Relocating to Yuma Arizona

Although this may not be related to apps and tech, it is a personal experience that may be interesting to some readers. Why the big move to Yuma, you ask? It was a time for much-needed change. After being without electricity for seven days in Texas and experiencing bad storms, thoughts about life and purpose kept creeping up. What am I doing here? My productivity is interrupted during these intense storms in Texas with hail and tornado warnings. I had enough and have relocated to sunny Arizona on April 21st. Although it gets brutally hot here, at least I can sustain my daily productivity and not worry about tornadoes. Also, reliable weather means better productivity. It’s a win-win. For those curious about what to expect when relocating here, I have some tips for you.


Internet portrays Yuma as a horrible place to live. Is that true?


When I first arrived in Yuma, Arizona, I was shocked. Not in a bad way, but just shocked at how nice it is. My thoughts are maybe all those Karen’s who complain about it have a negative outlook in life and paint the picture as Yuma is all doom and gloom. I consider myself to be very optimistic. Everything is a block away from each other. The grocery stores, parks, Colorado river, fast food, and gas stations are all within a 5 to 15-mile radius. I do not need to drive on the freeway as everything is so close.


The people here are friendly, and I think this is a great small town to live in. One thing to consider is there is nothing to do here. Main attractions are going swimming, mini-golf, bowling, and shopping. Since my main focus is creating software and self-improvement, that does not bother me much. Another benefit of living here is, San Diego beaches are only a 2-hour drive. That will be beneficial when wanting to escape the 115-degree summer heat. 


The Yuma Snowbirds


They come from the north, and they seek warmth during the wintertime. They also like to drive very, very slow. We are talking 25 mph on 45 mph roads. Unfortunately, slow and bad drivers are everywhere. However, in Yuma, we have to pay a little more careful attention to these older drivers. Not much we can do about it. 


How to Stay Cool During Yuma Arizona Summers?


I have not experienced the summers yet, but I have come prepared. Rumor has it the brutal heat is June through August every year. The equipment I’m using to keep my place cold:


  1. Home central A/C.
  2. Cover windows.
  3. Fan for every room.
  4. Portable A/C.
  5. USB Humidifier.
  6. Humidity monitor.


What to wear to protect yourself from the brutal sun:


  1. Hat.
  2. Neck gaiters.


What about your car?


  1. Windshield sunshade.
  2. Get window tints on all back windows.
  3. Rain guards, aka vent visors.
  4. Auto insurance with zero down deductible for windshield replacement. 


If you are curious why we need zero down deductible for windshields, that is because we have rocks and brutal heat. Open your car windows slightly to prevent windows from cracking when the temperatures get over 100. Rain guards will allow you to crack your windows slightly open, even when it rains. 


Are you planning on relocating to Yuma, Arizona? Want to come here for a vacation getaway? Whatever the occasion I hope this gives you some ideas on what to expect. 


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