No matter how much I love Atlanta – and I really do – going back to Arizona really is going back home. I’m specifically talking about Arizona and not Phoenix. While Phoenix is where I grew up – Arizona the state, the lands outside of Phoenix-metro-proper, is what I consider home when speaking in terms of the southwest. Travel an hour outside of the city limits and you finally escape the suburbs that in effect, has swallowed any chance Phoenix ever had to become more than a breeding ground for Applebees or StarSux.

Since we moved to Atlanta almost two years ago it’s been unique restaurants, hip neighborhoods and new friends. A rush of life and culture that doesn’t exist in the desert suburb that so much wants to be Los Angeles. My family still lives in Arizona and so do my oldest friends. The longer I’m away, and the longer periods of time between visits make each trip back only more different, more… something else. 

This past trip was more special in particular because my grandparents were in town. They made the trip from Fresno, California to attend my brother’s college graduation (Bachelor’s in Physics from Northern Arizona University). I was severly disappointed in myself and my financial situation when I wasn’t able to attend my sister’s graduation the year before – so even though it wasn’t the wisest decision to go, I went this time. A week after having come back from our month-long stint in China, I was away from the office for yet another week. While putting this video together, I know that there is no way I could have missed any of this – it’s too important now. All of it, every time.

Maybe it’s my age and all of this free time I have since I have no job to go to right now – but what else is there to say except I miss these people. My family and friends.

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Leah and I visited Arizona separately so this is the 1st video mashup of both of any footage that we captured from each of our trips.

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Since we don’t have a ‘cast descriptions’ section and you may be confused as to who all of the people are – this one is honestly skewed more towards my family since Leah’s family mostly live around Atlanta. The rest are friends. But again, this isn’t everyone we saw on our trips to Az.

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Mark Tioxon

Atlanta Wedding Photographer, Marketing Director, Writer at LeahAndMark & Co.
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