Thursday, May 15, 2008

Greetings From Arizona 2

A cold front has moved into the Southwest causing the temperature to plummet to a brisk 90 degrees. At least that's what the forecasters say-- and they somehow manage to say it with a straight face. If the temp reaches 90 in New Jersey, broadcasters give us tips on how to keep cool (Drink water? Who would have thought?) and advise the viewing public to look in on elderly neighbors.

My dad lives on a golf course complex at the foot of the White Tank mountains. It's quite a beautiful setting.

Mornings are spent hiking/running the various mountain trails. (I'm concerned about the No Hunting signs posted at the trail head. Just what kind of creature might I encounter that's worth hunting?)

Afternoons are spent lounging by the pool. (I miss Mexican beer! Damn GERD!)

Evenings are spent in side by side overstuffed lounge chairs watching HIGH DEF TV on a 42 inch screen. (I still can't work the remote without assistance.)

Not a bad way to spend a week.

My favorite thing to do when I visit is sit in the shade and read. On this trip, I'm reading "Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West" but Hampton Sides. It's the story of Kit Carson and Manifest Destiny and the settling (some say stealing) of the western half of our country. It's a great book and it seemed like an appropriate choice for a week in Arizona.

Occasionally, my peaceful reading will be interrupted by fighter jets coming out of Luke Air Force Base. Every 30 minutes or so, folks in my dad's development get their own private air show as planes streak by in two's, three's and four's. Some of the neighbors are probably annoyed by the practice runs but I think it's exciting.

This weekend we're going to hit 100. I guess it's time to put away the parkas.


Meg said...

Fighter Jets? Get an iPod for crying out loud!

Traci Skene said...

I like the fighter jets. Of course, I can only say that because we're not under attack... and they're ours.

We sat near a group of pilots today at a Mexican restaurant. They are soooooooo cool. Tom Cruise was a little too whiny to star in Top Gun.