Joshua- and Palm- trees...
...plus 'eating parties'...
Crazy distances out here in the American SW--crazy amount of miles just for a three-day 'weekend' (1051 miles, from Tucson to the L.A. area and back), and 40 miles EACH WAY for Saturday-night dinner: freeway-dependence.
Then, getting back to Tucson late Sunday night...obligatory 'bright-eyed' morning for Monday@work: ay ay ay...On the way there on Friday, we drove through the surreal landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park...and on the way back day before yesterday, through the equally-surreal landscapes of Palm Springs and the surrounding 'desert cities...'
Alas, no "Korean tacos" (see http://www.kogibbq.com/) this trip...times and locations did not intersect with our itinerary in the L.A. area...But, we did have ethnic 'eating parties,' as my mother (who was with us) refers to occasions when 'different' or 'special' foods are present:
- Friday night: Cuban in Norco
- Saturday night: the LONG drive each way--but worth it, for Indian food in the Indian-and-Korean pedestrian district in the town of Artesia, next to Long Beach
- Sunday night: on the drive back home, surprisingly good Hawaiian bbq (read: short-ribs, kimchee, mac salad, spam musubi !) in the 'instant suburb' of Buckeye, on the far western fringes of the Phoenician-sprawl...(another name for Buckeye: 'but why?'--as in, 'but why would you live here in this flat scrubby Phoenix ex-urb in the shadow of a nuclear power-plant that depends on water pumped in from FAR away to prevent a radioactive melt-down?' And yet it was the 9th-fastest-growing city in the US in the past decade! )
Meanwhile, a couple of things from the NYTimes yesterday and today: