You know you live in AZ when…


We have all seen those “You know you live in xyz when” lists. I love them so here is my version of the “You know you live in AZ When” List.

You feel genuine happiness and just may get giddy with excitement if you hear “it’s going to be under 100 degrees today!” anytime from mid May – mid September. (like today)

You no longer are shocked or feel faint when you hear “expect temperatures to be somewhere in the 110-120 degree range this week”

Your try to use your iphone and see this:

“iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it.” Image courtesy of Apple support.

You know that “it’s a dry heat” is true for the most part, but it is complete BS during the monsoon season months when the humidity is high as well as the daily temperature.

You know that no sane person is outside in July or August unless they absolutely have to be.

You can hang your wet clothes outside and they will be completely dry within an hour or less.

You are well aware that tap water will scald you in the summer months so you take caution when washing dishes or taking a shower to avoid that possibility.

Your pool will no longer be thought of as a refreshing place to take a break from the heat because the water is too hot to enjoy in the summer.

You know better than to get into a vehicle with leather seats if you’re wearing shorts or a skirt in the summer. You will avoid touching the metal part of the seat beat at all costs to avoid burning yourself as well.

You pat yourself on the back for scoring primo parking if the space provides any type of shade.

You will wear a coat, hat & gloves when the temperature drops below 70 because that is just downright cold.

You know to carry a sweater with you even when it is unbearable hot outside since restaurants and businesses will have their AC set to sub zero temperatures.

You conveniently “forget” how to drive in the rain even though wherever you are from originally it rained or snowed frequently.

In the unlikely event that it rains, hails or snows, you can expect the local news and all of social media to be filled with photos and reports of this strange and unusual occurrence.

One of the 2 times I saw hail in the past 10 years of living in AZ

You know the term “haboob” is just another word for dust storm that was made up by mainstream media because people like saying “boob” and/or they think it is funny.

Haboob rolling through Fountain Hills

Your Christmas decorations consist of luminaries and/or a string of shotgun shells or chili peppers.

Shotgun shell lights

You think ten tons of crushed rock, cactus, and thorn bearing bushes and trees make a beautiful yard.

Typical AZ landscaping

When you hear heat, drought, or wildfires they instill fear.

Your daily visitors may include coyotes, javelinas, tarantulas, scorpions, bobcats, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes just to name a few.

My javelina friends

You are not at all surprised if you encounter a coyote or javelina taking a leisurely mid-day stroll on any road or street.

Hello there Mr. Coyote.

When you visit places outside of the Phoenix metro that have trees and lots of greenery you marvel at the beauty because you are so used to seeing dust, dirt, rocks and various shades of brown.

You have seen so many gorgeous sunrises and sunsets that you are now oblivious to it and you take it for granted.

Moon rise over Fountain Park

This entry is cross posted on Phoenix NE Valley: Real Estate, Lifestyle & Living



  1. says

    Arizona is a cool place! I like dropping into Oak Creek Canyon! Have you checked out any of the Lake Lanier Real Estate photos? You’ll see the place is nothing like Arizona. Maybe I need a place in Georgia and Arizona! Nice pictures!

  2. says

    Great, witty post, Michelle.
    Coming from the UK, I can’t even imagine temperatures of 100F plus. I don’t know how people can work in such heat. In fact, I think I’d struggle to breath in it!!! Let me know the next time that hail is die!


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    Nice post, and interesting blog! Was in Phoenix once during July, and I must say the heat was something else. Still, we had a wonderful time there. Greetings from Way up north, where things are a bit cool right now… Cheers!

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    Recently, Cities Development Authority of Singapore, revealed that housing price in Singapore has decreased 1 per cent in the last trimester of 2014
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    US Reveals Residential Mortgage-related Measures

    US President, Barak Obama, mentioned that he will use some measures to facilitate the low-income residents to buy house.

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    Z VIlla Will Appear in Mingalrdon

    Zaykabar Company of Mr. Khin Shwe, law maker in Hluttaw, Myanmar, invests 200 million dollars to develop a housing construction project in Mingalardon, Yangon. Zaykabar Company have partnered with a local company, Ho Hup, in a housing construction project called “Z Villas”.

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    Many Apartments Appear at Boeung Prolet

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    Land prices increased in U Bein

    Land prices increased in the location next to the ancient bridge, U Bein, in Mandalay and the local resident is also being surprised, but they do not know about the cause of that increase.
    A local resident told that properties which are nearby Taung Thaman Lake near ancient bridge of Amarapura has been increased up to 30 times compare to the price in the previous months.
    40407 square meters of land which the price in the last 1 or 2 years only 1 million kyats (US$ 30600) in the November 2014 increased up to 40 million kyats (US$ 1,225,430)
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    A woman from Htan Taw said that she just sold 4047 square meters of land in the prices of 27 million kyats (US$ 826 571) in Southern of the lake even that is sinking land and not very favorable for agriculture.
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  23. says

    It’s funny, but I have probably done or seen many of the things you posted about. It was hard to imagine just what it would be like moving from Oregon, but 20 years later I am so used to it now. I actually get cold when temps fall below 80 degrees.

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