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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
The Bean and I arrived safely in Boise after a remarkably stress-free trip. Taking a direct flight out of Phoenix sure beats going from Tucson, as we did last year, particularly when the hideous and hot Las Vegas airport -- they make you wait outside at some gates -- is one's transfer point. I'm suffering from mental jet jag, occasioned by the fact that I slept poorly last night and need to recalibrate for life in the high desert instead of the low desert, as well as a more far-flung and bigger-homed subdivision. Still, it's the West, far from the coast, and therefore plenty familiar in an existential sense. And Skylar is rested and happy and the day has more good things to promise. We're heading out in a bit to meet my sister and nephew downtown, which will require me to combine my partial body memories of driving around here with the mapping capabilities of my phone. Luckily, I tend to do well under circumstances where I'm finding my way in unfamiliar territory. Provided, that is, it isn't the metaphoric "territory" of hierarchical institutions.

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From: e4q Date: July 30th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i don't like that 'territory' either. give me geography any day of the week.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 30th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Whether they're academic, medical or just plain old state apparatuses, it's all the same: haunted.
flw From: flw Date: August 1st, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I have always wanted to go to Boise.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 1st, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's not bad, all in all. My guess is that Tucson felt this big around 1980, a time that many long-time residents of the Old Pueblo look back on fondly. Although Boise is a desert city, the river flowing year-round through the center of town is enough to sustain some very beautiful trees. Where my sister lives, in the hills northeast of town, the landscape is more barren, sort of like the grassy hills you find in central California between the coast and the Central Valley. I do have the feeling, though, that Boise functions for many of its residents the way Vallejo, California used to function for me and Kim: as a place that is located within striking distance of many great destinations, it's a great home base for those who enjoy taking day trips. The one I took with Skylar the day before yesterday was truly spectacular.
flw From: flw Date: August 2nd, 2009 09:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Weird! I didn't know it was a desert up there.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 5th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The area just north of Boise, in the foothills, looks an awful lot like the fault country in California that lies between the coastal regions and the central family. This time of year, the hills are golden brown and everything is pretty dry. It's desert, that is, in the way that much of California is desert. Remember that Tucson gets more rainfall, on average, than San Diego, and only a few inches less than L.A. or San Jose.
flw From: flw Date: August 6th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah... and we get it all at once. Eventually. Every year I am here I want to say it was a "strange year" because I compare it to the last year. I guess every year is a strange year. Our AC has dropped in efficiency dramatically for some strange reason.
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