My Arizona Rant


Guess what, folks! I’m famous! I was mentioned in an article written by gawker.com. Sure, I wasn’t mentioned by name, but the thought was there. I am one of those old, angry white people who caused Arizona’s “Worst state” listing. What’s gawker.com? Don’t worry. I don’t know who they are, either, and won’t remember them much past the time it takes to write this blog. But, that’s because the heat is obviously cooking my brain, as we speak. This is why I am so angry, after all. It has nothing to do with the stupidity of people who have nothing better to write about. At least I have an excuse.

The other given reasons are SB1070, Jan Brewer, and Joe Arpaio. I am now going to write an article about why the U.S. must be the worst country. After all, our economy is in the tank and our government leaders are more interested in playing games and one-upping each other, than showing any leadership quality. Thank God, the endearing qualities of a country or a state aren’t solely based on the ridiculous antics of its government. Otherwise, much of Europe would be screwed.

I am an Arizona native. Except for the heat of the centralized “Easy Bake Oven” I cannot imagine living anywhere else. While I have known people who have gone, many come back saying they just couldn’t stay away. As a nature lover, this is the place I want to be able to spend my days. Even the article gave Arizona credit for that.

But, what is the problem with Arizona? That’s easy. Out-of-staters. I’m not necessarily speaking of snowflakes…er…birds….either. Granted they don’t know how to keep up with traffic (although, you would think after a few years of snowbirding that would be figured out), they congest our golf courses, public events, and make our summer discounts go away. In reality, I have met a number of wonderful snowbirds. Some I even miss during the summer time.

The ones I am speaking of are those who escape from another state, then spend their time complaining about what’s wrong with mine. Just like any family member, I can pick on it, but if you do, you’re dealing with me. It never makes sense. Why be here if you hate it so much? You’re just taking up my golf course space and taking my summer discount rates, without appreciation.

As for this amazing team of wanna-be investigative reporters, the least worst state? Of course, the state they are located in – New York. Why? Because, they embrace gay rights. That’s what I would base my whole criteria on. Never mind New York City’s bad traffic, bad attitude, high crime rate, being the headquarters for the United Nations and that it smells funny. After all, if people are going to have such a limited view of what Arizona is, I can easily return the favor.

This angry, old white person is now signing out to fry an egg on my driveway or start soup in my pool for tonight’s dinner. Keep cool. Summer can’t last forever.

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Published in: on August 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. Although not currently an AZ resident, I was born there and lived there the vast majority of my life. I too have had the frustration of dealing with people that are vacationing in or temporarily residing in my state. While it is true that they do not live there all year, some are as vested in that state as you. Many snowbirds own property and pay taxes in AZ just like you. What’s more pronounced is the free time they have to complain and combat what is wrong with AZ. You have to admit there are more than a few thing that need fixed! Let them complain. Let them find solutions. Heck, it can’t get much worse at this point.
    As for the point that it’s your state and you can complain but they can’t. Try finishing this sentence: “I am an _____”. Did you say Arizonian? If so there are some issues, after all we are all part of the same society, Americans.

  2. Probably for much the same reason that I live in Texas. Affordable housing in an area that is not quite everything they want. My point is exactly this. They, like you, are Americans, not Arizonians. You don’t own the state and neither do they. But, with a little less whining and a little more listening maybe together you both can make the state a little better of a place to live. Let’s face it. Although it’s probably not the “worst” state to live in, it’s definitely not the best. Listen to what they say about their state. Are those practical changes? Is there anything constructive? I lived in Az, recently! I know how bad it is. My 3rd grade son was stabbed in the neck at an AZ public school, because he knew the right answer! The taxes are way too high. The cost to register your car is outrageous! The police system is corrupt! I could go on, but let’s face it. You already know all this. Your complaint is that people new to the area can see it. More to the point you are upset that they “dare” to comment on it. Well, duh! Anyone who isn’t a moron and has lived there for more than a month can tell that things aren’t as good as where they came from. Try taking a more intelligent view…understand!


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