Archive - Jan 2006

January 2nd

Eavesdropping

Lance and I spent the afternoon at the cafe at Barnes and Noble working on stuff. At the table next to us was an Asian gentleman. Eventually we got into a conversation, and he told us he is writing a children's book. He is also teaching languages at the university.

Honeycrisp

I was happy to see Minnesota's spectacular contribution to the apple world, the Honeycrisp, on the shelf at the grocery store here in Tucson. I bought a dozen, and they won't last long. They were only $1.99 per pound, which is one dollar less than they were in stores following harvest two years ago.

January 1st

Sedona



Left Flagstaff this morning. Decided that, although Lance has never seen the Grand Canyon, the forecast there was for a high of 40 degrees, while the high temperature in Tucson was to reach 74 degrees. End of discussion.

Headed south to Sedona through the Oak Creek Canyon. Some nice scenery, but the road was surprisingly clogged. Thought we could have breakfast in Sedona, but found every cafe to be jammed with snoots. We ended up eating at a casino down the road.

December 31st

Long, desolate trip



This little town on the border of Arizona and New Mexico was typical of today's scenery. Adobe houses. Sparse population. Sage brush. Red soil.



The sky got more dramatic as the day progressed. I didn't realize until we got into the hotel that we were seeing the front of an enormous storm system which is passing over us tonight.