What An Arizona Summer Feels Like

What An Arizona Summer Feels Like

What it's like to live through hell...I mean an Arizona summer.
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An excessive-heat warning this past weekend was just what we needed to kick-start this summer into full gear. Pools are open, water parks are running and air conditioners are pumping. Doors stay closed, windows are shaded and sane people stay indoors. Note that 115 degree weather is no joke and unless you live here or until you visit during the worst time of the year, you won't be able to understand the smothering and claustrophobic heat of Arizona's summer environment.

Arizona is great. There's a good chunk of the year where its residents are able to play sports, go hiking, go mountain biking, camp and participate in other outdoor activities without the weather being a problem. When May rolls around, temperatures start to pick up. Once June makes its grand entrance, it's all downhill from there. You can't go outside without feeling like your skin is baking under the sun. It honestly feels like we live in a giant oven that just keeps getting hotter as the summer weeks go by.

While it often feels like we live in an oven, here's another comparison of the heat we are forced to endure here in the southwest. Most of the time, the outside air is stiff, but when nature decides to let a little breeze through, it feels like your face is burning off and the hot wind momentarily blocks your ability to breathe.

This may seem silly, but to the common Arizonan, using an oven mitt to protect your hands while driving is up there with the most clever of ideas. You also know that leather seats are an absolute no-no, unless you want a few layers of skin to peel off when the time comes to get into your car. Another vehicle cautionary is the metal part of the seat-belt. You're basically being branded if you let that scorching piece of metal touch you because that's how quick and sharp the pain is.

At some point during the summer, you stop checking the weather forecast altogether. It's usually the same every day: hot and sunny. While temperatures can range from 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit on any given day, you know that ultimately it all feels the same — like death.

"But wait! It's a dry heat! That's so much better than the hot and humid combination."

I've experienced the scorching heat of the dry desert, as well as the hot and humid combination of summer in China. Heat is heat and it all sucks. Sure you might be constantly soaked in your own sweat if you add humidity to the summer mix, but if you're outside for more than 10 minutes in the dry heat, you'll be basking in your own sweat too.

I mean, while hell is assumed to be a fiery inferno, I'd be lying if I said I don't think the same of Arizona summers.

I've personally never seen a person chilling in an ice cooler, but it's definitely not a shabby idea. There are times when you're working or out running errands when you want nothing more than a cold shower or to be buried under a giant mounds of ice until it's safe to come out again.

Standing on the sun is a spot-on comparison to going outside in Phoenix, Arizona. It's hotter than many other cities in this state, often by 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit. It's honestly a disgrace to nature and it baffles me how one place can take so much heat. Somehow, despite the sickening heat, it still manages to be the sixth biggest and most populated city in the United States. Why so many people subject themselves to this torture is beyond me.


Yeah, Arizona summers really suck. There's not much to do besides work, go to summer school or spend hours in the pool. Even then, the water loses its feeling of refreshment after awhile. As summer ends and "fall," "winter" and "spring" takes its place, you forget how absurdly disgusting the summer heat is. However, being the desert rats we are, our bodies acclimate once again and the heat becomes more of an annoying constant rather than the topic of complaining conversation when it first arrives. Stay strong you beautiful Arizonans.




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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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