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TomAz
10-09-2013, 11:29 AM
which hotel are you at?

Drewski27
10-09-2013, 11:29 AM
the 3 palms

TomAz
10-09-2013, 11:31 AM
hope you will have a car

Drewski27
10-09-2013, 11:36 AM
i was thinking the walking might be a good exercise

getbetter
10-09-2013, 11:38 AM
http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/list?city=Scottsdale&c_id=US&s_id=AZ


Sonoran brewery company has these really thick gauge glassware simliar to samual adams fancy pint glasses that are worth buying.I have never been there personally but I saw someone with one of their pint glasses at Stuffed Sandwiches.

TomAz
10-09-2013, 11:40 AM
i was thinking the walking might be a good exercise

you aren't going to be near anything. well there's Dukes at Miller & McDowell, I hear their ads on sports talk radio all the time.

Drewski27
10-09-2013, 12:01 PM
i was kidding tom, there is no way i would go anywhere in AZ without air conditioning. i just the ac unit in my car fixed so im all good. and thats what i was thinking of looking for zack, just some local breweries. its gonna be hazy trip.

captncrzy
10-09-2013, 12:06 PM
At least you'll be in south Scottsdale. You can hit Papago Brewing, Brat Haus, Coach House (dive bar but only interesting in the daytime), Patti's (another dive behind the Coach House).

TomAz
10-09-2013, 12:07 PM
you won't need a/c in october

Drewski27
10-09-2013, 12:07 PM
fantastic. probably hit one or two of these place up right before the wedding.

chairmenmeow47
11-07-2013, 11:39 AM
i'm back at the audubon!

on saturday, november 23rd and sunday, november 24th, the audobon is hosting the "gifts from nature" festival from 10am-3pm. i will be there the 23rd from 9:30-noon.

there will be vendor booths with nature related gifts for sale, just in time for the holidays. in addition there will be local artists, food, music, and activities for the kids. admission is free! hope to see you there :)

http://riosalado.audubon.org/upcoming-events-3

marooko
11-28-2013, 10:08 AM
Well hello Phoenix and mesa.

locachica73
11-28-2013, 10:38 AM
Hello Marooko!

marooko
11-28-2013, 11:45 AM
here to enjoy the day of thanks, hope you all have a great day.

amyzzz
11-28-2013, 12:05 PM
Happy Thanksgiving koko.

chairmenmeow47
01-27-2014, 06:14 PM
GRADUATION PARTY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 3RD!!!!!!!!!!!

ceremony: UoP stadium 10am-12/12:30ish
party: TBD 1pm-5pm

i think most of you are on facebook, but just in case :)

HotHamWater
03-03-2014, 05:50 PM
I'm planning on being in Phoenix April 6th-9th, before heading to Coachella. Just throwing that out there.

chairmenmeow47
03-04-2014, 07:47 AM
also if you want to organize something, i can schedule a dinner or something on facebook. just let me know who to invite :)

HotHamWater
03-04-2014, 02:08 PM
Getting together for drinks might be nice. I was hoping to get in on Saturday the 5th, but I have too much to do for work. I'm planning on going to the Suns/Thunder game on the 6th, and finding some place to watching the college basketball national title game on the 7th. I was also hoping for a Hikenbrunch, but I doubt I'll get in on Sunday with time to do that. Though, I am planning on leaving from Albuquerque on Sunday morning.

I'll hollaatchasaur via email very soon.

GuyInTucson
03-04-2014, 02:32 PM
Getting together for drinks might be nice. I was hoping to get in on Saturday the 5th, but I have too much to do for work. I'm planning on going to the Suns/Thunder game on the 6th, and finding some place to watching the college basketball national title game on the 7th. I was also hoping for a Hikenbrunch, but I doubt I'll get in on Sunday with time to do that. Though, I am planning on leaving from Albuquerque on Sunday morning.

I'll hollaatchasaur via email very soon.


Come down to Tucson for the title game and join the championship celebration on 4th ave :)

HotHamWater
03-04-2014, 02:53 PM
Come down to Tucson for the title game and join the championship celebration on 4th ave :)

You know what, regardless of who's playing in the game, that's actually not a bad idea. It would be more fun if it was Arizona playing in the game, though.

I take that back. It would be more fun if it was New Mexico winning it all against Arizona.

captncrzy
03-04-2014, 06:42 PM
Getting together for drinks might be nice. I was hoping to get in on Saturday the 5th, but I have too much to do for work. I'm planning on going to the Suns/Thunder game on the 6th, and finding some place to watching the college basketball national title game on the 7th. I was also hoping for a Hikenbrunch, but I doubt I'll get in on Sunday with time to do that. Though, I am planning on leaving from Albuquerque on Sunday morning.

I'll hollaatchasaur via email very soon.

I'm sure Rick will want to get in on that title-watching game action too.

amyzzz
03-04-2014, 08:48 PM
Hikenbrunch!

westcoastpirate
09-08-2014, 07:18 PM
Bump! What's all this flooding noise?! I'm in San Diego this week and I'm missing all the action! Honestly I hope our house is okay.

chairmenmeow47
09-08-2014, 08:19 PM
my apartment shockingly had no downed trees. but man, stormed early in ahwatukee. got those stupid severe weather alerts starting at 2:45am. thunder was loud, lightning was bright. kinda freaked out the cat. i didn't really sleep. the rain poured. much louder than normal. i guess mountain park church has like 2 million in flooding damage. i worked from home and cancel my physical therapy. rain stopped around 9 or 10 here. if you're gonna be gone awhile, i'd be happy to drive by and peek at the outside.

Somewhat Damaged
09-09-2014, 09:25 PM
i guess mountain park church has like 2 million in flooding damage.

They must've drawn God's ire by letting gays onto the premises.

Old hat for anybody who saw me post on Facebook but there was no decent way east from the west side. Both Jen & I got on the road around 6 (5:55 am, to be precise) and she texted me at 6:39 that she was stuck at 83rd Ave, which is about 4 miles away. I stayed on for another 2 miles after that -- I tried to get off a mile earlier, at 75th, but it took me 20 minutes just to change a single lane and there was a cocksucking semi-truck asshole stopped in the lane between me and the exit, trying to get over himself but being unable to. I just darted ahead of him eventually and got to 67th comparatively quickly (that only took about 10 minutes). I knew McDowell was going to be a mess so I went up to Thomas. From my house (115th Ave/Buckeye) to 67th/Thomas, it took about 90 minutes, and from 67th/Thomas to Central/Thomas, it took nearly another 90 minutes. I heard just about the entire Howard Stern Show, I was on the road for so long. I managed to drive more than 20 mph for the brief stretch after getting off the freeway to McDowell, and then again after 19th Ave. Went from being poised to arriving to work 90 minutes early to being an hour late. If it hadn't been our big payroll week, I would've just stayed home.

amyzzz
09-10-2014, 06:16 AM
Ivy, is that the church right by your apartment?

locachica73
09-10-2014, 06:42 AM
Rick, that sucks. Luckily I woke up, and saw everyone's posts about road closures, I decided to wait it out until the rain stopped. I left my house at 10:30 and it only took 30 minutes to get in. Both freeways going south were closed though, and 7th street had a river running through it. There really wasn't any good way to get anywhere. I just heard there is a sinkhole on Thomas between 83rd ave & 91st ave, so the rain is still causing issues two days later.

chairmenmeow47
09-10-2014, 06:52 AM
Ivy, is that the church right by your apartment?

yes, when i leave my back entrance on sundays to turn left, they are constantly turning right and making it difficult for me to leave. at least on the big days they've started directing traffic.

the problem is that the church is really low. it has two entrances that are really steep downgrades. i once saw a schoolbus stuck on the downgrade. so i imagine all the rain pooled in their church because of that.

Somewhat Damaged
09-11-2014, 05:59 AM
Rick, that sucks. Luckily I woke up, and saw everyone's posts about road closures, I decided to wait it out until the rain stopped. I left my house at 10:30 and it only took 30 minutes to get in. Both freeways going south were closed though, and 7th street had a river running through it. There really wasn't any good way to get anywhere. I just heard there is a sinkhole on Thomas between 83rd ave & 91st ave, so the rain is still causing issues two days later.

One of my coworkers did the same as you, especially since she has a 7-year-old whose school she wasn't sure would be open. Didn't take her only 30 minutes but then she lives further west than I do. That sucks about the sinkhole on Thomas; I always feel bad for drivers who happen to be on that patch of road when it occurs. Must be terrifying and it's not due to any negligence on their part.

Your description of 7th St called this to mind:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5163MMhXG4L.jpg

Wonder if anybody thought to fly-fish.

amyzzz
01-19-2015, 12:51 PM
Because of the Super Bowl, I found this article on yahoo:
https://gma.yahoo.com/see-skip-phoenix-arizona-121103812--abc-news-travel.html

See This, Skip That: Phoenix, Arizona

In many ways, Phoenix is a study in opposites: this is where urban meets desert, where sleek meets rugged and where modern is nestled in history and culture. A downtown boom is set against a backdrop that is both sweeping and breathtaking. And the experiences that Phoenix offers the traveler are as varied as they are endless. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in what’s known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon (http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/grand-canyon.htm).
Skip the Pub, Sip on the Roof The rooftop garden at the new Hotel Palomar – a Kimpton Hotel has quickly becoming a locals’ favorite watering hole. LUSTRE, located on the third-floor pool deck, features great downtown views. But what keeps them coming back are the premium wines by the glass, the craft beer and the shareable menu of locally-inspired food items. Come Monday through Friday, between 3-6 p.m., for $6 specialty cocktails and flatbreads. Still thirsty? The Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour serves up awesome sippers inside the 10-story brick and stone building that was this city’s first-ever high rise.
Skip Lunch, Do Tea The Arizona (http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/arizona.htm) Biltmore is alluring on reputation alone – Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe (http://abcnews.go.com/topics/entertainment/actresses/marilyn-monroe.htm), Spencer Tracy (http://abcnews.go.com/topics/entertainment/actors/spencer-tracy.htm) and Steven Spielberg (http://abcnews.go.com/topics/entertainment/directors/steven-spielberg.htm) have stayed here. But this deluxe Waldorf-Astoria property, set on 39 lush acres, is also known for its tea. Afternoon high tea in the lobby is a sophisticated treat for the taste buds, with a bevy of finger sandwiches, desserts and pastries to choose from. The Biltmore’s tea sommelier changes the tea menu seasonally and helps guaranteed a truly polished culinary experience. The cost is $45 per person and reservations are recommended.
Skip Dinner, Cook Your Own Why not use your visit to Phoenix to sharpen your kitchen skills? The instructors at Phoenix BBQ and Grilling School offer a six-hour BBQ cooking class that covers all the basics, and then some: how to cook on charcoal versus gas grills, how to use pellet smokers and how to make rubs and brines. Students prepare a feast of pulled pork, pork tenderloin, beef brisket, chicken, buffalo wings, sweet potatoes and stuffed peppers. And when cooking’s done, they sit down to savor the fruits of their labor. Thirsty? The class is BYOB!
After Dinner, Catch an Allusion Carnival of Illusion is not your typical theater experience. This Vaudeville-inspired traveling show delivers a sensual experience where magic and mystery get top billing. Show locations change frequently but regularly include the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. This very intimate, parlor-inspired experience sells out often so reserve in advance. For audiences 13 years or older.
Skip the Park, Go Grand Need an easy way to keep the kids busy all day? Water parks do the trick, and there are a handful in this area, including Big Surf and Wet ‘n Wild. But guests of Phoenix’s Arizona Grand Resort don’t have to go anywhere. Exclusive to those staying at this 4-Star property, Oasis Water Park is a seven-acre wet playground, featuring a huge wave pool, a lazy river and a 25-person hot tub. The centerpiece eight-story tower features three waterslides.
Skip the Movie, Explore Science Want to catch a movie? Head to the Arizona Science Center, home to a five-story IMAX (http://abcnews.go.com/topics/entertainment/studios/imax-theatre.htm) screen! The 280-seat theater features state-of-the-art surround sound and two spectacular, nature-inspired films a day; many are shown in 3-D. You can also catch a show against the NanoSeam dome of the Planetarium. And then stick around; the center also features more than 300 hands-on exhibits.
Skip Downtown, Go Ghostly If you have time for just one day trip, head east to Goldfield, a ghost town dating back to the 1890s. Located about 35 miles east of Phoenix along the Apache Trail, this is a throwback to the old West. Attractions are affordable: half-hour underground mine tours and narrated train rides around the town on the Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad each cost $8 ($5 for kids). Shows by the Goldfield Gunfighters, which happen hourly starting every day at high noon, are free. So are strolls down Main Street. Check out the historic museum and the new zipline.
Skip Phoenix, Do Mesa If you’re looking to stretch your travel dollar while exploring the area, consider Mesa as your home base. Hotel rates in this city, located about 20 miles straight east of Phoenix, can be 45 percent less. And, from here, you can access a bevy of activities, like hot air balloon rides (check out Hot Air Expeditions) and tours of the Grand Canyon (consider top-tier companies Pink Adventure Tours and Across Arizona Tours).

locachica73
01-19-2015, 01:11 PM
I want to do the grilling classes. The team building one looks amazing. Every type of meat imaginable, yes please.

http://www.bbqandgrillingstore.com/phoenix-area-team-building-bbq-class/

HowToDisappear
02-08-2015, 12:12 PM
Need advice from any of you Phoenix peeps that are familiar with Tucson: 1litro will be riding in the 24hrs of Old Pueblo race next week, which is somewhere at the end of Willow Springs Rd north of the 77. I'm coming with, but not to ride. I'll have Saturday to myself, so I'd like suggestions for good day hikes or exploration in the Tucson area; I'll have the car so driving won't be an issue. Since I'd be hiking alone, I'd prefer something well-traveled (Tucson Mountains? Saguaro NP West or East? other suggestions?). Also any suggestions for a cheap but decent place to stay? I don't want to camp at the race venue; there's always lots of noise and commotion and it's not very conducive to sleep. ;)

chairmenmeow47
02-08-2015, 12:54 PM
i just went to the Tucson desert museum yesterday. it was beautiful. i will post pics and a lin tomorrow. the drive there up gates pass is gorgeous. saguaro everywhere. i saw hiking trails nearby. i have hiked finger rock trail, but only halfway up. it's in the catalinas. it was really hot there yesterday though, so prepare!

also, if you can get some carne seca at el charro's, do it . the downtown location is one of the oldest mexican food places in the country and the lady who started it was my grandpa's cousin.

HowToDisappear
02-08-2015, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the info, Ivy. I wasn't expecting lots of heat in February. Look forward to the pics - the desert museum is also a botanical garden? I love botanical gardens.

amyzzz
02-08-2015, 03:41 PM
This is my favorite month in my town! So lovely in February here

chairmenmeow47
02-09-2015, 07:47 AM
desert museum is different from the botanical gardens. see the link for the desert museum. they do have a lot of plants with signs & tags. today is going to hit a high heat record. i also heard there's a chance of precipitation later this week in southern AZ (incl. tucson). so definitely check the weather :)

https://www.desertmuseum.org/

also, finger rock trail:

http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/HIKE26.HTM

locachica73
02-09-2015, 07:50 AM
Yeah, this winter hasn't been much of a winter. It's suppose to be in the 80's all week again. Hopefully that isn't a sign of an extra hot summer. :-/

amyzzz
02-09-2015, 08:03 AM
Um, hello! It's beautiful this week! I love the 80s.

chairmenmeow47
02-09-2015, 08:10 AM
um hello, it's still kinda hot if you don't live here and want to hike outdoors.

amyzzz
02-09-2015, 08:12 AM
I was talking to Audra, more than Ethierry.

locachica73
02-09-2015, 08:18 AM
I like the weather too, but it makes me a little nervous when I am already running the A/C in my car in February. 120degree summer seems more likely, which sucks. My son and Nick both work outdoors, so I worry about the heat a little more probably.

amyzzz
02-09-2015, 08:37 AM
Yeah, my AC in my car is spotty. I can understand that.

chairmenmeow47
02-09-2015, 08:37 AM
and ya know, that whole global warming thing. summer started really early last year too.

amyzzz
02-09-2015, 08:39 AM
This winter has actually been colder than what I remember from last year. My memory isn't all that reliable though I guess.

captncrzy
02-09-2015, 09:01 AM
desert museum is different from the botanical gardens. see the link for the desert museum. they do have a lot of plants with signs & tags. today is going to hit a high heat record. i also heard there's a chance of precipitation later this week in southern AZ (incl. tucson). so definitely check the weather :)

https://www.desertmuseum.org/

also, finger rock trail:

http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/HIKE26.HTM

Also, if it's too warm to hike on the ground, you can haul up to the top of mount lemmon and walk around up there. Usually 20 degrees cooler than it is on the ground.

chairmenmeow47
02-09-2015, 09:02 AM
good point. i am ashamed to say that i have never made it to mt. lemon.

HowToDisappear
02-09-2015, 12:57 PM
Thanks for the tips, ladies. If it's too hot to hike, I'll head for the high country. Forecast is for 81(!) on Saturday.

chairmenmeow47
02-09-2015, 09:12 PM
pics of the museum:

https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10984059_993612260653755_5190180542776093167_n.jpg ?oh=c2a9ec5e5b340d0bd19232eee2b00494&oe=559279B5

https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1511919_993612320653749_1403587962425536882_n.jpg? oh=35cb6fc44f9c55fc99a33e7a4e1641b3&oe=5563878E

https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10955683_993612843987030_3031992598393954229_n.jpg ?oh=eba1aab9ab78fd8d12ea0aef23bac26c&oe=5555662A

WithVigor
02-09-2015, 11:49 PM
I think you've been swindled, dear.

Gribbz
02-10-2015, 12:07 AM
Need advice from any of you Phoenix peeps that are familiar with Tucson: 1litro will be riding in the 24hrs of Old Pueblo race next week, which is somewhere at the end of Willow Springs Rd north of the 77. I'm coming with, but not to ride. I'll have Saturday to myself, so I'd like suggestions for good day hikes or exploration in the Tucson area; I'll have the car so driving won't be an issue. Since I'd be hiking alone, I'd prefer something well-traveled (Tucson Mountains? Saguaro NP West or East? other suggestions?). Also any suggestions for a cheap but decent place to stay? I don't want to camp at the race venue; there's always lots of noise and commotion and it's not very conducive to sleep. ;)

I'm from Tucson and I absolutely second Mt. Lemon. Not far of a drive and it's gorgeous. Sabino Canyon is great as well. If you have time, go to the desert museum. It's not really a museum per se, it's more of a zoo for animals of the Sonoran desert.

Also, where abouts in town are you staying? I can definitely recommend some places.


EDIT* Love the pics Ivy. I miss the desert.

captncrzy
02-10-2015, 07:30 AM
I think you've been swindled, dear.

go fuck a cactus

captncrzy
02-10-2015, 07:31 AM
I'm from Tucson and I absolutely second Mt. Lemon. Not far of a drive and it's gorgeous. Sabino Canyon is great as well. If you have time, go to the desert museum. It's not really a museum per se, it's more of a zoo for animals of the Sonoran desert.

Also, where abouts in town are you staying? I can definitely recommend some places.


EDIT* Love the pics Ivy. I miss the desert.

There's always Hotel Congress. No TV's in the rooms, big western metal keys, supposedly haunted.

amyzzz
02-10-2015, 08:33 AM
I was just browsing through yahoo articles, and apparently the movie Empire Records was written by a former employee of a Tower Records in Phoenix that closed in 2005. I wonder if that was the Chris-town store I used to frequent? I loved that place. There was also one at ASU.

Gribbz
02-10-2015, 09:46 PM
Ethéry, your inbox is full yo.

HowToDisappear
02-12-2015, 08:08 AM
Inbox cleared.

amyzzz
02-23-2015, 09:08 AM
The Matsuri Japanese Festival in Heritage Square this past weekend was a lot of fun for me and my kids and FREE. I did have to pay for parking, but it was so cool to go to a free event that my kids really wanted to go to, and my daughter Cerys was so excited to see everyone dressing up as their favorite anime characters and dressing in traditional Japanese style. And of course buying tons of souvenirs and Japanese books (cerys is teaching herself Japanese). I definitely look forward to next year.