Waiting in line to see John Densmore (The Doors) at Zia Records gave me a Best of Tucson moment. The crowd was a Tucson mix of young, older and unique...all interesting. There with my 16 year old daughter and 20 year old son, we met a woman who's most memorable quote was, "How do you make music without heroine?" She was with Cheyenne, her dog, and in the span of about 20 minutes, Cheyenne jumped on a woman in front of us, pulled a Christmas card out of another woman's purse, chewed on the buckles on my bag and tried to eat the tassels on my daughter's shoes...but Cheyenne was friendly. Behind her was Michael, the "chillest" dude ever, hipster behind him, etc. When it came to enter Zia, there was some concern from staff about the dog, so Michael suggested saving her place so she could place Cheyenne in the car. The woman's responded the dog could be stolen and there were reassurances all around regarding the unlikelihood of that...Michael almost prevailed until my daughter described a story she'd heard of stolen pugs being used as bait dogs...the dog remained and it was okay. The best of Tucson is not always in its places but its people like Michael and Zia staff who treat others with dignity and respect. It's not the first time I've seen it but every time I do I know I'm witnessing the best of Tucson.
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