My partner was offered a job in Arizona after the two of us both finished school.
I had absolutely no apprehension about the plan of moving, & encouraged her to take the position with my full support.
It didn’t matter what destination the two of us chose, I just wanted to get away from our hometown. I made a promise to myself that I would someday. That was right before I made the decision to stay here for several years of undergraduate school. When the day finally came for us to start packing the moving truck, I was absolutely ecstatic for the journey ahead. I was expecting the desert to be hot, even though I really had no frame of reference for what I would soon experience. Even a few trips to the theme parks in FL while the two of us were in the summer time couldn’t have prepared myself and others for the sheer intensity of the dry heat in the desertland. The heat would hover someplace between 110 & 115 degrees for the first three months after the two of us arrived. I could have never conceived of the sunshine intensity felt in this unique region. To make matters even worse, it’s excruciatingly dry here as well. Skin cracks with ease, especially on your fingertips. One saving grace of the lack of comfortable outdoor humidity is the advent of evaporative coolers. They’re cheaper to run than a central chop system like the two of us used to have back out east, & they run on water moisture & fans. A vent pulls in hot outdoor air & then passes it through water pads inside the machine. As the water evaporates into a vapor, the air moving through naturally drops in temperature. The unit creates a fan of chilly air that is full of moisture to add needed comfort to a hot & dry home. I just need to be careful with how often I use it since it tends to make the carpet assume wet & soggy when left on for too long.