Tuesday, March 27, 2007

By The Time I Get To Arizona

My wife finally has her Spring Break this week, so we are jetting off to Phoenix for a serious dose of desert heat, and, if the Weather Channel is to be believed, we are in great shape (weather fanatics can see for themselves by clicking here). We will be staying in the beautiful Scottsdale region, and have many exciting plans for the week ahead: margaritas by the pool, a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's fabled Taliesin West, a biplane ride through the Red Rocks at sunset, and the mandatory trip to Sedona, land of power centers and vortices too numerous to mention. We might - if we have enough time- pay a visit to Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan's winery, Caduceus, thereby artfully combining two of my great loves, wine and metal, into a joyous , alcohol- soaked whole.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Fabio said...

Hi,

I just found this blog and I really enjoy what you write! I hope you'll get a bit more attention (you deserve) by moviemakers in the future and wish you good luck with your work...

Fabio

March 27, 2007 6:25 PM  
Anonymous J.D. said...

Hope you have a great time Zach! Checking the forecast for Arizona, it seems like a typical day in Southern California. I know you used to live out here in L.A. before moving back to New York, so you should adjust to Arizona just fine. And it will be paradise for someone who has lived through winters in New York, even though you say this last winter wasn't so bad.

Margaritas by the pool? A fine winery? Hell, this will be one relaxing week to remember!

Take plenty of snapshots, and both of you enjoy your getaway!

Take Care,
J.D.

March 28, 2007 5:26 AM  
Blogger ACE said...

You two have a fantastic time- hope to hear about all the adventures when you return.

March 28, 2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Lupe said...

wine and metal - they mix pretty WELL! lol. Hope you have or had fun in Arizona!

April 03, 2007 4:14 PM  
Blogger JP Cupertino said...

Your vacation sounds like a blast, I hope we can soon see some pictures, especially if you can get a peek at Wright's legendary drafting room there.

April 05, 2007 12:09 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Your post brought back some nice memories of my own. I went to Scottsdale, AZ in 1984 when I was 17 and a junior in high school. This girl that I was close with moved out there with her family and I went to visit for a couple weeks. I thought it was a beautiful place. It was early April here in Connecticut and when I left for the airport that morning it was very cold - in the 30's. When I stepped off the plane in Phoenix it was 96 degrees. Talk about a temperature shock! I loved it there. So much so that I wanted to stay with her and her family and finish high school there (I know it sounds crazy but they said it would be ok - they really liked me), but no matter how much I begged, my mother said no. So it was back to Connecticut a couple weeks later. I did get a nice tan while a I was there so I looked a little freakish when I got back home. Everyone else was pasty white... I can't help it though - I am Italian/Irish and I tan easily.

Some memorable moments from my trip:

- A wolf spider in my bedroom

- A lizzard nibbling at my toe while laying near the pool

- Having a leather cowboy boot served to me on my plate at some restaurant we went to because I ordered my steak well-done (I forgot the name of the restaurant, but apparently they do that to everyone who orders a steak well-done. They also cut off your tie if you wear one to this place. There were hundreds hanging from the ceiling). Thank God I didn't wear a tie too...

- The many parties I went to, and trading beers for Whoppers and fries with the other teenagers working at the Scottsdale Burger King drive thru window (they saw our beers in the car and offered the the food for some beer. We had the munchies so we gladly made the trade...)I know, I know... we were underage, BUT the legal drinking age was 18 back then.

- The beautiful brown mountains that seemingly popped up out of nowhere in the distance.

Anyway... sorry to bore you all with the details but I really enjoyed it there to say the least. I eventually got over having to come back to Connecticut and have lived here ever since. It is a beautiful place in it's own way... I like being near New York and Boston as well.

December 22, 2008 3:31 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

I found the website of that restaurant I mentioned in my previously posted comment. It is called Pinnacle Peak Patio. They do have good steak there if you ever go back. Just don't order it well-done... and don't wear a tie.

Here is the link if you want to check it out:

http://www.pppatio.com/home/history/history.asp

December 24, 2008 5:21 PM  

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