June 8, 2009

In Phoenix

I arrived in a 106-degree Phoenix, Ariz. Wednesday night. The trip west was long, but totally good. I left with the intention to run a series of updates on my blog with pictures and description of the trip. If you're interested in checking out those posts, see the following:

Photobucket Introduction
Photobucket Visiting Jack (includes video footage of his beard)
Photobucket Two-day stay in Amarillo
Photobucket In Phoenix

One of my favorite pictures from the trip was of this one car at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo:

My apartment here is pretty nice. It's located 10 minutes away from the office and about the same distance away from a cool night-life part of the city. There are two pools and a newspaper stand about a minute's walk from my front door.

I'm already sun-burned.

When you enter the apartment you step directly into the living room.

My roommate, Jenna, and I have a decent-sized kitchen. I'm already making a lot of my own food out of a cookbook Tony recommended.

My bedroom resembles the average hotel room, minus the Gideon Bible in the drawer of the night-table. I like it though.

I have a huge desk, but a small number of posters on the wall. Within the next week or so I'll be adding a lot to the wall. I've started clipping out cool advertisements and art events from the paper and adding them to the wall. Sort of a visual calendar...I guess.

It's pretty tough to be bored in this city. Juggling club meets Wednesday. Swing club meets Thursday. Art walks and neat Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art events often occur on Fridays (plus a good nightlife scene about 10 minute south of me). And plenty of little hole-in-the-wall stuff to see in between.

The music here might be a little hit-or-miss. Besides the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the only groups coming through this city that I'm interested in seeing are The White Rabbits and The Bowerbirds. Later this month I'm driving a couple of hours to Tucson, Ariz. to see Sunset Rubdown with Mark Perkins. Tickets for that show rang in at a very affordable $8.

I'll be finished reading Kurt Vonnegut's Palm Sunday tomorrow, and plan to forge into the following works next:

Photobucket Vox by Nicholson Baker
Photobucket Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Note: Sorry Silliman, I'll get around to 2666, but it looks a little too hefty for how hectic I think my summer reading will be. I'm going to get around to it sometime this year though.

I have human resources training tomorrow morning, but work officially starts for me Tuesday.

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Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

I don't assign reading. It was just a recommendation.

June 8, 2009 at 4:44 AM 
Blogger SC said...

Are you reading both parts of Angels? I want to know what you think of it when you finish it.

June 8, 2009 at 8:35 AM 
Blogger Chase said...

Silliman: I know, but I did tell you I was going to read it next.

Chris: Yes. I'll definitely let you know what I think.

June 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM 
Blogger Tony said...

Katie and I used a clippings-on-wall calendar in Mpls too. At some point early on, a summer events guide came out. So we clipped those consistently designed events and arranged each week in a column on the wall, later adding and subtracting events.

June 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM 
Blogger K. Janke said...

Hey, if you meet a kid named Matt Zowada, I worked with him at Starbucks up here.
He likes to wear cargo shorts, if that helps.

June 8, 2009 at 4:17 PM 

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