Radiogurl a la Carte

2004-02-29
Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words But You Get Words Anyway

Now that I've gotten a few seconds' sleep, I thought I'd write another entry (provided my computer cooperates. I was well into writing this and the computer crashed - go figure. This time I'm adding pictures, but don't get used to the idea *chuckles*

This is my 00 and my friend who was visiting from Quebec. My darling daughter has her hair tucked up under the pink Playboy Bunny cap, but it's actually long and dark blond. We finally found out the true color and she's dyed it back to natural. No pictures of that yet but hopefully soon!

This is a little closer pic of 00, taken last summer when we drove up to the mountains a little nearer home. As you can see here, the higher the elevation, the more change in vegetation. The low deserts include saguaro cactus and a scattering of grasses, prickly pear, and twisted juniper. As you move higher, those yield to Ponderosa pine forests.

This picture (along with the first one above) was taken at Tonto National Monument, one of several cliff dwellings in Arizona. Virtually all of the cliff dwellings across the state were abandoned around 1200-1300 A.D., and no one has been able to come up with a definitive reason for the mass abandonment - they just know it occurred.

The kids climbed to the lower ruin of two sets at this location. The higher ruins involve a three-mile trek over a VERY rough trail (in some parts you have to climb over rocks and through a streambed) and require a guide from the park before you're permitted to go. There wasn't a guide available the day that they were there, which is a fact of budget cuts. Just FYI, though, there are some improvements underway for the site. If you ever visit Arizona, imho it's worth checking out.

This is a picture from downtown near where I live. Most of the downtown area was built around the turn of the 20th century and the buildings are representative of the true Old West. All of the spaghetti westerns from Hollyweird are built around fake towns but this is the real McCoy. I used to rent an apartment on the top floor of the red brick building. While it's still in need of more renovations, it has some magnificent details, such as massive oak staircase banisters, claw-foot bathtubs, 12-foot ceilings, and a third-floor ballroom with hardwood floors, original Art Noveau murals on the walls, and an opening to the fourth-floor mezzanine. And the building has an old elevator, the sort with the folding metal door so you can see the trip as you ride upstairs! This building has variously been headquarters for the mines, a motel, office space, and now upstairs apartments over a coffee shop and art store. I've attended some pretty interesting parties in the basement, on occasion, too!

This panorama is taken from the cliff dwellings mentioned above and overlooking Roosevelt Lake. The lake is horribly low - I know it's not as extreme now, but as of last summer it had fallen to about 7% capacity.

While we in Arizona do indeed live in a desert, we live in the world's wettest desert, with average annual rainfall of about 20". However, we're a desert because we have a 'brittle' climate. That means that instead of being spread year-around, that rain falls seasonally (if at all). We may go literally six months without rain, then get several inches in a single day's time.

Last fall, we received at least 10" in seven hours in one area, which created catastrophic flooding. And unfortunately since it's a remote community of only about 300 homes, the government's response to the devastation was that there weren't enough homes destroyed to qualify for federal disaster funds. Go figure. They discounted the millions of dollars in damage to homes, bridges, roadways and utility companies - the wells were below the high-water mark, meaning that residents had to haul in water for a week until the EPA came in and said the supply was safe again.

When we get rainfall in those extremes, the ground can't absorb it and it's worse than getting no rain at all.

End of geography and climatology lesson, lol. However, I have to say this before parting. I finally got to see a picture of Dangerspouse. You know, he who tries to convince the world that he's the Ugliest Of Them All? The man is not only NOT ugly, he's downright good looking. And while I typically don't post pictures without permission, if he ever again tries to claim he's uglier than me, I'll post proof positive that it ain't so. Yes, I am that evil, lol.

Y'all be good! I'll leave it up to you what you're good AT, though.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )