Monday, April 30, 2007

April 30, 2007
Back in office. Mailed off the Johnny Ringo painting this morning, plus went to the doctor to get a tetanus shot for my upcoming trip to Nicaragua.

Thomas Charles drove in from Cal with two babes yesterday. They all attended the Coachella Music Festival over the weekend. The girls were quite impressed with Bjork, and Tomas even had to admit she was better than he thought she would be. Tomas raved about Interpol, Sonic Youth and Jessica Alba, who he ogled while she danced on the side of the stage during the set by Peaches.

Here are a sampling of the cloud shots I took on the trip up to Pinetop and Hon-dah Resort last Friday. First up is the stunning flat-bottomed clouds poking over the horizon as I approached the rim. Really distinctive clouds:

The countryside is still scarred from the Chediski Fire which ravaged this area several years ago. Part of the Top Secret Project takes place in a burned out area, so I really wanted good reference for the post-fire-ravaged look:

Here's a stunning panorama, looking all the way to the White Mountains (middle, right, distance):

Shot this one out the driver's side window of a mountain meadow, and the dark buildup north towards Winslow and Holbrook:

Ran into Vicent Craig at the Joint History Convention last Friday. Vicent is a Navajo who appeared on our KSLX morning show back about 1987, and who played a song he wrote called "The Candy Bar Song," which was sung in the the dialect of "Boarding School In'din" about a poor Navajo who steals a candy bar from the local trading post and does hard time. Just a hilarious song. I played it so much on our show (daily for weeks on end) that upper management of the company who owned the station sent a vice-president to Phoenix to try and make me stop playinig it. They couldn't. Ha. Vicent told me he has some six volumes of In-din songs now and I'm dying to hear them. Great guy, very zany.

On a sad note, local horse training legend Floyd Brooks passed away on April 22, from cancer. Floyd is the guy who answered the "Endurance of The Horse" question from Paul Boord, who wanted to know how far a horse can run full out, because in the movies they seem to go on forever. Floyd told me a good horse can go flat out about two and a half miles before they "will tie up." I sighted his answer on a Westerns Channel True West Moment (shot in Tombstone on Comstock Hill) and it remains one of the most popular TWMoments we have ever done.

Speaking of which, we are going to Wichita in two weeks to tape another batch.

Onion Headline de Jour
Local Man Gets Cocky With Ladder

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