Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Arizona Images

Its hard to be away from Davenport while the new council is coming in, but everyone needs a vacation. I haven't been following the weather back in the QC, but its too HOT here; it must have gotten to 80 degrees Monday. I'm sure all of you are sympathetic.

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party doesn't mess around when it comes to security. Or horses. Unfortunately, my picture of SWAT team members standing around holding MP5s didn't turn out.

The 10pm fireworks can be seen over the Motocross demonstration ramp.

Aaron risks his life juggling flaming objects for the benefit of maybe 12 spectators. Aaron wishes he had a better spot for his show.

The year 2006 arrives, and is welcomed by Blues Traveler. It will take until February for me to stop writing /05 at the end of my dates.


Anonymous said...

Stop rubbing it in, my rental car said it was 76 at the most...

Greetings from Phoenix as well... I hope you enjoyed the game. It is very nice down here, I have to say I will visit again. The Davenport council should all visit here and take some notes, but I'm not saying this place is paradise either:

Things Davenport should learn from:
1) Roads, wow, smooth, like butter...
2) Police, they are everywhere
3) Traffic flows damn near flawlessly
4) Parking is abundant, and free wherever shopping exists, even downtown
5) Clean, it's really clean

Things Davenport should ignore...
1) They love the speed and red light cameras here, but they do have a cop thats visible quite often
2) Sales tax, well, add anoter percentage point
3) Public transit is like ours, not near as effective as other cities

All in all, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But hey, at least what little grass is here is green!

Happy New Year everybody...

QuadCityImages said...

The streets are certainly awesome, but that's what happens when you don't have ice and frost heaving. The fact that basically all power lines are underground also makes for a more attractive city, but again its not as feasible in a place where the ground freezes.

I am also not a fan of how the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport has been under perpetual construction for at least 6 years. I suppose that's the penalty for explosive growth.

Anonymous said...

They pay for those great roads and big police department through expensive housing with high taxes, higher sales tax, etc. Everything is a trade-off.

QuadCityImages said...

...And a massive tax base.

Mesa, which I would consider a suburb of Phoenix, has over 400,000 residents alone. The area is growing so fast that they actually had to force developers to stop building houses because communities couldn't build schools fast enough to keep up. However, its urban sprawl at its worst. The Phoenix metro area is the biggest US metro area in land area used. It takes forever to drive across it even at 70mph on the freeway. I could have gotten some nice shots of endless cookie cutter housing developments, but I didn't have a window seat on either of my flights in/out of there.