Archive - Jan 2006

January 10th

A town divided

Patagonia still looks like a scruffy western town, but there are signs that it is being taken over by the foofs: Herbal medicine shops, art galleries, foofy coffee shops, etc. So, the cowboys are firing back. This gas station is next door to a health food store which would probably be on the opposite end of the spectrum.


Took a trip to Patagonia, AZ, a small town near the Mexican border. I had been there before, but today I had a chance to look around. The highlight was this mosaic, which contained tile mixed with mirrors.

Here, the mirrors in the mosaic make it look like there are holes in the fence. Actually, it is a reflection.

January 9th

Spirit of 4th Avenue

On the advice of weblog reader Mara, I went down to the health foods store today and sure enough, high up on the shelf was a Neti Pot. I snapped it up, as well as some sea salt--New Zealand extra fine, for you salt conniosseurs. The salt, which I got out of the bulk bins, cost me fourteen cents. It will last forever.

The health foods store and all things funky can be found on 4th Avenue, or 4th Ave as it is called locally. I ate at a Mexican place there, and it was delicious. Coffee shops and

January 8th

Feeling Puny on Sunday

Called Aunt Olla back at the Fertile Hilton this afternoon. She's feeling "puny." That means not particularly well. Her blood pressure had gone up to the point where the doctor decided they had better do something about it, so she's on blood pressure medication and that can knock a person out for a while.

But she perked up as the phone conversation went along. I think she was in the middle of a nap when I called, but she wouldn't admit it.

Thermostat wars

Can you imagine how many times this sad story is repeated each year across the Midwest? The picture says it all.

January 7th

Neti pot

The night before leaving for Tucson, a bunch of friends came over to the house--high school friends who were home for the holidays. We are now getting to the age where the discussion starts to tend towards bowels and such. In the course of the conversation, one friend brought up how he is now hooked on the Neti Pot.

Tucson sunset

Okay, I could get along without the two electric wires in the middle of the picture, but I was in a hurry to catch this sunset before it faded, which it did in about two minutes. I wasn't the only one out on the hotel balcony taking pictures.

January 6th

Gate's Pass

Tucson is surrounded by four mountain ranges. On the west are the purplish-brown Tucson mountains. If you go west on Tucson's main drag, Speedway Avenue, you end up at the top of the range at Gate's Pass. From there, I got out and took some pictures looking northwest. I love the velvety desert vegetation which gives the mountains the look of being draped in an old velour towel.

Undomestic disturbances

Thanks to the scourge of cell phones, a person out in public will inevitably be privy to one end of a domestic argument every now and then. Just now, while outside walking, I couldn't help but hear a man who was loading things in the back of his pickup say, "Just let me talk! I know you don't believe me, but...will you just shut up for a second so I can talk?"


When I was four years old, Mom and Dad frequently read to us out of a small storybook about the New Testament. One of the pictures from that book which sticks in my head is of a starry sky over Lake Galilee. The stars in the picture, contrary to my experience at the time, were multi-colored--like a sky full of Fruit Loops. Although that would have been my preferred experience of the sky, I knew it was false, and I probably asked Mom and Dad endless questions about why the stars over Galilee were colored while ours were a bland white.