Thursday, July 31, 2008

Event Rescheduled

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 6:07 PM

The Chinese face-reading workshop listed on page 27 in the July 31 print issue has been rescheduled from Saturday, Aug. 2, to Saturday, Aug. 9.

The complete info is as follows:

Eric Cuestas-Thompson and Michael Bamba explore the benefits of Chinese face-reading in a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9. Free. Guests must be age 16 or older. Call 245-6057 or visit for info. Held at In Balance Counseling, 6107 E. Grant Road.

Back From a Soul Trip

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 4:54 PM

blog2.JPGI'm so glad we decided to take a road trip this past week for our summer vacation. It was good for our souls, and made us happy to drive back into Tucson.

Our trip took us through Palm Springs (stopping at Hadley's for a banana-date shake of course), then LA. (Anyone seen a movie at the Arclight Hollywood at the Cinerama Dome? Mr. Grimm should have seen Mamma Mia! there.) Finally, we headed to San Diego (beaches and Comic-Con). What I like about road trips most is we spend most of the week laughing. It's the best gift I think we give each other every holiday.

Considering there are two more weeks before the TUSD school-year begins, if you have kids (and even if you don't) go west. Here are a couple of experiences for you to consider before taking a drive westward.

Do not stop at the little motel in Tonopah, Arizona, even if it is Friday at 1 a.m., and you've worked all day. It's the only motel. Keep driving to Quartzsite. The proprietor has about three kittens on the property that ran up to us as we unpacked the car and headed into our hot room. The next day, we discovered that one of the kittens spent the night in our car. I grabbed the kitten and showed everyone the stow-away. The proprietor ran out of his office and yelled that we did not tell him we had pets. See, there's a sign in his office that says he will charge you $25 if you do not tell him you have pets. As we told him the kitten was his, he ran back to his office. We looked at our account: He charged us $25.

Remember the huge dinosaur statues off the interstate between Palm Springs and LA in Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure? They are still there, and now open to the public, along with a group of other small dino statutes at what's billed as a dino museum. We have a 7-year-old dino nut, and it's one of those roadside attractions you are required to stop at when on a road trip (it's before Hadley's, so prepare to stop again for shakes). We went in not really paying attention to signs at the entrance, but when we saw a statue of a crusader fighting a T-Rex, it seemed odd. Then the statutes of the lion lying with a lamb made a few messianic alarm bells go off.

Above is a picture of one of the signs kinda asking us to consider ... intelligent design. My son didn't care.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tucson Just Got a Little More Informed

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Because the new Weekly is online and ready for readers! Feel free to comment on its contents here.

And here's a YouTube Ask a Mexican! for your entertainment and enlightenment.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Event Cancellation

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Today's Aveda Institute Open House at 845 N. Park Ave., as listed on page 25 in our July 24 print issue, has been postponed. The event has been rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m.

Goodbye, Thirsty Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Talk about vanishing Tucson: Tonight is the last Thirsty Thursday at Tucson Electric Park.

I can remember when Thirsty Thursday involved beers for a quarter for the Tucson Toros games back at Hi Corbett Field. Of course, the beers were in tiny cups the size of shot glasses--or at least that's my hazy recollection--and you'd guzzle 'em both in two sips. That meant long lines at the concession stands and very little time watching the game from the stands.

Mike Feder, who was GM of the Toros back then, was smart enough to raise the price but enlarge the cup. Somewhere along the line, we started calling it buck-beer night.

The Toros eventually became the Sidewinders and moved out south to TEP. Feder left town (he's since come back and is involved in the effort to save Spring Training baseball) and, somewhere along the line, I stopped heading out the ballpark as much. Evidently, so did too many other fans, since now we're losing the Sidewinders to Reno.

But I'll be out tonight, along the third-base line, for the end of the buck-beer era--just as long as the game doesn't rain out. See you there?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Delicious New Issue

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 5:00 PM

The new issue of the Weekly is online and ready to be devoured--and this is our Yum! summer dining guide, so it's extra tasty!

No YouTube Ask a Mexican! has arrived yet, so, well, you'll just have to wait for that, darn it.

Anyhoo, comment on this week's issue here.

Friday, July 18, 2008

New At ScrambleWatch: The First Bee-Giffords Poll Numbers, Plus Lots of Q&A!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 2:40 PM

New at ScrambleWatch ’08:

Republican Tim Bee's campaign has released poll numbers in his race against Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that put him "within striking distance."

• Interviews with candidates Ann Day, Joe Higgins, Frank Antenori and Marilyn Zerull.

• More clips from Stephen Colbert's "Make McCain Exciting" Green Screen Challenge!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Reason That Wednesday Afternoons Never Suck

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 4:49 PM

You get a new issue of the Weekly to read! It's online and ready for your loving eyes.

Feel free--no, feel COMPELLED--to comment on its contents here.

And here's a YouTube Ask a Mexican!

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