Observations on Tucson

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    Feb 01, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    1) It's hard to orient yourself when the topography is flat, just flat. Every way looks the same. ... icon_confused.gif

    2) They seem to count only major streets as streets when giving directions. Any smaller street in between doesnt count. I grant you that the smaller streets are hard to distinguish from driveways. ... icon_rolleyes.gif

    3) Everybody dresses like they are either just going out to or, worse, just coming in from, mowing the lawn. ... icon_eek.gif

    4) Dont say the word "ephemeral." They dont know what it means and seem to think it has something to do with ."effeminate" ... icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 02, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    Gasoline is 30 cents a gallon cheaper out here, than in northern Virginia. ... icon_evil.gif

    There is so much land out here that they can put wide spaces betw. the turn lanes and the straight-thru lanes. ...and they start about half a mile before the intersection. So if you dont know what street is coming up and you find out you need to turn, you must drive over all sorts of solid white lines and hashed out spaces. ... icon_eek.gif

    The left-turn green arrow comes AFTER the green light, not before.

    They have LARGE yellow pedestrian crossing signs at some crossings. I am not sure what is so special about those crosswalks yet. ...Now if only the street signs were so large, visible, and obvious. .... icon_rolleyes.gif

    I have been told that the LA Fitness on Wilmot is noted for being cruisey. It has lived up to it reputation. ... icon_wink.gif ... but I declined. icon_rolleyes.gif

    The shower stalls have no doors or curtains ... icon_eek.gif
  • Webster666

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    Feb 02, 2010 10:03 AM GMT
    I lived in Tucson, for a year and a half.
    They can keep the entire state.
    It's too damn hot, with minimal vegetation.
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    Feb 02, 2010 10:14 AM GMT
    Tucson is too hilly and empty... move to Phoenix.

    If you aren't retired and dodging grandchildren, or going to UofA, you don't belong there. all of those things are to keep people out!
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    Feb 02, 2010 11:03 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidI lived in Tucson, for a year and a half.
    They can keep the entire state.
    It's too damn hot, with minimal vegetation.

    I have been spared a visit in the summer....so far....thank god

    ...and yes, you can keep this place. It is way too far away from civilization for me. I need to be near a city. I wonder what people do here for a life.
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    Feb 02, 2010 1:44 PM GMT
    Caslon13000 said I wonder what people do here for a life.


    Apparently piss & moan on the internet.


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    Feb 02, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
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    Caslon13000 said I wonder what people do here for a life.


    Apparently piss & moan on the internet.

    When you do it on the internet, it's not pissing and moaning. It's blogging. ... icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 02, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    Caslon13000 said1) It's hard to orient yourself when the topography is flat, just flat. Every way looks the same. ... icon_confused.gif


    THANK YOU! My brother has lived in Tucson since 2002, and I go to visit him at least twice a year. I STILL have a hard time navigating around that city, and I pride myself on having an excellent sense of direction.
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    Feb 02, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    I've lived here pretty much all my life. There is nothing to do.


    -"I have been told that the LA Fitness on Wilmot is noted for being cruisey. It has lived up to it reputation. ... ... but I declined."

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    -Everybody dresses like they are either just going out to or, worse, just coming in from, mowing the lawn

    There is no one here to Impress,so whats the point. We mostly just wear cargo shorts and T-shirts. lol


    -They seem to count only major streets as streets when giving directions. Any smaller street in between doesnt count. I grant you that the smaller streets are hard to distinguish from driveways

    all the Important stuff are by the main streets. The little roads are meant for short cuts.


    -They have LARGE yellow pedestrian crossing signs at some crossings

    To many people get hit here by cars




    -I wonder what people do here for a life.

    Absolustley nothing and I'm not kidding. There isn't much to do here. That's why I can't wait to move!!!!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 02, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    The descriptions on this forum thread from the OP would more accurately describe Austin, Texas than Tucson, Arizona. Is he sure that he has the right city?
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    Feb 02, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThe descriptions on this forum thread from the OP would more accurately describe Austin, Texas than Tucson, Arizona. Is he sure that he has the right city?

    It is the OP's opinion that his description would fit all of America west if Tidewater Virginia! He will not quibble over the details.
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    Feb 02, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    Should have come farther west young man, California is the place ya wanta be.... We have cities here, swing by SF Caslon, you'll like it here.
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    Feb 03, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
    Caslon13000 said1) It's hard to orient yourself when the topography is flat, just flat. Every way looks the same. ... icon_confused.gif

    2) They seem to count only major streets as streets when giving directions. Any smaller street in between doesnt count. I grant you that the smaller streets are hard to distinguish from driveways. ... icon_rolleyes.gif

    3) Everybody dresses like they are either just going out to or, worse, just coming in from, mowing the lawn. ... icon_eek.gif

    4) Dont say the word "ephemeral." They dont know what it means and seem to think it has something to do with ."effeminate" ... icon_lol.gif
    5) Gasoline is 30 cents a gallon cheaper out here, than in northern Virginia. ...

    6) There is so much land out here that they can put wide spaces betw. the turn lanes and the straight-thru lanes. ...and they start about half a mile before the intersection. So if you dont know what street is coming up and you find out you need to turn, you must drive over all sorts of solid white lines and hashed out spaces. ...

    7) The left-turn green arrow comes AFTER the green light, not before.

    icon_cool.gif They have LARGE yellow pedestrian crossing signs at some crossings. I am not sure what is so special about those crosswalks yet. ...Now if only the street signs were so large, visible, and obvious. ....

    9) I have been told that the LA Fitness on Wilmot is noted for being cruisey. It has lived up to it reputation. ... ... but I declined.

    10) The shower stalls have no doors or curtains ...



    I have numbered my responses for your ease of reading...


    1. Its a lot less flat than most of the country. See Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska etc. Also there are several mountain ranges in eyesight in which to orient yourself. Also see; the sun.

    2. Major streets... a stable of american cities.

    3. It is very warm most of the time, why wear more clothes than you have to. Agreed, very few people to impress as well. Flip Flops are mandatory.

    4. Many people don't even speak english so be happy you got that far. Also see "very few people to impress."

    5. Cheaper gas is good, I think thats a red state thing? Although I guess AZ is more in the middle now.

    6. The longer turn bays are because of those darned major streets are just so important. And yes, not knowing the streets is a trend when you are new somewhere. See, a Map, or a GPS.

    7. The left turn arrow coming after the green light cycle is actually safer as it prevents people from trying to catch the end of the green arrow and getting hit by oncoming straight through traffic.

    8. The pedestral crossing areas with lighted signals are because Tucson was recently (not sure what it is in the past 2 years) the #4 highest rate for pedestrian vs vehicle deaths (behind Phoenix, Mesa, and Memphis). I'm going to go with the warm weather as another reason for this, and the lack of... well.. smart people.

    9. I thought LA Fitness (AKA Curves for Men) was cruisey everywhere? Just a rumor perhaps.

    10. Um... cost saving measure?

    Tucson (and the UofAz transportation engr dept) for 5 years taught me (most of) the previous.... and now time for the gym.
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    Feb 03, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    20 years ago last month I went to Tucson for the first and only time - loved it! Visited a friend who was at U of A. Remember seeing the first Simpson episode on Sunday night there. Anyway, I guess cause it would be a cold day in Tucson if I ever visited it snowed in downtown Tucson that first night - I got in around 2AM and my friend woke me to say "look outside"! It was about 3-4 inches of wet snow and of course gone by 10-11AM. I drove up to Oracle where there was more snow but it too was melting. Had lunch at Three Bears Cafe there. I think they were readying the Biosphere for the aborted living experiment then. Is it still there or did they demo it? Also went on a day trip to Bisbee (cool!) and of course OK Corral and visited Saguaro Park. Wish I had the opportunity to hit the gay bars but wasnt out there!!