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Flying Without a Net

May 16, 2010

Warning: This post has not been edited for content or grammar.  Mrs. Fussy is off at some conference in Arizona, and I have been left to my own devices.  Young Master Fussy is off gallivanting around Boston with his grandparents.  Little Miss Fussy has a tummy full of Chipotle and is peacefully fitfully sleeping it off.

Which means, I can do whatever I want.
But I’m not.  I’m going to play it safe.

One of the things Mrs. Fussy does for me, every day, besides making sure all of the commas are in the right place, and that I don’t have run-on sentences (like this one), is to make sure that my tone stays within a reasonable range.  And it’s a good thing too, because sometimes I just get a bit carried away.  What can I say?  I’m a passionate man.

So instead of going off the rails on some small matter that I find to be particularly galling, and which most likely nobody else has even noticed, I’m going to do something else.  I’m going to set up the week to come.

Generally I don’t write posts like this that aren’t about food at all.  I guess there is a first time for everything.

I am going to be joining Mrs. Fussy in Arizona.  I’ll be flying out of Albany International Airport shortly.  And as far as I am concerned this is going to be my desert writer’s retreat.  I hope to write a ton while I’m there, and I hope to eat some tasty things too.

With any luck, I’ll get to the Albany airport early enough to scope out the new wine bar.  I am very curious.  But who knows if it is even open before noon.  I am not above the morning glass of wine, especially in the interest of science.  Although I do have some concerns about wine by the glass.

Then I’m off to Detroit.  I pray that my flight gets in early and that I have time to grab a Michigan.  Although in Michigan they call them Coney’s.  Even though in Coney they don’t have the same meat sauce.  We’ve got the meat sauce here in the Capital Region, but we make them much much smaller, and don’t call them Michigan’s or Coney’s. How’s that for a cluster*uck.

If I can wolf down the hot dog and make it to the gate in time, I’ll catch the next flight to Phoenix.  Officially, I cannot think of Phoenix without thinking about Steven Wright and this bit:

I got into an elevator at work and this man followed in after me. I pushed “1” and he just stood there. I said, “Hi, where you going?” He said, “Phoenix.” So I pushed Phoenix. A few seconds later the doors opened, two tumbleweeds blew in. We were in downtown Phoenix. I looked at him and said, “You know, you’re the kind of guy I want to hang around with.”

When the doors open in Phoenix, tumbleweeds or not, I’ll have completed over seven hours of travel with Little Miss Fussy, more if you count the ride to the airport and the wait until takeoff, all without the support of a second parental unit.  Oh, or without the support of a second airplane seat.  She’ll be flying on my lap.  And right now, I’m booked for the middle seat.

I’m not sure what kind of cocktails they make in Phoenix.  But when I get there, I’ll let you know.

That said, Phoenix is apparently three time zones over, so my regularly schedule posts will likely appear to be late for those of you who are reading this in Albany.  On the other hand, those who read this in California might want to consider checking in before work.

I’m just hoping:
a) My computer doesn’t melt in the desert sun.
b) The hotel has a reasonably good internet connection.
c) Mrs. Fussy will be able to take a few minutes to fix my commas.

There are a few other food related hopes.  I’m hoping to get a decent cappuccino.  I’m hoping to get some reasonably good Mexican food.  I’ve heard about a Hawaiian joint that people seem to enjoy.

Hopefully the heat won’t completely sap my appetite.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellie permalink
    May 16, 2010 11:25 am

    I was in Scottsdale/Tempe/Sedona for about two weeks last fall. Seriously, it’s the best place in the world to be. Here are some suggestions to help you survive.

    1. See the Frank Lloyd Wright home. My appreciation of architecture exists because of it. There are also some thoughts on education there that could be adapted to make our education system much much better. More better even!

    2. Check out the Three Rivers Brewery in Tempe. I have not eaten there, but the beer was good. Call ahead if you want a tour.

    3. Take a swim around 2pm. The sun is at its peak mid afternoon and a swim kept me nice and cool.

    4. Don’t bother driving to the Grand Canyon. It’s three hours away from Tempe and while utterly amazing, you lose a day.

    5. Alas, I forget the name of the restaurant, but in the fashion mall in Pheonix, there’s a wonderful restaurant that has meals inspired by that doctor with the big bushy beard whose name I also forget. Anyway, it was amazing.

  2. May 16, 2010 11:56 am

    Not sure why I remember this, but the New York Times had a favorable write up of a pizza place in Phoenix. Since pizza has been a topic of discussion lately, maybe you’d want to check it out. In the interest of science, of course.

  3. Mr. Sunshine permalink
    May 16, 2010 2:17 pm

    Ellie, it’s Andrew Weil.

    • Ellie permalink
      May 17, 2010 1:01 am

      That it is! The restaurant is so amazing. Part of my being a vegetarian is to avoid food anxiety issues. It’s easy to figure out what to eat when you have limited options. At that restaurant I almost had a nervous breakdown!

  4. May 16, 2010 7:51 pm

    Ah, and then there’s the Cincinnati Coney with skyline chili and cheese…

  5. May 16, 2010 10:13 pm

    Check out Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” before you take Ms. Fussy into a bar, wine or no.

  6. Sarah M. permalink
    May 16, 2010 10:22 pm

    Phoenix only? My only restaurant tips are for Tucson.

  7. May 17, 2010 8:51 am

    I tried to go to the wine bar two weeks ago, at 630AM. They don’t open up until 8. I was sad.

  8. llcwine permalink
    May 17, 2010 10:47 am

    Sarah M,
    Do you have any tips for the non-touristy restaurants in Tucson? I’m going in 10 days and have been to all the usual places, Janos, El Charro, Harves, Jax. I’ll be up in Oro Valley, and not sure if we will be downtown at all, got any new places for me to hit? I do want to take my mother to the new Lee Lee’s Market to check out the fresh fish, etc.


    • Sarah M. permalink
      May 17, 2010 2:38 pm

      Yikes, nothing as far up as Oro Valley… downtown, Cafe Poca Cosa, definitely. If you’re in the mood for cheese crisps, Rosa’s.

  9. Shawn F permalink
    May 17, 2010 11:05 am

    I’m from Michigan and moved to Albany 8 years ago. I first saw the term “Michigan Dog” on the menu of an ice-cream stand somewhere up in the Adirondacks. I was fairly flabbergasted.

    And any good Michigander knows the best place to get a coney is at a Coney Island. That’s what diners are called there … go figure.

  10. Brendan permalink
    May 17, 2010 11:38 pm

    I lived in PHX/Scottsdale for 2 years, here is some more advice:
    – Careful crossing the street. The crosswalks seem about half a mile long and people drive like idiots.
    – Stay within spitting distance of the misters.
    – If you think you’ve had bad pizza in Albany, just wait ’til you taste the horse shit out there.
    – The best Mexican is called Los Olivos in Old Town
    – Every intersection looks EXACTLY the same so give yourself some reference points
    – Check your shoes, bed and bags for scorpions
    – Hike Camelback Mountain for a 360 view of the Valley. The first 2/3 is more of an uphill walk, the last 1/3 is a steep hike.
    – Scottsdale is for new money people who love to show it off, Tempe is for college kids /young professionals and Phoenix really is a ghost town except when the Suns are playing. Each city has its own style of nightlife but it’s all fun. In Tempe, go to Rula Bula. In Scottsdale go to Rusty Spur, where if you’re lucky a guy on a horse will walk it right in the bar or go to a little place called J. Chew if you can find it. Phoenix, if you have to, go to Roosevelt Tavern.

    You’re welcome.

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