Five Signs: You’re in Arizona (mostly in Tucson).

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of a good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Arizona (specifically Tucson and the Phoenix Airport).

1. U.S. Airways – Arizona Cardinals

Can you officially say, “I’ve been to X” with only an airport visit? Either way Phoenix had two lasting images to choose between. The area’s newfound love for the Super Bowl runner-ups inspired fully decaled planes and
stood out for me (though apparently the Super Bowl champs have one too). A terminal named after a politician who lost to LBJ was a distant second on the “things saw in Phoenix” list. (Heck, maybe even third to my first CPK encounter. The pizza was surprisingly light and the crust is perfect).

2. McKale Memorial Center at Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion

First things that come to mind when you hear “Arizona”: Diamondbacks, John McCain and the University of Arizona (and Men’s Basketball). McKale is a mecca for college basketball fans today with all the success the school’s program had in the ’90s (culminating with the 1997 National Championship). The place looks great from the inside and out and the student section has the privilege of entering through the ‘Zona Zoo.

3. Arizona

It’s hard not to compare things to your campus when visiting another university. So I’ m not jealous of the acres of land U of A has, or the cool benches, brilliant weather or actual regional vegetation. However…

Arizona has an actual walk-through Orange Grove. My alma mater is nicknamed The Orange and our “Orange Grove” is just for alumni donors. Simply unfair.

4. This Campus is a Weapon Free Zone

I did just watch “No Country for Old Men” so, I know that’s Texas, but I hope so.

5. Help Marijuana Policy Reform

Typical for a college campus, not exactly for Arizona though (maybe stereotypical of West Coast at best though).

And that’s it from Arizona. The only sign that didn’t make the cut this time around was The Daily Wildcat sighting (they’re daily, one of the country’s best actually). Until next time, I’ll make sure to keep you posted on the next adventure.

(Links today from Wikipedia, CrankyFlier and YouTube)

If you want to yell at Nate for this idea because it’s dumb or he utilizes it too much, e-mail him. He is still contemplating doing a “Five Signs” for Scranton and Syracuse though.

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