Safehouse first opened mere months before I moved to Tucson with some friends at the very end of '97; it was one of the first places my 'Sconnie homeslice Randy (who'd moved here about a year prior) introduced us to, as we crashed at his tiny apartment whilst looking for our first pad here. He and a development colleague later set up the first wifi network at Safehouse during the dot.com boom, one of the first public hotspots in town, not least out of "enlightened self interest" because they wanted to do work from there with a steady flow of that delicious, hi-test diesel-strength coffee and 'spro. Speaking of which, to this day I have never had a better cup of coffee anywhere at any price.
Most of the people I now know in Tucson are directly or indirectly traceable to some Safehouse connection; either I met them there, or met them through someone I met there, or first met them elsewhere but bonded with them there. Safehouse is an integral part of my entire 15-year Tucson experience; to me, Safehouse is Tucson, and Tucson is Safehouse. To those who knew and loved it, Safehouse was more than a mere coffeeshop or hangout; it was a community, a support group, a social nexus, an island of misfit toys, a second home -- heck, a first home for some. This town has lost a big chunk out of its soul.
I used to love Thai China Palace, which IMO went downhill when it changed ownership and became Bai Thong. I recently found out Thai China Bistro is run by the same owners as the former Thai China Palace, as well as Thai China Siam up on Oracle. Still need to try them out, but sounds promising.
One nation under... *which* God? o.O
Doesn't this need a 'food truck diaries' tag? :^)
Unfortunately, our current drinking-age policies attempt to flout the reality of nascent young-adult drinking rather than manage it -- and help guide new drinkers to manage it -- responsibly. I think this largely explains the prevalence of binge drinking among young adults today. The law is effectively *encouraging* them to do it if they're going to start drinking before 21 at all, and it's a rare person indeed who never lets a drop of alcohol pass their lips before they're 21.
As long as the drinking age is 21, young adults who choose to start their drinking experiences under age 21 will continue to be legally motivated to do so by obtaining the strongest booze possible and consuming it as quickly as possible, so they can kick off a significant and long-lasting buzz and then dispose of the evidence before they get caught. This is how they "learn to drink", establishing a pattern of consumption that often continues even after they are of legal drinking age. Without the experience to know firsthand how the effects of alcohol (especially hard liquor) can continue building long after it is consumed, so it's far to easy to find yourself drunker than you ever intended to get.
What if young adults were allowed to drink moderately at a younger age and given no legal motivation for hard and fast drinking to avoid getting busted? What if they could at least purchase and consume moderate-ABV beer, coolers, and wine starting at, say, age 18 or 19? By the time they're allowed to buy the hard stuff at 21, they'll have dipped a toe in the waters, and no legal influence encouraging them to start binge-drinking hard liquor. This is how it works in many European countries, apparently to great success. Perhaps it's time we try a similar approach here.
Beware the Ides.
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