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My First Job

It was the summer of 1968,  and I was still 17.   Somehow my father pulled strings and got me a summer job with a real paycheck at a tire, battery, and automotive parts warehouse in Phoenix. The work was physical labor;  pulling items from the warehouse and boxing them up for shipping to service stations.   Every two weeks a boxcar full of auto tires would be parked on a rail siding outside the warehouse,  and a team of 3 of us would unload the boxcar of around two thousand tires.   It would take us half a day in the Phoenix heat.     I learned that I actually LIKED physical labor,  and after working in an office environment after college .... I would think of the advantages of not being tethered to a desk, along with the office politics.    I still think that sedentary work is not what humans were evolved to deal with.   I figure that maybe half of the work-week should be physical labor, and the other half should be sitting at a desk.    But that's just me.


No outdoor dining; no patronage by me

To my thinking, Green Valley restaurants have not made the effort they could or should to carry on through the Pandemic.  In spite of having 4 covid shots, I got the illness and I don’t want it again so I don’t eat indoors in restaurants.  In my primary home town, San Francisco, most restaurants have created outdoor dining spaces that are very popular.  The weather in Green Valley, at least October to April, is even better and most restaurants have room to do it, but only a couple of fast food places (McDonald’s, Burger King) have.  Hence, I have all but stopped dining out in Green Valley which I find regrettable.  


Good bye, Green Valley and Sahuarita. See ya, Hudbay, you won.

I sold. The work is moving ahead so fast, I am a stranger, a guest on my own drive.

The reclamation pond of toxic liquid from Hudbays' Copper World will be approximately 300 yards directly upslope from my 5 acres. I assume because there is a wash that runs adjacent to my perimeter, so if the dam breaks, it is channeled into the desert, kill life there. Makes perfect design and planning sense.

Their lead US attorney and myself and also a neighbor who has been living up here for over 50 years have gone to lunch a few times. The attorney assured me the landscape is going to change.

That's okay, I said. I'll just plant arid-appropriate bamboo to the east and not look at the Santa Rita's, but just down the valley across the state experimental grazing land, undeveloped.

But the construction. The peacefulness, solitude, deer and foxes and quail under my window are gone. The denning bobcat and kittens under one of my out buildings didn't return. The gila monster under the woodshed never came out this year.

The constant activity, the reality is that my humble place, my own, no bank loan, having saved to make a cash purchase in an area I first laid eyes on as an out-of-state student at the UofA from Oregon.....the dream was achieved, as humble as the place was.

They put offices about 200 yards away. Voices and lights and trucks now, where it used to be silence and cicadas... (More)


This community needs a hospital. Every effort should be made to reopen the facility as a hospital. Explore further having one of the hospitals in Tucson open here.