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You Know You're From Arizona When…

You can say Hohokam and no one thinks you’re making it up.

You no longer associate rivers or bridges with water.

You know that a “swamp cooler” is not a happy hour drink.

You can contemplate a high temperature of 120 degrees as “not all that bad; after all, it’s a dry heat.”

You have learned to expertly maneuver your vehicle under any traffic conditions using only two fingers; a skill usually learned initially in July.

You know that you can make sun tea outside faster than instant tea in your microwave.

You have to run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so that you can use your fireplace.

The water coming from the “cold” tap is hotter than that from the “hot” tap.

You can correctly pronounce the following words: “Saguaro,” “Tempe,” “Gila Bend,” “San Xavier del Bac,” “Canyon de Chelly,” “Mogollon Rim,” “Cholla,” “Tlaquepacque” and “Ajo.”

It’s noon on a weekday in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one single person is moving on the streets.

Hot air balloons can’t fly because the air outside is hotter than the air inside.

You buy salsa by the gallon. 164923602

Your Christmas decorations include a half a yard of sand and 100 paper bags.

All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October but clear out come the end of April.

You think someone driving while wearing oven mitts is clever.

You think six tons of crushed rock makes a beautiful yard.

You can say 115 degrees without fainting.

Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer.

People break out coats when the temperature drops below 70.

Most people will not drink tap water unless they are under dire conditions.

Monday Night Football starts at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.

You realize Valley Fever isn’t a disco dance.

People with black cars or have black upholstery in their car are automatically assumed to be from out-of-state or nuts.

151512669You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you’re wearing shorts.

Announcements for Fourth of July events never end with “in case of rain…”

You know that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

You know that you can get a sunburn through your car window.

You have to explain to out-of-staters why there is no daylight savings time

When someone asks how far you live from a location, it’s always in terms of minutes, not miles.

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

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Newt Glass

Molten Glass Is A Blank Slate For Glass Blowing Artist Newt Grover

Amid rainbows of multihued glass flowers and sculptures, Newt Grover reaches into a furnace burning at a blistering 2,000 degrees. The bubbly liquid does not look like much in its primitive, molten form, but to Grover, it is a blank canvas. The opportunity to create using this tabula rasa excites Grover, and he forms exquisite works of art. Like a writer’s pen or a painter’s brush, glass is Grover’s forte.

He is a man of many talents. The Arizona native had an early passion for the arts and took an unconventional path to build his glass-blowing business. He began making jewelry in high school, progressing to metal-working and neon before stumbling upon the craft of glass blowing.

“I saw it on TV and thought, ‘That looks like a lot more fun than what I’m doing,’ ” Grover says.

And the rest is history. Newt Glass is one of the most well known and respected glass-blowing companies in the Valley, courting business from high-end clubs, restaurants and homeowners.

Unlike many of his colleagues, Grover does not hold a degree, and all of his artistic endeavors have been entirely self-taught.

“I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing,” says Grover, who forged ahead and hand built his own outdoor studio 10 years ago. Since then, with the help of his wife and dedicated team, he has adopted a fearless attitude, turning his passion into a successful business.

“I’m not particularly afraid of making mistakes. … I have the ability to use a little bit of creativity and put some art into it,” he says.

Grover sees no end to his ideas and is devoted to creating custom pieces that personally suit his clients. Eliciting their artistic preferences is key to making an unforgettable piece, he says, preferring to let the glass speak for itself.

“What I like to do is talk to clients and find out what they like, because ultimately they end up having to live with it,” Grover says. “If you can see it in your head, you can do it.”

A true artist, Grover is constantly thinking ahead, finishing one project while already brainstorming the next. He says each piece is an “evolution,” though the first idea isn’t always the best.

“It gets refined as I go along,” Grover says. “But I tell people, ‘You’ll love it, don’t worry about it.’ ”

His Arizona roots also play a role in his exceptional pieces.

“I like the Southwest culture, the influence of the Mexican culture; it adds a lot of life and color, a lot more spice, something that’s different,” he says.

Working tirelessly outdoors, even through Arizona’s scorching summers, Grover’s drive is endless. He hopes to grow as an artist, push himself beyond boundaries and most importantly, “try to get as much of what’s in my head, out.”

“Glass is endless,” he says.

And so is his passion.