More from the Neighborhood

Well, the last time I left off, we were showing you around the place… here are a few more shots of the area from my day on Friday.

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Did I mention how nice it is to wear sandals and shorts around the area through the winter?  Oh yeah, and it’s nice to be driving the Jeep again!

One thing about the area… everything is accessible via freeways. I mean, they are building new ones here… like… weekly.  The one that was just finished to the South of our house is the San Tan Freeway… it services mainly… well, dirt… right now at least.  Dirt, a few dairy farms, and a former air force base.

IMG_0036The view is kinda nice though…

IMG_0037Hey! There’s more on the other side too!  I think I’m in a valley!

IMG_0047 Hey look, there’s one of them ceee-ment rivers! Who said there wasn’t any water hour here?!

IMG_0054Oh look, open land!  They don’t have much of that here now do they?  Don’t worry, in a few months there’ll be a Target or a car dealer here…

IMG_0048 Or one of those nameless office buildings…

IMG_0056  There’s that air force base… yawn, this is getting boring eh?

IMG_0050Woo hoo!  At least there are a few friendly folks here!  (Show Carol… she’ll be happy to see someone copied her plate… somewhat)

Can you tell I like my new camera?  I am carrying it everywhere now!

IMG_0062Phew, at least I am making my way back to civilization!  Unfortunately this means I am getting closer to the DMV and the car dealership where I can lay out some money… yay.

IMG_0061 And in case the street signs get blown away by a hurricane, you can always look on the closest mountain… in this case, a stone sign laid on a hill back in the 20′s to direct air mail pilots to our lovely airport… 20 miles away.

Almost to the DMV… fun.  Oh, and here’s a handy number in case I need it…

IMG_0068Yeah, the genius with this business plan did NOT graduate from DWC…

IMG_0069 Gas is pretty cheap here too…

No photos in the DMV… that was 3 hours of my life I can’t get back…

But here was the fun little present I got at the dealership… I guess our Jeep was a condo for a few mousies.

IMG_0035 But after all that… I got a chance to see some of the local greenery…

IMG_0072  And the mountains are pretty too… in this case Red Mountain in Mesa.

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Pretty flowers grow around here too… I have seen more hummingbirds around here in the past few days than I have seen in my life.

IMG_0099OK, back to Mesa… time to pick up Lil… here is the building she works in on the campus.

IMG_0100  Anyway… that’s it for the day!  See ya’ll tomorrow!

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Welcome to Daniel Webster College West!

OK, now that I have settled in a little bit, I should show you around… here are a few shots of the new DWC outpost in the desert!

IMG_0019This is the front side of our building… our townhouse is the upstairs and as you can see… we have DirectTV. (Not that I will be using that during the day!)

IMG_0017This is the driveway side… our garage and our entry door right next to it.  The door under the chimney is for our downstairs neighbors… a nice couple who moved here two years ago from North Carolina.  They said that our complex is full of folks who are from out of state… something of a haven for non-desert types I guess!  The window with the mini-balcony rails is my office.  The balcony on the far right is our other neighbor… a gent from Nebraska who likes his football (Cornhuskers all the way!)

IMG_0012It looks like I need to do some cleaning in the office before Monday… still have to unpack stuff from two months ago!  Thank goodness it’s mainly empty boxes… and NO, those Barbies are NOT mine! Notice the treadmill… I may look thinner each month you see me!

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Here’s my new co-worker… she doesn’t speak much and likes to take coffee breaks, but she’s an oldtimer anyhow… been with the company for 14 years… so what do you expect in a retiree!

The next few shots are taken from our balcony… from right to left.IMG_0014

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IMG_0015 See! There IS actually green stuff in Arizona! As you can see, we are VERY close to the golf course… (part of the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort… see the website here). With the proximity, there are consequences…

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These are the golfballs we have collected from the front yard since July… one that came through our window in August!

Lil and I have decided to open a driving range in a year or so at this rate!

Ironically neither of us golf!

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Here is the driveway to our apartment… and the clubhouse that has the health club inside…

And at the corner of Alma School Road (our road) and Chandler Blvd there is this piece of junk :-)

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It’s a North American F-86F Sabre… on a pole in front of the post office… everything down here has aviation in it!

Tomorrow I’ll send photos of the mountains and where Lil works… I am driving her to work in Mesa so I can take the Jeep in for service. 

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Finally made it.

After four full days of travelling, I made it to Chandler, AZ late yesterday afternoon. What a time!

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