Since moving to Arizona I have learned a lot of things…
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Just for Fun
If you follow our blog and YouTube channel regularly, you know that we usually tackle serious topics around buying a home, selling your home, and life in beautiful Anthem, Arizona (okay, that last one isn’t that serious, but you get the point).
In this week’s video and blog post we decided to break things up and have some fun! From surviving Monsoon rains, to the proper pronunciation of ‘Prescott’, to avoiding ‘the stack’ during rush hour like a ninja, we’ve learned a lot since moving to Arizona. We hope these bring a smile to your face, knowing that there’s nowhere else we’d rather be (even if our car seats try to give us first degree burns in the summer).
Moving to Arizona: Things I’ve Learned
#1: Monsoons & Haboobs
I now know what a haboob is and what a monsoon is. I have firsthand experience with both, and I lived to tell the tale.
I’ve learned that phones were not built with our desert climate in mind.
#3: Temperature Bets
I’ve learned that we take bets on when the first day over 100 degrees will be and that there’s a big difference between 100 and 110.
#4: Cold Snaps, Arizona Style
I’ve learned that a cold snap can mean anything under 99 degrees, and it’s a big deal.
#5: Dry Heat
I’ve learned even I’m capable of saying ‘oh yeah, but it’s a DRY heat’ when trying to convince someone that 110 for the fifth day in a row isn’t really that bad.
#6: Sweater Weather
I’ve learned that no matter what the temperature is outside a sweater is a must, because inside it’s always freezing.
#7: Water… Always Bring Water
I’ve learned that you need more water bottles than golf clubs on your golf cart if you’re planning to survive a round of golf in the summer.
#8: (Not so) Unique Styles of Transportation
Speaking of golf, I’ve learned that after a while you don’t even blink when you see a golf cart on the road.
Yup, it’s a completely acceptable form of transportation here, and you probably have one of these signs near your house.
#9: Pronunciation is Everything
I’ve expanded my vocabulary and can read and say these words without skipping a beat
Which means I know that if you took a drive from Prescott to Ahwatukee, you’d see a lot of saguaro, cholla, and ocotillo, and you might even come across a javelina or two.
#10: Avoid ‘The Stack’ at All Costs
I know what the stack is and most importantly I learned firsthand that it’s the last place you want to be in the middle of rush hour.
#11: Your Car Might be Trying to Kill you (…or at least badly burn you)
I’ve learned that I’m not the only one who has seriously considered putting oven mitts and a towel in my car to prevent first degree burns.
#12: It’s Second to None
Most importantly, I’ve learned that there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. I know I’ve poked some fun at Arizona, but honestly, I’ve lived in so many different places and it is hands down my favorite.
If you live in Arizona I would love to hear some of the funny things you’ve learned along the way.
If you’re sticking around, check out this video where I share the pros and cons of moving to Arizona, or this video where I break down the weather in Anthem, Arizona. I promise it’s not as hot as I made it out to be.
Enjoy those and I’ll see YOU next Thursday!