random observations from the greater phoenix area.

* there are more fast food restaurants than any other kind of eatery. pretty much every corner has one. i never did see a deli or health food store.

* there are also a lot of mid-class greasy places like applebees, chilis and outback steakhouse.

* people there love to drive big, beefy pick up trucks with huge lift kits and enormous tires. the men who live there must have really small penises.

* there are also a ton of strip clubs and adult stores all over the area, not just in a specific section of town. but really seedly looking places.

* there are dive bars aplenty. really seedy dive bars.

* oddly, there are also tons of tanning salons. i guess when the sun doesn’t shine for one or two days, people freak out.

* gas is a lot cheaper there than in nor cal. guess that’s good for all the beefy pick up trucks.

* strip malls are everywhere. so are big box stores like walmart and target, which are usually in the strip malls.

now, don’t get me wrong. i really do like arizona. i’ve been a bunch of times, though for the most part it has been to northern arizona where the landscape and people a bit different. i’ve hiked the grand canyon, been thru tons of ghost towns, spent time in the painted desert and the peterified forest. i enjoy the weather in the spring when it’s not so hot as in the summer. i love the colors of the landscapes and sunsets and all the fantastic turquoise jewlery. i’m just not too fond of the super seediness that is the phoenix area. and yes, i do realize there are nice parts, like northern scottsdale. i’m just talking about the area as a whole. and it’s my opinion, so there!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by WendyB on March 11, 2008 at 9:00 am

    That tanning salon thing is peculiar!

  2. Posted by Gypsy on March 12, 2008 at 2:34 am

    I lived in Scottsdale for 2 years shortly after college. Scottsdale is nice, but Phoenix is iffy. When I lived there (oh, 8 years ago, I guess), there was a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s and some decent places to eat in Scottsdale. And there’s an awesome bookstore in Mesa.

    But for the most part we didn’t like it. It was sure different from Florida, but not in a good way. It has very little sense of community or history, and it seems like everyone who lives there is from somewhere else. The first year was a novelty and we enjoyed it, but after that we were ready to leave. If we’d moved someplace further north, like Sedona or Flagstaff, I imagine we’d have stayed longer.

  3. Posted by shell on March 12, 2008 at 2:53 am

    wendy, no kidding! i never understand the whole being orange thing.

    gypsy, i totally agree. i really like sedona and flagstaff. the northern part of the state is really pretty. and we did stay in a nice part of scottsdale, but getting thru phoenix and the surrounding areas were soo seedy. even in the middle of the day.

  4. Posted by Terry on March 14, 2008 at 12:14 am

    A new guy moved into my community. He is good looking and single… :), but he has a huge pick-up with lift kit 😦

    Haq haq haq…….

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