Nilda Arias 
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Re: “Here's a Slate Article Ready to Infuriate Tucsonans

I moved to Tucson in 1998 from the snow belt of NW Pennsylvania. That summer, I set out for AZ in my 1985 Pontiac Sunbird, and I arrived in Tucson with 3/4ths tank of gas and $3 in my pocket at 18 years of age. I met amazing people, I met shady people. I loved the openness of the community here. I loved that I was rarely marginalized by my crappy car, or my tiny 2 bedroom apartment. People liked me for me. Like most 20 somethings, i made some pretty big mistakes. I saw the seedy under belly of Tucson. I saw all it's ugly parts. I left Tucson for a year, ended up back in PA, and moved to Hawaii. After a while it was time to come back, refocused. I returned strong, focused, and open to possibilities. I put the past Tucson out of my mind. And you know what? I had the best years of my life here. I grew up, I went to college at Pima, worked for an amazing company, and married a handsome airman from DM. Last year his job forced us to relocate to Virginia. I have never been so miserable in all my life. We are currently visiting Tucson this week...and I just have to say regarding this article that your experience here is relative to what you put into it. My husband and I plan to return to AZ as soon as possible, and to retire here. The sun, the mountains, the palms, the people, the places, and the food are one of a kind, and this will always be my home. And I'll always be proud to call myself a Tucsonan. Screw the people who don't appreciate the Old Pueblo!

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Posted by Nilda Arias on 03/12/2014 at 8:05 AM

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