Warm Welcome???

I have to say that our Arizona welcome has been warm. The week we moved in were record breaking hot days. I think my car was having a nervous break down. That read 126 degrees! I don't know if it was really that hot, but I do know it went above 120. Even the locals were saying how hot it was. When it is that hot you just can not be outside. It made leaving all the doors of the house wide open for the movers particularly enjoyable.
All of the dessert's finest creatures came to welcome us as well. Thus far we have had 3 live scorpions in the house. One in Karlie and Kaitlin's room. I am not happy about this welcome. We had the pest control come the second day we were here and he said we have to kill their food source because the poison doesn't work very well. We had a cockroach and cricket infestation. After he sprayed there were hundreds of dead cockroaches surrounding the house. Thankfully the birds came and cleaned up the mess.
The bug man said the best thing to do for scorpions is to go hunting for them at night. He said to get a black light and they will light up like the fourth of July. Sure enough, they look just like this.
Our fearless scorpion hunter gang. The found 10 of them. Max's boots served as the lethal weapon.
If cockroaches and scorpions were not enough, this snake came to greet us on our doorway the third day. We are unsure what type he was. His tail rattled back and fourth and was swollen but we couldn't hear any noise. One of the movers offered to kill him but he slithered away. I hope Mr. Snake doesn't feel the need to make a return visit. He is not welcome.
Apparently Max and I have a curse of bringing record weather to Arizona. When we came for his interview in February they had the "40 year freeze." Then Tuesday the haboob of the century welcomed us. It was raining dust for hours. Here are some pictures I found on the net.
You should follow this link to watch a video of it rolling in. Remarkable. Just wish I wasn't here when it happened. The Haboob of 2011!
Our robot tried in vain to clean the dust out of the pool.
Dirt remained to hang in the air all day and it was recommended you stay inside. It was so thick we couldn't see nearby mountains. I felt a bit like a nuclear explosion survivor. However, it did make for a pretty sunset. I appreciate the warm welcome we have received from Arizona, but I am not interested in being friends. I would appreciate it if they would all back off. :)

7 comments:

Lacey said...

OH Katie, what a welcome. I hope my girlfriend Shannon does not read this post. It will get better. Hope you guys are settling in and that the bad welcomes are over and the good ones come in full force!!

Anonymous said...

Courage, Katie, courage, Max, hopefully yr colleagues will give sound advice on how families cope w/living in a desert, regret yr introduction was so awful. Must say the Smith brothers provide drama that far exceeds any soap opera. lv Gram, Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Hello Katie and Max, it was so fun to follow along with you on your trip.
Phil, the girls and I are planning to move south next year and are thinking about driving. SO your trip was helpful to get ideas from.
Hope you are surviving the heat and critters, I must say Alaska doesn't have many of those welcoming specimens. I am a littler nervous what new bugs and animals we will be meeting when we move.
I have been wanting to keep in touch, can you email me at starinights78@hotmail.com. Thanks
Love Liz (max's cousin), Phil, Ashley and Stephanie.

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