report might as well be a darn recording. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. It's been too hot to do anything for 2 months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this damn desert? Water rationing will
be next, so my $1700 worth of cactus will just dry up and blow over. Even the cactus can't live in this heat.
Aug. 14th: Welcome to HELL! Temperature got to 115 today. Forgot to crack the window and blew the windshield of the car. The installer came to fix it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My sister had to spend $1500 to bail me out of jail. Freaking Arizona What kind of a sick demented idiot would want to live here?? Will write later to let you know how the trial goes.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:18 PM   #2
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That was a good story!
But truthfully, I do wonder how people manage. How do construction workers survive?
Living in the wintry north, you can always put on an extra sweater and a heavy parka to stay warm, but what do you do when the air temperature is fifteen degrees above your body temperature? You can only get so naked!
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #3
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Yeah... But it's a dry heat!

Similar to northerners (snowbirds) who come south in the winter, us zonies (firebirds) escape the heat to the mountains or San Diego.

Only difference is we don't have to shovel $#&% off our driveways and streets to leave town!

Good story though and very true
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I always thought I would like to retire in Flagstaff, almost the perfect climate. But being Canadian, the health care costs are prohibitive.
Always nice to dream!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:10 PM   #5
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We just love AZ, having been there for the last two summers ( we do the snowbird thing in reverse). Heading back to the village of Oak Creek and then down to Phoenix in August this year for a few weeks. Hope that one year I can make it down there in January of February to escape the Canadian winter but the wife is a teacher son vacations are set for the summer months.
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I do know that during the summer months road construction and building crews start work very early in the morning and end the work day around noon. Can't do much when it's 120 degrees out.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:51 PM   #7
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I do know that during the summer months road construction and building crews start work very early in the morning and end the work day around noon. Can't do much when it's 120 degrees out.
For the longest time, I read your handle as "It's the woofus". Figured you had a dog.
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Pulled out of the Missile Site SE of Yuma on July 16th 1984, and said I'll never see this forsaken place again.

Fast forward to 1993, when I built a home 1/2 mile from that Site. Lived there for 18 years, BUT, we were out on the Rodeo Circuit up north most of the summer. In 2007 the wife's medical problems prevented her from traveling with me, and after two summers she said we're outta here. The heat, and the sidewinders got to her. Lost one Piebald Dashund, and the litter mate was bitten three times. Still alive today, but the effects of the bites are readily visible (weight gain, and lumps on her body in several places).

Moved to Chino Valley (12 miles north of Prescott) and shrunk that 10 acres down to a managable 1-1/2 acre. Loving it. And the dogs go to Snake Avoidance Training twice a year, but have not seen a rattler since we moved here. They also get the rattlesnake vaccine on a yearly basis.

So now, beautiful summer days, with an occassional high of 95 degrees. I'm writing this as I site in the Computer room, looking out the window at the 3 inches of snow we had today, and also looking at lows of 19 for the next few nights.

But as was mentioned earlier, I can put the long johns on with a flannel shirt and jeans, and be comfortable.

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For the longest time, I read your handle as "It's the woofus". Figured you had a dog.
That's funny..I've had other people who just couldn't figure out my handle. Nope, no woofy. LOL
I hope you figured out what it is...
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Pulled out of the Missile Site SE of Yuma on July 16th 1984, and said I'll never see this forsaken place again.

Fast forward to 1993, when I built a home 1/2 mile from that Site. Lived there for 18 years, BUT, we were out on the Rodeo Circuit up north most of the summer. In 2007 the wife's medical problems prevented her from traveling with me, and after two summers she said we're outta here. The heat, and the sidewinders got to her. Lost one Piebald Dashund, and the litter mate was bitten three times. Still alive today, but the effects of the bites are readily visible (weight gain, and lumps on her body in several places).

Moved to Chino Valley (12 miles north of Prescott) and shrunk that 10 acres down to a managable 1-1/2 acre. Loving it. And the dogs go to Snake Avoidance Training twice a year, but have not seen a rattler since we moved here. They also get the rattlesnake vaccine on a yearly basis.

So now, beautiful summer days, with an occassional high of 95 degrees. I'm writing this as I site in the Computer room, looking out the window at the 3 inches of snow we had today, and also looking at lows of 19 for the next few nights.

But as was mentioned earlier, I can put the long johns on with a flannel shirt and jeans, and be comfortable.

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Yep there are some who like Northern AZ and you are prof. It gets cold down here on the desert floor too, but no snow and that's what us folks from Mi like. Enjoy it up there George, this George will stay down here.
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