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amyzzz
04-06-2012, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the laundry update.

locachica73
04-17-2012, 06:20 AM
Hey all, I bought a ticket to see Garbage tonight at the Marquee, but honestly, I am too old and tired to go. I had thought I could work through it but I have to start work at 6 am now and I just can't be out that late. If anyone is interested in the ticket I will sell it at face... Or if I like you I might even just give it away. So hit me up if you are interested. If not it will probably just go to waste. :(

amyzzz
04-17-2012, 08:31 AM
You have to work at 6?? That is rough.

denies the day
04-17-2012, 04:47 PM
My work is hiring for shitty $10 an hour sales jobs if anyone wants one. After laying off the salespeople who actually have a decent salary.

Is this at the Century Link on Central and Thomas? I need a part-time job after this weekend.

downingthief
04-18-2012, 03:14 PM
He'll want to do both. Total microphone hog.

Ha, I just saw this...you are just jealous of my Gahan.

amyzzz
04-18-2012, 03:32 PM
Is this at the Century Link on Central and Thomas? I need a part-time job after this weekend.Go to Centurylink.com "about us" and search AZ under Careers. There is a retail sales associate position at Desert Sky Mall, so I guess they have sales positions at mall kiosks.

chairmenmeow47
04-21-2012, 10:27 AM
one week to rock band!!!!!!!! SEAN AND I GET THE HINT JEN, YOU CAN SING ALL THE DEPECHE MODE YOU WANT, GOSH

downingthief
04-23-2012, 12:42 PM
one week to rock band!!!!!!!! SEAN AND I GET THE HINT JEN, YOU CAN SING ALL THE DEPECHE MODE YOU WANT, GOSH

I OWN Policy of Truth! She can't have it! It's MINE! :)

captncrzy
04-23-2012, 12:47 PM
It's ok, microhogs...I probably won't make it anyway. I'm still sick and this week is promsing to be one that hell is made of.

downingthief
04-23-2012, 12:58 PM
It's ok, microhogs...I probably won't make it anyway. I'm still sick and this week is promsing to be one that hell is made of.

Boooooooo

chairmenmeow47
04-23-2012, 06:28 PM
awww, sorry you're not feeling well :(

and i saw tom's post at the top of the page and got excited thinking he was coming lol.

locachica73
04-26-2012, 07:56 AM
I really think Tom should suck it up and drive to your place for rock band!

Also, I am being sucked into going to Ufest... Is anyone else going that I can maybe sit and talk to and avoid the loud angry boy music?

faxman75
04-26-2012, 12:38 PM
I wish I could make Rock Band but this is my first weekend home in a few and i'm spending it with Connor. Ivy, your Coachella lunchbox is safe and stored in a cabinet. I'll be sure to have it next time I see you though. Have fun!

downingthief
04-26-2012, 01:42 PM
I really think Tom should suck it up and drive to your place for rock band!

Also, I am being sucked into going to Ufest... Is anyone else going that I can maybe sit and talk to and avoid the loud angry boy music?

Not looking forward to the Brofest?

locachica73
04-26-2012, 02:13 PM
Not really, I am looking forward to being outside in the sun again, but I have a feeling it will be much angrier than coachella x10. My sister and michael are taking a friend of ours and got Nick all excited for it. I am excited for him, but I may pack ear plugs for myself.

amyzzz
04-26-2012, 02:38 PM
Are you saying you don't normally use ear plugs, Audra? For shame.

locachica73
04-27-2012, 06:24 AM
I like to live on the edge.

chairmenmeow47
04-27-2012, 08:42 AM
see everyone (who can make it) tonight!

and we have something to celebrate besides one of my best friends being in town, i got a promotion in my department!!! 12% raise!!!!!!!!!

oh, and i'm insanely busy (on a call right now) and my phone hates events, but can someone please post in the event that just in case sean doesn't come, could someone bring an extra mic (if they have one) and an extra guitar?

thank you :)

you will be missed, jen and mark! thanks again mark for getting me the lunchbox :) hope my paypal went through.

locachica73
04-27-2012, 08:44 AM
CONGRATS!!! Can't wait to see you!

So Nick and I found a way to make Ufest more entertaining. We are making up a drinking game. I suggested we drink whenever we hear the word dude or bro but we were worried we wouldn't make it out of the parking lot before being smashed. So we are going to drink whenever we see a dude in a tap out shirt. I should be drunk by 3pm.

chairmenmeow47
04-27-2012, 08:57 AM
thanks for posting in the event for me! and i can't wait to see you either <3 sounds like a good drinking :)

downingthief
04-27-2012, 09:21 AM
see everyone (who can make it) tonight!

and we have something to celebrate besides one of my best friends being in town, i got a promotion in my department!!! 12% raise!!!!!!!!!

oh, and i'm insanely busy (on a call right now) and my phone hates events, but can someone please post in the event that just in case sean doesn't come, could someone bring an extra mic (if they have one) and an extra guitar?

thank you :)

you will be missed, jen and mark! thanks again mark for getting me the lunchbox :) hope my paypal went through.

I'll do my best to get there.

and YAYYYYYY on the raise! Well deserved. :)

TomAz
04-27-2012, 09:32 AM
and we have something to celebrate besides one of my best friends being in town, i got a promotion in my department!!! 12% raise!!!!!!!!!

that is so awesome. congrats ivy!

chairmenmeow47
04-27-2012, 09:58 AM
thank you!!!! i actually did the math. she gave me the amount, then kinda guessed at the percent. it's actually more like 14-15%, that is SO awesome! especially during a hiring freeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amyzzz
04-27-2012, 09:58 AM
Congrats, Ivy.

TomAz
04-27-2012, 10:14 AM
thank you!!!! i actually did the math. she gave me the amount, then kinda guessed at the percent. it's actually more like 14-15%, that is SO awesome! especially during a hiring freeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And this following substantial medical leave. You must be very good at what you do.

faxman75
04-27-2012, 01:57 PM
Congrats on the raise Ivy! From someone who just reached his 5 year anniversary at his job with zero pay increases ever. I'm still happy with these county benefits though I suppose.

faxman75
05-01-2012, 02:41 PM
Record club anyone?

http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?57893-Valley-of-the-Sun-Record-Club

Somewhat Damaged
05-01-2012, 02:44 PM
Oh yeah, forgot to write, congratulations, Ivy! So do you have any new responsibilities or will you just be doing the same thing but getting paid what you should've been all this time?

chairmenmeow47
05-01-2012, 08:44 PM
thanks rick :) pretty much the latter, except supposedly i'll have more responsibility. i had five projects at one time when i first started, and this current project is bigger than anything we've done in like a decade, so i find that hard to believe. but more money, huzzah! i'm glad this happened before my boss got her degree, since i don't have mein either.

chairmenmeow47
05-02-2012, 05:25 PM
what the fuck?!

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/02/11507220-armored-gunman-4-people-dead-in-arizona-shooting?lite

i'm so conflicted between the nazi and the toddler.

Gribbz
05-02-2012, 05:54 PM
Clearly the toddler's fault for not arming herself with a 12 gauge.

chairmenmeow47
05-02-2012, 05:55 PM
http://screencrave.frsucrave.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/kick-ass-hit-girl-11-3-10-kc.jpg

insbordnat
05-08-2012, 09:56 PM
Tempe Improv - Closing June 1st.

Timestretch
05-09-2012, 08:54 PM
Was reading that story yesterday. Kind of sad since that place has been around ever since I can remember, but the new comedy club that's taking their business is downtown and it's good to see more entertainment opening up there. That shopping center (Cornerstone?) is nothing what it used to be. I think they had this 50s bar called Studebakers a long time ago that was kinda cool.

M Sparks
05-10-2012, 08:07 AM
Hmmm, a friend of mine was supposed to perform at a Thursday show at the Improv last week and the whole show got canceled the day before.

locachica73
05-15-2012, 12:30 PM
A good friend of mine has a son who attends school at ASU, last night him and his roommate were victims of a home invasion, someone broke in and tied them up and stole all of their shit. Apparently this is the 3rd one, so if you live in or around Tempe please be careful.

TomAz
05-15-2012, 02:28 PM
tied them up? hot.

downingthief
05-18-2012, 12:49 PM
Our state is comic fodder. (http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/05/18/20120518arizona-secretary-of-state-obama-citizenship.html)

locachica73
05-18-2012, 01:04 PM
tied them up? hot.

Sorry, tied them up, but not in the good way. :p

Somewhat Damaged
05-18-2012, 01:13 PM
Our state is comic fodder. (http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/05/18/20120518arizona-secretary-of-state-obama-citizenship.html)

Saw that on the news this morning. Sounds like a good idea -- disenfranchise a significant portion of the voters in your state who would want to vote for Obama to appease one single person's moronic query.

amyzzz
05-18-2012, 01:27 PM
Yeah I saw something about that on Facebook. I realize that Obama probably won't win in this state, but WHAT THE FUCK.

TomAz
05-18-2012, 01:28 PM
Yeah, well, I think your distaste here is misplaced. Guy is secretary of state -- it's his job to verify a candidate's eligibility. I'm sure he's checking on the state of birth for Romney too, as well as whether or not his dad married his own sister. I am also sure that the sentence "Bennett, a Republican, said he could not recall the name of the constituent who made the request" is 100% true.

NachoCat
05-22-2012, 11:13 AM
http://www.ecollegetimes.com/student-life/bar-smith-owners-relentless-beats-to-broaden-edm-scene-with-monarch-theatre-1.2740205




The rise of a new nightlife venue in downtown Phoenix has the potential to bring new life and culture into the heart of the city. At least that is what the owners of the newly opened Monarch Theatre are hoping for as they prepare for a grand opening on Memorial Day weekend.

Owners Pete Salaz, Sean Badger and Edson Madrigal, who also collectively own and run the popular indie dance club Bar Smith had their eyes on the space next door for quite some time. When the location for the now shuttered PHX nightclub became available, Badger said the guys jumped at the opportunity.

“Bar Smith itself is different from everywhere else in town,” Badger said. “We don’t really do a lot of commercial music. We cater to a niche market and try to keep the music and entertainment as original as we can, so we’re just expanding that theory next door.”

The difference, Badger adds, is space and the capacity to host bigger, world-class entertainers. The music driven venue will host a mixture of DJs and live acts, and serve as a hybrid of a concert venue and nightclub.

With a state-of-the-art sound system, a capacity of 500 and nearly 7,000 square feet of dance floor, Badger said he hopes are that The Monarch becomes a destination venue for Downtown Phoenix.

“We want worldly people, people who are more cosmopolitan in nature from all walks of life, whether their professional or artists,” Badger said. “We want people who are music enthusiast.”

That’s is why the owners enlisted the help of Relentless Beats owner and operator, Thomas Turner, who has been running the electronic dance music promotion company for 16 years in the Southwest. Here in the Valley, Relentless Beats is responsible for Giant Wednesdays and Sound Kitchen at Wild Knight in Scottsdale.

“We are extremely excited,” Turner said. “We both have a long history of supporting dance music in the community, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that they got their hands on this room and that they reached out to me.”

On Saturday nights, Relentless Beats will usher in a steady flow of electronic music talent. The music, Turner said, will consist of forward-thinking electronica and cultured acts.

In previous years, the Scottsdale nightlife scene has dominated the EDM culture, but, according to Turner, Scottsdale has some perceived barriers and excludes many from being exposed to it. With the help of the Monarch, Relentless Beats will be able to expand Phoenix’s musical palate.

“Those that come to Monarch will be there for the music as opposed to bar hopping,” Turner said “These are going to be people looking for a music experience and they’re going to get that there.”

The owners are working to build a Latin night, planned for Fridays, which will feature smaller, touring Latin artists.

“We’re really enthusiastic about good Latin music and presenting entertainment that is appropriate for Arizona,” Badger said.

Although the venue has been open every weekend since late April for staff training, the Monarch Theatre is still undergoing renovations in preparation for its grand opening night on May 26.

Turner has lined up Grammy nominated Nadia Ali, who is one the most recognizable female vocalists in the electronic music industry.

“I’m hoping we make a huge impact on Arizona and downtown Phoenix’s music scene,” Badger said. “I really want to see Phoenix become the city that should be and not just the town that it’s known as, and I think that we could definitely help get it there by presenting world-class entertainment.”

chairmenmeow47
05-22-2012, 04:50 PM
happy to hear about the new venue!

ATTENTION: next thursday, the 31st, i am going to have happy hour for my birthday before my NY flight somewhere downtown between 6-9pm. join me :)

M Sparks
05-23-2012, 10:42 AM
I don't have a problem with the Bennett thing. He was doing his job. He's one of 49 people who have a legitimate reason to ask for that paperwork. And he wasn't trying to make a thing about it, the media dug it up to make up a fake story.

faxman75
05-25-2012, 09:24 AM
Record Club anyone? Taking votes on when a good day would be for everyone. Looking at the last three Saturday's in June right now.


http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?57893-Valley-of-the-Sun-Record-Club/page2

Timestretch
06-04-2012, 07:25 PM
Faxl: I was just checking out some artwork by Damian Gomes who I think lives in your complex. He's got some cool pieces that are really inexpensive. The Oasis looks pimp.

faxman75
06-06-2012, 08:58 AM
It's cool. I like it there quite a bit. I haven't met everyone there but based on the atist profiles http://www.oasisongrand.com/artists/ I'm sure i've seen him around and have been in his studio on a first Friday before. Good stuff.

LCD's Shut Up and Play the Hits tickets have gone on sale by the way.

http://www.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=7619&movie_id=129156&rdate=7%2F18%2F2012

locachica73
06-07-2012, 08:47 AM
Anyone interested in meeting for cheap beers for Thirsty Thursday? I am thinking Macayos for $2 beers and free appetizer buffet... :)

insbordnat
06-07-2012, 10:05 AM
It's cool. I like it there quite a bit. I haven't met everyone there but based on the atist profiles http://www.oasisongrand.com/artists/ I'm sure i've seen him around and have been in his studio on a first Friday before. Good stuff.

LCD's Shut Up and Play the Hits tickets have gone on sale by the way.

http://www.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=7619&movie_id=129156&rdate=7%2F18%2F2012

Tix purchased. Whether I can go or not, that's a different question. We'll see, possibly a new job will complicate matters.

Somewhat Damaged
06-07-2012, 10:22 AM
Unless you're going to be out of town, start complaining of stomach discomfort after lunch. Ask female coworkers how bad it is to eat undercooked chicken. Spend 20 minutes in the bathroom and look miserable when you depart. They'll let you leave in time to catch the movie.

TomAz
06-07-2012, 10:24 AM
I don't understand why that movie only gets one showing. I guess they don't want to ruin it like Coachella did when it went to two weekends.

M Sparks
06-15-2012, 12:55 AM
Anyone up for happy hour Friday? I didn't get to do anything for my birthday (Well, Amy took me to Cornish Pasty Co, and then I had to rush off to work.) I'm in the mood for 4 Peaks, but it's always such a pain in the ass. Does The Main Ingredient have misters on the patio?

Somewhat Damaged
06-15-2012, 03:30 AM
We've got kickboxing at 6:30. Probably best if we aren't drunk when we go. (And we're incapable of limiting ourselves to an amount of drinks that won't result in inebriation.) What have you got going on Saturday?

locachica73
06-15-2012, 06:42 AM
Anyone up for happy hour Friday? I didn't get to do anything for my birthday (Well, Amy took me to Cornish Pasty Co, and then I had to rush off to work.) I'm in the mood for 4 Peaks, but it's always such a pain in the ass. Does The Main Ingredient have misters on the patio?

I am in, what time? I can't be out too late, I didn't sleep much last night and I really need to do some laundry and stuff so I can get on the road to San Diego at a decent hour. But I would really like to buy you a beer for your birthday! :)

chairmenmeow47
06-15-2012, 09:10 AM
what time? if my paycheck gets mailed, i'd be down for food and puking in a new venue. like audra though, i get off early. actually they're letting us go at three today, huzzah!

locachica73
06-15-2012, 09:13 AM
Well, you know I am off at 3 too... We could always meet up first wherever Marc chooses and get a table before the crowds get there. That will save me from having to go home first. :)

amyzzz
06-15-2012, 09:22 AM
Aww I wish I didn't work late.

chairmenmeow47
06-15-2012, 09:25 AM
cool audra :) i'll plan on it, unless my paycheck doesn't come.

locachica73
06-15-2012, 09:30 AM
If you pay check doesn't come the food of your choice is on me. You will be saving me gas money and having to sit in a bar alone. :)

M Sparks
06-15-2012, 10:45 AM
Amy's not done until 5, but I might be able to show up earlier depending on how my next 4 hours goes. I'm leaning towards The Main Ingredient, but I'll take suggestions. Might not be back to the thread for a while, text or FB me.

locachica73
06-15-2012, 12:45 PM
OK, Ivy and I are in and are meeting there around 3:30ish. I will text Marc, hope to see some more of you there. :)

LickTheLizzard
06-18-2012, 02:19 PM
What the fuck is burning in the east valley?

NachoCat
06-18-2012, 02:31 PM
http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2012/06/18/20120618fire-live-east-valley.html

amyzzz
06-21-2012, 08:27 AM
Moonrise Kingdom starts its wide release at Harkins tomorrow. I'll probably see it this weekend in Mesa.

captncrzy
06-21-2012, 08:31 AM
Oh, great news. Was not wanting to have to go out to Scottsdale to see it.

amyzzz
06-21-2012, 08:43 AM
Yeah, me neither. We went to see Camelview to see a movie recently, and then it played nearby the following week. I hate driving all the way out there.

HotHamWater
06-21-2012, 05:59 PM
I watch The Dan Patrick Show on Fox Sports Arizona almost every morning. I'm obsessed with the George Brazil commercial because of the theme song. You guys know what I'm talking about?

TomAz
06-21-2012, 06:51 PM
No, but, I use George Brazil for my a/c shit.

Why don't you watch Fox Sports New Mexico?

HotHamWater
06-21-2012, 07:09 PM
Why don't you watch Fox Sports New Mexico?

I don't think it exists. Even if it does, it would be pretty boring.

ramblinon
06-21-2012, 07:14 PM
Does anyone care about politics in this thread? Your state has gone crazy again.

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/arizona-regulators-undermine-their-res-kick-off-fight-for-solar/


Arizona’s regulatory commission, once a champion of solar in the state, has officially declared a municipal solid-waste-to-biogas project to be an acceptable replacement for solar. It is a signal that the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), until the last election a bastion of bipartisan support for renewables, is shifting.

Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) requires ACC-regulated utilities and electric co-ops, which include Arizona Public Service (APS), Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Mohave Electric Co-operative (MEC), to obtain fifteen percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025. It also specifies that 30 percent of the fifteen percent come from distributed generation (DG).

That RES was instituted by the ACC, which independently regulates electricity for the state, before the five-person commission was reconstituted along more conservative lines in the November 2010 election.

In July 2011, the ACC voted, three Republicans to two Democrats, to allow MEC a waiver to substitute a 13-megawatt trash-to-gas power plant for part of its RES obligation. The waiver passed despite the fact that when the renewables standard was originally set, in 2007, it specifically ruled trash-to-gas as too polluting an electricity source to be a substitute for renewables.

This week, after an administrative law judge turned back a legal challenge to the decision, the ACC’s three-Republican majority finalized the waiver to MEC for the plant. The two Democrats once again opposed.

Reclamation Power Group LLC, which will own and operate the plant, is co-owned by Ron Blendu, an Idaho resident and brother of former Arizona Republican legislator Robert Blendu, who testified in favor of the project before the ACC.

Mohave Electric CEO Tyler Carlson argued that the trash-to-gas power plant could reduce costs to ratepayers by saving some of what the utility spends on solar.

But “the trash-burner costs almost twice as much to build and twenty times more to run,” Democratic Commissioner Paul Newman told GTM, questioning the Republican commissioners’ approval of the project. “How is that conservative?”

Newman’s argument is substantiated by numbers from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistics keeper for the U.S. Department of Energy, which put the capital cost to build a municipal solid waste plant at $8,232 per kilowatt and the cost for operations and maintenance (O&M) of it at about $380 per megawatt-hour. A comparably sized photovoltaic (PV) plant, EIA numbers showed, would be $4,755 per kilowatt to build, with O&M at less than $17 per megawatt-hour.

“The trash burner project,” Newman said, “will use no more than 40 percent to 75 percent renewable waste resources, far from its builders’ claims of 90 percent, because that is the composition of municipal solid waste.” And, he added, “burning plastics will spew toxins like dioxins and furans into the Phoenix air, which is already the second-dirtiest in the country.”

The Grand Canyon Chapter of Arizona’s Sierra Club fought the project from its inception. Its legal appeal of the first ACC decision delayed construction of the plant. The appeal argued the technology is too polluting and was specifically rejected by the ACC in 2007 when it defined the renewable energies to be used to implement the RES. The administrative law judge’s ruling rejected the appeal and ended that delay.

“When Suntech decided to come to Arizona with a manufacturing facility,” Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Director Sandy Bahr told GTM, referring to the manufacturing facility and corporate offices established near Phoenix by China’s biggest solar company, “the Renewable Energy Standard was one of the key reasons because it provides certainty and stability. Undermining it is a step backwards.”

Arizona, Bahr said, “has the highest solar insolation in the country. It makes no sense to mess with one of the few industries that has been growing in Arizona during this difficult economic period and providing jobs and helping people lower their electric bills.”

Phoenix construction jobs dropped 14.4 percent in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Commerce, but Arizona moved from eighth to third place nationally in providing solar employment in 2011, going from approximately 3,800 to 4,786 jobs. A third of those jobs were in installation.

Arizona also has, according to a National Renewable Energy Lab study, the third best combination of land area and resource potential in the U.S. for utility-scale solar power plant development (behind Utah and New Mexico). Yet, Commissioner Newman pointed out, “the ACC decision to substitute a trash burner for the RES solar requirement essentially kills utility-scale solar in Mohave County for the next decade. What are they thinking, and whose interests are they serving?"

captncrzy
06-22-2012, 08:36 AM
I watch The Dan Patrick Show on Fox Sports Arizona almost every morning. I'm obsessed with the George Brazil commercial because of the theme song. You guys know what I'm talking about?

Christ, just move here already.

downingthief
06-22-2012, 09:11 AM
Christ, just move here already.

Yeah!

M Sparks
06-23-2012, 10:33 AM
I watch The Dan Patrick Show on Fox Sports Arizona almost every morning. I'm obsessed with the George Brazil commercial because of the theme song. You guys know what I'm talking about?

Never heard it, but I see the vans all the time and I'm fascinated by the logo...a guy from the 1940's or 50's in an odd stride brandishing a flashlight.

Is it better than "Call 1-800-588-2300...EMPIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRE! (today)"?

locachica73
06-23-2012, 11:10 AM
I am meeting the clares and amyzz at brennens tonight for beer and sex trivia. Cash and adult prizes. Come on by if your bored. :)

OnlyNonStranger
06-23-2012, 12:12 PM
Hello Phoenix. I have tickets to come down and get roasted in some real heat July 16th-20th. We're mostly coming to enjoy cheap shopping, time spent by the pool, and to do some hiking. There is one thing missing from that list that I have to do. Eat as much Mexican food as possible. In saying that I need help. Where is the best Mexican restaurant in your fair city? Obviously when we get there we'll use UrbanSpoon and the like but I would also like some input from you guys. Thoughts?

mountmccabe
06-23-2012, 12:26 PM
If you want a sit-down proper place I don't know that I have anything but my answers would be Carolina's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/carolinas-mexican-food-phoenix-4) (their tortillas are amazing and I love their machaca (wet) and red chili beef) and El Norteno (http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-norteno-phoenix) (their gorditas are fantastic, with red or green chili beef).

fetuspiniata
06-23-2012, 12:45 PM
Hello Phoenix. I have tickets to come down and get roasted in some real heat July 16th-20th. We're mostly coming to enjoy cheap shopping, time spent by the pool, and to do some hiking. There is one thing missing from that list that I have to do. Eat as much Mexican food as possible. In saying that I need help. Where is the best Mexican restaurant in your fair city? Obviously when we get there we'll use UrbanSpoon and the like but I would also like some input from you guys. Thoughts?

Valle Luna is my favorite, I have been eating it since I was a kid. They have 3 different locations but the one in mesa is the best because they have a sweet waterfront veiw and they give you bean dip with your chips and salsa. I recommend the pollo fundido or the cheese crisp extravaganza.

La Contessa is a modern taco shop in central phoenix with a killer salsa bar with about 10+ different types of salsa. Their horchatas have fresh fruit and walnuts in them and their quesadillas are made from a corn based pastry like material.

If you are looking for late night taqueria style mexican food then I'd suggest hitting up the taco stand outside the gay bar charlie's. They are only open thursday-saturday nights but are my go-to drunk food!

Timestretch
06-23-2012, 02:09 PM
There's a restaurant thread with lots of Mexican food places reviewed including the occasional picture: http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?42505-Dylan-Dylan-Dylan-s-AZ-Restaurant-Thread

I regularly eat at Carolinas, Ritos, and La Condesa. For non-gringo Mexican food try La Tolteca Mexican Food and Tacos Atoyac. If you are looking for a nice sit-down dinner than Barrio Cafe or Barrio Queen. Everyone is going to have their own favorite family Sonoran place usually based on where they grew up in the valley.

TomAz
06-25-2012, 06:22 AM
THREE OUT OF FOUR PROVISIONS OF SB 1070 INVALIDATED BY SUPREME COURT TODAY!!!

TomAz
06-25-2012, 06:29 AM
3.
Sections 3, 5(C), and 6 of S. B. 1070 are preempted by federal law. Pp. 8–19.
(a)
Section 3 intrudes on the field of alien registration, a field inwhich Congress has left no room for States to regulate. In Hines, a state alien-registration program was struck down on the ground that Congress intended its “complete” federal registration plan to be a “single integrated and all-embracing system.” 312 U. S., at 74. That scheme did not allow the States to “curtail or complement” federallaw or “enforce additional or auxiliary regulations.” Id., at 66–67. The federal registration framework remains comprehensive. Because Congress has occupied the field, even complementary state regulationis impermissible. Pp. 8–11.
(b)
Section 5(C)’s criminal penalty stands as an obstacle to the federal regulatory system. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), a comprehensive framework for “combating the employment of illegal aliens,” Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. NLRB, 535 U. S. 137, 147, makes it illegal for employers to knowingly hire, recruit, refer, or continue to employ unauthorized workers, 8
U.
S. C. §§1324a(a)(1)(A), (a)(2), and requires employers to verify prospective employees’ employment authorization status,
Cite as: 567 U. S. ____ (2012) 3
Syllabus
§§1324a(a)(1)(B), (b). It imposes criminal and civil penalties on employers, §§1324a(e)(4), (f), but only civil penalties on aliens who seek, or engage in, unauthorized employment, e.g., §§1255(c)(2), (c)(8).IRCA’s express preemption provision, though silent about whether additional penalties may be imposed against employees, “does not bar the ordinary working of conflict pre-emption principles” or impose a “special burden” making it more difficult to establish the preemptionof laws falling outside the clause. Geier v. American Honda Motor Co., 529 U. S. 861, 869–872. The correct instruction to draw from the text, structure, and history of IRCA is that Congress decided it would be inappropriate to impose criminal penalties on unauthorized employees. It follows that a state law to the contrary is an obstacle tothe regulatory system Congress chose. Pp. 12–15.
(c) By authorizing state and local officers to make warrantless arrests of certain aliens suspected of being removable, §6 too createsan obstacle to federal law. As a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain in the United States. The federal scheme instructs when it is appropriate to arrest an alien during the removal process. The Attorney General in some circumstances will issue awarrant for trained federal immigration officers to execute. If no federal warrant has been issued, these officers have more limited authority. They may arrest an alien for being “in the United States inviolation of any [immigration] law or regulation,” for example, but only where the alien “is likely to escape before a warrant can be obtained.” §1357(a)(2). Section 6 attempts to provide state officers with even greater arrest authority, which they could exercise with no instruction from the Federal Government. This is not the system Congress created. Federal law specifies limited circumstances in which state officers may perform an immigration officer’s functions. This includes instances where the Attorney General has granted that authority in a formal agreement with a state or local government. See, e.g., §1357(g)(1). Although federal law permits state officers to “cooperate with the Attorney General in the identification, apprehension, detention, or removal of aliens not lawfully present in the UnitedStates,” §1357(g)(10)(B), this does not encompass the unilateral decision to detain authorized by §6. Pp. 15–19.

Gribbz
06-25-2012, 06:29 AM
Excellent.

TomAz
06-25-2012, 06:38 AM
Well it could be better, but it's something. They did uphold the one part where a police officer can attempt to determine immigration status if there is a "reasonable suspicion" the person is in the country illegally.

Miroir Noir
06-25-2012, 07:33 AM
Tom, that provision will still be open for future legal challenge. The Court just determined that as a matter of procedure, the federal government can't constitutionally preempt Arizona from trying it. The racial profiling and discrimination aspects of the law weren't even litigated at this point. They will be now.

chairmenmeow47
06-25-2012, 01:30 PM
fuck yeah. suck it, brewer & pearce.

locachica73
06-28-2012, 09:39 AM
My company is currently looking to hire anyone who can breath. It would require working outside in the heat, we need laborers, operators, drillers, foreman, etc. and a valid drivers license is about the only stipulation, and they are even willing to slide on that at this point. I was told that if we refer anyone and they make it 3 months we get $100. So if you know any desperate construction types please let me know. I could use $100. Although, this place kinda sucks, but most construction companies do.

downingthief
07-02-2012, 08:40 AM
Shamless plug time...

My buddy Payton is opening the latest place that you ALL need to check out today:

http://brathausaz.com/

24 beers on tap, plus a huge bottle selection. Home made brats, pretzels, etc. He is an amazing chef. I'm picking this for our next boardie meet up. :)

It's located in the old Oregano's old town Scottsdale location. I went to a VIP opening on Saturday evening. Looks amazing, and I got to sample the food and some of the beers on tap. He's modeled it in honor of the beer gardens in Germany and the mid-west.

captncrzy
07-02-2012, 08:52 AM
Looks great. I've got a $20 that Peyton has been to Wurstekuche in LA. Menu is pretty close.

downingthief
07-02-2012, 08:56 AM
Dunno, but I will ask him. I tried the rabbit and rattlesnake on Saturday. Both were amazing.

TomAz
07-02-2012, 09:42 AM
The web page I loaded doesn't seem to link to any menu.

That place looks incredible though. AIMED RIGHT AT ME.

downingthief
07-02-2012, 09:46 AM
Here is a new times article from the event on Saturday:

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/2012/07/python_brats_and_beer_plenty_o.php

Tom, it's legit. Payton has thrown a lot of money, blood, sweat, and tears into this place. Trust me when I say if he puts all that into something, it's going to be great.

locachica73
07-02-2012, 09:46 AM
Does that mean we might actually see you at a meetup, instead of only seeing you in April?

Also, I didn't get a menu either, I don't know that I am down for eating bunny sausage but I would try rattlesnake.

downingthief
07-02-2012, 09:49 AM
Rattlesnake was yummy, as well as the Python. :p

amyzzz
07-02-2012, 09:54 AM
That doesn't really sound like my kind of place. I could, perhaps, eat a pretzel.

locachica73
07-02-2012, 10:12 AM
Well if nothing else Amy, they do have hard cider on the beer menu. :)

Sean, do they snake sausages taste like chicken?

captncrzy
07-02-2012, 10:16 AM
Yeah, menu is very very similar to Wurstekuche. Which is fine, because Wurstekuche is one of my favorite bars in the free world.

amyzzz
07-02-2012, 10:22 AM
Ok, I'll come for a pretzel and a cider.

Timestretch
07-02-2012, 10:33 AM
Just talking about this place. I'm hitting this place us tomorrow for happy hour with work colleagues. Going to try the rabbit and lamb. What exactly are Belgium fries?

captncrzy
07-02-2012, 10:55 AM
They're really thick fries fried a couple of times and they serve a choice of dipping sauces with them.

downingthief
07-02-2012, 11:45 AM
His aren't thick, but are crispy. Dipping sauces are yummy.

Just went for lunch. Had the beer brat with spicy peppers, and the fries. Deeelic.

Oh, and on the snake taste; yes you can say they are similar to chicken. If you ate it, you would never guess what it was.

TomAz
07-02-2012, 11:47 AM
Was it crowded today on opening day?

downingthief
07-02-2012, 11:50 AM
Not too bad, but I got there early. I'll be stopping by there again after work, if anyone else is game.

TomAz
07-02-2012, 12:05 PM
When I was in Brussels last year we went to this place, Maison Antoine, which was really amazing and then we took our fries across the street to a beer place where we sat outside and drank good belgian beer with our fries.

http://www.gourmet.com/images/restaurants/2009/09/rs-belgian-frites-608.jpg

http://www.hollyeats.com/images/Europe/Brussels/Antoine-Menu-Big.jpg

The idea of adding 'artisan' brats to that has me giddy with excitement.

amyzzz
07-02-2012, 12:06 PM
When I was in Brussels last year You're an asshole.

locachica73
07-02-2012, 12:09 PM
Looks like Tom is avoiding my question directed at him... boo!

Sean, I would but money is tight for the next week or two. But hopefully we can plan a meetup there after that, maybe Tom will join us.

downingthief
07-02-2012, 12:11 PM
If Tom shows up, we all will collectively do a "spit take" with our beer.

:)

Somewhat Damaged
07-02-2012, 12:15 PM
So I was just thinking yesterday how we haven't had a meetup in what feels like forever, and the opening of this new restaurant sounds like as good an occasion as any. How's this weekend for everybody? And yes, Tom, you need to be in attendance.

locachica73
07-02-2012, 12:16 PM
I just had to google spit take. Yes, I would probably do that. :)

TomAz
07-02-2012, 12:20 PM
You're an asshole.

Two weeks from right now, I will be in Berlin.

Three weeks from right now, I will be in St Petersburg.

captncrzy
07-02-2012, 12:23 PM
7 weeks from right now, I will be in Hamburg.

TomAz
07-02-2012, 12:25 PM
Looks like Tom is avoiding my question directed at him... boo!

I didn't realize the question was directed at me.




So I was just thinking yesterday how we haven't had a meetup in what feels like forever, and the opening of this new restaurant sounds like as good an occasion as any. How's this weekend for everybody? And yes, Tom, you need to be in attendance.

I have to go to Flag on Friday but I think I'll be back by Saturday evening.

locachica73
07-02-2012, 12:26 PM
You are the only one that I have only seen in April so I figured it was easily assumed. If Tom makes it out I will pool my spare change and at least come out for 1 beer & braut.

TomAz
07-02-2012, 12:28 PM
If you and I are drinking beer together you don't have to worry about money.

Also, you saw me in March, remember?

amyzzz
07-02-2012, 12:30 PM
On Saturday, I will be at Sanibel Island in Florida, so I guess that is not too bad. However, I can't make a meetup for this weekend because of that.

downingthief
07-02-2012, 12:33 PM
This weekend looks pretty good for me.

captncrzy
07-02-2012, 12:34 PM
I'm excited to report that it looks like they're opening a Cornish Pasty Co. downtown.

locachica73
07-02-2012, 12:39 PM
If you and I are drinking beer together you don't have to worry about money.

Also, you saw me in March, remember?

Oh Yeah, I had forgotten, I take it back. But it would be nice to see you more often, but I understand since you live so far.

Also, that is a very kind offer, I will probably be in one way or another for Saturday if this happens. I just have to cross my fingers my daughter gets her subsistance check, if not I have to cover my rent and hers. :(

mountmccabe
07-02-2012, 12:58 PM
Yeah, menu is very very similar to Wurstekuche. Which is fine, because Wurstekuche is one of my favorite bars in the free world.

I think I have been there before; I want to say I went there with folks after a Joanna Newsom concert in 2010. Can anyone else that was there (maybe 4 other board folks) confirm? The place I went to was cool, at any rate.

Also next time you come to NYC I'd recommend trying Wechsler's Currywurst (http://www.currywurstnyc.com/) in the East Village.


Also also hi, everybody!

captncrzy
07-02-2012, 01:01 PM
I MISS YOU SO HARD

downingthief
07-02-2012, 01:14 PM
I MISS YOU SO HARD

HAWT

mountmccabe
07-02-2012, 01:36 PM
I miss y'all too!

downingthief
07-02-2012, 01:45 PM
Hi, John!

Timestretch
07-03-2012, 05:37 AM
I woke up damn early today and it's all because I got sausages and beer on my mind (and some curry ketchup)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiGRpm6Tf3I

downingthief
07-03-2012, 09:43 AM
What day are we thinking for this weekend? Friday, or Saturday? They don't take reservations, but I can let them know ahead of time how many we are expecting, and they will do there best to accommodate.

chairmenmeow47
07-03-2012, 09:52 AM
what's going on?

downingthief
07-03-2012, 10:00 AM
what's going on?

We were talking about doing a meet up at Brat Haus in Scottsdale. I know the chef there, and been a few times already. Very yummy beers and food!

amyzzz
07-03-2012, 10:06 AM
I could probably go Friday after work (6:30-ish), but I can't stay late because I have an early flight the next morning.

locachica73
07-03-2012, 10:41 AM
I have nothing going on either Friday or Saturday, so just let me know. :)

TomAz
07-03-2012, 10:51 AM
LETS GO TONIGHT

downingthief
07-03-2012, 10:54 AM
tempting for me, but I have other plans

captncrzy
07-03-2012, 11:08 AM
We have boxing on Friday nights. Saturday is preferable.

westcoastpirate
07-03-2012, 11:55 AM
I'm excited to report that it looks like they're opening a Cornish Pasty Co. downtown.

Sweet!

amyzzz
07-03-2012, 11:59 AM
We already have a Cornish Pasty Co in Mesa. I go there once a month or so. If I'd have known you guys liked it, maybe we could have arranged a meet-up while it was still sort of exclusive to Mesa (and that tiny one in by ASU). It's damn noisy there though.

Somewhat Damaged
07-05-2012, 11:33 AM
So, this weekend. What's the plan? We're going to that bar Saturday night regardless. Can't make it Friday.

M Sparks
07-05-2012, 12:01 PM
We already have a Cornish Pasty Co in Mesa. I go there once a month or so. If I'd have known you guys liked it, maybe we could have arranged a meet-up while it was still sort of exclusive to Mesa (and that tiny one in by ASU). It's damn noisy there though.

The ASU one is 3 times the size now. I was kind of bummed, I liked sitting at the kitchen and watching them work, but either it was really slow or they added a back kitchen because there was barely any activity and everyone else was sitting at the bar on the other side.

I have to work Friday night for a few hours, I might be able to go out on Saturday, but it's iffy, I'll check in here.

locachica73
07-05-2012, 12:03 PM
So, this weekend. What's the plan? We're going to that bar Saturday night regardless. Can't make it Friday.

I'm in for Saturday. What time are you guys thinking?

downingthief
07-05-2012, 12:09 PM
Saturday is a go for me as well to Brat Haus. So far we have:

Sean + Rayn
Jen
Rick
Audra + 1

Who else? Tom? Ivy? the Amy's?

amyzzz
07-05-2012, 12:16 PM
As I said, I can't go Saturday. Have fun.

captncrzy
07-05-2012, 12:23 PM
GOD SEAN LEARN TO READ

downingthief
07-05-2012, 12:24 PM
I don't wanna! You can't make me! Oh, crap I just did. ARRGGHHH

locachica73
07-05-2012, 12:28 PM
My friend at work just broke up with her girlfriend and we were suppose to hang out together at some point this weekend. Would it be ok if I brought her?

Mr. Dylanja
07-05-2012, 12:29 PM
Sean clearly directed that toward the amy's, not the amyzzz.

downingthief
07-05-2012, 12:32 PM
My friend at work just broke up with her girlfriend and we were suppose to hang out together at some point this weekend. Would it be ok if I brought her?

Absolutely!

captncrzy
07-05-2012, 12:33 PM
DONT TRY TO HELP DYLAN YOU WONT COME ANYWAY

downingthief
07-05-2012, 12:34 PM
Sadly, that is true. Does he really even exist? He's like the chupacabra.

Mr. Dylanja
07-05-2012, 12:39 PM
Is there any place that shows UFC nearby? I was planning on watching the Silva fight somewhere.

downingthief
07-05-2012, 12:45 PM
Is there any place that shows UFC nearby? I was planning on watching the Silva fight somewhere.

Only sports bars in the general area are either Upper Deck, or maybe Majerle's. Upper Deck would be closer.

downingthief
07-05-2012, 01:02 PM
Awww, this makes me sad (http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/20120703cocos-near-scottsdale-fashion-square-closes.html)

I would go there all the time with my Mom. She worked at Motorola at 56th and Indian School, and she would pick me up from pre-school/kindergarten to go there for dinner. Would take my Son there sometimes, too. Lots of good childhood memories.

Somewhat Damaged
07-05-2012, 01:29 PM
My friend at work just broke up with her girlfriend and we were suppose to hang out together at some point this weekend. Would it be ok if I brought her?

I don't know how comfortable I am with a lesbian showing up. Won't be able to make all the homophobic jokes I tend to trot out.

locachica73
07-05-2012, 01:34 PM
Haha, I have faith you can control yourself. If not I would put money on her in an arm wrestling match.

Somewhat Damaged
07-05-2012, 02:03 PM
Is she one of those freakishly muscular bull dykes?

TomAz
07-05-2012, 02:04 PM
Saturday is a go for me as well to Brat Haus. So far we have:

Sean + Rayn
Jen
Rick
Audra + 1

Who else? Tom? Ivy? the Amy's?

Maybe. I will be in flagstaff during the day but should be back in town at a decent hour. what time are all y'all meeting

TomAz
07-05-2012, 02:05 PM
Awww, this makes me sad (http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/20120703cocos-near-scottsdale-fashion-square-closes.html)

I would go there all the time with my Mom. She worked at Motorola at 56th and Indian School, and she would pick me up from pre-school/kindergarten to go there for dinner. Would take my Son there sometimes, too. Lots of good childhood memories.

Leather cocks!

Somewhat Damaged
07-05-2012, 03:00 PM
I'm guessing we'll be there around 6, although we could be there earlier/later depending on what works for everyone else.

locachica73
07-05-2012, 03:02 PM
Is she one of those freakishly muscular bull dykes?

Not so much, she's about 5' tall but she's strong. She was in the military, works in construction and does p90x or whatever that new thing is. I'd bet on her in most fights.

Somewhat Damaged
07-05-2012, 03:59 PM
Not so much, she's about 5' tall but she's strong. She was in the military, works in construction and does p90x or whatever that new thing is. I'd bet on her in most fights.

Well, I'm sure we won't come to blows anyway. Figured that ship sailed when Nick went buh-bye.

downingthief
07-05-2012, 04:12 PM
6 sounds good to me.

chairmenmeow47
07-05-2012, 06:30 PM
i will decide right before if i'm coming and let someone know :)

downingthief
07-06-2012, 01:18 AM
i will decide right before if i'm coming and let someone know :)

Make sure your decision is the CORRECT one. :p

locachica73
07-06-2012, 04:44 AM
Well, I'm sure we won't come to blows anyway. Figured that ship sailed when Nick went buh-bye.

LOL I figured, you guys are a pretty welcoming bunch. I just like to ask prior to inviting any new person into a group of friends.

chairmenmeow47
07-06-2012, 06:13 AM
if i come saturday, i'm probably bringing a date.

TheClares
07-06-2012, 12:47 PM
theclares, both of us, are in for tomorrow as well

Somewhat Damaged
07-06-2012, 12:50 PM
if i come saturday, i'm probably bringing a date.

Won't be a rehash of the epic 2008 revelation, will it?


theclares, both of us, are in for tomorrow as well

Yay! I'll remember to bring a DVD of Method with me.

downingthief
07-06-2012, 04:50 PM
Sweet.

Ok, so we have:

Sean + Rayn
Rick + Jen
Ivy + 1
Paul + Kim
Audra + 1
Tom (maybe)

Audra, what about Adrienne?

Six shall be time. Best chance for parking is either across the street (open dirt lot), behind Salty Señorita, or next to Bucca di Beppo. I'll see if they can help out on a table. Limited seating inside, but their patio has the mother of all misters.

locachica73
07-06-2012, 05:07 PM
Adrienne is a maybe. I don't think she will know till tomorrow.

TomAz
07-08-2012, 06:02 AM
Yeah so I didn't make it last night, for any number of reasons. I suck. Hope you all had fun.

locachica73
07-08-2012, 08:01 AM
Dinner with your daughter is more important so no worries.

Sean, the food was so good, I plan to go back just for another pretzel and cheese, and so many beer options. It was nice to get out of my normal neighborhood. :)

Somewhat Damaged
07-08-2012, 09:09 AM
I see bright things in the future for Brat Haus. So glad you're friends with the chef, Sean. That pretzel & cheese were ridiculous, as was everything else we ate. Tom, you done missed out.

Audra: which of your friends was the coworker?

locachica73
07-08-2012, 11:23 AM
Actually my coworker friend wasnt there. She flaked out on me. Boo!

Somewhat Damaged
07-08-2012, 01:29 PM
That explains it. I was trying to figure out which one worked construction, did P90X, and made you think they could beat me in an arm wrestling match and had no fucking idea who it could've been.

locachica73
07-08-2012, 01:32 PM
Lol, yeah, celeste and dina are very girly, although dina is a scrapper but I think you could take her.

chairmenmeow47
07-08-2012, 02:30 PM
sorry i missed y'all, but i'm sure rick explained where i was :)

downingthief
07-09-2012, 08:52 AM
I see bright things in the future for Brat Haus. So glad you're friends with the chef, Sean. That pretzel & cheese were ridiculous, as was everything else we ate. Tom, you done missed out.



Glad you all enjoyed! I think it will be successful, for sure. Quality is already there, and he has a great team working with him.

captncrzy
07-09-2012, 02:50 PM
I'm going to lunch this week there with my work lunch friend.

chairmenmeow47
07-11-2012, 12:03 PM
WHY IS THE LINE BUSY?!?! WE ARE HOSTING A ROCK BAND FOR BILL MURRAY MOTHER FUCKERS

well, if someone will answer the phone

http://www.superofficialnews.com/bill_murray_party_tour.pdf

*edit* i'm a gullable idiot. gulla-calf even.

captncrzy
07-11-2012, 12:22 PM
oh geez.

But that would be awesome if it were real.

OnlyNonStranger
07-11-2012, 05:08 PM
Hello Phoenix residents. By this time next week I will be in your fair city. Looking at the 10 day forecast I see lots of chances of rain. Here in Alberta, you can't believe the weather forecast as the weather changes here very quickly and often. For example, it went from 34 degrees Celsius by noon to hail by 4pm yesterday. What are the chances that it will actually be sunny next week if there are calls for rain? I'm trying to plan accordingly.

captncrzy
07-11-2012, 05:58 PM
A call for rain means that it will be cloudy and raining for about 10 minutes at some point between 5pm and 8pm.

TOOLRAGE
07-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Hello Phoenix residents. By this time next week I will be in your fair city. Looking at the 10 day forecast I see lots of chances of rain. Here in Alberta, you can't believe the weather forecast as the weather changes here very quickly and often. For example, it went from 34 degrees Celsius by noon to hail by 4pm yesterday. What are the chances that it will actually be sunny next week if there are calls for rain? I'm trying to plan accordingly.

It will most likely be sunny for 90-95% of your trip. The monsoon storms usually have a difficult time reaching phx.

Somewhat Damaged
07-11-2012, 09:05 PM
It's going to be 95 degrees at 7am and only get hotter from there. What part of town will you be in? We're in Avondale and got some light sprinkling yesterday but generally only get a fraction of what's incurred on the east side of town (Mesa, Chandler, downtown).

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 04:59 AM
I'll be staying in Scottsdale, with the rest of the Canadians(from what I understand).

chairmenmeow47
07-12-2012, 06:37 AM
will we get to meet?

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 06:53 AM
Yes? I'm already planning on meeting up with Gribbz for a hike. You're more than welcome to join us, as is anyone.

captncrzy
07-12-2012, 07:14 AM
If you're staying in Scottsdale, I HIGHLY recommend this place:

http://brathausaz.com/

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 07:19 AM
Haha, yeah I've actually been reading this thread for the past week or so and saw that you all went there. It's definitely on the list.

downingthief
07-12-2012, 08:11 AM
What part of Scottsdale? I live and work there.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 08:23 AM
Looking at the map I am just east of the 101 and north of E Shea Blvd.

downingthief
07-12-2012, 08:25 AM
Ah, ok. Nice area. It's more North from where I am at. I live/work in what is called either "old town, or downtown" Scottsdale. Around the cross streets of Indian School and Scottsdale Road.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 08:28 AM
Anything you can think of that is a must do? Best Mexican food, pub, etc?

NachoCat
07-12-2012, 08:30 AM
R&R has a great happy hour from 3-7 in scottsdale.

downingthief
07-12-2012, 08:38 AM
Anything you can think of that is a must do? Best Mexican food, pub, etc?

Well, Jen mentioned Brat Haus. That is a must.

If you want a unique Mexican experience, my recommendation is Barrio Queen http://barrioqueen.com/welcome.html . Another good one is Los Sombreros http://lossombreros.com/ . If you want more straight forward, Los Olivos http://www.losolivosrestaurants.com/ .

If you enjoy Brat Haus, you would most likely also enjoy Papago Brewery http://www.papagobrewing.com/ .

R&R does have a solid happy hour. Was just there for a company event on Tuesday. http://rnrscottsdale.com/

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 08:54 AM
My plan for my four days is to eat Mexican food, drink beer, buy some cheap American goods, and a hike. In saying that I will probably visit all of those places.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 09:17 AM
Also, holy shit, all of those places are dirt cheap.

NachoCat
07-12-2012, 09:29 AM
Yeah, and the food is pretty damn good at r&r... The sliders, ahi tacos or the animal fries are all excellent for happy hour choices... I went the other day and had like 5 beers and animal fries, I wanna say it was like $20

chairmenmeow47
07-12-2012, 10:07 AM
hey tom, anything to do in fountain hills? killing time between tests at mayo. though we just found fort mcdowell so that may answer my question :)

and ONS, i'll pm ya :)

captncrzy
07-12-2012, 10:24 AM
Butterfields is good for pancakes. http://butterfieldsrestaurant.com/index.asp

I also think the Coach House is a great dive bar during the week and the days on the weekends. On Friday and Saturday nights, it gets douchey (but every place in Scottsdale does).
http://www.coachhousescottsdale.com/coach_house/Home.html

Patties First Avenue Lounge is also a great dive bar. I know someone that got engaged in the alley at Patties; she was in the alley because she went out there to puke. (no link; google for yelp/facebook)

Rogue Bar has electro/indie stuff in there on some / most nights. Very hipster laden. (no link; google for yelp/facebook)

Artisan Ice Cream place by where you're staying: http://sweetrepublic.com/

If you decide you want some Italian, DeFalcos has the best meatball sub I've ever had, hands down. http://defalcosdeli.com/

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 11:02 AM
Wow, thanks for planning my trip guys. Now who wants to get drunk?

westcoastpirate
07-12-2012, 11:11 AM
If you want to get drunk, Four Peaks (local brewery) has a location a couple miles from where you are staying, and there's a pretty sweet Irish Bar called Skeptical Chymist in the same complex.

http://www.fourpeaks.com/#

http://skepticalchymist.com/

TomAz
07-12-2012, 11:30 AM
I am very fond of Skeptical Chymist, myself.

TomAz
07-12-2012, 11:30 AM
hey tom, anything to do in fountain hills?

Well, you can go see the fountain!

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 11:38 AM
Four Peaks is a chain right? I think I went to one in Texas when I lived there.

captncrzy
07-12-2012, 11:47 AM
I'm not a huge fan of Four Peaks. Overrated IMO.

I will, however, get drunk with you.

captncrzy
07-12-2012, 11:49 AM
Oh, and if you're hiking with Gribbz in Tucson, make him take you to Mi Nidito. Probably the best mexican food in the state.

westcoastpirate
07-12-2012, 12:54 PM
Four Peaks is a chain right? I think I went to one in Texas when I lived there.

Four Peaks is not a chain. They only have 2 locations, one in Tempe and the other in Scottsdale, both of them in Arizona.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 01:13 PM
Then what am I thinking of? Captn I'm there the 17th-20th. Pick a day.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 01:17 PM
Oh, except on the 19th. That's our Tucson day.

Mr. Dylanja
07-12-2012, 01:20 PM
Twin Peaks?

Gribbz
07-12-2012, 01:33 PM
I'm not a huge fan of Four Peaks. Overrated IMO.

I will, however, get drunk with you.

I dig Four Peaks. I'm more partial to Papago though. Used to live right down the street...

Mr. Dylanja
07-12-2012, 01:38 PM
More like Slapabro.

Timestretch
07-12-2012, 01:43 PM
Twin Peaks?

There is a Twin Peaks beer place in Austin. Not sure if it's a chain. Ginger man?

captncrzy
07-12-2012, 01:43 PM
The only day I can do it is the 19th. EXCEPT, we're going to see Shut Up and Play the Hits on the 18th in downtown Tempe on the 18th, and I think a few of us are just going to grab drinks before the movie if you want to do that. I work across the street from the theater, so I'm available from 4pm on.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 01:59 PM
Twin Peaks! That's definitely what I was thinking of.

Shut Up and Play the Hits is very tempting. I feel like I've planned this trip already all on my own so I'm going to have to get some input from my better half and she what she would like to do.

captncrzy
07-12-2012, 02:05 PM
Yeah no worries on going to the movie. I was mostly talking about the drinks part.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 02:16 PM
You know I instantly thought that after I hit reply but c'est la vie.

OnlyNonStranger
07-12-2012, 02:30 PM
Dune Buggying. Is that a thing down there? My google skills are failing me.

westcoastpirate
07-12-2012, 02:48 PM
I dig Four Peaks. I'm more partial to Papago though. Used to live right down the street...

Four Peaks beers are okay. Raj and Hop Knot are their best beers. There's also a Nimbus location in Scottsdale now off Scottsdale Rd and Indian Bend, which is pretty close to where ONS is staying. Nimbus is, by far, my favorite AZ brewery.

EDIT-I should rephrase that Nimbus makes my favorite AZ brewed beer, Old Monkeyshine. Overall I am still undecided on my favorite AZ brewery. I will take this to the Beer thread now.

Timestretch
07-12-2012, 02:51 PM
There's lots of desert to ride dirtbikes---particularly Apache Junction. I no longer own any so I haven't gone out since moving back here. You should be able to find a rental place for off-road vehicles within the city and then hit up the trails either East or North of the metro area. Definitely dune buggying outside of Yuma. It will be super hot in that gear, though. So maybe early early morning.

chairmenmeow47
07-13-2012, 12:17 AM
the pretzels at four peaks with some goat cheese rule. also, i don't think i'll be up for a hike just yet as i have some medical stuff going on the next few weeks. but i am practically halfway between gribbz and captn :)

OnlyNonStranger
07-13-2012, 06:47 AM
We'll have to try to meet up then.

Just for anyone that cares I found this place (http://www.gogreenzebra.com/scottsdale/). It had good reviews on Yelp and looks like exactly what we wanted.

TomAz
07-13-2012, 06:55 AM
Hope you like intense heat.

OnlyNonStranger
07-13-2012, 07:00 AM
I would say that's pretty much the point.

captncrzy
07-13-2012, 07:52 AM
Speaking of Shut Up and Play the Hits, I'm thinking if anyone wants to meet beforehand, let's meet at the Canteen Tequila Bar. They have a fantastic happy hour and it's right across the street from the theater.

Or Hooters is next door.

Somewhat Damaged
07-13-2012, 08:57 AM
Canteen Tequila Bar is where we went before Interpol last year, yeah?

captncrzy
07-13-2012, 09:35 AM
Yep. Or Robbie Fox's is next door to Canteen. Either one.

There is a World of Beers opening right down there too; unfortunately, it won't be open in time.

zonarob
07-13-2012, 11:20 AM
I also think the Coach House is a great dive bar during the week and the days on the weekends. On Friday and Saturday nights, it gets douchey (but every place in Scottsdale does).
http://www.coachhousescottsdale.com/coach_house/Home.html

Patties First Avenue Lounge is also a great dive bar. I know someone that got engaged in the alley at Patties; she was in the alley because she went out there to puke. (no link; google for yelp/facebook)


If you decide you want some Italian, DeFalcos has the best meatball sub I've ever had, hands down. http://defalcosdeli.com/


Coach House and Patties are the two best bars in Old Town in IMHO. They are also walking distance (stumbling?) from each other. The Grapevine and Los Olivos are both walking distance again and good for grub.

DeFalco's is the best Italian deli in Phoenix, again IMO


Oh, and if you're hiking with Gribbz in Tucson, make him take you to Mi Nidito. Probably the best mexican food in the state.

Mi Nidito's rocks! The POTUS ate there too.

A true Arizona-Sonoran experience would be El Guero Canelo in Tucson as well. Sonoran style hot dogs are the best! You can also find Sonoran style hot dogs in some of the lesser neighborhoods in Phoenix. Try this link. http://www.yelp.com/biz/nogales-hot-dogs-phoenix Nogales hot dogs are fairly well know in Phoenix..


I am always amazed at Europeans and Canadians that vacation in our fine state during the summer. Come back in March when the snow at home is deep. You will not be sorry!

Cheers!

chairmenmeow47
07-13-2012, 11:38 AM
i really dislike that canteen place. the drinks are cheap, but the food is fairly terrible and the service has been horrible whenever i've gone. but i'm not going to LCD so who cares what i think :)

clinton ate at mi nidito's in tucson, obama ate at macayo's on central in phoenix.

also, i've never had a sonoran hot dog.

Mr. Dylanja
07-13-2012, 12:14 PM
Try this link. http://www.yelp.com/biz/nogales-hot-dogs-phoenix Nogales hot dogs are fairly well know in Phoenix.

Such enthusiastic reviews. I've actually been here, and it was pretty great although I prefer guacamole to mayo. It is kind of funny how the burger joints are on Camelback, and hot dog places are on Indian School.


Also, Interpol played the worst set I've personally witnessed at Coachella, ever.

OnlyNonStranger
07-17-2012, 11:43 AM
It's not that hot here.

M Sparks
07-17-2012, 11:53 AM
i really dislike that canteen place. the drinks are cheap, but the food is fairly terrible and the service has been horrible whenever i've gone.

I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was really hot too, because it's pretty much just open to the outside.

denies the day
07-17-2012, 11:56 AM
It's not that hot here.

:rotfl

amyzzz
07-17-2012, 01:28 PM
The LCD Soundsystem movie is tomorrow at the Valley Art, right? Who all is going? I might just pick up a ticket at the door...

downingthief
07-17-2012, 01:37 PM
Fun Comedy show right now at the Arpaio press conference:

http://www.abc15.com/generic/news/live-video

Somewhat Damaged
07-17-2012, 01:55 PM
The LCD Soundsystem movie is tomorrow at the Valley Art, right? Who all is going? I might just pick up a ticket at the door...

Jen & I. I'll let others post their commitments since I don't recall who else is in. Where's dinner being eaten beforehand? Was that ever decided?

locachica73
07-17-2012, 02:14 PM
I might be interested in meeting up for dinner/drinks depending on time and location. I am not going to the movie though.

downingthief
07-17-2012, 02:17 PM
Birther press conference is hilarious. Think "Blame Hawaii". They are claiming that no Hawaiian birth certificate can be proven real.

OnlyNonStranger
07-17-2012, 03:00 PM
I went to brauthaus today. Had the rabbit and sorta enjoyed it. Had a nice beer and the fries were good. Also, the owner(I'm assuming) came over and chatted with us for a minute. Asked where we were from and seemed a little disappointed when we told him Canada. I guess he was hoping for some locals for return business. Also he asked us how we had heard of the place and I wasn't really sure how to explain so I just said a friend of a friend, which is kinda true. I guess?

amyzzz
07-17-2012, 04:26 PM
I just checked the Harkins website and noticed there is a 7:00pm showing and a 9:25pm showing of Shut Up and Play the Hits. Is everyone going at 7? I guess it doesn't matter a hell of a lot except I don't know when people are planning to eat/socialize.

Somewhat Damaged
07-17-2012, 07:58 PM
We're going to the 7pm showing. Think that one's sold out, according to Micah.

And since nobody responded, we're just gonna eat at Robbie Fox's if anyone wants to join us.

insbordnat
07-18-2012, 05:53 AM
If by some miracle I can get off of work in time, I'm going. I'm coming from North Scottsdale and work is really hectic right now...

locachica73
07-18-2012, 05:56 AM
I am broke this week, I am drinking cheap beer and grilling chicken by the pool instead. Have a great time everyone! :)

westcoastpirate
07-18-2012, 07:29 AM
If by some miracle I can get off of work in time, I'm going. I'm coming from North Scottsdale and work is really hectic right now...

Same here, I have a huge grant due today at midnight eastern time, which is 9pm AZ time, and my colleagues are pushing it to the last minute!!! Arrghhhh!!!

downingthief
07-18-2012, 08:43 AM
I went to brauthaus today. Had the rabbit and sorta enjoyed it. Had a nice beer and the fries were good. Also, the owner(I'm assuming) came over and chatted with us for a minute. Asked where we were from and seemed a little disappointed when we told him Canada. I guess he was hoping for some locals for return business. Also he asked us how we had heard of the place and I wasn't really sure how to explain so I just said a friend of a friend, which is kinda true. I guess?

Glad you liked it. And yes, that is kinda true. I know the Executive Chef/part owner.

downingthief
07-18-2012, 08:43 AM
We're going to the 7pm showing. Think that one's sold out, according to Micah.

And since nobody responded, we're just gonna eat at Robbie Fox's if anyone wants to join us.

Wish I could go, but no way for me this week.

amyzzz
07-18-2012, 08:50 AM
If the fact that I can't buy advanced tickets on Harkins website means it is sold out, then I guess it is sold out. I'm out!

Alligator Bogaloo
07-19-2012, 09:17 PM
Went to the 9:25 showing of Shut Up and Play The Hits last night. Great doc. Brought back a lot of great memories of seeing LCD back in 2010 (Coachella, Pomona, & Bonnaroo). Ran into Jason and his crew as they were leaving the earlier show.

I noticed that Amy is going to Outside Lands. I will be there also with my cuz from Sacramento. Any other Phoenix boardies going?

Mr. Dylanja
07-19-2012, 11:00 PM
I will be there, Mix Master Micah. I'm pretty fucking excited.

amyzzz
07-20-2012, 07:57 AM
Mark and Jason are going.

Alligator Bogaloo
07-20-2012, 08:34 AM
Nice!

We should find a set or beer/wine garden time to have a phx meet up!

Mr. Dylanja
07-23-2012, 03:39 PM
Has Phoenix always had haboob's happen this frequently? I don't have a distinct memory of any happening while I was growing up. Is it something I've just been oblivious to? Even as recent as maybe five years ago, I don't recall this ever happening. Not just the frequency, but the haboob's in general. Growing up here, it seems like I'd have the image embedded in brain from an early age.

captncrzy
07-23-2012, 03:42 PM
It hasn't happened much in the last five years, but I remember this haboob frequency happening every summer growing up.