Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
last night's sunset, near Priest and the Rio Salado. the
Arizona bloggers have gotten together for a group
post this month; we plan to do so on the 15th of each
month. Check out the other great Arizona sunset
Saturday, February 14, 2009
the NBA All Star games are in Phoenix this weekend.
at least a couple of our light rail trains are wrapped in
advertising, an exception that was made to a previous
decision that the train would not take on these sort
of promotions and advertising. it doesn't bother me, I'd
rather see a few ads on one or two trains than pay more
to ride as is also being proposed. At any rate, this marks
the half way point for the professional basketball
season. I am a huge basketball fan, but with all the
turmoil surrounding our Phoenix Suns team, I'm just
not that into it right now. Not long ago, our team was
a cohesive, incredibly fun to watch team that many other
teams attempted to emulate. Several upper management knee
jerk reactions and decisions later, the team is unrecognizable
and talking about trading one of the best players for
a bunch of nothing, essentially throwing in the towel.
I'm as disappointed as the rest of the fans, and our
GM, Steve Kerr has proven he had no business
getting his feet wet with an elite team. In their
peak a couple years back, the Suns were the best show
on sneakers; unfortunately now it looks like those
days are a wrap.
Friday, February 13, 2009
ASU vs. UCLA, at wells fargo arena, ASU campus;
what a great game last night, the score was often close
with a lot of lead changes; congratulations
to ASU, ranked 18, for their sweep of UCLA. the
win puts them among the upper echelon teams.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Arizona is a great place to grow citrus,
our hot summers and cool winters produce
a fuller flavor fruit than those produced
in consistently warm or mild climates.
in fact, our oranges can be so
sweet, some folks have to go to lengths
like these to keep people from
taking their pick.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
the Work Projects Administration (wpa) was the
largest new deal agency. created by a presidential
order by fdr, funded by congress, and bogged down in the
senate (starting to sound familiar), the program was
responsible for a lot of projects and employment (roads,
public buildings, media and literacy, redistributing
food, clothing, housing). almost every community in
america has a park, bridge or school constructed by
the agency. a sidewalk in the willo district of phoenix
has the wpa stamp.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
when borders bookstore opened on mill
avenue back in 2001, there was a fair amount of grumbling
that it wasn't the right fit for the eclectic downtown area.
it was too corporate, as were several of the other big name stores
that opened around that time - the gap, bath and body works,
abercrombie & fitch. the corporatization of mill experiment
hasn't worked - none of these stores have survived the
economic slump. left behind are empty stores and big
signs. at first glance this looks like one more
indication that things are going south, but a closer look
reveals an opportunity: to fill the empty stores on mill
with the same eclectic mix of stores that made mill such
an interesting destination, rather than an aspiring mall.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
a rainy day in the phoenix area, but that didn't stop
folks from getting out and enjoying the second half of the
day which was crisp and beautiful. this little guy
looking stylish in a bright yellow rain coat, was prepared
for sprinkles. captured at the willo street fair in phoenix
(an annual event where neighbors of the historic downtown
phoenix area open their beautiful remodeled 1920s & 30s
homes to the public).
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
when i lived in the midwest, an afternoon excursion
included country roads, rolling hills, lots of trees. in
arizona, the desert road winds down into a vast, rocky
landscape and big skies. big cottonwood trees
are at the end of this path, near the river.
western arizona, on the way to the bill williams river.