In Arizona I am learning…

I am in Arizona on a business trip. Even though I have traveled for work before plenty of times, I had never been actually in this state before. I always get a good idea of what a place is like from what people say about it, but I have to tell ya… my mental picture of Arizona and what I have encountered here so far are night and day. Bellow are some of the things that I did not know about Arizona until I actually got here.

Phoenix and Scottsdale are pretty much the same city.

The whole “dry heat” is a myth during monsoon season, right now its not just 115 outside, its also humid.

There is something called a “haboob” which refers to a huge dust storm. nothing like a coworker letting you know on your way out that you should watch out for dust storms and stay indoors if it looks like its going to rain outside… if you breath the stuff in, you can get something called valley fever that can, you guessed it, KILL YOU! that is if you are lucky enough to be able to stay indoors and not already driving when the HUMONGOUS dust cloud moves in.

There is such a thing as a desert garden.

There are people insane enough to want to grow grass in the desert.

Light brown is the color all around… I thought I love that “earth tone” color palette until everything is the same color.

The plants that grow in this climate (not just the cactus) are extremely beautiful and colorful.

The road runner and coyote do live around each other.

Even though a lot of people have lived here for 30+ years, most people still feel like they are “from” somewhere else. I have only found a handful of “locals” so far.

Everything is SUPER spread out.

The only “local” radio station I seem to be able to find is in Spanish.

… more to come

Presumption of innocence

Bea and I spent the weekend with friends down in Tampa Bay, while we were super busy having more fun that should be allowed in just a long weekend we also followed the Casey Anthony Trial. Every time we had a chance we would watch some of the trial or one of the summaries. It looked like it was going to be a slam dunk and the evidence did not look all that circumstantial… however we were wrong.

When we heard that she was innocent on the greater charges, I was not upset. My wife was a little outraged and we talked about it a bit. In reality, the system is not broken and the more we discussed it the more we realized that in reality there seems to be a lot of information missing. You cannot convict people without due process and specially actual evidence. I am not a judge nor jury so I have no idea… does she seem guilty… yes, but I am not in a position to actually make that call.

Latin Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat

(the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty)

My friend Daniel had a similar reaction to the verdict, and even though people try to “call him out” by bringing up a cause he and I support (I actually picked up the cause thanks to him) the WM3. It is a actually an example of what can happen if circumstantial evidence is given more power than it should.

Being a juror is not an easy job, and we should not be outraged at them. Lets not approach this situation like celebrity gossip, but rather like what it is, the loss of a life. I do hope that those responsible are brought to justice CSI style. While that lady might not be the perfect mother, right now there was not enough evidence for her to be put in jail. If she is involved directly or indirectly her own conscience might be the only judge and jury right now. Lets hope that the lessons that come out of this is that the system will do everything it can to find the true perpetrators and not just another celebrity inflation like the OJ Simpson trial debacle.

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