You Know You’re In Arizona When …

Saguaro Cactus near Oatman, Arizona

Saguaro Cactus near Oatman, Arizona

You think Taco Bell is the local phone company.

You notice your car overheating before you drive it.

You no longer associate bridges or rivers with water.

You can hear the weather forecast of 115 degrees without flinching.

You can be in the snow, then drive for an hour…and it will be over 100 degrees.

You discover, in July it only takes two fingers to drive your car, because your steering wheel is so hot.

The best parking is determined by shade…..not distance.

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

You realize that “Valley Fever” isn’t a disco dance.

You can make sun tea instantly.

Hotter water comes from the cold water tap than the hot one.

It’s noon in July, kids are on summer vacation and yet all the streets are totally empty of both cars and people.

You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

Sunscreen is sold year-round and kept right at the checkout counter.

You put on fresh sunscreen just to go check the mailbox.

Some fools will market mini-misters for joggers and some other fools will actually buy them. Worse…..some fools actually try to jog.

You can pronounce Saguaro, Tempe, San Xavier, Canyon de Chelly, Mogollon Rim, and Cholla.

You can understand the reason for a town named “Why”

You can fry an egg on the hood of a car in the morning.

You know hot air balloons can’t rise because the air temperature is hotter than the air inside the balloon.

No one would dream of putting vinyl inside a car.

You see two trees fighting over a dog.

You can say “Hohokam” and people don’t think you’re laughing funny.

You see more irrigation water on the street than there is in the Salt River

You have to go to a fake beach for some fake waves

Superstition Mountain

Superstition Mountain

You hear people say “but it’s a dry heat!”

You buy salsa by the gallon.

Your Christmas decorations include sand and l00 paper bags.

You think a red light is merely a suggestion.

All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October but clear out come the end of April.

You think someone driving wearing oven mitts is clever.

Most of the restaurants in town have the first name “El” or “Los.”

You think 60 tons of crushed red rock makes a beautiful yard.

Your house is made of stucco and has a red clay tile roof.

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

Most homes have more firearms than people.

Kids ask, “What’s a mosquito?”

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

You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you’re wearing shorts.

If you haven’t worked for Motorola at some time, you must be a newcomer.

You can finish a Big Gulp in 10 minutes and go back for seconds.

You know a swamp cooler is not a happy hour drink.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Arizona.

You take rain dances seriously.

You’ve signed so many petitions to recall governors you can’t remember the name of the incumbent.

When a rainy day puts you in a good mood.

When you drive two miles around a parking lot looking for a shady place – even in the dead of winter.

You feed your chickens ice cubes to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

You “hug” a cactus only once in your lifetime.

When you have to look up “mass transit” in the dictionary.

A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don’t have to shovel it off your driveway.

You wear a bola tie.

You take a stroll on Ho Hum Way.

The beer is chilled and filled with chili.

A dust storm happens.

A monsoon happens.

Petrified doesn’t mean scared.

Standin’ on the corner sounds good.

The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a bit chilly.

You’ve experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.

You would give anything to be able to splash cold water on your face.

Welcome to Arizona

Welcome to Arizona

You can attend any function wearing shorts and a tank top.

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated June 2021.

Also See:

Quirky Arizona – Curiosities & Roadside Attractions

Arizona – The Grand Canyon State