So stop whining already, fall’s almost here

A recent discussion with a friend included the top five reasons we choose to live in Arizona. Almost all of them included the “sun” and none were “because we have to.” We acknowledged that it is not for everyone and wish that those who like to bash the desert would take their complaints elsewhere. I don’t care for endless days of gray skies and about to rain, raining or just rained weather. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the areas of our country (or the world, for that matter) where these conditions exist. I don’t denigrate places because of what I don’t like – I value them for what I do like and just don’t choose to live there. For people who don’t tolerate the relentless heat of an Arizona summer, please move or stop whining and get over it.

And, not speaking of the heat, I do believe Arizona’s version of fall is almost here. Natural air conditioning through open bus windows kept us delightfully cool this morning. Walking to the MU for my morning cuppa, I saw the grounds maintenance people preparing to plant pots and pots of red and white geraniums in the beds around the Cady Mall fountain. Open windows, cool evenings, annual flowers in bloom – I believe fall in the Valley is talking to us.

3 Comments so far

  1. Nash (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    Free speech, Chris, free speech. :-D

    What I like about Arizona is my friends are here and a job with co-workers I like is here. The rest — the heat, the conservative grip, the lack of creative things to do and the city’s continual beat-down of the fun and original (i.e., First Fridays) is what I strongly dislike about Phoenix. The art scene is held down but can bloom, the activities and unique places that make a city cookie-cutter are still here (but the city’s preference of big business versus mom-and-pop establishments is more then obvious), and the transportation scene is horrid in most areas of the city).

    For all of this, I am a taxpayer and a contributor and partaker of society, and I shall whine as loud as I wish.

    For the weather, there is nothing we can do about it. However, I will remain here for now until life dictates that it is time for me to move along. I will, however, continue to whine and complain just as I always have during those four months of the year. I will not get over it and I will not move. Yes I am a transplant and yes, in the long-term, I am merely a transient of the city, but it is still my city and my rights give me permission to bitch as much as I like.

    For those who wish to hear the complaints cease, I recommend they hole up into their secluded world, or simply turn the volume up on their ipods.

    For we will complain regularily about the heat in the summer and the snowbirds in the winter. If you wish, you may set your clock by us. We will not let you down.

  2. Chris (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Kudos! I acknowledge and applaud your defense of the Whine – too bad more people aren’t willing to defend that right and write, right?

  3. Nash (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    True true. I sorely did, however, want to agree with you on how amazingly beautiful I think this fall is going to be. I love Arizona’s fall and winter, the weather is more gorgeous then I could ever hope for.

    However, it didn’t seem to fit right in the tone of my previous email. I can fit it in here, though. :-D

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