I just drove back into Las Vegas a few hours ago and I am resting in my hotel room before I head out for the night. I may have to head out to Mandalay Bay’s newer Irish Pub, Rí Rá, and compare the atmosphere to New York, New York’s; Nine Fine Irishmen as well as my beloved Mulligans on the Blue.
Since I got snowed out on Sunday from going up to Flagstaff, Arizona I decided to spend the day with my sister, my niece and two nephews. We made a day of it and went to the movies to see John Carter. Having seen way too many commercials hyping this Disney blockbuster, I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. Having its history rooted in the pulp novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan’s creator), the character of John Carter has been around since 1911. Modern day technology, including computer generated animation and special effects bring the 100 year old story to life as well as it could be imagined. The kids enjoyed the movie almost as much as their selection of candy and popcorn. It was a great way to spend a day with my family.
Monday morning, while the kids went back to school from their spring break, I decided to brave the elements and drive up to Flagstaff to look at some property I had been interested in. Having not really driven in snow since the mid 90’s, I was slightly concerned that Flagstaff had gotten 9-17 inches of fresh snow the day prior and fresh reports that it was still snowing along the route up there.
As I drove up there in the snow, my playlist consisted of: Snow, Vanilla Ice, Ice Cube, Coldplay and Kool and the gang.
I left the Phoenix area around noon and got up to the realtor’s office around 230PM. We looked at 2 of 4 possible properties I was interested it. Only one of them was worth seeing, but the distance from civilization was an issue for me. I’m glad I took the time to see the land with my own eyes, because now I will never have to second guess myself or wonder “what if?”. The temperature dropped down to 27 degrees while we were out and about…quite the shrinkage creator.
As I began the drive back down to my sister’s home in the Phoenix area, I pulled in to a gas station to fill up the Corolla. As I got out to pump the gas, the ground around the pumps was all ice. I will be the first to tell you that crutches on ice are not fun. After a little slippage, I regained my composure and finished filling up. The drive back down was much easier, without any flurries to drive through and the sun was still shining.
My playlist on the ride back to Phoenix consisted of: Fenix TX, Canned Heat, Hot Hot Heat and KC and the Sunshine Band.
I got back into the Valley of the Sun around 7:15PM, just in time to spend time with my sister’s kids before they had to go to bed.
As my niece and nephews got ready for bed, my youngest nephew broke my heart. He stood at the top of the stairs and asked me if I could move to Arizona cause he wanted me to be closer. I felt a sudden tightness in my chest and realized a piece of my soul just died.
At 3:00 in the morning, I woke up with a loving chiweenie between my legs. Mia, the family dog decided to come out and sleep on the pillow I put between my legs to help cushion my leg brace. Although it was a surprise, I still had enough sense to snap a quick picture before I went back to sleep.
I fly back home tomorrow evening to conclude this current adventure. Then the focus of my future will be shifted back towards my leg and a possible surgery in April.