I’m at a real estate conference in Orlando, Florida. I have a Master’s Degree in agricultural economics from the University of Florida and used to know Florida fairly well.

But as an Arizona boy, I could never get used to not being able to go outside at night because of the mosquitoes. In Arizona in the summer, we can’t wait for sundown. That’s why we don’t have daylight savings time. Heck, reverse daylight savings time might be popular.

The park by my house in McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale and its tennis courts fill up as the sun goes down. Without many mosquitoes it is fun to get out. I don’t think I’ve been bitten by a mosquito this year.

As kids, we went wild after the sun went down running around the neighborhood.

To be able to relax, watch the sunset and the evenings overtake the backyard was part of the Arizona outdoor lifestyle.

Not in Florida, or most places really. When I went to Florida for grad school, I hated being chased indoors by the mosquitoes right when I wanted to get active outside.

Driving from the airport to the hotel yesterday, I noticed a lot of people now have these huge mosquito screened backyard rooms. They are HUGE. They may be 20 feet by 30 feet and 10 feet high.

I just wanted to mention that in Arizona you don’t need to be in a cage to enjoy the evenings outdoors.