Winter of 2019 I had vacation time to burn and nothing in particular to do. Decided to book last minute flights to Arizona and check out the sights and hopefully warm sun of the southwestern deserts. This post isn’t anything exciting (mostly just here so I can drop a pin on my super-cool hobo map that tracks my posts) but stay tuned – definitely some cool stuff coming very, very soon! And I actually mean it this time! Kinda, sorta, anyways…let’s get this started with a bang (and by bang I mean a screenshot that I shamelessly stole because it’s true):
Opinion: Phoenix sucks balls and I can say that now that I’ve been here. This 5th largest US city is the fucking worst. Watch this video, I didn’t make it but it’s full of truth.
Flew into Phoenix Sky Harbor very late on December 4, 2019. Enterprise Rental Car then proceeded to totally fuck up my reservation and gave me a 12 passenger van at 1am. For me. A single traveller. Was told “nothing we can do, huge conference in town and we gave all of them away, come back in the morning”. Tried finding a parking lot to sleep in but unbeknownst to me Phoenix’s huge homeless population and crime rates make all stores hire private security to patrol and kick you out for overnight sleeping. Stayed up just about all night, got some pancakes and coffee (just what my worn-out nerves needed ugh) at a 24-hour IHOP, and eventually got my rental. Turns out they were more than happy to upgrade me into a truck nobody wanted because it had 4×4: a 1 year old Silverado from Colorado that was already rode hard and begged me to do the same. Which I did.
Now before you send me hatemail or rude comments below (both of which I don’t really care to hear, this place still sucks), my disdain for Phoenix isn’t based solely around this single bad rental car problem. There’s plenty more to come in my future to give reason for the negativity. Anyways moving on…I ended up driving quite a bit as my before & after odometer readings would show a total around 2,500 miles. Maybe gives you an inkling of what I was up to and how much I got to see. Promise there is plenty of cool stuff coming shortly.
Giddyup pardner, let’s get this rodeo started!
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Author’s Note: Due to many reasons – none of them very good – I’m posting this from the future in February 2022. Actual visit date/time December 5, 2019 7:35am. I’ll backdate it later so as to maintain chronological order. I’ve got an overwhelming backlog of photos to process which is probably why I procrastinate. Hope you enjoy them all the same.