Archive - 2006

January 4th

San Xavier Mission



My dad's high school roomate Elmer took Lance and I to San Xavier Mission today, just south of Tucson. The mission was built by the Spanish and completed in 1797. Right now it is undergoing a restoration of the stucco on the towers. The work is slow. Each tower will cost $1.3 million.



Attached to the mission is a functioning school and a Franciscan monastery. The arches frame the scene looking north towards Tucson.

January 3rd

Copper chimes

Pima County Courthouse



This beautiful tile-domed 1927 building sits on a plaza with fountains and green grass just across from the Tucson Art Museum.

Broken window



In a mild climate, there isn't quite the impetus to fix broken windows that there is where it gets below zero.

Historic Tucson



Went down to Tucson's historic district this afternoon to see the art museum and the old houses in the area. Some of the architecture was striking.



Part of a mural in the background sets off marble used in the museum's construction.

Things you don't see in Fertile



Okay, I was shooting from the hip and didn't get a good picture of this guy at the coffee shop because I didn't dare ask him if I could take his picture. Yellow shoes, mauve socks, white boxers, yellow shirt, plaid bow tie--and mauve jacket on a man who looked to be in his late eighties. Priceless.

The Tucson effect

Each year when December rolls around, I debate: Is it worth it to go to Arizona? Should I just stay home and tend the stove?

Most years, I cave in and go to Tucson, but with mixed feelings. Perhaps this year the charm will wear off. Perhaps this year I will get there and realize that I really no longer enjoy it.

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.