Prehistoric Human Prints Nearby

Exciting finds discovered by the team excavating the site of the new Sunset Road bridge: the oldest human footprints in the Southwest! You can read more in this article. Lucky for us, a flood covered the sets of footprints with mud preserving them. Preliminary dating suggests the adult, child, and dog were walking in their agricultural fields 2,500 to 3,000 years ago.

The archaeological survey also unearthed a more recent Hohokam settlement in the vicinity. Pima County is offering free tours of the site for the next few weeks.

If you’re interested in taking the tour, you better hurry since bridge construction commences this spring. Don’t fret about the loss of artifacts or the footprints, they will be preserved and further researched to glean more clues about these ancient Santa Cruz River Valley inhabitants.

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Me, on the Radio

Here’s my recent interview on local radio promoting Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. Many thanks to Dan’s skilled editing for keeping me comprehensible. And yes, I am painfully aware that I used up my lifetime supply of the word “great.” Isn’t that just great?!

Click on the link above to go to The Weekly Green page, the audio is at the bottom of the page.

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3 Birthdays, Turkey, and Belly Dancing

That’s a lot to be thankful for! Our Thanksgiving weekend started with a celebration of Scott, George, and Coralie’s birthdays (all within a week of each other). Desiree and I topped the cake with 205 candles (their cumulative ages). We couldn’t get them all lit before the heat melted the icing and started a small fire. The flaming cake was hysterical! Luckily, we didn’t need the fire extinguisher and some of the cake was still edible.

Thanksgiving Day was blustery and cloudy, very Fall-like which made staying inside and eating lots of delicious food quite desirable. During our after dinner stroll through town we admired some of the fine architecture. The evening was capped off with belly dancing by Deborah.

On Black Friday we “shopped” for treasures along an old, abandoned rail line: netting one dime, an intact Thomas Edison battery oil bottle, flowery painted pieces of Southern Pacific china, 3 devil’s claws, and 2 barrel staves.

Good food, laughter, and random activities = one of our typical family gatherings.

An Arid and Dusty Hellscape?!

Stephen and I are in the middle of our first tiff. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy. I admire his impressive intellect, his boyish good looks, his undeniable charm, and his sensational sense of humor but those attributes were dreadfully diminished when he mocked my fair city.

At the 25th minute of his 10-29 show Stephen Colbert crossed the line by saying, “Mars has long been thought of as an arid and dusty hellscape where no one would want to live. Which is why it is often called the Tucson of space.”

Oh, Stephen, you were almost right. You were only off by 90 miles. Everyone in Arizona knows that the place most similar to the hellscape of Mars is Phoenix. Don’t believe me? Compare the dust storm in The Martian with news footage of recent haboobs in Phoenix. ‘Nuff said.

I think we can patch things up. Stephen, I’ll happily give you a tour of Tucson so that you don’t embarrass yourself on national TV again. Oh, and when you come over, bring some ice cream. Americone Dream will do nicely…

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