Back online. We have been ‘down’ for a while and now are back!
Not that it means anything, really.
I have this to to report: I have traveled somewhat extensively through the “Merican southwest and, to be honest, I have not been overly impressed. Brown, tan, beige and more beige with a sprinkle of purple now and then is how I see it. Plus some cactus and buzzards. Mind you, I am including half of California, Texas, New Mexico, the Baja and Senora (Mexico) in that blanket condemnation – all the way through Nevada and Utah. NOT a big fan of burnt ochre.
But I have changed my mind. Or, rather, have opened it. The rain helped. A week or two after the rains we experienced in the first five or so days, the surrounding world changed. We have had a chance to see the impact water has on the desert and it is gorgeous-making. Literally. A few days ago, Sal and I went out to Tortilla Flats National Park and did the tourist ‘loop’. It was stunning.
Superstition Mountains are the classic western backdrop for a now-green desert of giant Saguaro and Prickly Pear cactus with colour-enhanced boulders of many hues. I have never seen desert so lovely.
This snowbird thing ain’t all bad.
But, if I was to admit it, I am getting a little homesick. I find myself planning the next projects in my head, listing the materials I will need, wondering how to get the whole show back on the road when we get home. I am thinking ahead….
A very brief word about politics. The news is openly frank and critical of Trump but otherwise silly and shallow…cats-in-trees, kids collecting for charities…celebrity sightings, pro-ball spring training…that kind of thing. Much more than I would have expected. No real news. But the average Arizonian doesn’t seem to care or have a political thought in their heads. Some do. But the majority do not. No one wears MAG (make America great again) hats. The odd whacko sports a huge ‘Merican flag on their beater truck but they are in the minority (seen only two). It is clearly business as usual in Phoenix. Honestly, I think more Canadians are interested in Washington than are ‘Mericans (percentage wise).
One thing is noticeable, the ‘Mericans are uber friendly. Everyone talks with each other like they are friends or neighbours. We are included in all sorts of spontaneous conversations. It’s very pleasant.
And things are so cheap by our standards! I bought a couple of T-shirts that were already inexpensive ($12.00) but, when the cashier heard our Canadian accents, she discounted them more by 15% and then offered us a 30% discount later when we bought some more crap. How does a big box store like Kohl’s stay in business selling me (nice) T-shirts so cheap? Gas now at US$1.97 a gallon. Food cheap-like-borscht. Only restaurant food is the ‘same’ or higher than the equivalent in Canada.
But, enough of that. Jus’ sayin’….
Book is at the last stage. It’s now with some beta readers for proofing and critiquing. Could be harsh. But, we are getting done what needs doin’. So, we’re good.
Hope all six of youse are good, too?