Now that I’ve been home from Mexico City for almost a week, I’ve begun ramping up my preparations for the Camino de Santiago, which I anticipate starting just after Easter. Specifically, I’ve been hiking more. Although I want to work out my walking muscles and increase my stamina, I’m not trying to create a typical … Continue reading Ramping up the Camino prep
I’m safely back in the United States, at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight back to Phoenix.
This is a short update for my fellow parishioners in Phoenix. You know who you are. Before I left for Mexico City, several of you asked whether I planned to see a certain young priest who is well known in our parish and who suffered a serious health setback last year. You know who he … Continue reading Update for my fellow parishioners
The flight to Mexico City from Phoenix went relatively smoothly. In fact, I think we arrived a little early. The flight approached from the east this time, and since the airport is near the eastern edge of the city, one could see the stark contrast between the densely populated urban area and the undeveloped area … Continue reading Arrived in Mexico City
It happens to me every time I plan to travel somewhere for a week or more. A few weeks before my anticipated departure date, some loose screw in my head compels me to create a list of all the things I should do before I leave. While many of the items on these lists are … Continue reading Bargaining
I haven’t posted much on my blog recently. I may explain why over the next couple weeks. In the meantime, here’s a recent photo of my wife’s cat, just because.
Notwithstanding the nasty weather in Phoenix earlier this week, it’s hiking season here again, at least for me. I like to start my hikes really early in the morning. I don’t wait for dawn. I prefer to get underway at the beginning of civil twilight. Sometimes I start even before that. One of the great … Continue reading Sunrise selfie
In most of the rest of the world, three days of rain in November would be a non-event. Here in Phoenix, it leads the local news. I got an early start to work this morning because I knew the Phoenix-area freeways would be a mess today. I was not wrong. I should have left even … Continue reading It’s raining in Phoenix
Yesterday afternoon, we were able to get to the airport, return the rental car, drop our bags, and get through the security checkpoint with plenty of time for lunch. We ate at Wahlburgers, which, after two enjoyable meals at their Las Vegas location, was a bit of a disappointment. Okay food, but indifferent service. At … Continue reading Back to the grind
We’re off again in a few hours, catching a red-eye flight to Boston, bound for northeastern Massachusetts. This trip is less about pleasure and more about taking care of family matters, particularly for Kathryn, who’s been looking after her father’s affairs ever since he was admitted to a nursing home earlier this year. She has … Continue reading We’re off to Massachusetts again
Most days I drive myself to work in my own vehicle. As much as I’d like to take public transit and let someone else do the driving, it’s not practical in my situation. As much as I complain about my commute, it’s only about an hour and 20 minutes round trip. If I were to … Continue reading Car is in the shop today, so I’m using public transit
I just got a text from a friend who’s waiting for a connecting flight at Sky Harbor Airport here in Phoenix. The flight he’s waiting for is — I’m not kidding — the 3:10 to Yuma. Even though I’ve never read the short story nor seen either of the film adaptions, the reference wasn’t lost … Continue reading 3:10 to Yuma: Does someone at American Airlines have a sense of humor?
Most of my traveling bags are of the type with loop-and-hook fasteners for patches. Most people who own bags like these, if they don’t put a “morale” patch of some sort, put a tape with their last names. For several years, I’ve been taking a different approach. I display a patch with the domain name … Continue reading Subtle but shameless promotion finally pays off
On the way to the airport this afternoon, Kathryn, swelling with pride in the place she’s called home for over 25 years, told me what a great airport Phoenix Sky Harbor has become. I really found it hard to disagree with her. One of the reasons I was comfortable arriving so early for my flight … Continue reading Phoenix Sky Harbor is a great airport, especially if you’re hungry
This is the point in my travels where I usually go on a rant about the TSA. Today, I can’t. Every TSA agent I interacted with today was pleasant, courteous, and professional. I’ve heard and read a number of horror stories about checking in firearms at the airport, concerning both the airlines and TSA. This … Continue reading My customary airport rant has been canceled for lack of outrage
If it seems like it was just last week I got home from two weeks of vacationing abroad, it’s because it was just last week. Since then I’ve already been back to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport twice. Once was to drop Kathryn off for her last-minute emergency trip back to Massachusetts, roughly 24 hours after … Continue reading Just got home, leaving again
After fifteen days in Montpellier, France, our long journey home to Phoenix is underway. The upside of getting an early start is not having to rush. The downside is a lot of time spent waiting. We unwittingly arrived at the airport an hour before check-in was scheduled to begin for our flight to Paris. We … Continue reading The long journey home from Montpellier is underway
If you’re reading this, we’ve safely landed in Detroit. I’ve never been to this airport before, but I hear it’s nice. I’ll report back when I’ve had a chance to look around. In the past, I’ve had a difficult time sleeping on airplanes. However, on the flight from Phoenix, I was asleep before we pushed … Continue reading Cookies and our breaking points
In fact, it’s already well after seven o’clock in Montpellier. Is it too early to reset my watch? The last time we were at Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was the last time we flew to Montpellier, about 30 months ago. They were in the middle of extensive renovations then, and today we’re … Continue reading It’s five o’clock somewhere
Kathryn and I were up and at ’em early this morning to start our long trip from Phoenix to Montpellier, although compared to our normal weekday schedules, it was like we slept in. Even after a couple leisurely cups of coffee, we finished our last minute chores way ahead of schedule. We’ll leave for the … Continue reading Bags packed, ready to go
This was heavily cropped from another photo to make a background for a recent Instagram story, but now I can’t figure out which original I cropped it from! I do know I took the photo during one of my sunrise hikes at Shaw Butte.
Two weeks ago, I arrived bright and early at my dentist’s office for what was supposed to be a routine crown replacement on tooth number 14. It didn’t go quite as planned. In a mouth full of otherwise relatively healthy teeth, tooth number 14, a molar on the upper left side, has been nothing but … Continue reading Saying goodbye and good riddance to tooth number 14
Today is Ash Wednesday. It falls relatively late this year, March 6, as Easter will not arrive until April 21 for those of us in the Western churches. For me, Ash Wednesday also means it’s time for a rare selfie. This one is quite a disappointment compared to last year’s. Even after a lot of … Continue reading Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in púlverem revertéris
The maiden voyage of my parents’ new motor home last weekend was a smashing success, even though everything seemed to be working against us, at least at first. Friday was a miserable day weather-wise, at least by Arizona standards. Cold and wet are not two words one often uses to describe the weather in this … Continue reading The maiden voyage of my parents’ new motor home, Eloy, Arizona
For the past several months, Kathryn and I have had bad luck picking weekends to go camping. In October, we had to cut short a camping trip because of wet weather. Over New Year’s Eve, we had to cancel another trip altogether because of the cold, so we went to Kentucky instead. This weekend, our … Continue reading And now for something completely different