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Fri May 25, 2018, 12:09 AM

YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM ARIZONA WHEN. . .


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

2.You no longer associate rivers or bridges with water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.You buy salsa by the gallon.

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

13.You think someone driving while wearing oven mitts is clever.

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

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

16.You can say 115 degrees without fainting.

17.Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer.

18.People break out coats when the temperature drops below 70.

19.You discover, in July, it only takes two fingers to drive your car.

20.The pool can be warmer than you are.

21.You realize Valley Fever isn't a disco dance.

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

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

24.Announcements for Fourth of July events always end with "in case of monsoon..."

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

26.You can say "haboob" without giggling.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:16 AM

1. To add one--this was after a short visit one July--:

You make sure you have a filled chest of ice in your car truck when you go grocery shopping. Even if it's a short trip, you will need to put the frozen/cold groceries directly in the ice until you get home.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:18 AM

2. Pretty much.

At least something insulated is always in my car.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:20 AM

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

and candles!!!

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #3)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:22 AM

4. And you leave your lights up all year, because they are good decoration for parties.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 12:52 AM

5. My older son is moving from Illinois, where he...

Last edited Fri May 25, 2018, 01:50 AM - Edit history (1)

...grew up, to Phoenix in a couple of weeks.

He will learn all these things right quick.

The one about the oven mitts is pretty funny. Maybe I should get him a set of Ove-Gloves!

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 01:12 AM

6. There used to be another one,

which is no longer true: Your kid asks: "Mom, what's a mosquito?"

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 01:46 AM

7. Ain't that the truth. And don't forget the dreaded APS electrice bills for June, July and August.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 04:17 AM

8. My daughter is there

Iím going to add to the list

When you canít swim in your pool until the sun goes down

Your flight was cancelled due to the temp on the runway

You donít walk to the bathroom at night without flip flops... scorpions

The mountain lions like to take a dip in your pool

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #8)

Fri May 25, 2018, 06:07 AM

9. Scorpions! I was going to add that. Was in Phoenix in the summer years ago...

and saw a scorpion in the tub as I was getting ready to take a shower.

And warnings at the Desert Botanical Garden to stay on the walkway because rattlesnakes don't like hot concrete.

It hit 115 that weekend, but I gotta say the nights were magnificent. Had a big banquet at some mountain resort-- temps dropped and you could see ALL the stars.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #9)

Fri May 25, 2018, 07:21 AM

10. Here's another one to add...shake your pants ...

before putting them on in the morning (for scorpions/spiders that crawled in during the night)...

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #10)

Fri May 25, 2018, 07:30 AM

11. AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH! Now I'll have nightmares.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #10)

Sun May 27, 2018, 04:09 PM

15. Yup, and your shoes

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 09:50 AM

12. My son thought I should consider being a snowbird.

After reading this and the comments about scorpions and spiders I am even more pleased with my new snowblower that makes my snow filled driveway not a big deal.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 11:04 AM

13. You left out one.

You can ask, "Did you enjoy Spring?"

All 2 days of it?

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2018, 02:05 PM

14. You have a 'winter' jacket somewhere.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Sun May 27, 2018, 04:27 PM

16. Those are great and all true for me!

Here's a few more:

1.You canít put a car in your garage because thatís where you keep everything you would store in a basement.

2.You always try to park in the shade. If you canít find any shade, you park your vehicle facing away from the sun (and still always use a windshield shade).

3. You consider shorts and flip flops formal attire.

4. Your favorite smell is the desert after a rain storm. (Love that creosote.)

5. You think 90-degree weather represents a cooling trend and 105 degrees is still springtime.

6. You think 70 degrees is sweater weather..

7. You don't dust the furniture unless you are having a party. (Why bother? It's back within an hour.)

8. You use your umbrella (if you can find it) more often on sunny days than rainy ones.

9. You run INTO the rain instead of running out of it.

10. You buy sunscreen in quart-sized containers.

11. Monsoon-watching is a vital form of entertainment.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Mon May 28, 2018, 12:51 PM

17. Another one, I am not sure if you heard of this...

after a wind storm, our whole back yard would be full of tumbleweeds and we would have to spend a bit of the day cleaning up after. I mean literally full of tumbleweeds, several feet high...this happened a couple of times.

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