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An Annotated Guide to the Meet Rack, As Told (Mostly) By "God" 

If they've got what you're into, you might have a religious experience.

Wallpapered with photos, letters, posters and the occasional Alcoholics Anonymous chip, the Meet Rack is one of Tucson's most beloved dive bars. Each item displayed is a trophy of sorts, from the bras on the ceiling, to the photo of Arnold Schwarzenneger "taking [a woman's] temperature," to the stories detailing the mayoral candidacies of Jim "God" Anderson, the Meet Rack's "consultant" (Anderson's daughter holds the liquor license, as he's "not allowed to anymore," he says). Most infamous, of course, is the "Duty Hut," the latest iteration of a series of sex-themed rooms that have been included in each bar—six, by his count—Anderson has owned in his lifetime.

These are the stories of only a small sample of the pictures, toys, guitars and animal pelts that you can find in God's place. For more, you'll have to talk to him on your own.

click to enlarge Anderson: "I never make things happen in here; I let them happen." - NOELLE HARO-GOMEZ
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  • Anderson: "I never make things happen in here; I let them happen."

click to enlarge Dildo on the bar, according to a Meet Rack bartender: "Not long after we got that in here, a prostitute we've seen around here comes in about 2 or 3 in the morning. I say, 'Do you want to make 20 bucks?' and she says 'Sure. How?' I say, 'Take that whole thing in your pussy.' She looks at it, makes a face, then looks at us and says 'Can I put it in my ass?' and we say no. 'Are you sure you don't want to just fuck me instead?' We say 'no.' So she puts it on the floor, squats onto it, and gets about halfway before stopping. She says 'I just spent two months in county, there's no way that's happening.' We gave her the $20 anyway. A few nights later, a bachelorette party comes in here. The bride walks in, sees it on the bar, and gets excited. She practically unhinges her jaw, then just starts going to town on it. I didn't have the heart to tell her." - NOELLE HARO-GOMEZ
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  • Dildo on the bar, according to a Meet Rack bartender: "Not long after we got that in here, a prostitute we've seen around here comes in about 2 or 3 in the morning. I say, 'Do you want to make 20 bucks?' and she says 'Sure. How?' I say, 'Take that whole thing in your pussy.' She looks at it, makes a face, then looks at us and says 'Can I put it in my ass?' and we say no. 'Are you sure you don't want to just fuck me instead?' We say 'no.' So she puts it on the floor, squats onto it, and gets about halfway before stopping. She says 'I just spent two months in county, there's no way that's happening.' We gave her the $20 anyway. A few nights later, a bachelorette party comes in here. The bride walks in, sees it on the bar, and gets excited. She practically unhinges her jaw, then just starts going to town on it. I didn't have the heart to tell her."

click to enlarge Gyno chair: This is a relic, succeeding the dentist chair that was in Anderson's old bar, Someplace Else. This hydraulic gynecologist's chair was originally purchased in 1953 for $8,000 by a regular to Anderson's bar, and was donated to the Duty Hut with one condition, according to Anderson: "He said 'the only thing I ask is if I ever come over here and want to demonstrate to somebody, that I can use it.' Fine by me." - NOELLE HARO-GOMEZ
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  • Gyno chair: This is a relic, succeeding the dentist chair that was in Anderson's old bar, Someplace Else. This hydraulic gynecologist's chair was originally purchased in 1953 for $8,000 by a regular to Anderson's bar, and was donated to the Duty Hut with one condition, according to Anderson: "He said 'the only thing I ask is if I ever come over here and want to demonstrate to somebody, that I can use it.' Fine by me."

click to enlarge Stockade: According to Anderson, "Who do you think always gets in the stockade? The girls. You'd have to get a gun to get me in there." But it's kept around—likely because "when a girl is in here, she has a hard time saying no—this is where you're the commander," he says. "Do you happen to know the male superior position for making love? All of them." - NOELLE HARO-GOMEZ
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  • Stockade: According to Anderson, "Who do you think always gets in the stockade? The girls. You'd have to get a gun to get me in there." But it's kept around—likely because "when a girl is in here, she has a hard time saying no—this is where you're the commander," he says. "Do you happen to know the male superior position for making love? All of them."

click to enlarge Bras and underwear: "Girls come in, and they say 'How come the bras are up there?' I say, 'Well, if you give me your bra we'll put it up there and I'll take your picture.' They say 'do I get a drink?' No! Of course you don't get a drink." - NOELLE HARO-GOMEZ
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  • Bras and underwear: "Girls come in, and they say 'How come the bras are up there?' I say, 'Well, if you give me your bra we'll put it up there and I'll take your picture.' They say 'do I get a drink?' No! Of course you don't get a drink."

click to enlarge Alarm bell: This alarm bell, hanging above the door to the women's restroom, is part of an elaborate prank played on every woman who buys a condom from the machine in the restroom. The machine, when activated, activates a buzzer at the bar. When the door opens, the bartenders ring the bell, hit a gong, and join the chorus of barflies who yell "SLUT!" at the poor soul holding the rubber. - NOELLE HARO-GOMEZ
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  • Alarm bell: This alarm bell, hanging above the door to the women's restroom, is part of an elaborate prank played on every woman who buys a condom from the machine in the restroom. The machine, when activated, activates a buzzer at the bar. When the door opens, the bartenders ring the bell, hit a gong, and join the chorus of barflies who yell "SLUT!" at the poor soul holding the rubber.

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