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When I was a Kansas City-based field technician, I had to work on holidays if they fell during my work rotations.  I would normally be working tomorrow, but now that I’m a regional technician, I’m expected to stay home instead.  This feels weird.  I keep thinking I need to be somewhere in the morning.  I wonder if I’ll be able to relax enough to sleep in past 6am?

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The Catholic Church in Ajo, AZ

I spent last week in northern Arizona on the Hopi reservation.  This week I drove around the southern part of the state.  Started the week in Phoenix, then Ajo, then Casa Grande, back to Ajo, then Tucson.  The week provided me with a few surprises, like the mountainous terrain on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range, that there was even a bombing range out there, the picturesque plaza in Ajo, how green the Sonoran desert was, Kitt Peak National Observatory was just west of Tucson, and Tucson had more western-themed tourist attractions other than Old Tucson.  I took pictures!

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Sign at a rest stop on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Ran

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Trail Dust Town, in Tucson

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Well, my attempt to write an entry every day has finally crashed and burned.  It wasn’t for lack of things to write about — I had some.  I was distracted in the evenings or just too tired.

Last week I drove to northern Arizona, to the Hopi Indian Nation and spent the whole week there.  I worked at the health center, ate breakfasts and dinners and spent the nights at the Hopi Cultural Center.  I almost ran out of gas, running on fumes leaving the reservation, barely making it to Winslow before I could fill up.

I drove through a little town called Strawberry, in the Arizona mountains.  Decided to stop during lunchtime, visiting a historical schoolhouse and eating in a western-themed restaurant/saloon.

AZ Bandits Restaurant and Dirty Cowboy Saloon

Strawberry is trying to get in on some of the tourist business a little town a few miles away called Pine is getting.  Arty-farty galleries and froo-froo shops line both sides of the highway in Pine.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s been hot in Arizona the last few weeks.  When I drove home on Friday through strawberry and Pine, the temperature was about 100 degrees.  I made the same drive three years ago, and seem to remember it being about 60 degrees.

Well, I guess I’ll call it quits for this evening.  It’s obvious I won’t be blogging every evening anymore, but I’ll try my best to blog more often than last year.

Nuttin’ happened today.

Woke up.  Binge-watched Orange Is the New Black.  Realized I lost my passport last week.  Shopped for groceries so I won’t need to eat out all the time.  Started binge-watching F Is for Family.

Maybe something will happen tomorrow.

New Bedroom

Flew home this morning.  I’d been worried I hadn’t given the cats enough food and water when I left, so I drove straight home from the airport.  But, the cats still had food and water when I got home.  They were a little standoffish at first, but soon warmed up to me because they love to be pet.  I pulled out the vacuum to get some cat hair and litter off the floor and tripped the circuit breaker.  Found out I have two circuits for the 110 VAC.  I’d plugged into the 15A circuit (the other one is 20A), which also powered my internet modem, the microwave, the box fan next to my bed and the portable air conditioner in the shed.  The vacuum was just too much.  Plugged the vacuum into the outlet that was still working, finished up and then went outside to reset the breaker.  Yes, the breakers are on the outside of the house!

After greeting and feeding the cats, I lay down for a nap.  Slept for three hours.  Felt fantastic when I woke up.  Glad to be home again….