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GREEN CORNER OF MIDDLE EASTERN MESA

 

GREEN CORNER

When it’s cooked right, a plate and a picture of the same dish should look the same?

 

Green Corner is off Southern and Alma School. I’ve been there,” I said, flooring the rental car through the round-about on Bass Pro Drive.

 

“So you know the way? I should stop looking at the GPS?” she said. “Fast corner.”

 

I’d been there five months ago with DD. Alma School was a fast street crossing Southern. I needed to be in the right side of the road.

 

“Which way do I turn on Southern?” I asked, the four cylinder engine howling.

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FACEBOOK WINGS ON AMERICAN AIRLINES

 

FACEBOOK WINGS

In Sky Harbor, Phoenix AZ, a chance meeting if you believe in chance meetings. Or facebook voodoo. We met ten years ago at Willamette Writers conference over a few Shock Tops. He had a thriller in the works, I had a screenplay. Now I’ve got a memoir in the works and he’s ready to crank out pages.

 

I stood across the concourse, the airport hallway, from my check in studying my boarding pass with Group Nine printed on the bottom right side.

 

Group Nine is last to board, last to sit, and last to find an overhead bin for the carry-on.

 

Luckily my wife and I were flying Budget Econo, a rate the doesn’t allow a carry-on, only an ‘under the seat bag.’

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APACHE TEARS HAPPY ENDING

 

APACHE TEARS

A series of mine shafts up in the hills. No timbers. Whack the walls with a rock hammer and look for Apache Tears. It’s like clam digging. If you’re not careful you break what you’re after.

 

“Let’s meet one of my facebook friends,” I said one day during a Mesa Arizona visit.

 

“You met someone on facebook and you want to meet them?” she asked. “You never want to meet anyone.”

 

“Yes, I do. We’ll go prospecting. He knows where to find Apache tears,” I said.

 

“What are those?” she asked.

 

“I’m glad you asked.”

 

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SUPERIOR ARIZONA AFTER APACHE TEARS SEARCH

 

SUPERIOR ARIZONA

 

One of the most impressive rocks I’ve knocked out of a rock wall? Apache tears.

 

Just another rock until I held it up to the sun for my own solar eclipse.

 

What’s going on in there? See through rocks in Superior Arizona.

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MESA ARIZONA, CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

 

mesa arizona

 

Where are you right now? Do you wish you were somewhere else?

 

Instead of working on the wish list of where you’d rather be, take a good look around.

 

You may be in the center of the universe, like Mesa Arizona.

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