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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prescott

A/Z this is my city




P - Prescott

I live in the city of Prescott, Arizona.  It is at about 5000 feet altitude and does have the changing of the seasons.  It will get snow and cold winter weather but the snow doesn't stick around a lot, neither the cold temperatures.  It is a retirement community which is kind of nice because hubby and me at age of 57 and 61 (he's the older one) go places and where we were the older ones in Southern California where we used to live, now we are the younger ones. Prescott is Arizona's Christmas City and does a lot of things for an annual rodeo held around the 4th of July.  I look forward to seeing what events surround it come July of this year.  It is also known as "Everyone's Home Town" and I have to tell you the people here are the friendliest I have been around.

Interestingly, if you look at the word "Prescott" you think it should be pronounced "Press-cot" as in cot you sleep on.

It is actually pronounced "Press-kit" as rhymes with biscuit. 

It is easy to discern between native and not when they pronounce Prescott. I just remember "kit" not "cot" and have not made too many blunders with pronouncing it wrong.

So far I like living here.  We have been here now almost 4 months.  We have seen some of the flaws that almost every single city has, but it still is a pretty nice place; I can see us retiring here.

Do you like living in the city where you live?

51 comments:

Liz A. said...

I miss living in Oxnard, actually. That was my favorite. Long Beach isn't that bad, but Ventura County was wonderful.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Prescott seems a very nice place. Maybe not a for a twenty something. I grew up in my hometown and have lived here for 49 years of my 54. I wouldn't trade it for any place!! Life is simple, people are by and large decent.
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Dixie@dcrelief said...

Definitely love the sound of the weather!! Enjoy your time and home!

joeh said...

I am sure there are nicer places to live then New Jersey, but I am just used to the weather, the people and the pace of life. I don't adjust well.

Plus we have "The Shore" and it doesn't get any better than "The Shore."

Anabel Marsh said...

We passed through here a few years ago while visiting Arizona. We only had time to stop for a coffee but it looked like an attractive place.
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Nick Wilford said...

Must be nice to be the young ones for a change!

TARYTERRE said...

Your new community sounds lovely. Interesting about the name pronunciation.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Sounds like a lovely place. I live in a little village just outside Canterbury, UK and it's a very nice place to live. We have very little crime and great neighbours, plus the countryside is a stones throw away at all times, but we're close enough to town to make life easy for shopping etc :)
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Wendy said...

I would have gotten the pronunciation wrong. When we visited Sedona several years ago, it snowed the first day we were there and it was in April. The snow didn't stick, but people walking around in shorts were really caught off guard. Weird weather! I live in Chesapeake, VA. It's a good city, well-managed and all that. But we're one of 7 BIG cities that are lumped together. If you're not from here, you can drive from one into another and not know you've changed cities. The traffic is HORRIBLE. For that alone, I don't LOVE where I live. But it's home.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Sounds like you have the best of it there. Friendly people, nice temps, plenty to see and do. Here is home so here I stay. It's not the best of places, the winters are harsh, the people have changed over the years and are not as friendly as there once were, but it is home.

lyndagrace said...

Thanks for the lesson on Prescott. I’ll try to remember that if I ever get out that way.
I do like where I am living. We are close enough to the beach that it only takes a short drive to get there.

Bijoux said...

I love our town, except for the weather. I do not want to live here in retirement, but it's hard when all our relatives are here. I would love to live in your area. You know how I think Sedona is fabulous!

Joanne Noragon said...

If I ever retire, it won't be here. But, that's all I know right now.

Jeff Bushman said...

Funny how you pointed out that he was the older one. LOL
My town is Charlotte. Most folk would pronounce it just like the city in North Carolina but here it is pronounced Char-lot.

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Lynn Proctor said...

We live in a suburb of Richmond va -I haven't lived anywhere else-I like it although we do get in the last few years a good bit if snow -if course any is not to my liking :)

Sophie Duncan said...

We have lots of town names like that in the UK - there's a place near us, a village and it is spelt Wickhambreaux, which translates to Wick-am-broo, but in Hampshire there's a place called Beaulieu, which is pronounded Buoo-lee. I could go on for hours :)
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Ruth said...

I would never have pronounce it that way. I am out in the country which is nice. I am surrounded by farm fields and that is not so nice.

Chrys Fey said...

Oops. I was pronouncing it wrong. Good thing you corrected me on that. :) You can beat a city with the friendliest people around.

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, never would have thought of pronouncing it that way. Maybe they say it like that to screw with tourists? lol I don't mind the city I'm in, maybe like to live on the outskirts and not in the middle of the friggin thing though.

Eileen T said...

Prescott sounds like a nice place to live.

I've always lived in this area, as do most of my family. I've only lived away for the four years at university. I love where I live and wouldn't choose to be anywhere else.

jaybird said...

I love the town where I live. Of course, with any small town there are the good things as well as the bad. So far, (we've been living here about 12 years now) the good have far outweighed the bad. It's been an awesome place for my girls to grow up; there is an amazing sense of community here that you just lack in some large towns. They really feel like they belong here. Everyone knows everyone- and looks out for each other. I love that.

Suzanne Sapsed said...

I don't mind the town where we live. It is too built up which I don't particularly like but it has a lot of green and woodland nearby to meet my getting back to nature needs! :) x

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Sounds like a really nice place. I'm sure I'd enjoy the winter weather, which isn't anywhere near as cold as it is here. I would love to visit Arizona one day. I really enjoy the city we're in now. Much smaller than we were in before, very green, surrounded by water and nature. Gorgeous.

Chatty Crone said...

I am interested in what the summers are like over there. And I do have to say I love Atlanta - but your city sounds wonderful too.

susie said...

Prescott reminds me of Oregon. I don't know the correct pronunciation.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I didn't realize Prescott was a mile high. I didn't know that is how it was said....learn something new each day! How are the housing costs there?
Debby

Stephen Tremp said...

I did not know that about the pronunciation of Prescott.

J E Oneil said...

You can always tell an out of towner by they way they can't pronounce the local names :)

Sytiva Sheehan said...

I have not been there yet. Very nice photography. Can see you retiring there too. Wonder why Florida is most peoples choice!
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Saleslady371 said...

Everyone's home town...so true, that's why I like it! Reminds me of my roots; in fact we've held family reunions there when The Chicagoians come to town! It's so pretty! I'm just on the other side of Mingus Mountain in the Verde Valley!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We live outside a great little town. My husband wants to move into town when our kids move out to a smaller home and where we can walk to most everything.
Would have never guessed about how to pronounce Prescott.

Birgit said...

This town sounds quite sweet actually. They must go nuts at Christmas which is AOK with me:) My hubby is 57! I will be 51 so I am a youngin'. I like the city I live in but I would love to live in the country. When I was young I lived in the country and was so happy when I went to the "big city" now I want to go back to the country...oh well.

Linda said...

I'm always mispronouncing words, thanks for the tip! So glad you are enjoying your new surroundings.

I had the weirdest dream last night that we were going to move to Ohio, and I called it off the night before saying we can't move away from all our family. Our neighbors will be selling and moving to New Mexico. Guess I don't see us leaving MN, we like it here.

Mevely317 said...

Oh, thank you for explaining the correct pronunciation! I've been doing it wrong all these years!
It's hard to imagine the time I'd spend longing to live in a Big City. Sure loses its charm after a while.

Thankfully, Prescott isn't so far that we can't enjoy some cooler weekends there once Phoenix's heat grows unbearable.

Linda said...

I leave in Northwest Wisconsin in the country. We are 2 1/2 hours from Mpls / St. Paul. Prescott, Wi is about 2 hours away. It is pronounced with the "cot." We are able to tell out of state tourists by how they pronounce Wisconsin and area towns!

I hope you will be sharing Christmas pictures from Prescott!

Lux G. said...

Oh, so you're in Prescott (trying to pronounce it correctly this time).

That's a lovely city according to how you describe it.

I like where I live too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Intense Guy said...

I would rather live a bit further south znd place a bit more rural!

Stephanie Faris said...

I live about 4 miles from the Grand Ole Opry, but we're moving to the town that adjoins my hometown, so I'm excited about that. Kelly Clarkson bought a mansion in my hometown recently...and Taylor Swift briefly went to my high school when she was pursuing a record deal. Our new home will also be fairly close to Johnny Cash's home on the lake that burned down a while ago.

DMS said...

Sounds like a great place to live. I am glad you are enjoying your new home. Thanks for the pronunciation- I had no idea. :)

I live in a small town and I like being surrounded by a lot of trees.
~Jess

Mildred said...

You two are the same age as us. I learned something new about how to pronounce Prescott. We like our city very much. Ideally, we would have rather been further north in GA, but we had to consider distance to drs/hospitals.

Sunni said...

My husband and I went to Prescott on our honeymoon back in the 80's. I couldn't live there because the altitude is too high for me. I have ear issues with altitude and also trouble with cold weather, but I have to agree it's a nice place other than that.

It's scenic where I live now near Zion Nat'l Park in the SW corner of Utah, but overall, I hate this state and won't stay here once my house sells.

I spent twenty-five years in southern CA and it was the best, but very crowded now and expensive so I'm not sure where we'll move to yet.

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Elizabeth said...

My family used to visit Prescott Pines in the winter to see the snow. I did not know that it was pronounced that way, interesting.

Rhonda Albom said...

I had no idea Prescott was so high, nor that there were retirement communities that get snow. LOL - My dad always says people retire to Arizona (himself included) for the heat :)

Moonie said...

It is lovely - the seasons make for a nice change.
I think you and I share a concern for our "home" - California really is struggling to deal with this drought. Drought is a normal part of California but over consumption doesn't work.

Happy A to Zing to you!!!

Sandy said...

Never heard any of my friends, or my cousin who lives in Az pronounce it kit not cot. I would have thought the word would be broken down this way pre-scott vs just the cot on the end, though it would still be pronounced cot vs kit. There must be a story behind why it's spelling vs the way it's pronounced, historically. Most interesting. Or we could make up a good story, lol. We just got back from AZ last night, Phoenix. How far were we from you?

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jack69 said...

Thanks for the information on how to pronounce Prescott like a local. LOL. As I travel I am always amazed at the less obvious pronunciations of city names.

When we are here I like it. Problem is the small towns just will not stay small in this area, and I prefer a town of 2000-10,000. We are no longer that. (smile)

bloggingastrid.com said...

Sounds like quite a nice city. I hadn't expected the change of s easons anywhere in Arizona, as my stereotype of it is Phoenix. Glad the people are nice.

Kathryn McKendry said...

Prescott sounds nice. I like where we live, but I've always wanted to live near the mountains or ocean or both! Maybe we will retire in a place like that. :)

Cindy Amrhein said...

I would have thought Press-cot too. We have a lot of quirks like that around here too.:)
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TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

I didn't know how to pronounce Prescott! Handy information if I ever make it out west!

Why Christmas City? Sounds beautiful...we will need to see lots of pictures during the Christmas season, I bet they "do it up right!"

I think I'd really to go to a rodeo, at least once!

Veronica Lee said...

Very interesting lesson on Prescott.