Archive - 2009

December 23rd

Raining mud

All over Tucson are car washes. I have always wondered how they kept busy when the cars stay so clean.

Yesterday, I found out. After a day of high winds, which stirred up so much dust that there were accidents, one fatal, due to dust storms, the rain poured down. Ah, I thought, this will wash away all the mess and clean everything up.

Nope. The dust came down with the rain as mud, and the cars were covered in it this morning. Probably a million cars in Tucson need washing. It was an economic stimulus package for the car washes.

December 22nd

A good guy, gone

Boyd Christenson was an institution in the Red River Valley.


The big Christmas week storm has already passed over the Tucson area. It was pretty undeveloped, but it left in its wake 40 mile-per-hour winds. And, the temperature just dropped about fifteen degrees. We're down in the lower 50s right now. With wind chill, it is probably in the forties.

December 21st

Another world

When I am in the car, I listen to the weather station on satellite radio. They give the temperatures around the nation. All cold. Never once have they given Tucson's temperature. Today, as they were reciting the gloom and doom everywhere else, the thermometer on the Taurus read sixty-seven degrees. It was cloudy, but pleasant.

The other day, they said Phoenix was at 45 degrees. I think that must have been a mistake because at the time, Tucson was in the mid-60s.

December 19th

AZ mountains

Beautiful Elephant rock shines in the late afternoon. I drove up to Whipple Observatory today, then went farther up the mountain on a one-lane gravel road. Eventually I got near the top, although I couldn't get all the way to the top where the observatories are. Here is the road I took.


Hundreds of flags festoon a bridge south of Green Valley, AZ.


December 18th

Perfect Day

I have been so busy enjoying the day today that I haven't blogged. Seventy-three in the sun, sixty-five in the shade. Lots of walking, basking, etc.

December 17th


Peter Gammons is one of the best baseball commentators out there. In his last column with ESPN before moving on to a new job with MLB Network, Gammons gives some inside dope on his twenty years covering baseball with ESPN. My favorite stories? His interview with Ted Williams.


Just got back from the U of A library where I read for a couple of hours.

The trek is about a mile one way. It required a heavy shirt and long pants. I walked through a lot of campus activity. Finals are ending. The bars overflow. The outdoor patios are full under the heat lamps. Music plays loudly.

Above, the stars shine brightly even in mid-town due to Tucson's lighting ordinances. Orion, a winter-time friend, is visible from University Avenue.