Books by A.O. Kime
"Metaphysical realities in America's politically-challenged democracy"
"A sagacious accounting of the Stone Age and the beginnings of civilization"
U.S. colleges and trade schools
Odd combination of directories you think? See 'faces'
A.O. Kime Articles:
Shoofly Village ruins
Stone Age history
Stone Age timelines
Stone Age tools
Dynamics of now
Evil (nature of)
Gift of life
Light (nature of)
Time (nature of)
Curse of science
Int'l Criminal Court
Rule of law
While books and pictures can better characterize a state such as Arizona,
directories help portray its business community by demonstrating the
uniqueness of its neighborhood. After all, local directories consist largely of
unique business names seen nowhere else and these businesses often have unique
street addresses of local historical significance. Only their listed phone numbers
conform to a national system.
Also, within directories, a state’s uniqueness is often reflected by its most interesting businesses… those which might characterize it best. For example, a directory of gun dealers within Arizona would seem more interesting (and reflective) than a directory of plumbers. Likewise, RV parks would seem more interesting than (say) auto dealerships… car lots having a mundane aspect to their predictable existence. Yet, car enthusiasts wouldn't see any mundane aspect... nor those in need of a plumber. Nonetheless, due to a particular (curious) aspect of the subconscious mind, gun dealers and RV parks are more interesting because they are a reflection of freedoms. It's a distinction which sets them apart.
However, other businesses are also interestingly reflective but in different ways for different reasons. They don't need be unique business-types necessarily either.
Of course, such a limited information bank wouldn't serve everyone's interests when
just trying to characterize a state. At any rate, directories are seldom looked
upon as having characterizing properties. The next level of appreciation?
While selective directories can delineate the unique aspects of a city or state, sabotaging this uniqueness are the effects of chain stores and nationally franchised fast-food joints which have rendered many American cities practically indistinguishable. For example, prior to the 1960s the Arizona towns of Casa Grande, Willcox and Yuma had distinct personalities due largely to their locally-owned businesses. It was once an adventure to experience their great differences... but since diluted to much smaller differences.
Yet, one can still find joy in experiencing these diluted differences. After all, sunsets occur every evening and everywhere but are still often spectacularly unique. Likewise, apple pies are always a treat... however commonplace.
Perhaps the forgoing explains why this website only has certain directories. Mainly though, only the interesting and reflective businesses seemed like they'd be fun to put together, the rest not.
What seemed interesting:
directory of Arizona bookstores
directory of Arizona agribusinesses (14 categories)
directory of Arizona casinos
directory of Arizona gun dealers
directory of Arizona outfitters (hunting, fishing and backwoods guides)
directory of Arizona nurseries (garden plants & trees)
directory of Arizona book publishers
directory of Arizona western wear stores
directory of Arizona RV parks
directory of U.S. colleges & trade schools
Notice: We also recently put together the same directories for New Mexico (except for an RV park directory) - see the left panel for links.
Of historical interest: Arizona, being the 48th state to enter the Union in 1912, and while this makes Arizona seemingly a very young state, but, as a state, it is instead perhaps more than 800 years old … being the abandoned territory (in part) of the Aztec empire formerly known as Aztlán (as per the Aztec legend)... see A.O. Kime's article The Aztecs and Montezuma Castle
Last modified: 11/04/13