Hot and dry... hot and dry...

Trip Start Jul 01, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

I met Lane in Columbia MO in 1998. The tumultuous summer of being dumped and moving out of my place in Toronto. I spent the month of June there and it was the best June I'd ever had. Possibly still... I came back the next year and Lane was there again - sleeping in the basement with the ants. Both of us were visitors, except he had the distinction of once living in the college town full of musicians... I didn't see him again until my last few days in Rochester (a year ago) where we met in Syracuse. Those few hours made me realize I really needed to spend more time with the dude...
Lane is working on his disertation - a paper that has been in the works for like 2 years. I can't ever think what it must be like to spend so much time into one document. I would go crazy. He works at a school where his coworkers are smart, fiery women... it's neat to see how he fits in with them...
Tuscon is a really bizarre place. There are virtually no old buildings. Everything is in strip malls except for a small part near the university that I saw. Despite this, it seemed like a sweet little town. There's a surprisingly good video store, a co-op, a punk record store, indie theatres, really cool old hotel that Dillenger was staying at just before he was caught, and the best mini golf ever! At one time the Magic Carpet Mini Golf must have been THE place to be for 10-30 year olds. Big plaster characters, ships, houses, a sphinx, some with moving parts. On the first hole I made my shot and this big rubber spider came and down and pushed my ball into the hole! yowza! Anyhow, the place is falling into decrepitude where paint is falling off, the ostridges head has become detached, there's some grafitti, lights aren't working properly etc. For me, it's just as good. I bought a shirt...
The weater is ... yes... hot and dry. We walked around the dessert for a while and I could only take 20 minutes. Granted we went in the worst time of the day. The cacti were amazing! And I saw some that were dead, all dried up and deflated. I thought I saw a "stand up lizard" but I think it was just a bird.
I rode Lane's bike a bit when he wasn't around. I really liked riding in that town for some reason. The ally ways were pretty great and riding was easier than walking because of the heat. One night it was 96 degrees at 10 pm! I've never experienced this before. Lane just moved into a place with A/C - I have no idea how he survived for 5 years previous. Unless you sit right infront of the fan you can not tell the air conditioning is on - it's that hot and dry. The ants seem to have followed him from Columbia...
So AZ was great. I was super happy to spend so much time with Mr. Lane. I wished I could have bottled up some of that dry hot air and bring it to Portland. I've never drank so much liquid in all my life. I stayed until friday and took a plane to Providence to visit Jen.
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