Arizona October 27, 2016
11 Sure-Fire Ways To Make An Arizonan Mad
New to the Grand Canyon State? Welcome! You’ll find that life here is pretty good and the culture here is a little more relaxing than it probably was in your home state. (I think it’s all the sunshine.) If you want to stay on our good side, here are a few things that people say or do (or, in the case of number one, what nature does) that make us annoyed or even angry.
1. Let’s get this first one out of the way: when fall
does not feel like fall.
Why is it 100 degrees at the end of October in Phoenix? I just want to wear a sweater and drink some hot tea outside without feeling like I’m melting under an August sun.
2. Waste water.
While the entire state isn’t one huge desert, much of our land is arid and our water resources are limited so incorporating water conservation into our day life should be second nature. And don’t think that because agriculture uses 70% of the water supply, that you should be able to have a deep green lawn.
3. Assume Arizona is one huge sandbox with random cactus poking out.
This one is actually funny because Arizonans know how diverse the landscape is and that this land is far more mountainous than most people would imagine.
4. Lament over Arizona’s lack of culture.
We have culture, thank you very much. It ranges from the expected highbrow version that revels in ballet and museum galleries to our traditional Western concoction with rodeos and Indigenous art to some very of the moment hipster and street art you’ll find along Grand Avenue and other artist-driven communities.
5. Also, complain there’s nothing to see or do here.
See point four. There’s also unlimited outdoor activities with our diverse landscapes! If you’re bored, you’re not trying.
6. Assume Arizonans are undereducated.
Our public education system could be better funded and test scores could improve but you know what? We also have top performing high schools and colleges that rank among the best in the country.
7. Remind us about the state of our sports teams.
Performance happens in waves so whichever team wasn’t so hot last season may do better the next. We’re optimistic. 😀
8. Out-of-state drivers.
I think all states complain about this but please learn to drive and heed flash flood warnings.
9. The anomaly of snowbirds...
Native Arizonans have a love-hate relationship with these folks. They do a lot for the economy by traveling during peak season, paying real estate taxes, etc. But there’s also that thing about driving and neighborhood favorites suddenly becoming more crowded.
10. And transplants.
Most of these folks are okay, it’s the ones who clearly don’t enjoy living in Arizona. You’re welcome to move back to New Jersey.
11. Closing a favorite neighborhood restaurant or other business so developers can bulldoze the building and rebuild with condos or chain stores.
Okay, now that you better understand our plight over the stereotypes Arizonans have to deal with, here are a
few things we . Let’s just say that 99% of us feel that living here is like being on a permanent vacation. love about our state