Monday, March 21, 2011

Bar Book Club

I haven't reported on these in awhile because I had to miss a couple (one because one of my wife's patients was in labor, another because my daughter chose that night to throw an hour-and-a-half tantrum, etc.). I was happy to finally make it back to one.

Beer of choice: They've opened the Existential Porter up--woo hoo! That's always been my favorite, and they only have it for a month or two before there's another long wait. It's a very dark beer.

Book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This is a memoir of a strange childhood, first out here in the West in some of the desolate towns you see in Nevada, Arizona, etc., and later in even more dire poverty in West Virginia coal country. Her father was seemingly brilliant but also an alcoholic who, along with the artsy, flighty mother, tried to make their unconventional life into a principled stand against convention. I was reading it as I traveled through some of those same places in Arizona (and with memories of last summer's trip through northern Nevada), so I found those parts especially interesting. The discussion was good.

Our next book will be The River Why by David James Duncan. This was a favorite book of mine in college--being more a baseball person than a fisherman, his The Brothers K was actually more up my alley, but I enjoyed this and pretty much everything by Duncan I could find. So I'm looking forward to revisiting it.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I have a freakish tooth

Getting some final dentist visits out of the way these past few weeks, and I learned that one of my teeth came in reversed--spun around 180 degrees. It's one of the pre-molars, which supposedly isn't very different on the outer side than the inner one, so they weren't surprised that I'd never noticed it. But weird.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Travels

We've been back from our trip for about a week, but it's always crazy getting back into the swing of things. So I'm finally getting around to posting a blog entry. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Coming down through the mountains toward Santa Fe (my wife insisted on listening to the Newsies soundtrack...) with a thin-cloud snowstorm that showed the setting sun only slightly dimmed.
  • Albuquerque botanical gardens.
  • Snow-dotted cliffs outside Gallup, New Mexico.
  • Seeing a bit of the Painted Desert as we crossed Arizona.
  • A rainbow-colored cloud off to the side of Mt. Humphreys as we came toward Flagstaff. Of all the places we saw, Flagstaff seemed like the one I could see myself living in...though admittedly that's based mostly on the surroundings, as we didn't really see much of the city itself.
  • The Grand Canyon, with snow among the piƱon trees along the edge.
  • Saguaro cacti and palm trees as we dropped down from Flagstaff to Phoenix.
  • Warm weather in Phoenix (almost too warm...but a nice break from winter).
  • The zoo and very cool children's museum in Phoenix.
There, that's my version of a you-gotta-see-my-vacation-photos blog post. Now back to my (I hope) regular blogging soon.