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Living in the Real Desert: Nightlife

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January 23, 2015

Since being here in this popular desert oasis near the Arizona/California border, I’ve observed many things. For instance, my smartphone’s 4G from Wal-Mart’s T-Mobile does not work out in the desert, or in town for that matter. It is annoying enough that neither company will be getting any more business from this 50-something customer. Since… Read More ›

Quartzsite: A Mecca of Retail, Rocks and Rebels

Quartzsite: A Mecca of Retail, Rocks and Rebels

Having travelled to parts of the world where some pretty odd things were available for purchase if the price was right, Quartzsite feels like a homegrown desert version of these places where “retail” is king. While this small Arizona town may specialize in rocks and older rebels, the feeling is the same as in those… Read More ›

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Snowbirds: Older Heat Seeking Tribes

Like their feathered counterparts, Snowbirds migrate. The movement may be slower, one aspect of this creature’s physiology is advanced age, but nonetheless, each winter these beings flock toward the warmth of the desert. Not just any desert, mind you, but the Arizona hardpan that lies between Phoenix and the California border. There are other migratory… Read More ›

Adobe ruins on Main Street Quartzsite Az

Living in the Real Desert: An Aged Microcosm of Society

There is an old saying about lemons and lemonade, sometimes however, this saying means very little when a whole truckload of the little yellow things have been shoved in one’s face. When they are mashed repeatedly into whatever orifice is available, rather than making a childhood drink, retreat is the only option. It was this… Read More ›

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tis the Season to Reflect

Well hello there! Time has shot by faster than a speeding super train and it is the day after Thanksgiving, or as I like to think of it, “Tis the season to reflect.” Soon enough it will be “Tis the season to be jolly,” but since I really feel I am here on borrowed time,… Read More ›

The Re-Americanization of M i.e. Me

I will apologize upfront for the horrendous butcher job I’ve done on The Americanization of Emily in my attempt to be “cute.” Apologies also to the late great Paddy Chayefsky who penned the film. The phrase jumped into my head, originally as just The Re-Americanization of Michael, which does sound a lot more intelligent than… Read More ›

Old West Icon Faces Closure Flyover Pictures Hopes to Help

Old West Icon Faces Closure Flyover Pictures Hopes to Help

The Pony Express was a short but vital part of the American West and the history books tell of a group of young men, boys really, who rode hard and fast against the elements, indian raids, bandits and all sorts of other challenges to get the mail to folks before the stages, telegraph and railroads… Read More ›

Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014 Winds of Change

Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014 Winds of Change Continue to Blow

Hello my old friend. I’ve had a wonderful ride here and the past year has been one of change, challenge, camaraderie and catharsis. Enjoyable yet disconcerting, 2013 has been an amazing followup year to 2012. Events that took place in the year prior to ’13 are still resounding in me and their long term affect… Read More ›

My Summer Vacation

My Summer Vacation: Acting and Adventure

The film I worked on this summer has now been made available for public viewing on Vimeo. It was filmed in July around Sidmouth, England with an intimate cast and crew. I worked with some brilliantly talented people and hopefully will work with them again. The experience was another life changer for me. I had… Read More ›

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Puddin Is the Name

For those who follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook, you will have noticed that I have had an addition to my household. A lost cat who tried to “adopt” me roughly four weeks ago. He is now a fully fledged member of the Smith clan, United Kingdom branch. His newly christened name is Puddin as… Read More ›

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