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Non-native Arizonans: Don't tell me your winters were worse

Alert! If you own a brass monkey bring it inside.

It's cold enough outside to cause serious damage. Listen, all of you Arizonans who were raised in Minnesota or North Dakota or Canada, don't you dare talk to us about how our recent weather is nothing compared with your winters growing up. I don't want to hear about it.

You want to know why? I never wanted to live in those places because they're cold.

I came to Arizona because it's warm, or at least it was before this cold front moved in. But it's not just my front that's cold. My back, my top and, yes, even my bottom are freezing.

And don't tell me it's invigorating either. It's impossible for me to be energetic getting into my car in the morning when I can't move to turn on the ignition key. I know the NHL lockout lasted a long time, but people are playing hockey on their pools here in the Valley of the Sun.

Annie and the forecasters say, "The sun'll come out tomorrow."

I say, "Where is global warming when I need it?"

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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