It's a dry heat...

I moved from to Arizona this year, which is a massive change for me since I've always lived in New York or New Jersey. Now I live and work in Phoenix, where day-time temperatures have exceeded 110 degrees. Well, everyone says "It's a dry heat", to which I retort "So is a pizza oven!" When it's really a hot day, it feels like standing in front of a rack of hair dryers!

Actually, you get used to it, and you change your behavior to compensate. Do your outdoor activities early in the morning before the heat spikes, and then stay inside near an air-conditioner until things cool (a relative term) in the evening. The lower humidity does help a lot: 90 or even 95 degrees is pretty comfortable, while in NYC 90 degrees makes you miserable because of the humidity. Stay hydrated, put on sun-screen, park indoors or under shade, and try to not be outside. I feel for people who have to work outside during the day or otherwise don't have shelter.

Of course there are compensating features. The other seasons are glorious, and even in this season the mountains and desert are amazing. I had my best-ever winter - oh, it got as cold as 40F degrees at night at the coldest. I horrify Arizona natives by telling them all the "fun" parts of winters: having to snow plow or shovel your driveway so you won't be stuck, scraping ice off your windshield, and the thrills of skidding on ice in a car or on foot.

All in all, a great move. My wife and I used to come here for vacation, and now we live here. Pretty neat.

Later I may blog on cultural and lifestyle changes. For now, I'll just say that it's really hard to get a good bagel (I load up when I visit family Back East), and that there's a lot less fencing than where I came from (NY/NJ has the highest density of clubs and competitions). But that's okay; I'm not suffering in either regard.

Back to computer stuff in a later blog entry... :-)

Comments:

Jeff,
Welcome to Arizona!

Tony Pearson
IBM Tucson (AZ)

Posted by Tony Pearson on September 10, 2009 at 05:58 AM MST #

Thanks, Tony!

Are you in the same campus as the ADSM people? I was there in the early 90s for a customer council on what led to that product. We could meet some time and have a good argument over a beer! :-)

Posted by Jeffrey Savit on September 10, 2009 at 06:11 AM MST #

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