Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"How to become a Desert Dweller in Arizona"

This week the local Arizona Daily Star had a coverage story on the general do's and don'ts for snowbirds and visitors coming to Arizona. So for those interested in becoming a Desert Dweller, here are some "Tips on Living like a Native" written by Kristen Cook and illustrated by David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star.

During the summer heat, car temperatures can be brutal. This can be alleviated in part by having tinted windows, having a sun shade and having a remote starter for your air conditioning.

Avoid trying to catch lizards by hand if they are in your home as they have fracture plaines in their tails, so they break off easily. Use instead a broom to guide the little creature toward the door and outside.

Mark down the month of February for wearing boots. This month is the time of year is so special, so revered, that even schools are shut down. It is Rodeo time!
Prepare and drink sun tea for the hot days.

Down here in Arizona, it is quite easy to walk into a cactus thorn or spines, which can be quite a nuisance, and sometimes painful. Locals suggest using really sharp, fine tweezers or, good ol' white glue. Coat the area with glue and let it dry completely before peeling off. Another method, especially with cholla cactus is to flick off the cholla spine with a comb rather than by hand.

Avoid the sun in the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., use at least SPF 30 and cover up with hats, sunglasses and tightly woven clothing that offers sun protection.

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