16 May 2011

We've Been Looking at Parts of AZ


We flew on the bait-and-switching AllegiantAir from Billings to Mesa AZ. You know, the one that advertises one way per person of less than $100 but never has seats left at that price, and charges for every thing they can think of. They are on time though.

Saguaro cacti are protected species in AZ. I found these on the old Williams AFB, now Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. By the way, if you are coming from the west on 202 be sure to get off on Power Rd. There is no sign for the airport coming from that direction though there is a big sign if you come from the north on the same highway.

We were looking at houses in Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, and Corte Bella. There are a lot of nice-looking houses in these 55+ communities. We must have seen at least forty of them courtesy of good friend and realtor Gene Stumvoll. He and his wife Marlys used to live in Billings and now make their home in the northwest Phoenix metropolitan area, where Gene has noticed that there are signs of business picking up in home buying and selling. We apparently are about to become snowbirds.

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Downtown Billings in the SummerTime

Downtown Billings in the SummerTime
At The BrewPub on Broadway

Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix in the Winter Time

Good Cheese Here

Good Cheese Here
Vermont Cheddar & Minnesota Blue

TAKE TIME FOR PARADISE

TAKE TIME FOR PARADISE
Dehler Park, Billings MT, July 2008 This is what Bart Giamatti recommends for good mental health.

Me and Joan

Me and Joan
Early elderly and middle middle age: We May Know Something You Don't

Mrs America

Mrs America
Fortunately these girls had a good-looking mother

Rimrocks @ Billings MT

Rimrocks @ Billings MT
“In beholding old stones we may feel our anxieties about our achievements–and lack of them–slacken . . . Vast landscapes [and seascapes] can have an anxiety–reducing effect similar to ruins, for they are the representatives of infinite space, as ruins are the representatives of infinite time, against which our weak, short-lived bodies seem no less inconsequential than those of moths or spiders.”—Alain de Botton in Status Anxiety

Easter Sunday at St Patrick's Co-Cathedral

Easter Sunday at St Patrick's Co-Cathedral
12 April 2009

Pleasant Hillside at Hustisford, AKA The Grassy Knoll for you conspiracy buffs

Pleasant Hillside at Hustisford, AKA The Grassy Knoll for you conspiracy buffs
A Lot of Muellers Are Buried Here