On November 9, 1963, I was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. I have lived in Arizona all my life, except for the 9 months that I was in Northern California, which I consider an extended vacation. I was raised in Tempe until I was 8 years old. I lived in a house that was, I am told, 2 streets down from Wallace of the Wallace and Ladmo show.
When I was young, I thought it was "pretty cool" to live near a celebrity. We then moved to Lakeside (now Pinetop-Lakeside) in the White Mountains where we lived for 4 years. Our log house was down a small dirt road where we knew nearly everyone close around us. I was a pom-pom girl at the Jr. High School. We could sled down the slope in our back yard in the winter but we had to be careful to stop before our fence, otherwise, our sleds would wind up in the creek that ran just beyond our property. It was beautiful. I recently took a weekend trip close to where I lived. The area has grown tremendously, yet still has such charm and personality. I wasn't able to find any this past visit, but I remember seeing and picking cattails near the many ponds and creeks there.
When I was 12, we moved to Flagstaff. It was beautiful there as well. I remember living in student housing at N.A.U. for a time when my parents worked there. We later lived in a manufactured home park that had an indoor, heated swimming pool. That was great. I wasn't, however, a big fan of snow boots so after about two and a half years in Flagstaff, we moved to Page. Page, Arizona is awesome.
My father owned a boat that we would take out on Lake Powell nearly every weekend. He would sometimes take my sister and I out for 3 to 5 days and go all over the lake and camp out. He knew all the neat spots. At school, I made the Pom line again and during try-outs, I found that I was once again dancing with 2 friends that I performed within Lakeside as a Pom-pom girl. Their families had recently moved to Page as well. For outings and something to do, often, some friends and I would spend a day to go to the Glen Canyon Dam, to a beach somewhere (many quite secluded), or even to the North rim of the Grand Canyon. I was in Page for almost 2 years.
I moved back to the valley as a junior in high school. We lived in Mesa. I have been in the valley ever since. I owned a house in Mesa, then a townhouse in Mesa, then purchased a home in Queen Creek, Arizona. I stayed in the East valley until 2 years ago when I moved to Glendale. I am now attending Glendale Community College. I enjoy Glendale.
I have lived all over Arizona. Here, I have experienced large cities and small towns. I have lived in hot, cool, and downright cold weather. I have made snowmen in winter and I have, comfortably, swam in the middle of the night even in winter. Arizona has it all. I know, I have lived it. Personally, I prefer the valley and the warmer weather. The people are friendly wherever you go.