Some Initial Observations

Two weeks ago, I moved from Washington, D.C. to Phoenix for grad school. Though I haven’t been here long, I have noticed some distinct differences between my new city and my old stomping grounds:

  • 105 degrees, 34% humidity is a lot more bearable than 93 degrees, 97% humidity
  • People here in Phoenix are much more laid back than those on the East Coast. Example: In the long lines at Wal*Mart (where I was stocking up on dormroom essentials) no one was sighing heavily and tapping their foot impatiently – the East Coasters’ passive aggressive way of saying “Hurry up!”
  • There are no bugs. This makes me really happy because I’m insanely allergic to mosquitoes and was fearing some nasty bites.
  • The traffic lights are tricky. Maybe I’m mistaken, but from what I’ve noticed, the left turn arrow doesn’t come on unless you’re in the turn lane when the perpendicular light turns green.
  • I must admit, I haven’t seen much of the area. I’ve been staying pretty close to campus, but hope to explore with one of my classmates this weekend.

    2 Comments so far

    1. Arif Khan (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

      Welcome to the valley of the sun. I had to comment about your observations regarding the traffic lights.

      You may have noticed that in the left turn lane there is usually a rectangular crevice on the surface right where the second or third car is supposed to wait for the light to turn green.

      That rectangular crevice is essentially tied to the weight sensors that influence the signal light for the turn lane …


    2. Melissa J (unregistered) on August 19th, 2005 @ 5:44 pm

      Thanks for the tip. I hadn’t noticed it, but I’ll look for it next time I’m driving =)



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