I'm an Arizona native, been in Tucson since 1964 so I've seen it go from a sleepy cowtown to a sprawling metropolis. I worked in…
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Gone but not forgotten. Tucson's last surviving drive-in theater closed abruptly on October 3, 2009. The DeAnza Corporation announced it was closing only 3 days before.
It had been offered for sale every year since at least 1999 when a Denver man tried to buy it and run it as a drive-in theater.
The DeAnza folks just abandoned it and did very little maintenance and zero promotion so it had become very shabby. It still had a loyal clientele though, and depending on the movies, business could be brisk on weekends.
Vandals speeded up the demise by covering every inch of the buildings with graffiti. Plans were underway to use the property as a fundraiser for a new drive-in but in response to the neighborhood and police complaints, the development company leveled everything and fenced in the property in March 2010.
Hopefully some day soon, another will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes and Tucson can once again enjoy movies under the stars.
"The people of Arizona must be very proud of Jan Brewer."
Get real! She's an illiterate idiot who panders to those that pay the most to support her.
If she had an education, I might consider her qualifications but she is a loser who kissed *** to get where she is. She would do away with education totally if she thought it would further her agenda.
She and her friends keep dumbing down Arizona so they will keep voting for them.
We are number 49 in education and if you asked her, she would say, "Out of how many?"
If more businesses would hire young people for part time and summer jobs, they would learn how to get along with folks and be a team player.
I spent 32 years in one job and learned first hand that those who have no clue to learn people skills and how to work with others eventually get surplussed.
That first job may teach you how to work with others and get along with your co-workers. That is a very important skill and it also teaches people how to keep schedules and report to work on time.
Ethics learned in that first job carry on to make you the person who is qualified for those higher positions.
Been there, done that. After a career of over 40 years working, I now teach. Too many folks just want to get by with the least amount of effort needed.
Good editorial mayor.
I have to agree that 5 O'Clock World by the Vogues sums up the average workday pretty well.
After 32+ years with one company, my favorite became Take This Job and Shove It but I suppose that isn't an appropriate choice going in. :-)
This is the entire text of the second amendment:
'A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
Keep in mind that this was written just after the revolutionary war and there was no regular army so an "able bodied man" was allowed and encouraged to own weapons to be made available should a conscription of force be necessary to counter an invasion of our young country.
Unfortunately, it has been re-interpreted so many times that it now bears little resemblance to what our founding fathers quite possibly meant.
For the scholars, take a read of this article from the Cornell University Law School:
Like Tom, I know a few people who own guns that use them for target shooting or hunting. I have no problem with that and respect their desire to pursue that sport.
On the other hand, I have known some people who are so obsessed with guns that they slept with two or three under their pillows at night.
The one thing I do believe is that no civilian has a need for military grade weapons and magazines. These are meant for only one purpose and that is mass killing. They serve no purpose for hunting or target practice at all.
Someday we may look back on this whole obsessive gun issue and think how polarizing it was and finally pass some sensible laws limiting the types and quantity that are considered reasonable for the average trained person.
Or my favorites (not) is when the National Guard is doing maneuvers on the south side and car alarms are going off everywhere.
I don't know statistically what the deterrent effect is for car alarms. but when I slam my door at the supermarket and an alarm goes off in the next parking space, it doesn't seem to attract anything except looks of disgust for the noise.
I once had a friend who had an expensive aftermarket alarm system installed in his new car.
A few months later he came out to find the car sitting on its hubs. The thieves only took the wheels and tires and the car alarm!
I remember the Heavens Gate cult well. One of my co-workers who seemed to despise anyone with a knowledge of computers called me to ask if I knew that some 39 members of my profession has killed themselves to have their souls meet with a spaceship hiding behind the the Hale-Bopp comet.
Since I also like science fiction, I thought he was joking until I got home and had a chance to see the news. This was March 1997 and we didn't have Internet access at work yet. The cult members made a living writing web page material for the infant Internet at the time.
Sadly, this brought back memories of other cults such as the Branch Davidians Waco event in 1993.
But even Tucson isn't exempt from our share of weirdos. When I first came to Tucson in the mid 60's, we had our very own "Pied Piper of Tucson," a young man with some sort of power over women that ended in the deaths of two daughters of a local physician.
The national media had a field day and Life magazine published a full page photo of Speedway Boulevard taken with a lens that showed the street from about Tucson Boulevard to Alvernon. Because of the perspective of the lens, it made Speedway look like the billboards and signs were just feet apart. They dubbed Speedway as "the ugliest street in the US."
But back to the end of the world. Anyone remember Y2K? This was supposed to bring the end of civilization at midnight on January 1, 2000. The reason was that computer memory was once very expensive and programmers only specified two spaces to hold the year field to save on memory. It was feared that when the calendar rolled around to 2000, most computers would crash leaving civilization in chaos.
That didn't happen either. I suspect tomorrow will just be another sunny, somewhat chilly day in the Old Pueblo and shoppers will still be clogging the streets with last minute shopping as usual.
Nope, the end of civilization will come eventually but it will be man-made, due to overpopulation and pollution. I probably won't be around then to see that happen.
My father was very racist and my mother was from the deep south. Probably because of their examples, I have never been racist as it was just too ugly to see all of the time.
The only time I have ever been the slightest bit prejudiced was about 35 years ago when I applied for a job, I was told that because of minority quota hiring requirements I wasn't considered because I was a white male.
I'm all for equality and believe that anyone should be considered based strictly on their capabilities, education, or skill levels.
Race, sex, or age has no place in being a deciding factor for anything in this 21st century.
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