Tuesday, June 18, 2013

You know you're from Arizona when.........

Howdy from the HOT Arizona Desert!

How hot is it you ask?  Well a dear friend of mine, Loretta, recently sent this little list to me in an email, and it so perfectly explains what we deal with here in the summer.  I thought you'd all get a giggle out of it.


You can say Hohokam and no one thinks you're making it up.

You no longer associate rivers or bridges with water.

You know that a "swamp cooler" is not a happy hour drink. 

You can contemplate a high temperature of 120 degrees as "not all that bad, after all it's a dry heat." 

You have learned to expertly maneuver your vehicle under any traffic conditions using only two fingers; a skill usually learned initially in July. 

You know that you can make sun tea outside faster than instant tea in your microwave. 

You have to run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so that you can use your fireplace. 

The water coming from the "cold" tap is hotter than that from the hot" tap. 

You can correctly pronounce the following words: "Saguaro", "Tempe", "Gila Bend", "San Xavier del Bac", "Canyon de Chelly", "Mogollon Rim", "Cholla",  "Tlaquepacque", and "Ajo". 

It's noon on a weekday in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one single person is moving on the streets. 

Hot air balloons can't fly because the air outside is hotter than the air inside. 

You buy salsa by the gallon. 

Your Christmas decorations include a half a yard of sand and 100 paper bags.

You think a red light is merely a suggestion. 

All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October but clear out come the end of April. 

You think someone driving while wearing oven mitts is clever. 

Most of the restaurants in your town have the first name "El" or "Los."

You think six tons of crushed rock makes a beautiful yard. 

You can say 115 degrees without fainting. 

Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer. 
People break out coats when the temperature drops below 70. 

You discover, in July, it only takes two fingers to drive your car. 
The pool can be warmer than you are. 

Most people will not drink tap water unless they are under dire conditions. 

Monday Night Football starts at 7:00 instead of 9:00 

You realize Valley Fever isn't a disco dance. 

People with black cars or have black upholstery in their car are automatically assumed to be from out-of-state or nuts. 

You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you're wearing shorts.

Announcements for Fourth of July events never end with "in case of rain..." 

You eat hot chilis to cool your mouth off. 

You know that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron. 

You know that you can get a sunburn through your car window. 

You have to explain to out-of-staters why there is no daylight savings time 

When someone asks how far you live from a location, it's always in terms of minutes, not miles. 

Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?" 

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

This is all pretty much true, so lighten up all you folks back east, we have our fair share of yuk weather.



Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Don't stand on black top in one spot too long, or your flip flops will melt.

You know it is really hot when the dog isn't at all interested in going outside.

You take your candy bars, iced cakes, etc...into Hobby Lobby, they don't melt.

Bohemian said...

Okay... I left a big long comment and it disappeared into Cyberspace?!? Thanks for coming by for a Blog Visit and giving me a giggle with this Post! And for extending a Workshop Invite. Alas, I doubt I'll be taking any Classes in 2013... due to Family Health Issues. We just found out one of the G-Kids needs her Surgery this Summer... and The Man's Docs want him Hospitalized for various Tests/etc... which will extend into October. I Hope you will Post some Images of the Creations made in the Workshops though... I'd Love to see what those Putz Houses look like?

Blessings... Dawn... The Bohemian

CoriLynn said...

I love this! My friends live in Arizona, and I'm going to have to pass this along! ;)

Shirley Hatfield said...

LOL! That is a clever list! We have one for Utah as well...I may have to post it sometime! No matter how hot the desert is...I think it's beautiful. Something about the heat and the makes me want to create. When I lived in El sewing machine was in the back of the garage and during "monsoon season" while my kids were asleep I would open the garage door and breath in the desert air after the storm. I would design Indian-inspired patchwork in desert colors. There is no bluer sky than a desert my humble opinion. Turquoise is the closest color. Put it with rust and white and brown...I love a desert color chart!

Patti said...

Hee hee lol! I hear ya girl! It was 111 when we left the desert today. After 25 years, I'm happy to spend the summer in the mountains. It's 82 and breezy!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Amen...amen...amen!!! :) LOVE it all!!! And all soooooooo true!!!

Sandy C said...

This is so funny that I had to read it to my husband. Thanks for sharing! Sandy xo

chris mckinley said...

Too funny!! Scary but I bet it's all really true!!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Oh my goodness. My girls aren't used to that kind of heat. We have long cold winters. This should be a fun experience when we hit the road on our upcoming trip.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Ha-ha! Having lived all over the country, I can say that every state has it's charms and curses and yes- their funny lists! ♥

Lutka And Co. said...

Hahaha, when I visited our son in Tucson, I did notice the popularity of crushed rock in the landscape of just about every house :)

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

Hahaha, this is so funny, and sadly so true.

Marydon said...

Enjoyed this ... glad its not arrived here yet ... but enroute next week.

Hope all is going well your way. We won't be out this year, Meri.


Tammy's in Love said...

LOL except that out of 100 days we had 17 days of sunshine and I was wishing for some of the 112, even it it was 112 degrees! I HATE overcast and boy, did we have rain and overcast! We might finally have broken out of it now, rain on Sunday but not since. Hal E. Luia!!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Very cute! Of course being from MN, I don't understand some of it! lol But I have adored each of my trips to AZ! I loved sitting at an outdoor cafe in Tlaquepacque, and driving up Oak Creek Canyon in my little rented convertible! Of course I had to buy a piece of turquoise from one of the little vendors when I got to the top!
That was a fun trip...but boy was it HOT!
Erica :)

donna said...

LOVE IT! We came through Arizona once, stopping for gas I got out of the car and the heat from the concrete was so hot (in the shade) I got right back in the car. WOW! If you think Texas is hot you have not visited Arizona lol.
Hope you have a great day.