Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
That was to be the city's Botanical Gardens, a not-so-well known green spot that was once a family home surrounded by an amazing collection of plants and cooling trees. Today a special butterfly exhibit was offered for an extra four bucks. Too rich for Katie and Sosie, two retirees on fixed incomes hoarding cash during desperate times, so they just peered through exhibit windows (right) hoping for a free peek.
Below is an Elysian Park that used to be a spring-fed glorious oasis in Tucson. Progress destroyed the springs so now they just pump it in. See if you can find Sosie amidst the posies.
As coyotes howled outside under star-lit desert skies, St. Paul Katie taught the locals a lesson in No-Limit Texas Hold 'em, closing out three tables by 8:30 p.m. This singular triumph was witnessed first-hand by Sosie and Bill Shearer, who had motored in that very day in the family van, loaded with supplies and vintage sufficient for an indefinite stay at the nearby Rolfsrud Bros. Casa de Golfo.
While Katie stacked her chips, J.D. the dog snoozed in the car and Sosie, Bill and Stan drank beer and ate sandwiches, accompanied by a curious mustard/pickle- based version of potato salad favored by Arizonians.
Today's Ash Wednesday schedule will take a more religious tone, with the penitents slated for a pilgrimage to the famed San Xavier del Bac Mission in Tucson, a day of observations downtown and candlelight vespers at the El Minuto cafe in the barrio.
The San Xavier del Bac Mission was built between 1783 and 1797 by the Tohono O'odham tribe, under the direction of Spanish Franciscans. The mission opened Tucson's first public school in Nov. 7, 1864. There is no record of the monks teaching the Indians to play poker or run casinos.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Doug Mackenzie: Really? When I went to Scotland, I took my wife along.
Leno breathlessly reported today that he once spent an afternoon chatting poolside with Jesse's dad, Sonny Sixkiller, here in Tucson. Leno's son's best friend, noted quarterback Hugh Millen, introduced them.
That's sorta conincidental, isn't it?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Here's your 45-second day brightener.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
A handful of waffle crumbs thrown out back draws a covey of quail in just a few minutes. Quail are very shy and skittish. They mostly just run on the ground but are capable of short flights. We turned the sound up on this video so you can hear their warbly clucking. We're not sure what that comb thingy (at left) is for, but it is most distinctive. (Click on the forward icon to start the short clip.)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
After the completion of the project, a reporter from the Saddlebrooke Times, below, arrived to get the whole story and close yet another exciting chapter at The Cafe del Solveig.
Here's Mom singing "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes to the Hills," Psalm 121, accompanied by a montage of Tucson snowfall photos taken yesterday. Enjoy it. 2 minutes and 52 seconds.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
To see full coverage of the beauty and trauma of this extraordinary winter event, view the entire photo exposition, entitled Tucson Snowstorm 2009, by clicking on this: