Monday, January 21, 2008

Warm and Dry

The weather here in Tucson is absolutely perfect. It was 68 degrees yesterday. We went out in short sleeves, and no sweatshirts. (And just in case some smarty pants comes up with a smarty pants comment, we were also wearing our jeans.) I believe it might be the first time this trip. We ran a bunch of errands, mainly grocery shopping. We looked for a camera store, but the only ones that might have what I'm looking for were closed (Sunday). Today is Martin Luther King Day, but I think most everything will be open.

Mike wants to get something done to his shock absorbers. One of them failed while we were in Joshua Tree NP. He's done some checking and calling and it turns out they have a lifetime warranty. (Original owner, of course.) There are several distributors around here and so he's going to get it taken care of.

We drove around looking for a Mexican restaurant the other night. We should have noticed this when we drove into Tucson, but the freeway is all torn up here. After seeing how beautifully done the freeway was in Phoenix (and I'm talking about tile on the overpasses), we can only guess that all the highway funds have moved south to Tucson now. Anyway, you can get on and off the freeway at certain points. Problem is, there is a stretch of freeway at least 10 miles long (no exaggeration) that has no off ramps. So the navigation unit took us onto the freeway, which would ordinarily be the way to go, and we couldn't get off until we were way past where the restaurant was. When we were able to get off, we took city streets back to the place we wanted to be, only to find it was permanently closed (possibly because nobody can get there).

So we drove around until we found this little place called Las Cazuelitas of Tucson (translation: Little Bowls). One of the things we missed most when we left Phoenix and moved to Portland was the abundance of good Mexican restaurants. Portland is much better than it used to be, but the Mexican food here just a few miles from the border can't be beaten. Everyone was very pleasant, the service and the food were great. They even had a cart that came around and a woman made fresh guacamole right at the table. Yum! We enjoyed it very much, and we'll probably go back again before we leave here.

Okay, now here's something that really has us worried. There is a grocery store called "Fry's". And the logo printed on the receipt looks exactly like the logo for Fry's Electronics in Portland. We looked around for any pitifully ugly geeks working there, but we didn't see any. Something about buying our groceries at Fry's really bothers us. We will leave it to you techies to figure this one out. Does Fry's really sell groceries in addition to selling everything electronic?

So even though I'm blogging, it doesn't really mean I have anything to tell you. On these days when we're in town, I'm just documenting our comings and goings. Later, I will publish a picture of us sitting outside next to our lemon tree. And, Erik, please buckle your helmet.


Lisa said...

Cold and wet in Hemet. 49ยบ at 2:00PM. You escaped just in time!!

Barbara said...

I'm so glad we missed it. We've had quite enough rain and cold. Our neighbors aren't faring so well--very cold in Portland and on our hill very windy. Glad we are here. I never dreamed during the time we lived in Phoenix that I would ever be glad to be in Arizona.

felix's dad said...

Smarty pants? In this crowd??? ;-)

Barbara said...

WhoEVER could I be referring to??? Hmmmm?

MButts said...

Hi you lucky guys!!! Just found out about your blog, thanks for sharing your fantasy-turned-reality winter trip with us. Just came in from a long, cold, damp walk and the photos warm me up.
Fry's Electronics spun off from the supermarket chain:



PS: Mike, our MacWorld was awesome - life is good.