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Born in a small mining town, my parents moved to Phoenix when I was very young.
Living in a different small mining town, I still have roots there and I travel there very often.
I see Phoenix as my home town, and I stand for freedom in one of the reddest of red states.
January 16, 2013
January 7, 2011
I've lived in Phoenix most of my life. My dad was in the army until I was 8 or 9 so the first leg of my life was spent traveling. We lived in Texas (my birthplace), Germany, Florida, Maryland, always coming back to my dad's hometown, Phoenix, when he was on leave. We drove all across the country, and visited Canada and Mexico. I've had an opportunity to travel all over the US, both in childhood and adulthood, and particularly love exploring AZ. It's a beautiful state. Flagstaff and Prescott are my general retreats, but I've also loved Jerome since I was a little kid.
To be honest, I wasn't initially happy to settle down in Phoenix after my dad left the army. I wanted someplace with rain and running water and green trees, snow in the winter, blazing orange and red leaves in the autumn, flowers in the spring, and at least a tolerable summer (but such climates are generally rife with mosquitoes and humidity in the summer, hehe). I went to U of A (Go Cats!) and lived in Tucson for 5 years. Tucson is a lovely town, and it gave me an opportunity to travel southern AZ while I was down there. I got to check out Tombstone and Bisbee, awesome places. When I graduated and came back to Phoenix I still dreamt of someday leaving. Finally, about 6 years later I moved to Los Angeles and at first I loved it, but quickly became disillusioned, for very many reasons, not the least of which was moving there during what's now being called the Great Recession, facing costs of living 2 to 3 times higher than Phoenix and half the pay. When we were finally forced to return it was like coming home for me, in a way that I'd never thought possible. Very many things about Phoenix and AZ in general I discovered that I'd taken for granted. I still want to leave some day, but for now I'm okay to stay.
The biggest problem is that I have MS and am not able to tolerate the heat. But cost of living is not bad. My husband, brother and I split a 3 bedroom house literally right across the jail. Not the most scenic of locations, but it's a nice old house and the rent's cheap.
I'd love to get to know some fellow Phoenicians. PM me if you'd like to talk.
Good luck out there! It's still running triple digits regularly in Sept. I fear we may have another 80° Xmas. D': hehe
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