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Re: A Quiet Evening in Tucson. by sighthound on 25 January 2006 3:08am
It's definitely easy to get lost in Phoenix, Anne, because it's such a young city that the neighborhoods all look alike and there are few landmarks to guide you except for the hills. I used to live in Northern Arizona but the gallery I worked at had a shop at the Diamondbacks stadium in Phoenix that I had to go down to run occasionally. I ALWAYS got lost. However I usually claimed it was from mental impairment due to excessive heat - often up to 118'F. (Just checked my F to C calculator - works out to 48 C.) I have no idea why anyone would put a city in such an inhospitable environment. Most of the people I met there live in housing developments built around artificial lakes. All these lakes plus the hundreds of golf courses have raised the humidity to such a level that the sauguaro cacti, the symbol of Arizona, are dying off in the Phoenix area. If you opt to live in a desert, live in the desert, dammit! Don't try to get English country gardens to florish in an arid environment. (Same with LA, where I grew up. Everybody did their best to ignore the local climate and they got away with it because they stole their water - see "Chinatown" for the lowdown on the theft of water from the Owens Valley. No one yet has done a great film on the theft of the Colorado River water. I'm waiting for someone to really do a good job filming "The Monkey-Wrench Gang" - great book, Edward Abbey for sainthood!
Re: A Quiet Evening in Tucson. by Spursfan on 25 January 2006 10:27am
From memory (and remember I was sleeping through most of it!!) the problem seemed to be around a flyover. BUT my husband said that Phoenix looked spectacular - guess he got to see the view a lot in those three hours!!

We had a lovely holiday anyway, seeing National Parks such as Yosemite, Grand Canyon and (my favourite as a U2 fanatic) Joshua Tree NP; talking to Navajo; Las Vegas (where I tripped over a car park block resulting in bloody knees and elbows!!); staying in the 'Historic Santa Maria Inn' in Santa Maria CA in Doris Day's 'room'; Hollywood - The Chinese Theatre hand/foot prints and looking around the Kodak Theatre a week or two after the Oscars (photographing each other on THAT staircase!)- I could go on and on but the best part about the holiday was the warmth and friendliness we recieved from all the Americans we met.

We will probably come back in the future, to visit another part of the States.

Re: A Quiet Evening in Tucson. by tucsonmike on 26 January 2006 1:19am
I rarely ever get to Phoenix. Come to think of it, it has been almost a year since I've been in Phoenix.
I can find my way around on the freeways. Once I get off the freeways, all bets are off. Basically, I can get to Sky Harbor and that is it.
Happily, to go many places, I can drive around Phoenix.
Having said that, I hear the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Glendale and Peoria Chamber of Commerce have a bounty on my head, LOL!
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