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April 02, 2009
Arizona Dreamin'
My family and I spent Spring Break in Tucson, Arizona, hence the reason my blog is three days late this week. It's tough to concentrate on work-related items when it's 75 degrees, sunny, and hiking trails abound. Suffice it to say that living in the northwest this time of year makes it easy to focus on work, as the sloppy mess that is Old Man Winter clinging on tightly makes even the most rugged outdoor-type want to stay inside.

The week was filled with beautiful hikes, visits to fascinating museums, great restaurants, and scenic drives. I know the week was a success because my kids collapsed exhausted into their beds every night. We didn't get everything checked off our "to do" list, but we came pretty close.

Thanks to the advancements in technology over the past several years, being away from the office was easier than ever. Having immediate access to my e-mail via my Blackberry (aka Crackberry for its addictive nature) allowed me to coordinate two fundings while hiking through the desert one day. While some would argue that the point of vacations is getting away from all things work-related, my counter-point is that the pile of stuff needing my attention when I return is much smaller this way.

As much as I enjoyed Arizona, it is not without its problems. Property values have taken a beating, and a large percentage of homeowners are underwater on their mortgages. The freeway between Phoenix and Tucson is the most highly patrolled stretch of road I've ever traveled. Municipalities have to counter the drop in property values by finding revenue elsewhere, and speeders are an easy target.

Of course, come June the temperatures start hitting 100+ on a daily basis, and all the snowbirds fly north. That's the downside of living in Arizona. Looking outside my window this morning at another snowy April morning, I'm thinking the tradeoff just might be worth it...

Enjoy the rest of your week.


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