What is it about the West and South West that they seem to understand that living like every day is a vacation day is great for mind, body and spirit? Perhaps I’m naive, but how could you be miserable when there are 300 days guaranteed sunshine and the general aesthetic is designed to please. Buildings and malls in rich colors of ochre, cinnamon, mustard and olive. Mall parking lots deck in sky high Palm trees and piped in music to boot. Everyone seems acutely concerned that architecture be one with ever present nature. Like they actually care and actually intended this! Good heavens. And what is about New Jersey that we have come to expect so little. How is it that La Serena can provide an apartment community with two heated swimming pools, a gym, clubroom, business office, an 890 SF, one bedroom/one bathroom apartment with terrace, your own full size laundry room for $685? The only utility a budgeted $110 for electric. New Jersians find it hard to believe guessing my rent around $1,200 to $2,000 after seeing the community and Arizonans looking perplexed at the bills we pay secretly wondering if we are nuts. I think we are.