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This July has been a month all about literal movement – an adventure in LA, seeing family in Fresno, showing my brother Arizona and even starting to really launch a big idea (after a lot of time just thinking about it). Then August turned out to be a month of life movement including big changes in my daily life and little but promising changes in my professional world (hello, freelancing!). There’s been so much movement, in fact, that it’s been a little tricky to pause and record all of it.
But one of the cool things about having people visit is that you get to play host – you may end up looking at where you live with new eyes, a traveler’s eyes and end up seeing, hearing or even tasting things about a familiar place that you never knew were there. We got two great examples of that in the last few months.
This July was my brother’s first visit to Phoenix since I moved here to start graduate school. If there’s one thing my brother is always up for, it’s a good sports event so we took him to see the Diamondbacks take on the New York Mets – and ended up literally right next to the Mets bullpen. While I’d briefly been to Chase Stadium once before for a company party, experiencing it filled with baseball fans, the sounds of the game and tempting food smells was a brand new experience and surprisingly comfortable for the triple digit heat thanks to the stadium cover. It’s something we probably never would have done without my brother and made the day an adventure instead of a regular weekend in town.
The same thing happened when Steven’s sister and nephew visited earlier in the summer. We hit the Desert Botanical Gardens with an active, inquisitive toddler. Once I got over my fear that he would run headlong into a cactus, I got the chance to see the desert through his eyes which made me so much more aware of details at ground level – and especially excited each time we saw a rabbit, chipmunk or lizard.
And no matter who they are or how long they’re here, we’ve kept our streak of getting all our guests to Rosita’s alive and well.
So it’s been crazy and interesting and I’ve gotten behind, but there’s a few more summer adventures I have to share that will be showing up here soon and hopefully new ones to come this fall, because even if I disappear for a bit, I always have my eyes open for what to share when I make it back…
Tags: Arizona, California, Chase Stadium, Desert Botanical Garden, Diamondbacks, family, Fresno, host, job changes, life changes, Los Angeles, New York Mets, Phoenix, siseter, summer, visit
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Tags: Arizona State University, ASU, ceremony, Cronkite, graduation, journalism, May, Phoenix, Tempe
The only thing better than getting to see the world is getting to see it along with someone who means the world to me – thank you for everything…
… I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Tags: Abu Dhabi, Arizona, Dubai, Happy Valentine's Day, Kansas, Lawrence, Mexico, New Zealand, Nogales, Phoenix, Sharjah, Sonora, Taupo, United Arab Emirates
Whether it’s halfway around the world or a few blocks down the street I live on, sometimes the smallest things can make a trip to the grocery store fresh again.
Luckily for me, I had my phone handy yesterday when these details included sugar Coke mixed in with corn syrup Coke, new brands of orange drink, several fruits & vegetables I’d never seen before and Hannah Montana piñatas…
Tags: Arizona, Coke, down the street, errands, groceries, grocery store, peppers, Phoenix, piñatas, Ranchero Market, Roosevelt Street
It’s cool tonight – down to 102! – and Phoenicians on bikes, myself included, take to the streets to celebrate
Love that it’s cooler, that I think 102 is cooler now, and that there were more pedestrians and bikers in the street on the way home tonight than cars… I’ve said it before but there are beautiful sunsets here – they reflect in the glass on the office buildings – and I’m still not tired of palm trees.
We dropped our bikes off at the apartment and hit the road in the dusk and on the way to the car Steven caught up w me, kissed my neck, and said my sweat tastes good…
Tags: Arizona, dusk, Phoenix
Things here in Phoenix have been heating up lately, and not just because it’s May and the temperatures are steadily, inevitably climbing towards the 100′s. There’s this little thing called SB-1070 that has been in the news recently, and now this is the hotspot for politics as well as border crossing traffic. It’s the perfect summer to be in the newsroom looking at border issues – and having a bit of a travel budget is the icing on the cake.
Let’s take a quick rundown of last week, for example. On Monday, we rose early to be downtown in Phoenix by 4am to see Telemundo broadcast a live immigration special and the audience’s reaction. (they covered the issue in-depth again two days later)
Next, my teammates and I made a run to Tucson, Arizona to interview several contacts there and sit in on Operation Streamline hearings. Operation Streamline started in Del Rio, Texas, but is now operational all along the border and making news and encouraging debate again along with SB-1070.
Finally, while my team headed back to cover Saturday’s protest events, I spent one more day in Tucson to ride along on a Samaritan patrol. My classmates and I have been in talks to do a Border Patrol ride along too, as both are great ways to get out and see the landscape and understand what people are literally going through.
Tags: Arizona, immigrants, immigration, live broadcast, march, Operation Streamline, Phoenix, protest, SB-1070, Telemundo, Tucson
11 little things a girl from Kansas loves about living in Phoenix…
- desert plants like cacti and palo verdes
- wearing my “summer clothes” year round
- amazing sunsets
- sounds of movement: traffic, light rail, and helicopters
- downtown is flat but surrounded by mountains
- biking to school
- seeing planes que up for landing at Sky Harbor- the tunnel on the 10
- being about 5 hours from both LA and Nogales
- desert driving gives me the big sky feeling of my Flint Hills
- palm trees
Tags: big sky feeling, cacti, city life, Flint Hills, Kansas, LA, lightrail, long-distance drives, Nogales, palm trees, Phoenix, Sky Harbor, sunsets, the 10, weather
Here’s the announcement – after a little bit of background information on the United Arab Emirates and, in particular, the emirate of Dubai.
Dubai has been in the news a bit this fall – like the rest of the world, the country’s finances are less ideal than they have been in the past. Recent coverage in US media includes Wall Street Journal‘s Dubai: A High Rise, Then a Steep Fall on Dec 4 and the New York Times‘ photo essay Dubai’s Improbably Tale.
This Monday, the BBC reported more mixed news, with Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn to help pay debts and Gulf News had this article: Dubai issues new legal framework to deal with Dubai World disputes. All this may be especially relevant to Phoenix, given the relationship between the two cities.
As far as regular and background information, one of the best sites is Gulf News. More coverage can often be found through Al Jazeera English and the BBC’s regional coverage.
To finish the background information, you can’t talk about Dubai without talking about the construction…
So, why all the information about Dubai? Well, when I posted this October entry, I had just heard about an opportunity – I was in a hopeful mood, and now that it’s finalized, I can make a bit of an announcement…
I’ll be taking a trip over winter break through ASU Study Abroad. The program is called A Tale of Two Cities – Dubai and Phoenix. It’s led by Jamil AlShraiky who specializes in healthcare design industry at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. As for the troup, we’re an interdisciplinary bunch including students from design, healthcare, and journalism programs. The blog is already up here.
Yes, I’m REALLY excited, and yes, I’ll be writing about it. How much will be posted live from on-site will depend on internet access, which has been described as “really good dial-up…we’re sure it will work if your computers are right.” But there will definitely be somethings as the trip unfolds, as well as (probably tons of) pictures by mid-January when we get back.
Tags: ASU, BBC, construction, design, Dubai, healthcare, journalism, New York Times, Phoenix, study abroad, sustainability, Wall Street Journal, winter break