When it rains it pours

Arizona has unique weather. The song from the “70’s” “It never rains in Southern California”  I believe is more appropriate for Phoenix. The above tree damage is one of hundreds if not thousands around the valley. We’re at the peak of “Monsoon” season where we get a dust storm, at least this past week, every night with high winds and sometimes is accompanied by intense rain.

Phoenix has been in a drought for about 20 years or more, we go for six to nine months without a trace of precipitation. But, the summer monsoons always wreck destruction on the valley and while the rain is damaging it’s still a blessing for us.

Anywhere else in the country when it rains people seek shelter but when it’s coming down kids and oftentimes adults are dancing in the street. You have to take the good with the bad. Water is always good, it’s natures way in Phoenix when it finally happens it really pours!

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Working for the weekend

Is everybody working for the weekend? Especially if it’s for a holiday weekend the answer would be a strong yes. This year the 4th of July fell on a Wednesday breaking up the week without the three or four day weekend we’re accustomed to. I couldn’t remember the last time but it wasn’t that long ago as it happened in 2012.

This mid-week holiday was not only tough on us but was equally tough on the businesses that count on holiday weekends as their Black Friday sales event. So do you plan on celebrating the holiday on the days leading up to it or after including the weekend? Of course, everyone did some celebrating on the 4th but not to excess if you had to work the next day.

For those planning travel to see relatives and friends to celebrate the holiday together they had to make their arrangements and decided in advance. For those that had vacation days, they had to decide sometimes a month in advance to get off.

Regardless of your plans remember what Independence Day stands for. If it’s taken for granted or you need a refresher course here you go. As a little kid, I remember Red Skelton, though I don’t remember this clip on the Pledge of Allegiance.  It’s so apropos for today.  Enjoy.

 

Concert report

Just over a week ago my wife and I saw Kansas in concert in Scottsdale. I saw Kansas way back in the “80’s” but my spouse hadn’t and she didn’t know they incorporate violin in many of their songs which sets them apart from most classic rock bands. It was great, they did Carry On Wayward Son as the encore!

Late last summer we saw Alice Cooper, Deep Purple and the Edgar Winter Band where Alice who is an Arizona resident was an incredible showman. Deep Purple is the oldest touring group and it’s their final tour. That’s probably a good thing and Edgar Winter doesn’t sing much but he still plays well.

Just over a year ago we saw Ann Wilson of Heart at the Celebrity Theatre which slowly turns ensuring you get a good look at the group. It’s sad that the Wilson sisters cannot mend their fence because they were so good together. Ann is the lead singer and she did most of their hits but carefully selected those where she didn’t have to hit the high notes. We saw Heart almost seven years ago when they were here with Def Leppard, Journey, and Billy Squire. Heart was the best of the show.

At the same venue in Scottsdale just over three years ago, we saw the Moody Blues outdoors which was the coldest May night in history. It was a great show and the Moody Blues said: “We asked our agent to book us in warm climates, I thought this was Phoenix, where’s the heat?”

 

Old fashioned love song

Three Dog Night’s Old Fashioned Love Song is reminiscent of the 70’s culture movement. This old-fashioned or archaic idea is expressed in the new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle movie the board game is replaced by an electronic version. The game has the same effects as the first one but is even more comical than the original with Robin Williams.

Within the title, the Song Welcome to the Jungle by Guns and Roses shows up at the very end in case you were wondering. I’ve seen Iron Man many times but never tire hearing the Black Sabbath song at the end of the Marvel masterpiece.

Just because some ideas are old fashion doesn’t make them archaic in fact a lot of manners that were around in the 1970’s have fallen by the wayside and humanity is suffering as a result. Simple things like opening a door for a lady was a good thing that is seldom practiced anymore. Advancement doesn’t mean you can throw the baby out with the bathwater.

 

Suddenly

Everybody experiences sudden or abrupt things happening every day. Let’s say you’re at MLB ballgame and you see the pitch going towards the batter and suddenly it’s stopped. How? A bird flew right into it. This actually happened when “Big Unit” Randy Johnson was pitching for Arizona years ago.

Johnson was known for his 100 MPH fastball and the incident abruptly paused the game. Things occur almost constantly with sudden starts or ends. The adage all good things must come to an end validates this phenomenon.

It no sooner began and it’s over. Let me know an adage that you like.

To be or not to be

Are you the kind of person that responds to questions with short, simple, direct answers or do you elaborate on your response with meticulous specific details? Those that try to answer with a yes or no are often asked to then elaborate further. There’s no problem with either kind of response. Typically the answer can reveal a side of your personality.

Those of us that are generally brief and straightforward generalize a lot. The rest of us tend to be very organized and detail oriented. Nothing is absolutely conclusive but this little test can provide insight into who we are.

If you’re detail-oriented you probably have artistic abilities and/or analytical skills. I know curiosity has gripped a hold on you now. If you were ever curious about what kind of personality you are there are different websites like this “16personalities” that can shed light on your chemistry.

We’re all unique but it’s good to know there are others that share some of our tendencies.

Don’t let life pass you by

Life, so they say, is a game but we let it slip away. Seal’s & Crofts got that right, about life slipping away anyway and many would agree that it’s like a game. From our earliest memories, time seemed to stand still compared to today where it rushes by in a flash.

As a child when time dragged we got bored. When is the last time you had the luxury to be bored? Most adults can’t find the time to be bored between work, maintaining a relationship, kids and maintaining the house with regular chores we barely find time for our hobbies and personal goals.

Compared with our parents or grandparents we had the television as our babysitter.  The T.V. consumes a good part of most of our lives. Sure there’s some good information or lessons, but when’s the last time you sat down and read a book?

Moreover, the baby boomers probably have the best understanding of going outside to play as a kid. With the cell phones, computers, tablets and the game programs era, time is spent looking at the blue light emitted by these devices. This does little for physical conditioning.

Someday when you stop and think back on your life you will remember a lot of the simple things in life. The beauty of nature, the marvel of the stars and of course all the special times or trips when you took the time to see these things. It’s really an awesome world that we have here. Make some memories today.

Biblical proportions

Lilacs and other spring blossoms.

 

Today, the observation of Good Friday when our Lord was nailed to a cross for our sins is a solemn occasion. On this day well over 2000 years ago thousands were in mourning because they killed an innocent man. But within three days Jesus Rose from the dead.

The prophets foretold the entire scenario from the betrayal to the resurrection. Davinci’s Last Supper painting only had 11 of the disciples pictured because Judas Iscariot was off betraying Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

The great news for all believers is Christ conquered death as celebrated with Easter Sunday. For many Easter at least as important as Christmas. We’ve all experienced betrayal and backstabbing but our experience cannot compare to the biggest in history.

Happy Easter to you and yours.

 

 

 

 

Monkey wrenched plans

One of the greatest feelings is when a plan you developed comes together. On the flip side is really sucks when your plans develop a wrinkle in them or are foiled altogether. In everyday life, an example of a wrinkle in your daily schedule is you jump in your vehicle just to run to the store. You barely even get started when you have a little fender bender.

Not only does that dampen your plans or end them all together, when it happens you get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Maybe it’s not a car accident but an accident at home gives you the same sick feeling. For most of us, there’s that deja vu sensation again. You’re glad it’s very minor but you think of the insurance repercussions. It’s no picnic.

Then perhaps you are one of the very few that have gone through life without any wrinkle in your plans. Even if you’re a Monk, I still doubt you’ve escaped the monkey-wrench in your plans scenario.

Still, we make plans and always hope for the best. That’s what life is all about.

Sunrise moonglow

How often does the moon appear like this during sunrise? We’re accustomed to seeing both high above our heads throughout the day and/or night. Of course, the birds have their birds-eye-view of the event from atop a light pole.

Both heavenly bodies are taken for granted and without one or the other, our planet would be devastated if not uninhabitable. Why is the sight of something like this so pleasing to not only our eyes but to the other forms of life?

Scientists claim they are just the result of the collision of planets and viola there you have earth. Still, in our hearts we know there’s more to the story than that. Many, nay, most people can appreciate the beauty of all of mother nature. The question that remains is why do we find it so incredible? The answer comes from Creationist scientists that say this was all created by a Supreme Being. The many religions agree with that assessment and the fact that so many cities small and large have churches on many corners supports the creator thesis.