Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Hello From the Lungs of Hell!

I live in Tucson now. The inevitable has happened. I put our stuff in a huge moving truck (correction: I made others put our stuff in a big moving truck) and drove away from my little grey bungalow (leaving 19 mouse carcasses behind which I would now give my right arm for just to be back living next to my mother, anticipating a surprise pop-in from Kacy or Erin or Heidi). Kacy's tribute to my departure, by the way, was refreshingly sentimental in her characteristic unsentimental type of way. Really, MASH says it all. She is the Colonel Potter to my Radar.

But it's not so bad here. My house--excuse me, my HACIENDA--is nice, but it has some ugly wallpaper in the kitchen that I can't live with. (Picture soon to come). It's like the type of wallpaper you'd see on "Too Close for Comfort" Remember that show? Remember Monroe? Remember Mr. Rush? Well, I am living in a house with Mr. Rush's wallpaper. Please look at the website and listen to the theme song in honor of my wallpaper.

But besides the ca 1984 wallpaper, I am pleased. I even have a gate with an intercom and a button that I push to make the gate open, like Jerry Seinfeld. Someone pushes the button and the intercom buzzes, then I say "yes?" and they say "it's George" and then I say "come on in" and buzz the gate open. We also live very close to a Quik Mart which I will be referring to as the Kwik e Mart from now on. It's right off MASSINGALE road (I'll let you ladies figure out the joke in that--another 80's television throwback). I also accidentally bought Diet Coke sweetened with Splenda, which I do not recommend. Unless you are one of those peeps that prefers Coke but buys Diet as a sacrifice, you should stay away from Diet Coke with Splenda. Big mistake.

The most exciting thing that has happened to me, however, was a visit to the local grocery store, Basha's. First of all, I love the name "Basha's." Say it out loud right now. Now say it with a little growl in your voice. Very pleasing, no? Second of all, they make their own kettle style potato chips, which I am currently eating. Third, when you order a pizza from them and they call your name to pick it up, they don't just say "Carly, your pizza is ready." Instead they say "Attention shoppers, a fresh, hot pizza from our brick oven is currently waiting for Carly at the deli." If they had released balloons and streamers from the ceiling, I wouldn't have been surprised. It made me feel really special.

So as long as I have a Kwik e Mart, a blog, and a Basha's, I guess I'll be all right.

15 comments:

  1. Cletis, I can't wait to buzz you at the hacienda. Please have a hot pizza or a Costco dog waiting for me inside. IMY.

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  2. P.S. I wish you lived in Massingale. I would send you lots of letters if you did.

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  3. I used to shop at the Bashas' on Thornydale. I think that's where you must be. (Yummy Mexican food place in that shopping center.)

    I feel a kinship to you and you have no idea who I am. That's sort of weird.

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  4. Cami-the-sister-in-lawAugust 17, 2005 at 6:27 PM

    Really, what was Coke thinking with the Splenda thing???!?! I'm right there with you on that one. Welcome to your new home and good luck!! BTW we gave Raddy a haircut and he DOES look Rad!!

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  5. Every time you drive on Massingale Road promise me you will say "Doosh chill" Tobias style. Promise me!

    I think I am more like Henry to your Radar, if not Hawkeye to your Trapper. And who would Frank Burns be. Hmmm. Let's see. . .

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  6. Emily,
    I AM at the Bashas on Thornydale. I live right off Cortaro Farms road. By the way, thanks for all the tips on Tucson. They brightened my day.

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  7. Congratulations on your new home in Tucson. I always (including just then) say took-son in my head in order to successfully spell Tucson. A la Travel etc., "no, no, no, you have to chaaange in At-lann-ta."

    Enjoy the buzzer gate and the delightful grocery store. I love it, lungs of hell...

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  8. Carly, come pick me up at 3:30 at the institute building. I love you, but have no way of calling you and I don't know if you will check your email. I hope the AC got fixed. If not go to the mall or come to campus and hang out at the above mentioned hangout.

    Michael

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  9. Michael,
    I love you, too, but have no way of contacting you. 3:30 is fine. AC is fixed and no one is throwing up from heat exhaustion.

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  10. This is an added bonus to your move! We get to monitor the private details of Mike and Carly's relationship. Excellent.

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  11. That is GREAT that you live there! You have got to discover library storytime at the library north of Ina on Shannon, hidden behind the MVD. Talk about your blog material. A guy we refer to as "Crazy" Eddie entertains the kids from near and far. He's a lot on the strange side, and, uh, I wouldn't let my kids spend the night at his house, but he's good for a laugh and kids love him. If Julie is still there, she is excellent and my favorite storytime teller of all time.

    There's also a nice park off Thornydale and I think Hardy. It's west of T-dale and north of Cortaro.

    What ward are you in?

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  12. I think I'm in the Butterfield ward. Thanks for the library tips! We'll have to attend immediately, and Holden will be staying overnight at Crazy Eddie's asap.

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  13. We were in the neighboring stake but lived closer to your Stake Center than ours, so we would sneak there for GC.

    Tucson Appreciation Tip #23: Have you tried a frozen Eegee's slush yet? Mmmm. Lemon, pina colada, strawberry, flavor of the month. What else do you need?

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  14. See how many new friends you already have? Pretty soon it will be Carrie Ann who?

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  15. It will NEVER be Carrie Ann who?

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