A poll came out today naming the best and worst places to live in America and Arizona was named “the second WORST place to live”. I find that very interesting. I happen to live here in Arizona now and am very happy, except during the extremely HOT summer. I think you should know that going in… it IS the desert!
Supposedly, Arizona is full of angry white people. Really? Living here, I had not seen such a diversified bunch of people since I lived in New York City. There are Asians, Native Americans, Whites, Hispanics, African Americans, and every other ethnicity in between all living in harmony, it is the perfect American melting pot.
I think some of the ridiculous assumptions people from outside the boundaries of the state may have are that we are all a bunch of stereotypical paranoid racists. This is simply not true.
What may not have helped the case of the state is:
1. Arizona Bill SB 1050 and the belief we are too tough on illegal aliens 2. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his idiosyncrasies (though people are now turning against him, it seems for being over-the-top)
3. Governor Jan Brewer and her helpless babbling and woo hooing!
Some of the great things we have going for us here are:
the awesomeness of Sedona,
the escape of the cool mountains in the North like Payson and of course
the amazing and beautiful desert itself.
We have many great golf courses, unbelievable spas and resorts also, the most wonderful weather about 9 months of the year. We do not have snow storms, (down in the low desert like Phoenix) earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or most of the weather worries that the rest of country does. So can you tell me why it is so bad here?
But you know what . . . it is okay with me if people believe these myths. The less people that like it here in Arizona, the less people move here and make it more congested for us, the residents.
I have a funny anecdote to go with that. My mother and father moved to Naples, Florida about 25 years ago. They loved it and thought it was Paradise. My mother, though thought it was always changing once she got there. She was not one for change. Naples was always being built up, the area was always growing, and it upset her. She was always a little verklempt and would grumble about it. She felt that once she got to Florida, the gates should be closed, no one else should be allowed to move there. We always laughed about this little foible, it was kind of endearing. It was as if she should have been the last allowed to enter Florida proper, lock the gates and throw away the key. Perhaps because as we get older we don’t like change?
So, I’m good with everybody thinking it’s TERRIBLE here in Arizona. This way, no one else will come and change it. So it’ll stay as is, the horrible, terrible, nice MY Arizona….
© Evelyn Garone 8/2011