It’s raining in Phoenix

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

Back to the grind

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 to Massachusetts again

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

Car is in the shop today, so I’m using public transit

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

3:10 to Yuma: Does someone at American Airlines have a sense of humor?

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?

Subtle but shameless promotion finally pays off

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

Phoenix Sky Harbor is a great airport, especially if you’re hungry

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

My customary airport rant has been canceled for lack of outrage

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

Just got home, leaving again

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

The long journey home from Montpellier is underway

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

Cookies and our breaking points

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

It’s five o’clock somewhere

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

Bags packed, ready to go

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

A golden sunrise over the metropolitan Phoenix area

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.

Saying goodbye and good riddance to tooth number 14

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

Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in púlverem revertéris

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, Eloy, Arizona

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

And now for something completely different

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

It’s been quite a while since I took a sunrise hike in Phoenix

After a long stretch without doing any hiking here in Phoenix, I finally convinced myself this weekend to do my usual sunrise exercise hikes at Shaw Butte. It was mostly overcast Saturday morning when I took this photo, but there were a few breaks in the clouds to the east, making for a mildly interesting … Continue reading It’s been quite a while since I took a sunrise hike in Phoenix

Trying something new, Mexican coffee at Tres Leches Café in Phoenix

Every once in a while, I find myself trying something at a place that’s been right under my nose for years. Earlier this week, I had a meeting at my church to go over some volunteer paperwork. The time between leaving work and my appointment was about an hour, which is about 40 minutes longer … Continue reading Trying something new, Mexican coffee at Tres Leches Café in Phoenix

A tasty first order with GrubHub at Caveman Burgers in Phoenix

Last weekend I tried GrubHub for the first time. I thought I’d share some initial impressions. You may wonder why a guy like me who literally never has food delivered to his home would go through the trouble of installing the GrubHub app on his phone, creating an account, and so on. Well, during a … Continue reading A tasty first order with GrubHub at Caveman Burgers in Phoenix

Flight delayed out of Louisville, prompting a dubious American Airlines “upgrade”

We’re still in Louisville. Our American Airlines flight to Chicago has been delayed, guaranteeing we’ll miss our connection to Phoenix. There is a later flight to Phoenix, and we were able to get seats on it, so I guess that’s a good thing. However, American Airlines is playing a game they already played with us … Continue reading Flight delayed out of Louisville, prompting a dubious American Airlines “upgrade”