Linda and I go to Lifetime Fitness in Tempe, AZ on Saturdays and Sundays. We lounge at home in the mornings and head into town at some point between noon and one o’clock. When we’re done it’s usually time for dinner.

One of our favorite dinner spots is Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion. It’s fantastic. The downside? Roy’s is a little pricey. Until now. They’ve started a new happy hour special where all of their $10 cocktails, wines, and appetizers are now $5. Entrees are still the same price, but now when we go, we play the appetizer game and instead of getting out of there for somewhere north of $120 we escape for around half of that.

Tell me if any of these make you hungry: Crunchy Golden Lobster Potstickers, Lobster California Roll (both with real, not fake, lobster), Tempura Crusted Spicy Ahi Roll, Salt and Pepper Crisped Calamari, Szechuan Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers, and Wagyu Beef Sliders. Anybody hungry?

Tell me if any of these make you thirsty: Pineapple Ginger Mojito, Pomegranate Patron Mojito, Lemon Grass Sake-Tini, Elderflower Martini, Roy’ Island Mai Tai, Basil Cucumber Collins, Citrus Ginger Splash, Simply Perfect Margarita, Cucumber Cilantro Margarita, Fred and Ginger, Dragonberry Punch, Passionfruit Sangria, and Lychee Caiprihina. Anybody thirsty?

Happy hour at our local Roy’s in Chandler, AZ is in the bar area only between 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Say hello to Ana, Cory and Matt behind the bar if you do happen to drop by. TJ is the bar and dining room manager. Mahalo!

We have what the locals Phoenicians call Monsoon Season out here. I believe these changes occur mostly between July and August. For someone who grew up in the Southeast (Nashville, Tennessee), I find this, our weather’s behavior, a little weird. It’s the desert I suppose. It does, however, produce some interesting images. I was driving home the other day and since all I had was my phone, I decided to go ahead and take the shot. Yes, I pulled over onto the shoulder first. You’re welcome.

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Thankfully, most of this crazy weather, not to mention the searing heat, is mostly (fingers crossed) in our rearview. At least for 2010 that is.

Happy Thursday!

Flakes. Whatcha-gonna-do?

August 17, 2010

Been trying to make some headway on a photography project but can’t seem to get it moving. I have made some progress but actually moving would mean actually taking some pictures. Feeling a little frustrated. Had a shoot booked the first of last week that, for reasons unknown to me, fell through. Thought I had the subjects all lined up; yet, I called to confirm that morning, and then again that afternoon, and nada. Zilch. Zero. No call no show. Flakes. Whatcha-gonna-do.

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My response? I’m gonna try again on Wednesday with new folks. I expect a completely different result this time. Fingers crossed.

Oh, by the way, that’s a picture of a corn flake in case you where curious.

Happy Tuesday

Pole Vault Fresco

April 15, 2010

Pole Vault

This is a test of the Flickr feature that allows one to “Blog This” photo. I took this yesterday afternoon at the local track meet. This shot stood out for me because the pole vault poles where so colorful. It sort of reminded me of a picture I saw once of surfers standing at the edge of the beach. I decided to add some filter so as not to post any real person’s actual picture. I do not want anyone’s parents after me after all! Enjoy.

My New Backyard

April 8, 2010

After years of tinkering, Linda and I decided that we’d “had it up to here” with the condition of our backyard. We had made some progress over the years but the yard never felt finished. That can be stressful. I ask you to imagine what approx 800 square feet of dirt surrounded by gray brick looks like. If you need help imagining, think prison yard.

As is usually the case after such a decision is made, we acted quickly. The next morning I called the local landscape company H&N and Don the salesman dropped by that very afternoon. He took a look around and I explained what we wanted to accomplish. We looked at pictures of plants, drew up a design plan, and we wrote him a check. Don put us on the schedule with the plan of being back in three weeks to complete our design.

Don’s crew did in fact show up three weeks later. That was yesterday morning. When they were done Linda and I finally had a back yard that felt finished. All that is left is a little pick up and a few finishing details.

The yard is now worth spending time in. A few lessons learned include:

1. DIY landscape projects are for the birds; hire a pro
2. House number two will come with a landscaped backyard with pool
3. Do it right the first time

For a look at all the pictures that help to tell this story please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/owenwbrown/sets/72157623805358692/