Moving to Arizona

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Ian Ashdown, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats on the job! Sounds like a great opportunity. Now, about Phoenix...

    Many years ago when I was unemployed and living in San Diego (about 2 mi. from the ocean, also), I had a job offer in Phoenix. I had never been before, and was excited by the prospect of desert mountain biking. I was there for about 3 weeks in May and...well.... I. Could. Not. Deal. The heat, OMG! It was 95 to 105 degrees EVERY day....AND NIGHT. Relentless.

    Oh, "but it's a dry heat," they say. Yeah, like standing in front of a hair dryer on high and trying to breathe. The crappy apartment they put me up in had an air conditioner that just blew air around. No sleep in that oppressive heat. I told the company I just couldn't deal with the heat there and ran back to San Diego, where I found a job about 2 weeks later. On the drive back, I had a cooler full of ice and had to keep melting ice cubes on my head to keep cool.

    Maybe the heat won't affect you the way it did me, but since you're coming from San Clemente, near the ocean, my advice is to get a really good humidifier and make sure your place has really good air conditioning. If you have a patio or deck, get one of those mister things like they have at all the restaurants for the outdoor tables.

    And bring plenty of ice for the drive. And a towel.

    On the plus side, I ate at the best Mexican restaurant ever in Phoenix and the desert terrain is spectacular. I rode at South Mountain and some other place and it was a blast, despite the heat. There's a big hill everyone hikes up...can't remember the name of it...but that was really fun. I love the desert. Just can't take the heat.

    If you need relief, head to Flagstaff. The higher elevation keeps it cooler there, and it's a great place for hiking and trail riding.
     
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    The word on the blisteringly hot street is...it depends on your reference point.
     
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    It is beautiful in Flag, Prescott, Greer, Alpine, anywhere up on the mogollon rim...4x4 camping and exploring :)
     
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    Like others have said, head north to the high country for relief. It can be 30 degrees cooler.

    Rent was cheap, but man my electricity bill for air conditioning was just stupid!

    I always thought of going outside there akin to opening the oven to check the turkey on Thanksgiving. Mouth of hell LOL
     
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    No need to plug in a slow cooker, just leave it in a car parked in the sun. Pot roast so tender...you wouldn't believe!
     
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    LOL I literally fried eggs on a pan I left outside just to prove it to my wife.
     
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    You are a tougher breed than I, sir. Tucson is ridiculous!
     
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  8. scooteraz

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    Moved here in 1990, after living for about 3 years in Seoul. Before that grew up and lived in IN and IL. You get used to it. It may not be as nice of weather as San Clemente, but you get used to it. You try not to work outside much when it is over 110. But lots of liquids, and you’ll be fine. Of course, summer here is to be survived. OTOH, winter in a lot of places is to be survived. And yo don’t have to shovel the heat, nor do you have salt eating up you or vehicles. So there is that.

    Guitars take a bit more attention to their care and humidification. Well at least the acoustics and hollow bodies. I don’t pay much attention to the electrics, and they seem to have stabilized fine.
     
  9. StummerJoe

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    Steady temp and humidity or do you take those acoustics out often? That Acoustasonic tele doesn't really count.
     
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    Phoenix in mid summer is Earth's introductory sampler of Hell. ;)
     
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    I love California; that's great that you are keeping your house there. I lived in Mesa for awhile, 90 degrees in April, yikes. On the plus side, there's a vintage aircraft museum with a B-17 you can go into.
     
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    I must add that I met some very good people in Phoenix back in the day. Real down to earth non-judgemental folks.
     
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    I know! Wasn’t my first choice. I had a great job in LA (long commute) building a 3D printed Hypercar, but Covid hit and almost half the company was canned!

    This new position is also a start-up, they recently had an IPO and now have $1B cash on hand! Hopefully that won’t run out before I retire! They are a super cool group of guys, and the work will be challenging and fun. Had to do it!

    I put up with living in a English Boarding School for five yours, Phoenix will be a cake walk!

    Flying over to find an apartment tomorrow . . .

    Ian
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    Well, when everyone is just as miserable...LOL

    Sorry, just kidding again desert lovers.
     
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    I'd rather be in a British boarding school!

    In all seriousness, best of luck!:thumb:
     
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    I hope they’re not too judgmental, or my California, Left leaning, Liberal, Socialist arse is in for a hard time!

    Ian
     
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    Where is the vintage museum?

    I might be buying a vintage plane, 1948 Beechcraft Bonanza, be nice to find some like minded folk.

    Ian
     
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    :whistling: Be prepared to see people carrying guns in public, including store owners, and even people using public transit.

    On the plus side, not a lot of shootings there...at least 7 yrs. ago there wasn't compared to other large cities. People tend to hesitate when they know others can shoot back.;)
     
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  19. 3bolt79

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    I’m moving to Oklahoma and will be getting a humidifier/dehumidifier for my guitar room. Then I can keep things at 45 percent and keep all 20 guitars on the walls. You might want to look at a unit like GC uses in their acoustic rooms.
     
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  20. Ian Ashdown

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    I’ll be living just south of the South Mountain Preserve! It’s very nice there!!

    When I was an engineer in IndyCar Racing we used to run at PIR, so I know how it can be!

    Then I was so focused on doing my job that I never felt the heat. After the race was over I just hosed myself down to cool off!
     
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