It is now the first week in October, 2016 in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In most parts of the country October means thoughts of chilly nights and preparation for the onset of winter which is just around the corner.
Ah, winter; I remember it well during my days in Cincinnati and Missouri. Once it arrived with its ice, snow, and cold it was as though it would never leave. In Arizona we love the winters with the sunny 70 degree days especially when we play golf on a January day while the northerners are shoveling snow.
Like practically everything in life, however, there is a bit of a payback for the northerners as we Arizonans have to endure 100 plus degree days practically every day from June into September and sometimes beyond. Neither situation is perfect but since I have lived in Arizona since 1987, I obviously prefer the situation here. There is something about ice cold car seats and heaters that don’t really work well in the extreme cold that makes me glad I have to search for a parking space with shade in the summer in Arizona.
So, while those living in the northern climes are piling on the firewood and warming up the car for fifteen minutes in the morning hoping the heater works, here are a few advantages for Arizonans as they prepare for winter as listed by Scott Craven of AZCENTRAL.COM.
1. You can now launder the smelly shirt you have kept in the back seat of your car all summer for sweat emergencies.
2. You can now fire up the stove and enjoy food that doesn’t have to fit in a toaster oven.
3. You can walk the dog without having to set the alarm clock at 3:00 a.m.
4. Prepare smug Facebook weather posts for comparisons with your East Coast friends.
5. You can now enjoy the post-dryer warmth of bed sheets straight out of the dryer.
6. You can now open the blinds and allow sunlight to shine on areas not illuminated since May!
7. Two words: Patio dining.
8. Prepare your cold weather gear as temperatures could plummet into the 60’s before you know it!
9. Answer the usual “What do you want to do this weekend?” question without starting, “We’ll head north….
Would you prefer to be the guy below or play golf in Arizona like pro champion Kirk Triplett? DUH!