Corte Bella Country Club
Sun City Grand
15825 W Cinnabar Dr
Sun City West
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I am an Associate Broker, Realtor® with Long Realty West Valley, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
I specialize in real estate sales in Arizona West Valley Golf Retirement Communities.
I have Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Project Management concentration.
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Some 370 miles NE of us as the crow flies, in the heart of some 25,000 square miles (or 16 million acres) of Dine Bikeyah, or Navaholand, a monumental “nation within a nation ”that is bigger than our ten smallest states, you’ll find a concrete slab with a brass plaque. If you lay down, centered over that spot, and splayed your arms and legs out in 4 different directions, you’d literally have an appendage simultaneously present in four different states. Just thought I’d let you know, in case you need an alibi sometime as to your whereabouts. Here you could say you were either in Arizona, or Utah, or New Mexico, or Colorado, as the need might be, and do it with absolute candor and a straight face. Not surprisingly, this remarkable spot is known as 4 Corners. I learned that years ago from my cousin“ Speedy.” He was the slowest fellow I have ever known. Sleepwalkers moved faster than “Speedy.” But somehow he made it to 4 Corners and back, all in his lifetime. I think Speedy’s real name was Fernando, but I’m not sure, because I always knew him by his nickname. This “not being sure” made me realize I was equally unsure on how these 4 states Speedy once visited simultaneously, got their names, and if they in turn had nicknames. I owed it to Speedy’s memory to get the answers. I hit the Internet, and struck pay dirt. But I decided to forgo the rewards a resultant doctoral thesis on this topic might earn me, and instead make you the beneficiaries of my extensive research.
The 4 states that touch at 4 Corners, were once all part of a huge wild expanse peopled by Native Americans, but during the 1500’s claimed and marginally colonized by Spaniards pushing north from Mexico. One spot they favored and sank roots in they called “Nuevo Mexico,” NEW Mexico. The original country of Mexico may have derived its name from an Aztec word, variously translated. One of those was “the place at the center of the moon.” Imagine my surprise when I learned that one of the Anglo nicknames for the state of New Mexico is “The Outer Space State.” Now, you may say “Well, of course, a slogan with roots in Roswell and purported little green men.” But I say, maybe the Aztecs knew more than we give them credit for, like where those little fellows came from. I know this, the calendar the Aztecs developed is more accurate than the Julian one we work off of, and their astronomers were marking celestial bodies long before Galileo ever aimed a spy glass at the moon. New Mexico now is known as “The Land of Enchantment,” to all but the inmates who stamp that slogan on the states license plates.
Well, on to the state where a horse was recently stomped bya bird. The Spaniards visiting there in the 1500’s on their war horses, dubbed the wild, gorgeous place Colorado, which means “Red.” The place was well-named: Red rock, red waters running from eroding red soil, and even now, red faces. A rabid Seahawk fan I know holds that the Broncos recent trouncing was so severe that their fans “Will be blushing red for the next 100 years.” “Come on, now,” I said, “that’s a bit of a stretch.” “No really, that’s why they nicknamed that place ‘The Centennial State’?” I rolled my eyes. I don’t think he caught it. Instead, he leaned close and whispered in my ear: “Stoner bowl, man…” “What?,” I snapped. He motioned for me to keep it down, took a quick peek around, and I guess figuring no one else was in earshot, confided: “Doesn’t it tell you something man, when the two teams that made it to Superbowl came from the very two states that legalized marijuana?” He said that with kind of a far-out glazed-eye smile, that made me wonder if Arizona might soon follow. We’ll know if the Cardinals make the next Superbowl.
Which brings us to Utah, whose state motto is now “LifeElevated.” Prior to that, it was known as “The Friendly State.” I guess when real estate values sky rocket,you drop the “friendly” part. Or may be never making it to the Superbowl does that to you. Oh well, they have it in their state name, anyhow. Some say the name derived from an early Apache word which translated as “They (the people) who are higher up.” Others claim Utah is from the Nuutsin or Ute language, but even here the word translates “High, ”and the Ute people refer to themselves as “The people of the mountain.” Another unique present day high unique to this state is that it boasts the “highest percentage (30.8) of residents under the age of 18 of any of the 50 states. Right after I learned that fact, two other totally incongruous but humorous Utah facts jumped out in the “Questions & Answers” Internet site I was visiting. The next question was “Who is the best divorce lawyer in Utah?” The answer was “Edward Stone.” This was followed by “Who can I go to for a car loan if I have bad credit?” The answer was “Ken Garff West Valley Pre-Owned is the place to go.”
So now you know. And now that you’re footloose and fancy free, with a “Pre-Owned” set of wheels under you, I’d highly recommend a spin down to Utah’s splendid National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches & Canyon lands. All have natural splendors that rival or at least compliment our Sedona or Grand Canyon marvels.
Well, the 4th. corner of our 4 Corner states is our own, Arizona. Our state name most likely stems from either Basque or O’odham language roots. Early Basque settlers here said this was the place of “aritzonak,” which translates as “good oak(s).” The native Pima word “ali?ona-g” translates as “having a small spring.”
Our official state historian Marshall Trimble leans towards the first. But both well fit our State. As for nicknames, we trot the lordly “The Grand Canyon State” as our official slogan or nickname, but behind our back are also known as “The Baby State” because we are the newest continental state in the Union. We are also known as “The Valentine State,” as we gained statehood on that day (February 14) in 1912.
Well now, when you visit 4 Corners, you’ll be a wealth of knowledge on all 4 points, with a few nicknames to spare. And while there cast a little prayer to the 4directions for my late cousin Speedy, or Fernando, or whoever the heck he was.
Anthony "Tony" Delatorre
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