My Daily Drive to Work and Back...
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Where else could I possibly start a blog like this than with a detailed account of my daily commute?
Every day, I leave my humble home to head into the office, or as I have called it in previous blogs, my "questionable job". (long story). First stop? My local corner, to the Circle K.
Some of you know Circle K; some from experience, some from watching "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". It is a chain of convenience stores, where you can buy gas, cigarettes, newspapers, very dodgy looking hotdogs (I never have, nor will I ever, try one of these - I'm sure death would come slowly and painfully), basic items, etc. The famous line from the movie is when Keanu Reeves, (who plays Ted) states in wonder, "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K"
This is where I stop most every morning on my way to work for a Coke - the "Breakfast of Champions", and about all my stomach can take in the mornings. Especially when I see the hotdogs rotating already at 7:45 in the morning... and they aren't JUST hotdogs, they are nacho-cheese-chilli-filled hot dogs. Fantastic. Just rolling and rolling around on those silver heating rolls, that apparently can keep them lukewarm for who knows how long. Also, note my picture above highlighting the "
Anyway...I get my drink and get in line to check out next to the strange cardboard faux-Native-American jewelry display that of course we must have at the convenience store.
So then I drive to work; it's a sprawling city with basically no public transportation, so it's all individual cars, all the time. We are a desert; so as with any desert, the air closer to the ground cools faster at night than the air above. However, we are also a valley (the "Valley of the Sun" no less) so, cool air then moves in ON TOP of the warm air westward from the surrounding mountains.
Our result? The air down at the bottom with all of us (filled with pollutants such as tiny particles of carbon and nitrogen dioxide gasses) is trapped near the ground in the Valley.
Finally I reach the office; to begin another "questionable" day. Not all bad though, I do get to visit you all of you lot from time to time... :-)
THE LONG JOURNEY HOME
Ahhhh.... what is it about the ride home that is so much more enjoyable than the ride in? I guess just the reality of the intended destination? Anyway, since I discussed the smog situation on the way in, let me give equal time to the fact that Phoenix in the springtime can be lovely; all the cactus are in bloom (yes, they do in fact bloom) and the the air smells nice from the flowers.
Only drawback is that it is now officially starting to get hot; it's 7:45 in the evening and still just over 93 F. (34 C.) and tomorrow they say will be 102 F. (39 C.) It's only the 9th of May...
I thought I would show you all a picture of one of our better known mountains here; Camelback Mountain. Named as such, because it looks like a Camel that has laid down. The head of the camel is meant to be to the right in this picture. Another formation on the mountain, not shown here, is the "Praying Monk", and the lore goes that this is the monk that owns the camel, praying that it will get up again so they can continue on the journey. I'll try to add a picture of that later, you have to be at a different angle than my drive home takes me on...
THE BLESSINGS OF TRAVBUDDY
A final note; when I did arrive home tonight, it was to find a FedEx package against my front door, from one of my best friends in the world, who I met here on Travbuddy; Andi Perullo .
THAT is how I ended my day in Phoenix today...