2006 (Two Years After 2004)

August 14

Hope springs a kernel.  ~  William Shatner on Boston Legal

[Two years later we were back in the great American Southwest.  I must have been experiencing an aversion to water.  Back to Tom and Anne’s place in the Hills of Lakeway, Texas . . . ]

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[Their place from the outside . . . ]

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[And from another part of their outside.  Their place was our inspiration for tile floors with in-floor radiant hear and for finished garage floors . . . ]

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[Fredericksburg, Texas, as I recall . . . ]

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[Yup, in the Texas hill country . . . ]

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[Then just a hop, skip, and a major leap to Tucson, Arizona.  Sue Detrick was a colleague of the Super’s with the Department of the Air Force . . . ]

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[Lotsa prickly stuff in this area . . . ]

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[We were heading for a car climb of . . . ]

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[Mt. Lemmon . . . ]

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[When life hands you Lemmons, make a desert . . . ]

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[You have to drive well past Osakis to get a landscape like this . . . ]

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[Rather clear why the original pioneers blew right on through . . . ]

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[At least one doesn’t have to rake leaves in the fall . . . ]

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[I wonder if this air quality cleared during COVID?]

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[And now it’s Sun City Grand, Arizona, with old D.C. buddy, Bob Gilbert, and Diane.  Bob said he never has to mow . . . ]

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[Minnesota tourists . . . ]

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[Bob said it rained here once in 1938 . . . ]

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[Old golfing buddies, with the emphasis on “old” . . . ]

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Many thanks, you guys!

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[And then, amazingly, we ran into Basketball Dan in Scottsdale.  There must have been a basketball tournament in the area.  Anyway, this was considered the chi-chi restaurant in the day (name forgotten in the fog of time), and we sat outside to be away from smokers (both of them extremely sensitive such).  But there was a smoker outside a couple tables away and a complaint was registered.  I believe the response was, “You must be a couple of Minnesotans . . . “]

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[The view from the hotel window, where I have no idea . . . ]

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[Downtown Phoenix, the temperature was . . . hot?]

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[And finishing again at Uncle Tom’s and Aunt Mary Kay’s place in Desert Mountain . . . ]

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[Remember the Echo would put your picture in the paper of you reading the paper in some faraway place with a strange sounding name . . . ]

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Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.  ~  Albert Einstein

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