Sunday, February 14, 2010

absence makes the heart grow fonder

Today is a special day. Sure, today is Valentine's Day but you can hardly call a holiday that celebrates contrived love a special day. Today marks the 98th year of existence of our nation's finest state: Arizona.

Circa November 2008, 6:00 a.m., Billy, Dan and I, on our way from Rexburg to Las Vegas.

Saving the best for last, Arizona was admitted to the Union on February 12, 1912, as the 48th state.

I love my desert.

Here are some fun Arizona facts:

- The saguaro cactus -- the large iconic, tree-sized cacti in the picture above -- is native to Arizona (though very small populations have been found on the edges of New Mexico, California, and Mexico).

- Arizona has had more female governors than any other state.

- The cities of Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert were all listed in Forbes' "America's 10 Most Boring Cities" (although Gilbert is actually a town, not a city). Clearly, here there is more than meets the eye.

- Some of the greatest people in the world -- namely my family and many of my friends -- live there.

- The Grand Canyon. Yeah, that's in Arizona.

- Area-wise, Arizona is the sixth largest state.

- The official state neckwear of Arizona is the bolo tie.

- I daresay that Arizona has the raddest flag in the nation.

- The average high for Phoenix in January is 67°. I really don't know how to beat that.

Happy 98th birthday, Arizona! I love you and I miss you.


  1. I clicked through that Forbes article and at the end of the slide show they had an option to watch a video entitled: Toby Keith: Lessons in Success. I can't think of a more successful way to spend Valentines Day than to share one of Toby's cheezy balls with Myke Olsen.

  2. we should start planning arizona's 100th birthday party now. it should be the party of all parties!

  3. Quinn and Afton -- I think we all know where to celebrate Arizona's 100th birthday: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill!

  4. i really don't know why gilbert is a town (other than the fact that it smells like cows early in the morning on a really cold day), but i'm ok with it. i claim mesa too, since i lived there half of my life.

  5. As I read this post I was thinking... There has GOT to be a 100th Birthday Celebration!!! Fortunately all of you are on the same page! Oh and when people say Az is no good, I tell them "Hey do you have one of the "7" Natural Wonders of the World in your state!" Arizona is the best!