Saturday, September 7, 2013


I was talking to my friend, Tom (of Central California) today and told him it had been overcast all day and was only 85 or 90 degrees.  He laughed and told me it was 81 where he was and they had the air conditioning on in the car.  I was reminded of something I should have posted before this.


1. You can say Hohokam and no one thinks you're making it up. 

2.You no longer associate rivers or bridges with water. 

3.You know that a "swamp cooler" is not a happy hour drink. 

4.You can contemplate a high temperature of 120 degrees as "not all that bad, after all it's a dry heat." 

5.You know that you can make sun tea outside faster than instant tea in your microwave. 

6.You have to run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so that you can use your fireplace. 

7.The water coming from the "cold" tap is hotter than that from the hot" tap. 

8.You can correctly pronounce the following words: "Saguaro", "Tempe", "Gila Bend", "San Xavier del Bac", "Canyon de Chelly", "Mogollon Rim", "Cholla", and "Tlaquepacque", "Ajo". 

9.It's noon on a weekday in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one single person is moving on the streets. 

10.Hot air balloons can't fly because the air outside is hotter than the air inside. 

11.You buy salsa by the gallon. 

12.Your Christmas decorations include a half a yard of sand and 100 paper bags. 

13.You think someone driving while wearing oven mitts is clever. 

14.Most of the restaurants in your town have the first name "El" or "Los." 

15.You think six tons of crushed rock makes a beautiful yard. 

16.You can say 115 degrees without fainting. 

17.Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer. 

18.People break out coats when the temperature drops below 70. 

19.You discover, in July, it only takes two fingers to drive your car. 

20.The pool can be warmer than you are. 

21.You realize Valley Fever isn't a disco dance. 

22.People with black cars or have black upholstery in their car are automatically assumed to be from out-of-state or nuts. 

23.You know better than to get into a car/truck with leather seats if you're wearing shorts.

24.Announcements for Fourth of July events always end with "in case of monsoon..." 

25.You have to explain to out-of-staters why there is no daylight savings time 

26.You can say "haboob" without giggling.


Steve said...

Bruce,these are super.

Tom said...

I must confess that some of these are lost on me, but the rest are funny. No. 23, I find, is particularly funny unless you're the one who forgets you're wearing shorts. It would certainly get one moving.....briefly!(? :))

Sharon said...

These are just perfect all so very,very true. Number 7 was a favorite of mine. In the summer I can make tea with water straight from the cold water tap. I live in an older house and the cold water pipes run through the ceiling while the hot water pipes run under the floor. I wonder who thought that was a good idea.

Stephen Hayes said...

#6 really cracked me up!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Wish they were mine.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Yes, definitely!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

That may be our problem, too, but I'm not sure.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

A friend of mine had his a.c. repaired last winter during a cold snap. He was begging his wife to make a fire in their fireplace. She said that was the first time in six years!

Thérèse said...

How true!
And I would add this one: when you cross a car with the windows down it is either because their car A/C is broken or because they are not from here.
None of these would apply here...

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

I can remember in North Dakota springtime we used to roll our windows down and run the heater full blast!

The Bug said...

These are great! My new car has a black interior & I noticed after church today that after sitting in the sun for several hours it's MUCH warmer inside than my old car. But at least the AC works in this one :)

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

You'll appreciate that next summer.