When I moved to Arizona in August, my friend Richard Heene sent me the following advice by email:
“Zonies” are a little weird after they live there in Arizona for over a year. Drink beer and get disconnected in order to speak to them in a comprehendible way.
Richard’s perspective is always invaluable and inimitable.
Once informed that Arizonans are better known as Zonies, I decided to coin my own term – Zonisms – to describe the unusual things and behavior you encounter here.
- There’s no such thing as cold tap water. Brushing your teeth in hot water is an acquired taste.
- Arizona does not recognize Daylight Saving Time. When it was proposed in the 1950s one state legislator exclaimed, “This is Arizona. We don’t need anymore goddam daylight!”
- Motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets because it’s so freaking hot in there.
- Summertime pedestrians are practically nonexistent.
- There are more birds here in the Winter than in the Summer.
I’m sure I’ll come across more Zonies and Zonisms as I go along and will happily share them as they appear.