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    The Great Southwest

    I was visiting with my sons Tony "The Tiger" and Bobby Baltazar over the Memorial Day weekend in North Phoenix, Arizona, an I shot some pics. that I thought you may like to see.

    Frank B.
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    Re: The Great Southwest

    How about a Sas'Parilla?


    Or A Rattle Snake?
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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Here's Tony "The Tiger"

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    My drinking buddy.

    Thats me with my drinking buddy.

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Some more pics.




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    Re: The Great Southwest

    The Bar.






    Will post some more later on.
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    Re: The Great Southwest

    frank,

    great pics. can't believe tony finaly got a fighters haircut. lol.
    greg

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Yeah Greg he did, about 8 years ago.

    Frank

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Was the rattler an invited guest or just a party crasher? PeteLeo.

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Pete
    The rattler was a party crasher big time.

    Frank

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Here're some more pics.




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    Hippies, Hogs and ol' haunts

    By Dennis Sigman and Eve Conant
    Special to The Times

    January 14, 2007

    Jerome, Ariz. IT isn't often that a weekend getaway with a toddler revolves around a fire station and a high-altitude saloon whose patrons roar up on Harleys. But a visit to this tiny, cliff-hugging town is bound to be full of some pretty weird moments.

    Jerome 90 miles north of Phoenix and snagged in a web of steep, narrow streets off scenic Arizona 89A at first glance is deceiving. It appears to be little more than a few hundred homes in various stages of gentrification or condemnation, a hippie hamlet where crumbling old houses with warped decks are perched next to recently restored Victorians.

    Some visitors are curious about Jerome's reputation as a haunting ground for mining-era ghosts; others are lured by the dark humor and gourmet fare at restaurants with names like the Asylum. There's a reason for Jerome's love of the dark side: The town, between Sedona and Prescott, may look like another chic up-and-coming artist's colony, but it has a lot of historical skeletons in its closet.

    At the turn of the last century, Jerome was a boomtown and home to 15,000 copper miners and assorted others, plus dozens of brothels, saloons and opium dens. In 1903, the New York Sun called it "the wickedest town in the West."

    It was resurrected time and again after devastating fires and landslides (often caused by dynamite blasting in the mining tunnels below ground), and then thought to be lost for good when the Phelps Dodge mine closed in 1953.

    Once the state's fourth-largest city, Jerome saw its population plummet below 100, becoming a ghost town almost overnight. Its saviors came in the form of squatter hippies and artists who took over the abandoned town in the '60s, in some cases buying up its rotting homes for a few dollars each. By the 1970s, Jerome had also become a mecca for rowdy motorcycle gangs, lured by the winding roads and clear vistas.

    These days, most of Jerome's ramshackle hotels and brothels have been converted into upscale art galleries. Californians have been snapping up homes, but the longtime "Jeromies" about 450 in all still reign supreme.

    The motorcyclists are now older and tamer, but they still prompt locals to wonder out loud whether Jerome is a biker town with an artist problem, or an artist town with a biker problem. Either way, Jerome finally seems to be coming into its own.

    At first, we were convinced that our family foray two grandparents, two stepsisters, a toddler and some looming clouds overhead was doomed. Art galleries filled with fragile, expensive ceramics; loud saloons they don't usually mix with a 2-year-old. But dozens of families were milling about. "Just don't forget your stroller, like we did," tourist Mekell Burch said as she trudged up and down Jerome's outrageously steep stairways.

    We started with a walking tour (1 1/2 hours at $10 per person) given by local historian Nancy Smith. She came here 34 years ago, "when Jerome was practically deserted; you'd see more dogs on the streets than people."

    Within minutes, it started to rain, so we ducked into Jerome's fire station. We met Rusty Blair, the assistant fire chief, who was on what locals call "mountain stranded time" and had a free moment to let our toddler climb into the firetruck. Meanwhile, Smith filled us in on Jerome's claim to fame (aside from the views and its mining history): its ghosts.

    Belgian Jenny is just one of Jerome's mining-era madams whose spirit is said to be lurking about. Another ghost making frequent cameos, Smith said, is Sammie, a prostitute who was murdered in the early 1930s.

    When the rain stopped, we resumed our tour, then lunched at the English Kitchen, Arizona's oldest continually operating restaurant, first opened in 1899 by one of the town's many Chinese immigrants and now the place to go for good pies.

    But if you want a view while you dine, try the patio of the Haunted Hamburger you'll work off the calories just climbing the stairs to reach it. After lunch, we sat on bleachers across from the Spirit Room saloon, where rowdy blues and rock spill from a dark doorway into the midday sun and where bouncer Griz, with his gray beard and ripped shirts, keeps tabs on just about everyone. The bleachers, built into the hillside just below a children's park, are a good spot for motorcycle and people watching. The bikers look tough but are nice, allowing us to take snaps of them.

    "The OMG [outlaw motorcycle gang] is a thing of the past," said Jerome Police Chief Allen Muma, who along with his wife, Jackie, owns the Ghost City Inn. "These days, you're more likely to see RUBs rich urban bikers," said the chief, who has two Harleys.

    If a walking tour isn't up your alley, then catch a carriage ride with Bob Peterson who goes by Wyoming Pete when writing poetry and his horses Babe and Barney. Peterson is a weathered cowboy and artist who "parallel parks" his horses (a good skill in a town with limited parking) with a synchronized crossover four-step.

    The best part of Jerome aside from its colorful locals is gallery hopping. The Jerome Artists Cooperative shows the work of 35 local artists, and the Raku Gallery combines gorgeous ceramics and jewelry with jaw-dropping views of the Verde Valley below and the red rocks of Sedona in the distance. A great store for gifts is Nellie Bly, with its vast collection of kaleidoscopes ranging from $5 to $5,000. Two other favorites are Aurum's handmade jewelry and knives and the work of local artist Mark Hemleben, which can be found at the old high school, now a warren of artist studios where stairwells are hung with oil paintings and classrooms have been converted into individual galleries.

    For dinner, we got a table with a view at the Asylum, whose wine list scores top marks from the Wine Spectator. We drank wine from the nearby Page Springs Cellars and nibbled on beef tenderloin and Castroville artichokes before walking down the hill by moonlight for some dancing at the Spirit Room.

    When you're ready to catch some sleep, there are several historical inns to choose from most said to be haunted including the Surgeon's House, the Ghost City Inn, the Connor Hotel (check first to see if bands will be playing late at the Spirit Room below) and our choice the Jerome Grand Hotel, a converted hospital with an antique, original elevator. One of our rooms No. 32 is said to "have a lot of ghostly activity," according to tour guide Smith, as well as a gorgeous balcony view. No ghosts came to visit, however. Feeling a bit bleary-eyed after the late-night dancing, we had breakfast at the sunny Flatiron Cafe, where you can sip the best macchiato in town before more gallery hopping or well-intentioned loitering. Yes, by midday Sunday, we had seen most every nook of the tiny town, but were in no rush to leave.

    Perhaps it was mountain stranded time setting in, or the side effects of Jeromatherapy.

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    Jerome, Ariz.

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    great pics!!!

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Was that a real rattler? How did it get in to the joint?

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    Thats me with my drinking buddy.
    Hey Frank, which one is you?

    Regardless of how he got in, something tells me that rattler would not be a good drinking buddy...

    All kidding aside, cool pics, Frank!

    Your friend,


    Juan

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    Was that a real rattler? How did it get in to the joint?
    I'm willing to bet he got in with a fake I.D. There's no way that rattler's a day over 17...

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Quote Originally Posted by DscribeDC
    Was that a real rattler? How did it get in to the joint?
    Dc

    Yes that a real rattler, how it did get in? just walked in for a Sas'Parilla.


    Juan

    That me sitting down, no I wouldn't drink with the rattler, would you?

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Quote Originally Posted by kikibalt
    Dc

    Yes that a real rattler, how it did get in? just walked in for a Sas'Parilla.


    Juan

    That me sitting down, no I wouldn't drink with the rattler, would you?
    No, Frank, I wouldn't drink with a rattler. I don't trust the look of those snake eyes and, besides, rattlers are renowned for their biting sarcasm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan C Ayllon
    No, Frank, I wouldn't drink with a rattler. I don't trust the look of those snake eyes and, besides, rattlers are renowned for their biting sarcasm...
    Thats funny

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    I think snakes are very cool and beautiful creatures, but I think I would soil myself if one crashed my party.

    I have been told that the most frequent 911 call in AZ is "rattlesnake in the house."

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    Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder...

    Hey Frank,

    I'm glad I amuse you. That's cool!

    As for the following, I don't know...

    I think snakes are very cool and beautiful creatures, but I think I would soil myself if one crashed my party.
    Snakes always kind of creeped me out. However, I can relate to it from the sense that I've had a similar fascination with sharks.

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    Hey
    Can you guys see the eyes on the rattler?

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    Through the Marvels of Digital Technology...

    Hey Frank,

    Using some borrowed technology, I managed to get a closer look at the eyes of that snake.

    Here it is:

    Link to View of Snake Eyes

    Wow! Those eyes look eerily familiar...

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    Re: Through the Marvels of Digital Technology...

    Quote Originally Posted by Juan C Ayllon
    Hey Frank,


    Wow! Those eyes look eerily familiar...
    Like Bette Davis's eyes ?

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    Oh, I dunno about that...

    Hey Frank,

    Um, I don't know about "Betty Davis eyes."

    Here, let me tinker a little bit. Arrrrgh! Whoops! Hold on a second...

    Dang! Make that a few more seconds...

    Harumphhhh! Ow! I hate when that happens!

    Whew! There we go!

    Okay, using my ultra-sophisticated graphics equipment and software package, I've isoloated the eyes on that beast.

    Here we go. Just click on the link below and see the results.

    WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

    Isolated View of the Snake's Eyes

    Nope, they're definitely NOT Betty Davis eyes...
    Last edited by Juan C Ayllon; 01-16-2007 at 06:35 PM.

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    Snakes Galore!

    Oh my gosh! That place was crawling with snakes! Take a closer view of the top of that building you shot a photo of below:



    Criminy! DScribeDC would be soiling himself in perpetuity if he visited that place!

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    Hey Juan
    Those are my eyes!, you know my sister in-law always said I had snake eyes, I guess you proved her right.

    Damn, thats funny as hell, I have to show my wife this thread when she get home, I know what she is going to say " my sister was right"

    Frank

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    Re: Through the Marvels of Digital Technology...

    Quote Originally Posted by Juan C Ayllon
    Hey Frank,

    Using some borrowed technology, I managed to get a closer look at the eyes of that snake.

    Here it is:

    Link to View of Snake Eyes

    Wow! Those eyes look eerily familiar...
    Those are my eyes too, damn Juan you are having fun today, the joke is on me today but, thats all right, we have to have fun some how.

    Frank

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    Re: The Great Southwest

    damn Juan you are having fun today, the joke is on me today but, thats all right, we have to have fun some how.
    That's funny. Yeah, I was a bit off the wall today after lunch.

    We're giving finals this week for the first semester and, after lunch, we're kind of on our own.

    I came in very early today and was kinda woozy and punchy by the afternoon.

    Funny, I pasted my face on a snake and almost posted it up, but it looked really, really stupid. Still, I might do that later...

    Thanks for humoring me, bud!


    Juan

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