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(as) happy as a duck in Arizona

Unhappy or miserable. The predominately dry, desert environment of Arizona is meant to contrast with a duck's aquatic habitat. Her date never showed up, so she's about as happy as a duck in Arizona right now.
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happy as a duck in Arizona

Unhappy. Ducks like water. Arizona is a largely arid state. Ergo, an unhappy person would be as unhappy as a teal in Tucson. Contrast that condition with someone who is as happy as a clam at high tide or as a flea in a doghouse.
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25 million acres) national forests lie next to each other in Arizona west of Coconino and north of Coronado.
M and E's own undisputed figures fail to establish that the Wisconsin house was their principal residence; they show that they spent more time there only during the first year of the five-year period (1993-1994), and that for each of the other four years, they spent the majority of each year either at the Georgia house (1994-1995 and 1995-1996), or the Arizona house (1996-1997 and 1997-1998).
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From March 10, 1921, when the Arizona Legislature passed the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, until the 1950's, vocational rehabilitation (VR) staffing in a rural state with two large metropolitan areas dedicated very little, if any, special outreach to disabled Native Americans.
From the time he was named artistic director of Ballet Arizona in 1992, Michael Uthoff has pushed the company in several directions at once, some with more success than others.
Ironically, the same geography, topography, and climate that make Arizona such a challenging habitat to live in also are responsible for its multitude of champions.