Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tucson Rodeo Days…Have You Stopped By?

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Tucson Arizona is a destination for many people in February and a perfect time for the weeklong Tucson Rodeo Days. On the first Sunday, I planned to attend the rodeo. With dark clouds all around, I checked to see if the rodeo ever cancels … nope! So off I went with friends and we watched the various junior and professional riders, while we also saw rain falling in the distance. Amazingly, it did not rain on the rodeo. I was glad because I could watch the bronco-riding pros hold on to their horse for eight-seconds!  It may seem a short amount of time, yet it is not when you are watching these riders bouncing around in the air! Many times I found myself holding my breath till they were off the horse.

I also attended the parade which is a time when the community comes out to enjoy the sunshine, food, bands, and floats representing area restaurants, organizations, etc. People line the road with their chairs, snacks, water, blankets for those in the shade, cowboy hats for those in the sun, and energetic applause as different parade participants walk by. All is non-motorized so you see plenty of horses.

Lasso work!

Lasso work!

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Beautiful horses.

All branches of the military.

All branches of the military.

Floats with characters.

Floats with characters.

Cowboy hats and boots sold here!

Cowboy hats and boots sold here!

Protect the Grand Canyon…and All our National Parks!

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I love trees and when in combination with a beautiful canyon all is wonderful. I want to see them together!

A beautiful tree & canyon.

A beautiful tree & canyon.

Another tree and canyon sight!

Another tree and canyon sight!

Trees help frame a canyon sight!

Trees help frame a canyon sight!

I hope many of us understand the importance of protecting our national parks, outdoor spaces, and even our local greenways whether we are using them for hiking, bicycling, bird-watching or relaxation of any sort!

 

I am forever thankful to our predecessors who had the foresight to set land aside to be protected. Now if we can keep them protected, future generations will enjoy what we have been able to enjoy yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Environmental Reviews Have a Purpose

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Last week while I was at the Grand Canyon I saw a sign and thought of the protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline Area. Here is the sign:

A pipeline of any sort can potentially leak.

A pipeline of any sort can potentially leak.

The oil pipeline’s route is under a section of the Missouri River (Lake Oahe) and if there ever is a break the oil would endanger the drinking water. There was a process in place to block oil from flowing through the pipeline till an environmental review is done. That has now been suspended! Why can we not take time to be sure what is happening in our outdoor world is completed safely! I cannot imagine oil-laced drinking water. If a break with a water pipeline can cause such a concern, imagine how awful it would be if the Missouri River had oil in it.

Of course also, there are more issues than just this environmental concern…ask any Native American!

Tai Chi Helps My Tennis!

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Cross training as a tennis player is important, but many people never realize how important tai chi is for their tennis practice. About 5 years ago I discovered the importance of tai chi, and I have seen my tennis strokes improve. I am more grounded, because there is so much balance and a proper stance required in tai chi; as a result my strokes are solid when hitting the tennis ball and I am rotating around the vertical axis of my body. I think it also relaxes my body and mind when in the stressful moment of a ball being fired at me. Somehow I am ready to strike back!

In the past year I have been practicing my tai chi with a woman originally from China. She is also trying to teach class participants how to say some words in Chinese. I am not doing well with that part of the program, but I am slowly learning the 24 Tai Chi form! During the tai chi lesson she also explains how this internal martial art (tai chi) has actual defensive moves used in martial arts. So watch out if I swing my elbow at you!

Every so often our instructor will demonstrate a sword or fan dance for the class. She is amazing, and despite the fact I know the photos will not capture her grace, I will provide the photos.

Shuping, our instructor, demonstrates a fan dance.

Shuping, our instructor, demonstrates a fan dance.

Perfect form!

Perfect form!

Volunteering With Bike Repair

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It is fascinating how many different kinds of bicycles there are! Just when I feel like I have a handle on how to repair a particular part of a bicycle, in rolls another bicycle to challenge my ability! But then again it is a reason for my continued interest in helping the GABA (Greater Arizona Bicycling Association) group repair bicycles at various Boys and Girls Clubs in the Tucson area. Besides the fact the young people do not have an air pump or do not know how to use it to care for flat tires, there are other needs such as new brake pads, inner tubes, chains, seats, and/or tires. In a 3 hour period of time, many bicycles get fixed and I learn something new each time too! It’s a great way to spend time with friends also! Good work all!!

Wayne knows his stuff!

Wayne knows his stuff!

Barb focuses on her work!

Barb focuses on her work!

Another new tire needed!

Another new tire needed!

Old Car Triggers…

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I do not really know if the photo of this car will be important to the person who I typically send photos of old trucks to when I see them, but here it is in case the person wishes to paint this old car into some painting.

I sort of like the look of the car. Cannot tell you its year, but I am sure some car fanatic can provide that detail. Enjoy!

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It’s Up To You…

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Sometimes you just want to slip away from everyone and everything; the day is just not going well! It can remain that way if you choose to have it be, or you can do something about it! I know it is hard sometimes, but try. Dig deep; search for something good; then smile!

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It truly is up to you! We just cannot count on someone always coming along to get us on the positive track of life. Sometimes we need to do it ourselves! How about one good reason to smile is that we CAN smile! Go ahead, do it! You’re looking good!