Monday, March 30, 2015

Travelogue: Tucson Via Dallas With Bonus Bisbee, Part 1

I traveled back home to Tucson last week for a very special occasion: my father's 90th birthday party! A good time was had by all, and it was a gorgeous, perfect springtime in southern Arizona.

But first, I had a five-hour layover in the Dallas airport:

(Click most photos for bigger.)

I had a nice travel outfit, which always makes flying seem fancier to me. Remember when flying really seemed fancy? Now you have to make it fancy yourself:

(Gray jersey sport coat by Gant, white cotton shirt by Theory, vintage Herm├Ęs silk tie.)

I had hours and hours to kill in the Dallas airport, so I decided to "dine" at TGI Friday's, where I enjoyed a comically large novelty margarita and something which seemed to be chicken-like and suspended in a bubbling ooze of salty, viscous petroleum products. This would prove to be the saddest yet most conceptually successful eating experience of the trip.

(It's like a Slurpee, but kind of with booze, and certainly created in vats.)

Also available in the Dallas airport: makeup vending machines. This brought to mind endless "Walk on the Wild Side" possibilities for my journey back home:

Finally I got to Tucson and was picked up at the airport by good ol' Dad on the eve of his 90th birthday! Way to go, Dad! Hope it's the genes!

In the evening, we headed to a great Mexican restaurant where my mother and father and I were joined by my brother (whose contributions to this blog you may remember), my three sisters, my niece and two nephews. I was thrilled with my niece, who is a perfect tween, brimming with eye rolls and never less than a minute away from Snapchatting. So good. And I was astonished to discover that my nephews Thomas and James, 17 and 14, once irritating enough that I expected to tolerate them at best, have matured into healthily obsessive horror/exploitation movie fans! So we had LOTS to talk about ("I'll send you DVDs of Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, but DON'T watch them with your parents, OK?")

My photographic project this time around was "Arizona Kitsch", but that quickly fell by the wayside as I got subsumed into a family tornado. I did manage to get this shot at the restaurant, though, which basically says everything you need to know about Southwest design:

Next: trip to Bisbee!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dedicated To Tucker And Buckley Carlson

Trip To Tucson!

Just had a wonderful trip to Tucson to celebrate my father's 90th (!!!) birthday with the ENTIRE family. It was fun! More pics to come, but here is a lovely desert mallow plant which grows everywhere like a weed:

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And a great RV I saw on the road to Bisbee:

More pics and stories to come!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Let's Begin Decade Two Of Princess Sparkle Pony By Returning To Its Core Values: Amazing Hairdos

(David Brock on The Ed Show, March 5)

Media Matters founder David Brock has had weird and confounding hair for some time now, but lately! My goodness, lately it's been astounding!

I'm seeing a lot of conservatives making fun of Brock's coiffure... and they're right! About the hairdo, anyway. But this really shows how bad a choice this is for Brock. Is he really unaware of how silly it has become? Isn't there somebody who can tell him? At this point, his bizarre reverse-mullet is actually starting to damage the credibility of his organization. "I wouldn't believe anything a guy of that hair says."


Beychok is the president of Media Matters.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015