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We began our trip in Fairbank, AZ. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairbank,_Arizona) This is the first ghost town I've ever visited. The train station shelter is still there, as is the post office, a couple of houses, the schoolhouse and the cemetery. The cemetery is a half-mile from the town, up a hill. The graves were marked with wooden markers or crosses, most of which are now splintered and illegible. Agave and palo verde are sprouting from the graves, life from death.

Tombstone is so named because the man who founded it was told at Ft. Huachuca, "You go over into Apache territory looking for silver, all you'll find is your tombstone!" He did find silver, and the town sprang up around it. We had an excellent lunch at a restaurant whose name I don't recall, then went to the Bird Cage Theater (http://tombstonebirdcage.com/). I'm into womens' history, even if that history is tragic, and the Bird Cage could certainly be that. Dozens of women came to the west willing to enter into prostitution if it would establish them. Some were widows or abandoned women who couldn't cope and ended up committing suicide or falling into a life of drugs and alcohol. Some married. Some became wealthy and moved on. There is a gallery of photographs, a preserved room and the "cribs" which were opera boxes with curtains where the ladies might ply their trade during performances. Nonetheless the Bird Cage attracted some big name acts including Sarah Bernhardt and the belly dancer Fatima, better known later as Little Egypt.

We visited Boot Hill and Karl gave us rundowns of various gunfights, including the one behind the OK Corral. It was fought at a distance of about seven feet, with Wyatt Earp in the street. What's weird is that Tombstone hasn't changed a lot and any sheriff there still has to cope with an inordinate amount of booze-fueled craziness. To quote the main character of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", "Everyone here is drunk and heavily armed. New York is boring!"

There's a gun shop where Karl has friends. Dawn and I were unimpressed and went off in search of kettle corn, which we found.

We had Mexico City-style sushi (!) at Saga Sushi back in Tucson. Steve and I didn't care for it. After that we went back to the hacienda to wait for another couple so we could watch the movie "Thor" while waiting for 2013. As we got out of the car I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the night sky and how many STARS there were. Karl has a gigantic telescope, so he got it out. When the night is so clear you can see the distant surface of Jupiter, that's saying a lot.

At midnight, Karl blew his gjallarhorn and set off some fireworks.

Steve and I had a fabulous time and will be back. The only problem is that Karl and Dawn have two cats and two wolf hybrid dogs, and they don't vacuum a whole lot. This means that I have to hit my ventolin more often than I'd like. I'm sure we'll work something out.


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Jan. 3rd, 2013 08:25 am (UTC)
I enjoyed my visit to Tombstone also while stationed at Ft. Huachuca.
Jan. 3rd, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
You with your talk of stars are making me feel So. Much. Envy. ::sighs::

As for the pets, etc., could you bring along an air purifier the next time you visit? Perhaps look to see if there's something on sale now? Even if it doesn't eliminate all irritants, it should help.
Jan. 4th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
No, because the problem is the whole house. The guest room is the cleanest one and I usually sleep just fine. It's when we're in the living room or any other room for that matter.
Jan. 4th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
that sounds like a great trip, I'm jealous
Jan. 4th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
How do you manage your asthma with Lalat and Ivan? Are they both Russian Blues? We're pondering getting a Russian Blue kitten, a female if possible, because they're supposed to be nearly hypoallergenic and don't produce the gene/enzyme in the saliva that gets most allergy prone people react to.
Jan. 17th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ivan and Lalat are sweet grey cats of uncertain parentage. Remember, he was found in a garbage can in the bad part of town and she was found wandering the streets of a suburb in the foothills. She is definitely not a Russian Blue; she has longish hair. Ivan is at least part Siamese going by his body shape and voice. Neither of them bother my allergies.
Jan. 18th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
I remember Lalat being found, but for some reason, I thought Ivan came home from a kitty rescue. They're both loved and beautiful furbabies though.

We're intrigued by the idea of Russian blues for their alleged claim to be hypoallergenic, plus David had a friend he'd see at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival who had a three-legged RB and he said it was an awesome cat.

I don't seem to react to David's Siamese kitty but I haven't noticed if his black, general cat of endless possible breeds, sets off my allergies. They both are happily rehomed with his sister and we don't think it would be right to take them from a happy home now.

If we do get a cat, I'll try to spend some time with some before we bring one home. I would never want to fall in love with a new kitten and end up having to rehome it because I'm allergic. It's not fair.

How are you around dogs?
Jan. 18th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ivan did come from a kitty rescue. He was about two months old when he was brought there, as I've said, after being found in a garbage can.

They both got a new toy to chase around yesterday, too. So spoiled.

Dogs, I'm not sure. The last dogs I was around was a pair of wolf hybrids in a rather dirty house, so I wasn't reacting too well there, but that is atypical.
Jan. 19th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I do remember the garbage can now. They both seem like great cats, though Lalat has been been quiet lately.

Toys are a lot of fun. Iggy lives for toys. He got a New York Jets football to chew on and of course, we throw him passes every now and then.

It could have been the dusty house, the dogs or a combination of all the above that set you off. Today, walking into Pet's Mart mine went off. Of course, I'd also been with my mom, who still smokes after all these years. Oy.
Jan. 4th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
You make Arizona sound interesting. It's always been the pass-through state for me and my family on our way to California. I've enjoyed all your AZ posts. David and I like Flagstaff and the La Posada Hotel in Winslow, (though David went there a lot with his ex- so it's not my favorite place). It was a nice place to stay one night.

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