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:: Monday, November 22, 2004 ::

Hoover Dam from the back side in Arizona. the standard curve visible view is from the other side.

Written 837pm Thursday, 18 Nov, Tuyasan, AZ (the ‘town’ South of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon)
Before Leaving Las Vegas, I posted a couple of pics from a Starbucks on the fringes of the city and chatted with a couple of people online. It took a while to get here from Hoover Dam - about 170 miles or so. It was slow traffic at Hoover and I didn’t have time to stop if I wanted to be anywhere near the GC by dark. As it stands, I was no where near GC by dark so it likely wouldn’t have mattered. I stopped on the AZ side of the Hoover dam and took a couple of pics from the back side. Funny sign: when construction happens at home and you would see signs like “June – August Expect Delays.” Here due to the amount of roadwork, massive work, the sign read “Expect Delays 2003-2008” with the eight being a different number than the original. Imagine 5 years of delays getting from one side to the other?

Driving through the desert in AZ, it was getting a bit boring after leaving Kingman AZ ( which as the dirtiest McDonalds washrooms ever seen) so I decided to test someone. I had been chatting online with S while at the Starbucks earlier and knew she was using my computer and checking on my apt. So I called my apt to see if she would pick up. Lo and behold she did. h I pretended to chew her out for a bit and then let her go. I considered calling back a second time to see if she would pick up again, but didn’t. Technology like that still impresses. I was in the middle of a desert and nothing around and I had a digital signal, was able to speak to someone more than half a continent away. I could have browsed the internet from my phone.

And at the same time I was listening to digital quality music on the XM satellite radio in the G6. When Canada gets this I would be on board. It is so cool to be able to listen anywhere to over 200 channels. I had CNN, BBC World, Nashville, something called Lucy that played Star 102.3 like music, a Jazz station called Watercolours, and Real Jazz on the presets when I figured them out. Damn clever. We seriously lag behind the Americans with this. And as to Can Con – Canadian Content – Avril, Glass Tiger, Bryan Adams, BNL, Shania, and others were heard. I only missed the exit to Tuyasan in the Dark by one and had to back track a couple of miles. Referring to the map by reading light on reasonably twisty rods with only embedded cat eyes in the asphalt seemed like a bad multitasking idea. Temp outside is O deg C, 32F according to the car as I approached Tuyasan and only warmed a couple of degrees at the Quality Inn. Tomorrow I am going to go up to the Rim and go for a hike. But right now, I am going to check out the fireplace in the lobby.

Carpe Diem

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