On Cloud 9

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Cloud 9¬†burnt to the ground back in 1964. Cloud 9¬†restaurant on top of Shaw Butte, Phoenix that is. ( Link ) But, I should be on ‘cloud nine,’ with my new move to a neighborhood bumped up against the south … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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Eco, Archi … Arcosanti

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Having exited Rt.17 from Phoenix for Rt.69 heading towards Prescott Valley often over the 18 months of my Arizona residency, I was surprised that I had never heard of Arcosanti, (link, link) and indeed had driven past the small sign … Continue reading

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Flora Abunda … But No Peaches Until Wednesday

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In pre-travel, secret e-mail communiques from Tristan, briefly back from China, warning and informing me that his parent’s house was abuzz and busy with nervous and hurried vacuuming and cleaning, dusting and brushing before my arrival on this quick August … Continue reading

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Putting the “Camp” in Camping …

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There is something wonderful about driving away from Phoenix, but not in the movie, Psycho, sense … Janet Leigh’s scene titled, “Driving away from phoenix,” (Movie Clip Link,) nervous, anxious, guilty and fleeing, but in the sense of exhilaration, of … Continue reading

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A Long Dry Thirst …

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Went strolling after another perfect dinner at one of our regular central Phoenix, hip eateries … FEZ ( link ) or was it Switch ( link ) or maybe Maizie’s ( link ) … with my closest Phoenician friend, Mike … Continue reading

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Life off a pedestal …

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I started to walk to work. Well, I set a goal of walking to work at least one day ever week in a round trip journey that accumulates 5 1/2 steady miles. A decision brought on mostly¬† by concerns for … Continue reading

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I will do nothing … Mexico continued

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When asked by Laura, days into our Mexican escape, “… and what will you do today?” I responded emphatically, “I will do nothing. I don’t have to do anything.” And then thought, … ‘I will sit here and contemplate the … Continue reading

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Sunrises and Sunsets …

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Never sure why sunrises and particularly sunsets become so important when you are at the shore, but our seven rises and seven sets became a daily ritual; mine in the morning just before 7:30 and all of ours in the … Continue reading

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South of the Border down Mexico way …

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A surprise cellphone call received in Solvang, CA., during the Thanks Giving Holidays. Marc – “What are you doing for christmas?” Me – thinking … ‘Did we not have this conversation thrice before and thrice confirmed to spend a few … Continue reading

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