April 24, 2019
Day off! Always a good thing. No need to pack up and move out. Walk around town, relax and see the sights.
Last evening we set off for an Italian restaurant, about a mile walk. Never made it. Instead, Tucson’s 4th street drew us down its interesting corridor. Unique stores and shops with art nuevo neon signs, lots of bicycle traffic and pedestrians roaming around, offering a welcoming environment. We could not resist changing our destination on this pleasantly warm evening. Looking in a barber shop, we spied the owner sitting at a desk closing out the day.
“Would you recommend an eatery to us?”
“Sure. Next door is the Box Yard, a collection of small cookery offerings like burritos, barbeque and oriental, all made in container kitchens, surrounding a bar.”
Off we went. Wow, a very pleasant courtyard of a fabric roofed court yard allowing the warm breezes and setting sun to filter the dinning, Ever had a bacon wrapped burrito? Neither had I until last night. This deep fried concoction of ground beef, peppers, onions and sauces in a torilla was completely wrapped with bacon and then deep fried to a crisp outside and prefect inside texture. Along with a good Double Knot double IPA brewed in Phoenix, what could be better?
While sipping on our drinks waiting for the wonderful meal we saw the barber at the bar. We invited him to join us. A long conversation about Tucson and his life here took us to California, through a bad and expensive marriage, developing a business and not calling himself an Arizonian. A couple of nights ago we heard the story of an Army helicopter pilot who after 10 years was discharged and had opened a KOA with his wife, just under a year ago and was not sure he had done the right thing. When people know that you are just passing through they often share the most closely held feelings, dreams and regrets with ease. I think many of us have had that same experience sitting next to someone on an airplane or at a bar.
The walk home was just as amazing. We discovered a wall. “You discovered a wall? So, what?” Just look at this street art…