5 Unwritten Rules All Sierra Vista Locals Know and Follow
Living in Sierra Vista is unlike anywhere you've lived before. If you're visiting or if you've migrated from another state, you'll quickly notice we have some unspoken rules that we all follow.
To be fair, these aren't laws. We won't hold you accountable if you're not yet vibing with something on this list. Read on - you'll see what we mean and understand what's up in Sierra Vista.
1. We Love to Ask Where You're From
Let's face it. Fort Huachuca has brought us a delightful basket of folks from all over the world. People often refer to the fort as Fort We-Gotcha because if you've been stationed here once, sooner or later you're coming back. The army might send you here, and you just might fall in love with the area and return to raise your families and when you retire.
Since we're such a diverse bunch, we love to talk about where we're from, compare notes and learn about everyone's unique background. Don't be offended. We're looking for common ground and it's one way we welcome you to your new home. If you're just here for a visit, don't worry. You'll be back.
2. Don't Wear Your ID Badge Off Post!
If it seems like everyone in shopping around town is 'labeled', literally, you're not imagining things.
Our soldiers' have names on their uniforms, and their rank. If you speak military rank, it's okay to be friendly and acknowledge the rank and name, politely, while they're in line ordering lunch. We'll probably talk about where you're from, too.
But if you're a contractor or in civil service and you're popping over Chili's for a quick bite, be sure to remove your name badge - or at least put it in your pocket.
Don't be surprised if someone you've never met points it out if you forget. You've been briefed! You know what we're talking about!
3. All Veteran-Centered Holidays are Observed
Yep. Fort Huachuca is on our doorstep, and we honor our service members, past and present, every chance we get.
Don't be surprised if you're at your kids' band performance and the theme is military appreciation. During the event, all veterans and active-duty service members may be asked to stand and be recognized. We appreciate our vets. Always.
4. Plan Early - We're Rolling Up the Sidewalks
Just so you're aware: This isn't Los Angeles and it's definitely not Spain! Late dinners just don't happen here.
If you need to dine late, your options are basically Denny's or Jack in the Box. Feel free to grab a quick bite a Circle K, if you're desperate. Otherwise, you're better off heading home. We'll see you tomorrow around 5am.
5. Keep Your Shoes On!
One thing we're all pretty clear on here: this will never be a hub for those interested in earthing.
The website, verywellmind.com says, "Earthing, also known as grounding, allows people to directly connect their bodies with the Earth and use its natural electric charges to stabilize them. This practice involves walking barefoot outdoors..."
I can't even IMAGINE walking barefoot outdoors! Even if the building catches fire, I'm finding shoes!
You run the risk of stepping on a stray goathead indoors; outdoors you're risking prickers, spines, mesquite branches and everything else that bites in Arizona. Get a good, sturdy pair of shoes and wear them!
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