Thursday, August 30, 2007


I love Tucson. It's been about five years (can't believe it!) since we've been here, so I had forgotten how much I like it. I particularly like summer. I know that sounds crazy, but the heat imparts a quality to the experience that is unmatched. The sky is SO blue and beautiful--the clouds are like afterthoughts.

The drive down to the airport was almost as hot (102 in Marin County!) as Arizona. ALMOST... it's 107 outside the Phoenix airport.

Speaking of the Phoenix airport, our Phoenix to Tucson connecting flight was oversold, so we volunteered to take another flight an hour later and got a $200 voucher. Considering that we only paid $118 for the tickets originally, that's a heck of a good deal. I like making money on the airlines; it almost makes removing your shoes for security worth it.

Our later flight to Tucson turned out to be on a TINY plane-a Dash 8 commuter prop. I think this thing only seated about 25 passengers. The last row (where we were) was five seats across, so Stan had plenty of leg room.

The "casita" at our timeshare was lovely as well. Just as nice as I remembered, but now with a Tempur Pedic mattress. The one bad feature was that the previous guests had left the alarm set for 5:30 a.m. Considering that after our late arrival we had gotten in bed at midnight, that was an unwelcome surprise. Stan couldn't figure out how to silence the thing and ended up just unplugging it.

After we woke up (again), we headed to Waffle House for breakfast. I love Waffle House; pecan waffles rock! We got some groceries, then headed back to the condo where I checked e-mail. (Another bummer; had to pay for Internet access.)

In the afternoon we got bored and went driving around. (Yes, during the hottest part of the day; at least running the a/c kept the car windows from cracking in the heat.) We ended up at Old Tucson studios. It was about two hours before closing, so we got a late afternoon discount. (Which was good, because the $16.95 regular price is a total rip-off.) We went to one of the shows, and I got pulled up on stage to dance with the can-can girls, which made the visit a total success in The Husband's eyes.

We ended up at a mall and it happened to be the mall that has a fondue restaurant in it. I've been wanting to go for fondue for years, but there always seem to be better options whenever we're in the city. It was a lot of fun, and quite tasty, but it took forever.

Last night we went out with my ex, and today we visited some friends for lunch. We had really enjoyable conversations both times. All in all, it was a great trip and I've made a vow not to wait another five years to return. We are so happy with our timeshare. It's nice to have a "home" in Tucson, but if we only visit it every 2-5 years at least we're not having to worry about it in the meantime.

Now we are headed for San Fran. We're supposed to meet up with one couple of friends tonight after we get in and another couple tomorrow night. I wish this vacation (like most vacations) were a little longer, but I'm glad I've been able to check in with work while I've been gone. (I also brought a few RFP's with me and looked at them briefly; maybe I'll have time to finish up my review tomorrow--ha!)


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