Random Cultural Things

  1. Fast Food Thursdays

    Update made on June 24 at bottom of post... I work in Flagstaff on Thursdays. It is about an hour's drive from home. Fortunately I get paid to drive and a nice gas reimbursement. I also get a meal reimbursement—up to $14.00 for lunch. Since I never eat lunch, I use it to purchase an early dinner instead—before I head home. I could do the sit-down thing, but frankly, I just want to get back to the Verde Valley ASAP. So I have been indulging in—or rather, slumming it—on fast food. I pretty...
  2. Phoenix: One Bite at a Time

    Outside of Cucina Cucina Modern Italian in downtown Phoenix on 8/10/16. Dinner with son; my entree Salmone Affumicato:
  3. Vive la Vida!

    UPDATE 3/27/16 at bottom of post... Mexico on my mind. One week from today, David and I are driving to Rocky Point Mexico for a five-day-weekend. I can't wait. It will be my first real vacation in over a year. I rented a beautiful house right on the beach. We plan to party, dance, collect shells, and eat very well. Here is where we are staying... Casa del Mar Casista A little mood music... I'll post pics when I return. UPDATE: 3/27/16 I'm back. Mexico was awesome in all ways: the casita...
  4. Have Passport Will Travel

    I love my job but I took today off because it is my birthday and I want to treat myself to a nice present. I have an appointment at 1:00 PM to have my passport renewed. Got my photos yesterday so I am good to go. My tentative plan is to go to England this coming August. I'd like to visit Cornwall, the Cotswolds, London, Manchester and York. If time permits, I would also love to go to Paris and Barcelona. Dream a little dream with me. *Update 11/7/15: Passport came in the mail yesterday....
  5. Pretty Certain It's Happening

    Tucson/Puerto Pensaco, Mexico trip August 13-17. Tampa FL trip October 14-20. Woo-hoo. Can't wait.
  6. Symbols

    Symbols can be powerful—evoking strong emotions to rise to the surface from some deep, out of view space. I have been subjected to three Confederate flags this last week—all were flying from long wooden poles alongside the US flag—attached to the beds of four wheel drive trucks, validating at least one stereotype perfectly. OK. This is Arizona. I am not in the South. The West should not feel any affiliation or loyalty to the Confederacy. What exactly are these fools embracing and expressing...
  7. Success is the Only Revenge I Seek

    I am not superstitious and I certainly think Karma is bunk. But something makes me hesitate shouting at the top of my lungs, "life is good," out of fear that I will jinx myself—that the hubris police will come cracking down and put me back in my miserable place. Maybe I am simply not used to success. It feels different. I feel vulnerable. Could I lose it all in a moment's notice? I should feel I deserve this chance at greatness. Haven't I suffered enough? I don't want to be a victim...
  8. Survivors' Guilt

    I'm a survivor. I have survived two major medical illnesses. Why have I arrived on the other side whereas others with similar illnesses have lost the battle or are continuing to fight for their lives—daily, hourly? Why me? Why not me? When I got spinal cancer at age 16, I could have felt pity for myself. Instead I decided not to be a victim but rather a warrior. I was going to live, dammit. Thirty years later, I remain cancer free. I have a few scars—battle wounds—but I am walking and...
  9. Dreaming of Red

    Waiting for my tomatoes to turn red is like watching paint dry—it seems to be taking forever. Sid has over thirty tomatoes. Penny has over forty. I can't even count them all. I've tried but I lose track. There are so many clustered together. But they are all green. Some are quite large. Looks like they are full size. As soon as they start to get a little orangeish at the bottom they are good to go. It usually takes about seven days for them to fully ripen on the vine once they start. I...
  10. The Unanswered Moz Questions

    There is a new Moz book being released in May that claims to have the answers to all my questions. Preposterous. Think it will answer these? When was the last time Moz ate cheese? Does Moz still wear leather shoes? Does he read the forums at Morrissey-Solo? What does he think of the phrase cheese is murder? Did Moz have a crush on Johnny? Did he sleep with Johnny? Is Morrissey really bi? Is Damon bi? Did Moz sleep with Tina? What does Tina think about the less than flattering...
  11. True Love

    Just got home and checked my email. This was in my inbox. I have the best mom ever. To be loved and cherished by a person who is so amazing is truly a gift.
  12. Food Swap

    I'm craving cabbage. It has been three days since my last fix. What a strange thing to be addicted to, right? At least it is healthy. So anyhow, I'm sitting here wishing I had a big head to fry up for lunch. I could go to the market and buy one. Too bad I just couldn't trade a can of pinto beans or other pantry item I don't really want or need for it. This gave me an idea. Would there be a community interest in a food/service swap of sorts in my area? No money would be exchanged. Food...
  13. Oscars 2015

    My ballot: My picks in gold; winners in blue.
  14. Brutally Honest

    Bad personality traits/characteristics: stupidity, ineptness, laziness, incompetence, unresourcefulness. Which traits stand out in this exchange between myself and a PoF guy? So, a few days ago, I receive this message from a guy who lives a few hours south of me—outside of Phoenix: Hi where is Sedona az I don't reply because he has exhibited these traits: ineptness, incompetence, laziness, and unresourcefulness. Today, I get another message from him: You don't like me none?? My reply...
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