Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I am wondering..

..can someone who has more experience with Arizona as a whole explain to me how it is that "natives" sometimes can't see the forest for the horrifically lopsided, classist, racist trees? Hell, I come from Texas and I have stopped trying to explain to people why I want to go back (and no, I didn't vote for the Ex-Guv). But somehow it is even more astonishing t ome why anyone would stay in AZ, even in the lovely and probably more mellow hamlet of Tucson.

I figured when I got here, almost completely ignorant of the politics, that being in academics would ensure a relatively educated gaggle of colleagues for me, if not relatively educated students. Some are, but I am astonished by the self-imposed limits of some people I've met in Arizona. You don't have to get out and do a major degree folks. Is it too much to ask to get out of the STATE some time, fer Kerist's sake?

So, it's not all that political, but I am still wondering while in Arizona I feel like a black man stuck in "Far from Heaven". Insight welcome.


Man Eegee said...

I'm not sure about your area, but here in Baja Arizona there's a balance struck between the vigilante strain of crazy and the Mexicano-rooted culture. You just have to dig for it and you'll find plenty of cultural events and festivals practically every weekend. Check out Tucson Weekly on the web for listings all over the state.


Anonymous said...

I, too, came from Tx and I'm very happy here in Tucson.
Start a Drinking Liberaly chapter in Yuma in you'll find fine, open minded intelectulas; check the ones in Phoenix or Tucson if you happen to be in the area