How to tell you`re in Arizona

  1. Here`s one for all us desert rats
    How to tell that you`re in Arizona
    You know you are from AZ when...
    1. You buy salsa by the gallon.
    2. Your Christmas decorations include a half a yard of sand and
    l00 paper bags.
    3. You think a red light is merely a suggestion.
    4. All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October but
    clear out come the end of April.
    5. You think someone driving wearing oven mitts is clever.
    6. Most of the restaurants in town have the first name "El" or "Los".
    7. You think 60 tons of crushed rock makes a beautiful yard.
    8. You've signed so many petitions to recall governors that you can't remember the name of the incumbent.
    9. You notice your car overheating before you drive it.
    10. Your house is made of stucco and has a red clay tile roof.
    11. You can say "Hohokam" and people don't think you're laughing funny.
    12. You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.
    13. You see more irrigation water on the street than there is in the
    Salt River.
    14. You know a swamp cooler is not a happy hour drink.
    15. You can say 115 degrees without fainting.
    16. Every other vehicle is a 4x4.
    17. You can be in the snow, then drive for an hour and it will be over l00 degrees.
    18. Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer.
    19. People break out coats when temperature drops below 70 degrees.
    20. You discover, in July, it only takes two fingers to drive your car.
    21. The pool can be warmer than you are.
    22. You can make sun tea instantly.
    23. You run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so you can use your fireplace.
    24. Most homes have more firearms than people.
    25. Kids will ask, "What's a mosquito?"
    26. People who have black cars or black upholstery in their car are automatically assumed to be from out-of-state or nuts.
    27. You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
    28. The AC is on your list of best friends.
    29. You realize that Valley Fever isn't a disco dance.
    30. You can finish a Big Gulp in 10 minutes and go back for seconds.
    31. The water from the cold water tap is the same temperature as the hot one.
    32. You can (correctly) pronounce the words: "Saguaro," "Ocotillo," "Gila Bend," "San Xavier," "Canyon de Chelly," "Mogollon Rim," "Cholla," and "Ajo."
    33. It's noon in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is walking on the streets.
    34. You experience third degree burns if you touch any metal part
    of your car.
    35. You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you're wearing shorts, even in the winter.
    36. Announcements for Fourth of July events never end with "in case of rain......"
    37. Everyone's smiling and talking about the great weather on rainy days.
    38. You have to explain to out-of-staters why there is no daylight
    savings time.
    39." Young feller ". means someone under 70 years old.

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  3. by   christianRN
    Love it, Cactus Wren!! Lived in Mesa, AZ for a couple of years, and miss the SUN so bad sometimes!!!
  4. by   MHN
    Visited in 2000 needed the oven mits are they made specially for out-a-towners.MHN
  5. by   Vsummer1
    Here's a few I thought up...

    You think people who have those fuzzy things on their steering wheels are clever.

    You know every alternative route around those pesky little washes and you laugh at the people who drive into them. In fact there is even an "Idiot" law written just for them.

    You think any car a color other than white or that doesn't wear a "bra" is a paint job waiting to happen.

    You know "Sam" isn't really famous.
    Last edit by Vsummer1 on Aug 25, '02
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    You can tell who the tourists are because they are the ones with a tan!
  7. by   BBnurse34
    All true, but I have never shoveled snow
  8. by   Aussienurse2
    Laughed at #23, one year it was really hot here-45C and I'd cooked turkey for christmas dinner, we ate in comfort with the a/c going fullbore! LOL!!
  9. by   Andy S.
    Love this.....I got it as an email a few years ago
    So true!
  10. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    We must explain "sun tea".

    First, you get a gallon jar...............they sell them there just for that. Fill the jar with water and a bunch of those one ounce tea bags that only food wholesalers can get anywhere else, and set it out in your yard. Let steep at 80-115 degrees for about a week.

    I swear it's sweet. Never used sugar until I moved north.

    Don't miss driving with two fingers though