Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Queen Of Copper's King

Here's Ed getting ready to take the Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee, Arizona.

I sat in this very spot just a mere 21 years ago, the last time I visited the mine.

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2016: Working The Land
2015: Pre-Columbian Toothlace
2014: Who Needs Sochi? We've Got Watertown.
2013: Pit Stop At Home
2012: Adding A Few More Wheels To The Big Rig
2011: Again And Again And Again
2010: Hood Ornament
2009: Eddie Out Of Control Friday
2008: My Boyfriend Simon Is Back In Town
2007: A Little Taste Of Miami Beach
2006: Ooooohhhhhh, Jabra!
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More Like A Submarine Sandwich

Ed just started watching "Trainwreck", the movie written by Amy Schumer.  I'm not a big Amy Schumer fan but I just overheard a line her character uttered that I liked:

"I'm sorry, I just... I don't know why we treat these athletes like heroes just because they can skate fast or kick a ball in a net. I just think it's weird. No offense. I just think that sports are stupid, and anyone who likes them is just, like, a lesser person. And has a small intellect."

That made me want to watch the rest of this cinematic train wreck.

PS:  Tilda Swinton is unrecognizable in this movie.

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Good Stuff, Maynard!

2015: Spiky On The Outside, Sinfully Delicious Inside
2014: The Most Awkward Descent Down A Snow Covered Hill. Ever.
2013: At The Top Of My Favorite Cities List
2012: Not Looking Anymore
2011: There Is Hope
2010: Where The Bunnies Of The Desert Hang Out
2009: The Marion County Shirt Factory Incident
2008: Eddie Roams The Mayan Ruins Friday
2007: Self Service Antiques
2006: Begin At Once
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This Is Everything

It should have never happened, but it did.

WTF is happening?  It's twenty-fucking-seventeen, people.

You're not going to shut us down.  

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2016: Shocking

2015: Waiting For Turistas
2014: The Still Before The Storm
2013: Sizzle, Drizzle, And Pour
2012: Dreams Explored Over Dinner
2011: I’m In Love And It’s Not Even Valentine’s Day Yet
2010: Eddie As Fisherman Friday
2009: Birds And Barbells On Muscle Beach
2008: A Girl On The Shores Of Cozumel
2007: I’m Not Exactly Sure What You’re Proposing Here
2006: The Blizzard Of 2006
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Living Snapshot Of Another America

Lowell, Arizona was a small mining town settled in the late 1800s.  This is a picture of Erie Street, its main drag.  Read more about the town here.  

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2016: C'mere, Give Me A Hug

2015: La Bufadora And Almejas Gratinadas
2014: In The Nick Of Time
2013: This Business Means Business
2012: A Nodding Donkey On The Hill
2011: What A Croc
2010: Flash Of Pole
2009: They Hire ‘Em Young These Days
2008: Setting Sail At Sunset
2007: Happy Bee
2006: It’s Not Unusual
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Queen Of The Copper Camps

A view of Bisbee as you come down the hill, approaching from the west.  You can see the Copper Queen Hotel (beige building, red roof) to the right of the church steeple.

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He Ran By And Told Me To Share Links

2015: Heading To Shore
2014: Chocolate And Gnocchi - The Best Of Any World
2013: Looking And Smelling Good Behind The Wheel Of A Big Rig
2012: Necessary Evil
2011: Getting Drunk On Summer Fun
2010: How Is It The Fish Don’t Freeze???
2009: A Meal Even 300 Year Old Monks Would Love
2008: Not A Knock Knock Joke
2007: Eddie Shades Friday
2006: The Idiot And The Box
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

A Creator's Paradise

Bisbee, Arizona is a very artsy town - "artsy-fartsy" as my mother would say.  If you're looking for eclectic, you've found it.  Lots of galleries in town, but mostly it's the art on the residences, buildings, front yards, and even cars.

I saw these cars and was so busy taking the picture, I said to Ed, "Did you see that one?  It had owls all over it."

"Yeah, I saw it." he said.

"It's an owl car." I said.

"An owl car?" he said.


"How do you know?" he said.

"It's got owls all over it.  Like, everywhere.  Even on the sides." I said.

"It says owl car on the license plate." he said.

"Really?  Oh." I said.

"Yeah, you didn't see it?  I thought that's why you called it an owl car." he said.

"No, it has owls on it.  That's why I called it an owl car.  I didn't even see the plate."


"Seriously, I didn't see it." I laughed.

Really, I didn't even see it.  But damn, if anyone is going to have OWL CAR on their license plate, that's the car to put it on.  And this is the place for it to be.

Bisbee.  A paradise for creative people.

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2016: The Naked Truth

2015: True Civilization
2014: Late Afternoon In South Dakota
2013: Farm To Market
2012: Providence Silhouette
2011: We Got Fatter But We Lost Weight
2010: Stripping, Vitamins, And Cheesecake
2009: Ocean Front Crowd
2008: He Wouldn’t Recommend His Wife To Anyone He Knows
2007: Spring Has Sprung In My Hotel Room
2006: High School Hottie
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Established 1975

Today is Ed's birthday and we are celebrating by spending the day in Bisbee, Arizona. In addition to doing a brief exploration of this tiny historic mining town, we'll be visiting the famous Copper Queen Hotel and taking a tour of the Queen Mine.  Check back for more photos. 

Happy Birthday to my very significant other!

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Happy Birthday, My Sweet Prince!

2015: Celebration At Sea
2014: Winter Baby
2013: Let Me Count The Ways
2012: He’s Been Waiting For This Day For Thirty-Seven Years
2011: Twisted Raoul
2010: The Spring Chicken Celebrates His Big Day
2009: Eddie It’s My Birthday! It’s My Birthday! Friday
2008: As Pisghetti Gains Another Year, I Lose Eight
2007: Happy Birthday My Sweet Eddie!!!
2006: The Many Faces Of Ed
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Ghost Town Patrol

Lowell, Arizona is located a smidge southeast of Bisbee, Arizona.  I've been told they often get bikers, but this car clearly isn't going to be in hot pursuit of anything.

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2016: Steakhouse Din
2015: Water Is Precious
2014: Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants?
2013: Where Are The Cushy Couches And Fat Laps?
2012: The Stealth Trucker
2011: Aisles Filled With Q-Tips
2010: Lights, Camera, Action!
2009: Desktop Material
2008: C’mon In
2007: Eddie Hits The Bricks Friday
2006: Built With The Organization Gene
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Baltic Gold

February in Tucson means Gem Show!  And this year, Ed and I attended.

Over 40 events around town, with more than 50,000 people descending on the Old Pueblo to buy and sell unbelievable beauty!

These pendants are made from Baltic amber that comes from Gdansk, Poland - just one of the many countries represented at this much-anticipated show.

From the In Your Pocket website, about Baltic Amber from Gdansk:

"In simple terms, amber is the surviving resin of ancient trees which over millions of years has been covered by sediment and compressed by rock movement and glaciers where chemical processes we are unable to comprehend take place. The result is a lump of rock that once cleaned of its opaque crust reveals an orangey stone that becomes the beautiful, sparkling gemstone once at the hand of an experienced craftsman.

What is Baltic Amber and where does it come from?

Baltic Gold, as it is often referred to, is particular in that it comes from the resin of coniferous forests that grew in this region over 40 million years ago although it is very difficult to date accurately. It has an acid content of 4-6% and can be found from as far north and west as the Danish islands to as far south and east as western Ukraine. It is worth remembering that while amber was formed at least 45 million years ago, the Baltic sea is only about 20,000 years old. The amber gets its name because the largest source can be found just to the east of Gdansk around the Kaliningrad enclave, and it is amber from this area which, with a northeast wind and a strong current, washes the pieces of amber onto the beaches of Gdansk. However, you’ll also find high-quality amber in other traditional amber trading cities in Poland such as Kalisz, Wroclaw and Krakow.

Baltic Amber is generally sourced in one of two ways. It can be harvested from the beaches of the Baltic coast where, having been torn from the rocks at the bottom of the sea, is washed up onto the shore, where it is weathered by the sun and the wind. Alternatively, it can be mined from surface mines. Amber miners tender for the right to rent land into which they drill holes down to a level of between 6 and 12 metres. They then pump water down into the hole looking for the water to come back to the surface with a blue colouring which signifies it has come into contact with a pocket of amber. This is a high-risk business as the amber is present in crops of rock, not seams, so it is possible to check a whole area of land and find nothing while metres away is a huge isolated crop of amber."

Read more HERE.  

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2016: 350 Days Of Sunshine Per Year
2015: Tenderly
2014: What Else Is There To Do When It's One Degree Outside?
2013: Packing Up
2012: A Man Can Do All Things If He Will
2011: Spinning Our Wheels
2010: It Takes Two
2009: Buona Sera King Louis
2008: The Newest B & B Trend Might Not Take Off As Expected
2007: Pirelli
2006: Classic Sal
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005! 

Friday, February 03, 2017

Urban Creep

Friday in Dallas.  Traffic is slow heading around the curve of this ramp because they've been working on it for months.  Crreeeeppping along.

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2016: Ed's View
2015: Place Of Refuge
2014: A Story Told In Stone
2013: Eddie Sandwich
2012: Finally – Freight To Buzz About!
2011: For The Crybabies
2010: Chillin’ In Utah
2009: Taking The Peas For A Ride In A Cozy Little Shell
2008: Wyth Jane’s Kin In Wytheville
2007: Color In Architecture
2006: Living On
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Time For A Questival!

Logo courtesy of
OK, so I have a pretty amazing opportunity to tell you all about.  

I recently came across a company called Cotopaxi, and they have an amazing job opportunity available with their company.  I thought it'd be something you all might be interested in.

Get this, people...

They're looking for a real life Road Warrior!

Not a road warrior like me, who spends her time in a cushy custom rig listening to podcasts and audio books while hauling freight around the United States, but someone who will participate in an actual hardcore adventure!  It includes travel, various challenges, meeting new people...and did I mention travel?  Helloooo?  How can you not be wondering right now if you just came across your dream job?

They said if I was interested, they'd welcome my application for the position. As Ed's mother would say, "Bless their heart."  I told them I appreciated the offer and might have considered it 25 years ago, but at this point in my life, I'm quite happy with the amount of traveling I currently do.  I'm really only semi-adventurous, and my idea of camping is a sweet hotel room, not a tent or travel trailer. Y'all remember how I don't like temperature extremes, right?  And, uh, I need to pee like a million times a night.  I am not shuffling from a tent to a port-a-potty (or clearing in the woods, if that's the case) in the middle of the night.

But just because it's not for me, doesn't mean it's not for you.  Just take a minute to think about the job you're currently doing.  Then read the rest of this post.  Then think about the job you're doing again.  This might be a no-brainer.

I've got to tell you, traveling around the country is an incredible opportunity.  I've been doing it for over thirteen years now and I still love it.  I still start every day with wonder. Sure, sometimes seeing the same places - depending on where they are - can get a little boring, but overall I still think it's the best job I've ever done in my life.  I've never seen as much, learned as much, or enjoyed as much, at any other job I've had, as I have with this one.  Being on the road over 300 days a year might not appeal to everyone, but for me, it was a perfect fit.

This opportunity with Cotopaxi will give you a little taste of what I do.  You'll be traveling 25,000 miles - which is more than double the miles an average person puts on their car in a year! - hitting 30+ major cities while seeing everything in between.  And during all this travel, you'll be writing and tweeting and Instagramming every fantastic little moment.  You'll essentially be living my road warrior life but without having the DOT (Department of Transportation) to answer to.

When I asked them for more information about the position, they sent me a little blurb to share with my readers, along with an infographic that gives you the scoop on the position.

And really, how can you not love a company that has a llama as its logo??

So here's a little summary of what they're looking for:

"Outdoor clothing company Cotopaxi is looking for the next Road Warrior to join their team! As a field marketing specialist, this team member will travel across the United States and visit every major city during the 2017 Questival Tour, a 24-hour adventure race where participants receive a Cotopaxi backpack and compete in various challenges. If you have camping experience and a love for the outdoors, are able to tell a great story, and are proficient in social media, this position is for you! You'll be able to explore the U.S., all while spreading Cotopaxi’s mission of doing good and giving back to the world."

Below is the infographic.  If you're interested, click HERE to apply.

Infographic courtesy of Cotopaxi.

Connect with Cotopaxi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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The Last Link Should Be Your First Stop

2015: The Gods Are Angry. Or Laughing.
2014: These Four Guys Always Have The Same Expression On Their Faces
2013: Save Money On Sandwiches, Buy Nice Car
2012: Big Money Needed For A Relaxing, Feel-Good Experience
2011: The Original Metrosexual And The Petting Zoo
2010: Cribs For Corn, Not Celebrities
2009: LL Cool E
2008: Hunt On Hold
2007: The Blondes Come Marching In
2006: Thank You Is Not Enough
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The First Mustachioed Man In My Life

Today marks 11 years since my father died.  I think about him so often.  While I'm working in the kitchen, entertaining guests, making jokes, listening to music, etc.  He always creeps into my thoughts.

This photo of my mother and father was taken October 5, 1974 at my aunt's wedding.  He was 33 years old.

My sweet Daddy, I miss you and will always love you!

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Cooking Is Love Made Visible

2015: Remembering
2014: We Do Not Remember Days, We Remember Moments
2013: Sharing The Long Haul Lifestyle
2012: Love, Peace, And Soooouuulll
2011: Taste The Fire
2010: Finally, A Shot At Playmate Of The Month! (Sorta)
2009: Remembering
2008: Eddie Gets His Eyes Checked Friday
2007: Shifting The Sun
2006: My Daddy Is Gone
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!