I guess I should get around to answering the burning question on everyone's mind.
I really like Phoenix. Here's one reason why.
Most of Phoenix is flat. No hills, flat. Then right in the center are a couple of smallish mountains that stick straight up out of the flatness. Which means there is mountain hiking right in the center of metropolitan Phoenix, and very popular with the locals. We went up one of the 'moderate' trails (read, slightly above my current fitness level.) Actually, Justin, Russell and I got 3/4 of the way up, and Jus' parents and brother (who were visiting at the time) took the two dogs the rest of the way up while I fed Russell and waited for their return trip. Proof positive that when this dissertation is done, I need to get some more exercise.
But the views were lovely. I leave you with pics.