Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Today is another TGIF Photo day by Nikemom. Check out everyone else that's doing a photo today. You can also see my running blog at Pat's" Running blog.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

halloween time

The beauty of Halloween in Arizona is the weather. Every year we sit out in front of our home, order pizza and give out candy. Sometimes, we need a light jacket.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's almost time

Creations from the annual pumpkin carving party at the neighbors home.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Phoenix 10k

It used to be called the New Times 5 & 10k. Now, it's back in downtown Phoenix and you can run it on November 9th. This is a picture from the 2006 race in downtown Tempe. I ran the 5k, I think it was the third race I ever ran. This year, I plan to run the 5k and then the 10k. I'll get about a 10 minute break between races.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Apache Trail

Looking for a scenic drive around Phoenix? Do the Apache Trail. It's a long winding road, some asphalt, some dirt along the lakes to the east of Phoenix. At the halfway point is the village (?) of Tortilla Flat, pictured below. The best place to get a burger during your drive. OK, it's the only place. Don't forget to put a dollar on the wall.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mogollon Rim

The northern half of Arizona is separated by the Mogollon Rim. Here's a view looking south.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kid shot

This is what you get when you let your kid have the camera while you drive.

That's me driving my Honda Pilot. I bought it used, which is supposed to be very green thing to do. You don't add another vehicle in the world. You can see my GPS, which get's me places, while using less gas.

Today is another TGIF Photo day by Nikemom. Check out everyone else that's doing a photo today. You can also see my running blog at Pat's Running blog.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tempe Town Lake

A single sail boat on Tempe town Lake.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Robin Hood

Tyler, the archer in the family achieved a rare feat. It's called a 'robin hood'. It's when you shoot an arrow into the back of anothr arrow. It's much more impressive if both are bullseyes. He did his at Archery Headquarters in Chandler. At about 20 meters with a compound bow.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


No, a few years back Chandler used to have a balloon festival too. It was on a smaller scale, but the night glow was always a winner.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Botanical Garden

Another shot at the Botanical Garden. My wife and daughtr checking out all the desert vegetation.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hitch hiker

At the Phoenix Botanical Garden, my mother in law found a friend.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pueblo Grande

We visited Pueblo Grande Musuem in Phoenix a few years back.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Give me a big lake, a big ball and a friend. This is one of a string of lakes to the east of metro Phoenix. My son's scout troop camped right on the lake, canoed around the inlet and saw more stars than I had ever seen. Also, more skunks.

This picture is part of the TGIF photo day. I read mostly blogs from runners around the world and this TGIF photo day was set up by Nikemom in Nebraska. Stop on by her blog and the blogs listed below. They're a hoot!
T.G.I.F. Links
Running Towards Myself

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tent City

With mold, they tent your area off and use a fan to dry it. Notice what they did to our carpet.

The title is a Joe Arpiao reference.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


When you have a leak, you often times get mold. When you get mold, everything gets removed. Like your kitchen island. Then they tent the whole kitchen and use a fan to dry everything out.

Of course, you then have to take the shot, with a model too boot.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are big in Arizona. This is at one of the Chandler city pools. The lesson today, don't dive like this!

Monday, October 13, 2008

An Oldie

My son, Tyler about 6 years ago. He's a senior in high school now. Feeding the Giraffe at the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, AZ.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Treo shot

I have two cameras. One, is my Kodak EasyShare. One, is my Treo phone. While the treo doesn't have a flash and doesn't necessarily take as good a shot as my Kodak, at least I have it all the time.

In Chandler, we don't have a lot of storm drains. So each neighborhood usually has water retention areas for the occasional downpour. Here's one in my 'hood. During the dry times, we use it like a park. When it rains, the water will flow down the street and into this catch basin.

Kids love to play in the temporary lake. Sometimes you even see the sprinklers going off and you get an impromptu fountain. Now that would be a picture!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

35,000 feet up?

We are traveling back from a vacation to Ohio and Indiana today. This is an archived shot from one of our earlier travels. I'd like to say it's Arizona down there, but I don't remember. Does it look familiar to you? We must be nearing landing, because the plane is not at 35k at this point.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Desert Breeze Park Splash pad

Whater comes out of all the animals for kids to splash in at Desert Breeze Park.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Desert Breeze Park

The kids are all right at this Chandler park.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Papago Park ARchery Range

That's Camelback Mountain behind the Archery range in Papago Park.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Arizona Rock and Roll Marathon

That's me running in my first marathon. Check out the sign, it's what I was thinking at that point.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Air Force 5k

These are some of the finest, from Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson. They are participating in the Air Force Annivesary 5k in Tucson.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

African Spur Tortoise

It's our family pet, speedy. Which picture is better?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

What's This?

Hint: I'm a Realtor and I was at a large Condo developement.

Answer: These are the lockboxes that Realtors use to store the house keys. This condo community keeps all the keys in one location. You might be used to seeing these boxes on your front door.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Metropolitain in Chandler

A developer is planning this large retail/condo project right next to the Chandler Fashion Center. What's the chance it'll ever get built? They haven't broken ground yet and they are planning seven 5 story buildings, a couple single story buildings and an underground garage.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

An Indian Kiva

I sell homes for a living and wasn't it a surprise to see a Kiva in someone's back yard. So, not only can you buy a home, but it comes with a Kiva.