Saturday, March 31, 2007

Kirby Co.

Kirby Co
5437 E Pima St
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 327-6051

The best thing that Andrew brought to this relationship is his vacuum cleaner.

I'm kidding. Sorta.

Andrew has this great Kirby from the seventies or something that his mom gave him. It is pretty heavy, but it does the job right. Essential for a completely carpeted apartment inhabited by two people and a chihuahua.

It seems that part of living in the states today involves expecting that everything be cheap, convenient and disposable. It's a mentality that has brought us overflowing landfills and depletion of natural resources. It's sad.

That's why I want to make this post a nod to Kirby. Their vacuums are heavy and expensive, but they do the job right and last forever gosh-darnit.

I got one of Frida's tennis balls stuck in the head and the belt burned up. We replaced it this weekend. Kirby is back in service.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Catalina State Park

I've been going to the Catalina State Park more often now that Frida is here and she loves to hike as much as I do. It is a mostly dog-friendly park.(You can't take dogs into the big horn sheep mating area. Bummer.)

It's a worth while place to go because it has:

1) Some great views
2) Good birding
3) The Romero Ruins
4) Water

The water isn't always flowing, but when I went yesterday it sure was. Water in the desert is always special.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pancho Goes to College

After reading a review in Tucson Citizen that called 'Pancho' an 'Animal House' with heart, I was determined to make it to The Screening Room.

Pancho Goes to College
not only sounded like a good time, but my colleague, Bardo Padilla, plays Kiko.

It definitely did turn out to be a good time, especially for a person like me, familiar with Tucson, certain Chicano issues, and the college experience. However, some of the acting, writing and editing could have been vastly improved. If you watch it with an open mind, it can be pretty fun.

Also worth noting, despite the film's lack of production, it does a few things that are especially important: a) it shows difference not just between a Hispanic minority and a white majority, but more importantly among young Mexican Americans, Mexicans, and self-identified Chicanos; b) one of the main characters is a disabled person, but the film isn't about his disability. That was interesting to me because it was unlike Hollywood, where any character who belongs to a physical minority can only star in the movie if it is about their disability.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Turtle Pond - University of Arizona

I've been a student at the University of Arizona for two years now, and I never realized there was a turtle pond on campus until about a week ago when our neighbors told us.

The turtle pond is right off of Park and some other street nearish to the music building whose name I can't remember.

We took Frida there today. Since our other child (Fred) is a turtle, we figured she'd be well behaved. She was pretty good.

We had fun hanging out with the Koi and the frogs, too.

This is a real letter published in The National Turtle and Tortoise Society newsletter:

Dear Sir,
I am wanting to help turtles.
I like turtles because they are fun.
I wish the turtles were not endangered.
I am sad for turtles when they die.
Sincerely yours,
Bizbee, AZ

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Tucson Thrift

So the seasons are changing and you open your closet to find that nothing from last summer appeals to you. You want to refresh your wardrobe, but are on a tight budget. That's when Tucson thrift stores come in.

Goodwill is my personal favorite. I like the one on Speedway and Swan, but there's a new one on First that's pretty nifty. The cute Indian sun dress I'm wearing in this pic is from Goodwill.

Twice as Nice can be very nice indeed, if you get in-store credit for your old threads. Otherwise, it's overpriced.

Savers and Value Village are owned by the same company. I've never had much luck at either store, but friends have.

And of course, there is Buffalo Exchange and the thrift stores on Fourth, but you are getting into another price range there. (Unless it's one of Buffalo's one dollar sales, which are insane but totally worth it.)

Monday, March 19, 2007

I Heart Rincon Heights

Sushi King

Every two weeks Andrew and I do the laundry at this place on Campbell and Ft. Lowell. The old owner and the new one are both nice guys, but let's face it, doing the laundry is generally a drag. To lessen the suckiness of this chore, we've made it our ritual to go next door and have sushi while the clothes dry. My favorites are the baked scallops, the mackerel, the spicy rolls (and of course, I love the Sayuri. It makes folding clothes more fun.)

Basically, Sushi King rocks.

Picacho Peak State Park

This is the silhouette of a Cholla Cactus at Picacho Peak State Park. We went there in hopes of seeing wild flowers, but there was basically nothing blooming due to this winter's dryness. We did, however, thoroughly enjoy the sunset from Sunset Vista Trail.

Tucson Warehouse District

Over Spring Break I went down to the Tucson Warehouse District. I had never been there before, but this piece in Tucson Weekly caught my attention.

Mostly I only got a chance to poke around at Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, but the next time there is a Tucson Artists Open Studios Weekend, I'm there!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Philabaum Glass Studio

I took this shot at Philabaum Glass Studio, the one downtown. The pieces on display are gorgeous and watching them work in the studio was fascinating. We even ran into some friends who are taking a glass-blowing class. They were able to give us some interesting insight on the process.

Monday, March 12, 2007

DeGrazia's Mission in the Sun

This chapel dedicated to the Virgen de Guadalupe would be a perfect place for Andrew and I to get married, if we hadn't already chosen (undisclosed location here. No crashing, people.)

Even if you're not getting married, it's most definitely worth the visit.

I finished my MA exams!

This a picture of the University of Arizona mall on a full moon, the night I finished the first half of my exams.

I'm glad I chose to come here, and I look forward to a few more years of the UA and Tucson, if they'll have me...

Thank you awesome person who turned in my wallet

I was going to blog a rant about the door to door "magazine vendors" who keep trying to scam me, but I think it's much more important to highlight the awesomeness.

THANK YOU AWESOME PERSON WHO TURNED IN MY WALLET AT THE POST OFFICE ON MARCH 12. I totally left it on a postage machine or something. When I realized my blunder hours later, I returned to the post office and sure enough - someone had found my wallet and turned it in, all cash and credit intact.

Pray for Tucson? Prayers answered.