I love Tucson, I really do. There are so many more positives than negatives. While we are constantly getting bigger we still have very much a small town feel. Everyone knows everyone or at least knows someone who does. We have a great outdoors life: biking, hiking, camping. The list of positives is possibly endless.
Despite all the great things about Tucson the summer weather is brutal. It is so unbelievably hot that at times it is simply shocking. I was out running errands and came home looking like I'd been sitting in a sauna. In many ways, I guess I was. Despite being a native I just cannot handle this heat and in my old age I realize I just don't WANT to anymore.
In all seriousness I have begun encouraging my husband to pursue any out of state job opportunities, particularly in Washington, Oregon, or Colorado. He works for a company that has locations throughout the country so he could potentially be transferred anywhere. I never really thought we'd leave Tucson and we possibly never may but it has never been more of an option than it has been this summer. I have a feeling it is only going to get hotter.