Something’s Missing When Everything’s Instant

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 


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Here I go again, sounding like an old coot, but whatever happened to good ol’ delayed gratification? It seems anything worth waiting for is not worth waiting for anymore.

Remember when you had to wait a week for the next episode of “Falcon Crest” or “Laverne & Shirley” to come on the tube? There was something about the wait that lent purpose to life (or at least a low one like mine in those days). Now you can watch six full seasons of your favorite show nonstop (pausing for bathroom breaks, of course, as I discovered).

You used to get your daily news at 6 and 11 p.m., and maybe a recap with the morning’s newspaper. Now, everything is brought to us in real-time via hundreds of social media, blog, and other so called “news sources.” The same stupid story is interpreted seven ways to Sunday, each with its own bent, depending on which political god the writer or media outlet worships. Everything is viral and little of it is really relevant.

Sushi used to be a special treat, now I can find it at most gas stations.

We don’t even wait for our nicotine fix anymore. When I smoked in high school, I had to sneak out between periods or risk getting busted by Mr. Barr for puffing in the boy’s room. Thanks to vaping, the thrill is gone.

New music is available almost as quickly as it’s recorded. No more lining up at the record store for Zeppelin or Pink Floyd’s latest offering. Keith Richards must be rolling over in his grave. Oh, wait…

Mail order? Overnight shipping, baby!

Remember when you had to go to the library to find out the capital of Sri Lanka? Now you can look it up while sitting on the potty, should you need that information at that moment.

And don’t get me started on the dearth of butter churns on front porches! I saw this coming right after instant oatmeal was introduced. Damn you, Quaker Oats.


Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

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Chris Prickett
Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.
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Chris Prickett

Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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