You know you are living in Arizona when the biggest story on the front page of the newspaper is about the fact that it rained yesterday. I believe that we have gotten more rain this month so far than we have gotten all year. We really needed the rain and the snow. Yes, it does snow in Arizona. Up in the mountains there is snow and there are even ski resorts! The snow and the rain are both very important for our water supply.

Another sign that you are in the East Valley is that rain on the streets is pretty much handled by draining the water into green belts and landscaped water basins. It is a good use for the water because it not only removes it from the streets but also waters the plants. In many neighborhoods these green belts also serve as places for kids to play and people to walk their dogs, when it is not raining.