Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tucson Tuesday

Since it has *almost* been one year since arriving in Tucson (June 3!), I thought I would share some of the differences between Tucson and Iowa.

Tucson Taco:
Taco Taco Yum.

Iowa Taco:
Taco Taco Yum.

Don't get me wrong, the Ortega-seasoned ground beef with cheese, lettuce, and a few tomatoes nestled inside a crispy Ortega shell are delicious. They are also very Iowa/midwestern.

At the end of April, Dan and a few of my co-workers went to the Tucson Taco Fest. ALL of the tacos were served in small little soft corn or flour shells. None had ground beef. None had shreded cheddar cheese. None had lettuce. ALL were delicious.

Tucson Summers:

Iowa Summers:

Yes, it's a dry heat. So is an oven. It still sucks the life out of you to walk around in it.
Sure, it's not in the triple digits for an entire month. There is still 70% humidity which leaves your clothes sticking to you. The dry heat slowly sucks the water out of you; the humidity suffocates you.

Tucson Weather for the next 7 days:

Included should be the last two days with high temps of 105 and 104, respectively.
They call this "Blow Dryer Weather."

Iowa Weather for the next 7 days:
8 Day Forecast

I really shouldn't have posted the comparisons. Now, I want to go home just for the summer weather.
I feel like in Tucson we jumped from 70s/80s to the upper 90s/100s.

What Tucsonans do for the summer:
Polar Bear Sleeping...

What Iowans do for the summer:
Sand Volleyball <3 Luv Farmers MarketsBaseball

That's right. It is SO hot in the summer, that we basically hibernate - like you do in the winter.

How Tucsonans use an umbrella:
My daughter bought a transparent umbrella as it was raining and then the sun came out. This was the resulting shadow. Sport Brella 8FT Portable Sun & Shade Umbrella

How Iowans use an umbrella:
Rain: Great Umbrella

If you haven't deduced from the pictures, here in Arizona we use umbrellas to block out the sun. I know this seems like sacrilege to most Iowans. I mean, really! Block out the sun?! For shame!
However, after spending [nearly] a year in Arizona, I can say that Tucsonans feel the same way about blocking out the rain. The few times that it does rain, it rains in the summer - and it feels so good! Warm rain! It's such a long-lost friend that our sun-parched selves just drink it in, literally.

There you have it, folks. A few of the differences between Iowa and Tucson. Now, you can see how it really was culture-shock moving so far away. :)


Farmgirl Chaos said...

I guess you haven't had the tacos that I make! Corn tortillas fried up, ground beef seasoned with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic, and freshly shredded cheeze....with salsa, spinach, and sour cream.

Shoot. Now I need to make them.

But I agree with the rest! Especially the umbrella. Even some other cultures use umbrellas to block out the sun.

I hope you are doing well. It's been a long time since we chatted! :)

talklady said...

pack your jackets, sweetie - forecaster says mid-60s this weekend in CA, plus it's chilly each morning and evening due to breezes off the ocean

See you soon, PJC and Larry