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Jester
01-22-2012, 06:39 PM
Yes, you read that correctly. February 14th is Arizona Day, commemorating the entrance of the 48th State, my home State, to the United States in 1912. For those paying attention, that makes this February 14th Arizona's Centennial.

Now, my feelings about that OTHER holiday on February 14th are well known (in a word: blech), but I thought I would be a more positive guy this year and celebrate Arizona Day in style. I have already ordered an Arizona Centennial shirt (seriously), and am in the process of ordering miniature Arizona state flags. Why? So I can hand them out on the street in commemoration of Arizona Day, of course.

My friend Little Red may join me in this endeavor. While she has never been to Arizona herself, her feelings on that other holiday are the same as mine. Though since she has a boyfriend this year, she may just be a wench and go to the Dark Side.

Either way, I have major plans of fucking with people's heads by doing this, possibly even handing out copies of the Arizona Constitution, or maybe the official proclamation of its Statehood, if I can find it. (Just thought of that, actually.) That would be cool.

I should point out to those who don't know that I live in south FLORIDA. Over 2,000 miles from Arizona. Makes things even more confusing for people, don't ya think?

Amusingly, I have run into people who argue with me, saying no, it's not Arizona Day, and they start looking it up on their smart phones....only to find out that I am absolutely correct. Boy, is THAT fun!

So, would anyone like to join me in this? Or does anyone have any ideas that would make my Arizona Day more Zony? Please, help me mark this important holiday in style!
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XCashier
01-23-2012, 11:47 PM
As a former Zonie myself, I should get one of those shirts (I rather like the Kokopelli (http://shopaz100.com/products/308-kokopelli.aspx) one).

I like the Arizona Day idea. Maybe throw a party for your friends with Southwestern cuisine and decorations, show movies filmed in Arizona.

telecom_goddess
01-24-2012, 03:20 PM
I like the Arizona Day idea. Maybe throw a party for your friends with Southwestern cuisine and decorations, show movies filmed in Arizona.

Oh oh oh do Boys on the Side...makes Arizona seem so appealing :D

Jester
01-25-2012, 02:30 PM
Arizona IS appealing! It's a great place!

As for movies filmed in or that take place in Arizona, there are many, including Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Campus Man, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Can't Buy Me Love, Pump Up the Volume, and Raising Arizona. (Those are just off the top of my head....clearly there are many more. This is just the google-free and imdb-free list from my own noggin.)

telecom_goddess
01-25-2012, 06:34 PM
Pump Up The Volume is great...I own a copy of that :D

Jester
01-25-2012, 09:17 PM
Well, shit. I THOUGHT I ordered a great t-shirt and was about to order some miniature flags. I didn't. I actually ordered the flags (cool) but didn't order the t-shirt, and now I can't freakin' find it.

So, with my google fu exhausted (at least for today), I am hoping some of you can help me out. I found a very particular t-shirt that I loved, but I CAN'T find it now!

It was black. (Though it may have been presented as white with the option to switch it to black.) It had the Arizona flag, and before it some kind of mention of the centennial, either saying "centennial" or "1912-2012" or some combination thereof or something similar.

If anyone can find this or something similar for me, I would appreciate it. All I have found so far in my new search is this (http://shopaz100.com/products/112-logo-tee.aspx), and this was not quite it. It was had a regular rectangular flag on it, unlike the shirt linked.

So....help?

Rantsylvania 6-5000
01-26-2012, 04:37 PM
How about this? http://www.zazzle.com/one_hundred_over_flag_tshirt-235117983305851836

Jester
01-27-2012, 01:12 PM
Rants, not bad, but I was hoping for something that had the word "Arizona" on it (since so few people outside of Arizona know what the Arizona flag actually looks like), and to be honest, I prefer black t-shirts. But that IS a nice one.

In other news, THE FLAGS CAME YESTERDAY! And they look great! Now I need to get off my ass and get the shirt ordered, so that it gets here in time, as I only have about a couple weeks left before the big day!

Mel
01-27-2012, 01:34 PM
That's funny!

I should let my sister know about this. She currently lives in AZ (has for the last 6.5 years) but she is from Eastern Canada. As the "Newcomer" in her area, it would be funny if she went around saying Happy Arizona Day, instead of that other holiday!

As for me, my first wedding anniversary is tomorrow, and during that other holiday, I'll be with a group of 10 other women laying in the Sun in the Carribean (we all won the trip there).

antlan87
01-29-2012, 02:35 AM
I dislike the Other celebrated day, but seeing as my personal crack is cinnamon hearts, and can only be found this time of year, I'll support your holiday if you can get them to make cinnamon candies for it and import them to Canada.

Jester
01-29-2012, 03:02 AM
While there are no cinnamon hearts (or any candies) I could find that commemorate Arizona's Centennial Celebration, I did find this company (http://www.candywarehouse.com/imperialhearts.html), that not only makes cinnamon hearts and sends them to you by the five pound bag, they DO ship to Canada. (I checked.) Seems to me that you could set yourself up for a healthy, year-round supply.

So, you in on Arizona Day?

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antlan87
01-29-2012, 05:20 AM
I'll say sure, but odds are I'll forget about it in a day or two. That was why I asked about candy, food helps me remember stuff.

Jester
01-29-2012, 11:27 PM
I am guessing you won't forget about that link though, huh?

Don't worry, when the day approaches, I will have mad posts in here about it.

Just ordered my t-shirt/hat combo yesterday...sure hope it gets here in time. (insert fidgety nervous smiley that we don't have on this site right about here...)

Jester
02-07-2012, 04:17 AM
Today my Arizona Centennial t-shirt and hat arrived. Having already received my mini Arizona flags and my Arizona Centennial beer coozies (no...really!), I am primed and ready to go for Arizona Day next Tuesday.

Now, if only I could find a copy of the Presidential Proclamation (or Congressional passage, whatever) that officially made Arizona the 48th State, that would be awesome. If anyone here can help with this, it would be even more awesome.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

AccountingDrone
02-07-2012, 05:32 AM
some links (http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/nm-az-statehood/) to interesting documents including S.J. Res. 57, Joint Resolution to admit the Territories of New Mexico and Arizona as States into the Union, August 16, 1911

Jester
02-08-2012, 09:27 PM
Thanks for the link! Lots of informative stuff there. Sadly, nothing with the specific proclamation, but luckily, after perusing that page, I found this (http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/azstarnet.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/28/c28ec30e-c7bd-5da6-9445-92c271f43ddf/4ef2a0eae6813.image.jpg), which I hope to blow up this weekend and hand out on Tuesday. Just six more days!
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MoonCat
02-11-2012, 03:38 AM
"Admitting" Arizona is the 48th state? Were they trying to keep it a secret? :D

Oh, wait...admitting Arizona AS the 48th state....

Never mind. :o

Jester
02-11-2012, 03:44 AM
As for me, my first wedding anniversary is tomorrow, and during that other holiday, I'll be with a group of 10 other women laying in the Sun in the Carribean (we all won the trip there).

I forgot to ask...where in the Caribbean?

By the way....ONLY FOUR DAYS UNTIL ARIZONA DAY!!! Are YOU ready?
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MoonCat
02-12-2012, 01:17 AM
I forgot to ask...where in the Caribbean?

By the way....ONLY FOUR DAYS UNTIL ARIZONA DAY!!! Are YOU ready?
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I've getting a tooth filled on Tuesday. Guess I'll have to remember to wish my dentist a Happy Arizona Day. :D

BeenThereDoneThat
02-12-2012, 01:21 AM
I've only been to Arizona once but I loved it. I think I'd rather celebrate AZ Day than V-Day (though I don't mind if I get some chocolate). Hubby's idea of showing me a good time after work Tuesday night is for me to come to the Homeowner's Association meeting (he's on the Board of Directors)...I'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally disinclined to accept. :p

Mel
02-12-2012, 01:37 AM
I forgot to ask...where in the Caribbean?

By the way....ONLY FOUR DAYS UNTIL ARIZONA DAY!!! Are YOU ready?
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More specifically, in the Dominican Republic. I leave in two days!

I can't wait to hear about your Arizona Day stories! :p

Jester
02-12-2012, 03:12 PM
Guess I'll have to remember to wish my dentist a Happy Arizona Day.

It would be the polite thing to do. And I'm sure he'll (she'll?) appreciate it.

More specifically, in the Dominican Republic. I leave in two days!

Nice. DR makes some fantastic rum. If you are into rum, let me know, and I can offer some suggestions, though of course, nothing is better than personal exploration.

wolfie
02-13-2012, 04:31 AM
I've only been to Arizona once but I loved it. I think I'd rather celebrate AZ Day than V-Day

V-day - would that be "VA Day" or "VT Day"? Only 2 states I could think of that start with "V".:angel:

MoonCat
02-14-2012, 02:37 AM
Jester, I hope you'll have some pics of this...

Jester
02-14-2012, 02:43 AM
You and me both!

Jester
02-14-2012, 11:56 AM
It's here! It's here! It's here! Arizona's 100th birthday! WOOT! Yee ha! Glorious holiday for which I have waited so long, it is finally HERE!

Got my Centennial t-shirt and hat! Got my Centennial beer coozies. Got my miniature Arizona flags to hand out! And yesterday, got printouts of the Tucson Star front page from February 14, 1912, which I will also be handing out! (No, I am not joking about any of this....why do you ask?)

Everyone feel free to join me on this festive occasion. Have some nachos, enjoy some margaritas, bask in some sunshine, enjoy some sand between your toes, feel free to forget to water your cactus (it can and WILL wait), break out your dehumidifier and turn your thermostat up to Are You For Real?, start the day off with a chorizo omelet, have some Coronas, Tecates, Dos Equis, or better yet, Pacificos (or if you're lucky enough to be IN Arizona, have a Four Peaks Kiltlifter or an Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale for me!), put salsa on your eggs, enjoy some more margaritas, watch the Phoenix Suns take on the Denver Nuggets (9 pm ET), head to the gun range for some target practice, pan for gold in the mountains, enjoy even more margaritas, and celebrate the Zoniness of the day, for today is Arizona Day, and it will be AWESOME!

HAPPY ARIZONA DAY, EVERYONE! HAPPY CENTENNIAL!
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Rantsylvania 6-5000
02-14-2012, 01:33 PM
HAPPY ARIZONA DAY JESTER!!!:super::muya::drink::party::cheers:

HAPPY 100TH ARIZONA!!!

Becks
02-14-2012, 02:25 PM
bask in some sunshine

*looking out the windows*

Yeah...uh...no. I'll watch random snowflakes.

However, if you can find it in your heart to save me a flag...

AccountingDrone
02-14-2012, 05:10 PM
:wave: Happy Arizona Day!

Victory Sabre
02-14-2012, 06:22 PM
All I can do is imagine that I'm doing all the things you suggest, Jester. No sunshine. No mountains (unless I meet a busty gal today). No sand (except on the roads). Gun range is closed for the winter.

All I've got is the dry air.

Happy Arizona Day.

Kanalah
02-14-2012, 06:24 PM
Happy Arizona Day!!!!

sms001
02-14-2012, 06:26 PM
have a Four Peaks Kiltlifter

damn! Wish I could, they were awesome. (Although the Raj was the highlight of my visit. And their Oatmeal Stout was pretty good too.)

In any case, Happy Arizona Day Jester!!! I'm sure you're having a great time. I've gotten a lot of "Likes" on my FB status today for announcing it. Quirky enough to catch on.

XCashier
02-14-2012, 10:44 PM
Happy Arizona Day!

Got my centennial T-shirt (http://www.shopaz100.com/apparel/mensapparel?product_id=53) yesterday, was very happy with the speed of service. Wished my son's teacher a Happy Arizona Day. He was amused. :)

Jester
02-14-2012, 11:20 PM
Had a surprisingly busy day at The Bar today. Yesterday was somewhat cold and windy, and I expected it to be busy, and it was. Very much so. Today the weather was gorgeous, so I figured we'd be dead, as generally speaking, when we have a few crappy weather days and then the weather turns nice, people don't come into an inside bar. But for some odd reason, I was just as busy as yesterday, and made about the same money, which was fantastic.

Also amused some of my customers with my Arizona Day stuff...while I was wearing a bar t-shirt, I was wearing my Centennial hat, and did have my mini flag and my copy of the 2/14/1912 Tucson Star front page with me.

Then after I got off work and changed into my Centennial shirt (and got a beer to put into my Centennial coozie) and was sitting enjoying myself, started talking to some of the people at the bar, and the next thing I know, about half a dozen of them are drinking toast to Arizona and the Centennial. It was AWESOME!

And reflective of Key West...any excuse to drink.

My coworker felt the need to tell me that no one would really care about this here, and I said, duh, I know that...this is all about fucking with people's heads. I know full well that residents and tourists in Key West, for the most part (as in 99.9%), couldn't give two flying fucks for Arizona's birthday. Which is what makes this silliness, as opposed to that OTHER silliness, so damn amusing.

My friend Photo Dude and my coworker Curvy agreed that if I had a girlfriend this wojld not be what I'd be doing today. I say they are both completely wrong. Fuck that other holiday. I am a romantic, and that day is a piece of crap. (And I know many women who agree with me on this.)

Back on track, after I leave here, I plan on bar hopping tonight and spreading the good word of the Centennial celebration. Should be...interesting.

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damn! Wish I could, they were awesome. (Although the Raj was the highlight of my visit. And their Oatmeal Stout was pretty good too.)

In any case, Happy Arizona Day Jester!!! I'm sure you're having a great time. I've gotten a lot of "Likes" on my FB status today for announcing it. Quirky enough to catch on.

Really? That's kind of cool. People didn't question it?

And when were you at Four Peaks?

Happy Arizona Day!

Got my centennial T-shirt (http://www.shopaz100.com/apparel/mensapparel?product_id=53) yesterday, was very happy with the speed of service. Wished my son's teacher a Happy Arizona Day. He was amused. :)

You got a t-shirt? No shit? Are you from Arizona, or are you just being goofy like me? (I have an excuse...I am from the place, as y'all know.)

Caffienated_Caramel
02-14-2012, 11:37 PM
Wished my relatives happy AZ day.

And happy AZ day to you :P

dalesys
02-15-2012, 02:04 AM
I guess we have to let the kid brother in the bottom bunk celebrate.:wave:

(But once per century is enough!)

BeenThereDoneThat
02-15-2012, 02:35 AM
It's getting late but it's earlier in AZ so...Happy Arizona Day!! :party:

XCashier
02-15-2012, 04:48 AM
You got a t-shirt? No shit? Are you from Arizona, or are you just being goofy like me? (I have an excuse...I am from the place, as y'all know.)
I am originally from Arizona (made a post earlier in the thread). Most of my family is still there.

Jester
02-15-2012, 09:31 PM
The rest of the night went pretty damn well. Actually ran into a guy I had met previously who had spent quite a bit of time in Arizona, had gone to the University of Arizona (nobody's perfect), and even had the U of A logo tattooed on his arm--again reminding us that nobody's perfect, but he more than most people appreciated what I was doing, and jumped right into the fray, going with me to spread the word.

Of course, shortly before I bumped into HIM, I had gone by another bar where I was understandably shocked to hear someone loudly proclaiming "Happy Arizona Day!" Naturally I poked my head in, to see one of the regulars from my bar, Hat Man, who I had given a flag to earlier, being HIS usually goofy self and running with my idea. His friend with him was quietly bemused by this--however, the tourists he was "spreading the cheer" with looked pointedly UNamused, and actually rather....disturbed. Actually, the one woman had a perpetual catbutt face on, and seemed to be missing the point entirely. Or she had no sense of humor. At first I thought it was just that she didn't like Hat Man, but she bestowed her catbutt face on both me and Hat Man's friend, who were simply talking to Hat Man and waving our little Arizona flags. Clearly this woman did not understand or appreciate the true goofiness of Key West.

And that really was the theme of the night. Wherever me and the Wildcat went, we were met with more openness and acceptance of our silliness and Arizona Day than we ever would have expected, and quite a few people wanted their own flags. Luckily, I had purchased two dozen, so I was able to hand many of them out. Many people loudly toasted to the wonderful state of Arizona, as many of them had either been there and enjoyed their visit, lived there at some point, or wanted to go there because they had heard such good things about my home state.

I did not confused nearly as many people as I would have expected, but the day was a far bigger success than I ever would have hoped, and by the time I went home (at around 2 am), I had a big goofy Arizona Day smile on my face, knowing that I had brought some joy into people's hearts, especially those (and there were many) who had nothing but contempt and disdain for that other silly holiday going on, and even some of those who enjoyed that other silly holiday.

Would this have worked in other places? I don't know. Key West is a strange place, and in weird places like it, I think it probably would have gone over swimmingly as well. I dare say, oddly enough, that I don't know how well this would have gone over in the Phoenix area, despite that being in Arizona itself. Phoenix is not known for its weirdness, and I can certainly picture a lot of catbutt faces there for a stunt like this.

But who knows? Maybe I am selling my fellow Zonies a bit short. Obviously in any crowd there are going to be a few catbutt faces who don't get it and a few lunatics who run with it. The trick is reaching the people in between, the majority, those who aren't quite sure what he hell you're doing, but come along for the ride of foolishness anyway.

And with that, Arizona Day is just about done.

With one singular and notable exception.

Saturday is another chili cookoff, and for the first time ever, I will have a pretty good stage for showing off my chili....Duval Street itself. For this cookoff is being held in the 200 block of Duval Street....the main strip of the main drag in town.

And one bartender/bar owner gave me a brilliant idea for the name of my chili, which as some of you may know, I have struggled with. In honor of my home state's birthday, he suggested I call it Centennial Chili. And that really DOES have a good ring to it. I'll be wearing my Centennial hat and shirt once again, will have on hand my remaining miniature Arizona flags, and will have hanging behind me my full-size (3'x5', I think) Arizona flag. And my buddy and I will be drinking ice-cold Pacificos, which is always a taste of home to me.

One final hurrah to my Arizona Day festivities, and I plan to make it a good one. Despite them using a judging system I don't care for (whoever gets the most "tasting tickets" in their box wins), I plan on winning over the public with my silliness, my charm, my love for my home state, and most of all, my chili. And will NOT utter the name of Arizona's governor at all, and will NOT get drawn into any political discussion by anyone who has any issues with anything going on in my home state. I have my opinions on the matter, but a chili cookoff in which I will be continuing my celebration of Arizona Day is NOT the place for such discussions.

Happy Arizona Day, folks. And remember, love Arizona, but don't hug a cactus.

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Victory Sabre
02-16-2012, 12:06 AM
I'm glad it went over pretty well. We did talk about it in chat a bit yesterday.

sms001
02-18-2012, 08:03 PM
(re: FB status)

Really? That's kind of cool. People didn't question it?

Nope. About half were the type to just see it as some kind of alternative to V-Day, the rest no doubt looked it up and figured it out.



And when were you at Four Peaks?

Have been there every time I visit my buddy in Scottsdale as per your recommendation here the first time I went out.


Glad to hear the rest of the day went over about as expected. Looking forward to the 101st!

Jester
02-19-2012, 11:33 AM
Very cool. Hope you tried some of their food, too. Because they just rock it at Four Peaks!