Saturday, December 5, 2009

Arizona Goofy Happy!

by Pa Rock
Social Commentator

A recent poll by Gallup-Healthways has found Arizona to be the 10th happiest state in the union. The only explanation that I can come up with for that amazing finding is that most of those interviewed must have been suffering from heatstroke and didn't understand the questions!

But I wax negative.

There are absolutely some strong positives about living here. Taxes are low - embarrassingly low - and the cost of water is negligible - so why more people don't bathe is beyond me! Whoops, there I go being negative again!

Okay. I have run out of positives.

The poll ranked the states based on people's emotional and physical well being (which in Arizona depends on the arrival of retirement checks and the availability of doctors who will accept Medicare), healthy behaviors (not smoking and regular exercise - the poll must have not taken gun ownership into consideration or we would have flunked that one), and job satisfaction. (Most Arizonans are retired - no jobs - so they are happy as clams!)

(A similar poll determined which jobs were the most satisfying. The clergy ranked as the most satisfying job in America, and waiters and servers ranked lowest. Obviously, the clergy get much better tips and never have to break a sweat!)

The top ten happiest states in America, according to the Gallup-Healthways survey, are: 10. Arizona, 9. California, 8. Massachusetts, 7. Washington, 6. Maryland, 5. Minnesonta, 4. Colorado, 3. Wyoming, 2. Hawaii, and ....... the happiest state in America is ....... Utah! Utah?

Conversely, the same poll finds the ten most miserable states in the good ole U.S. of A to be: 41. Michigan, 42. Tennessee, 43. Oklahoma, 44. Missouri, 45. Indiana, 46. Arkansas, 47. Ohio, 48. Mississippi,
49. Kentucky, and ....... the most miserable state in America is ....... West Virginia! Read 'em and weep!

Scroungy Bastard likes living in Arizona. He says it's a great place to eat, sleep, and take the occasional dump!

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