Day 27: Phoenix (Day 2)
Alrighty then. I’m going to try to catch up — but I’m feeling really beat. I don’t know if I can do two posts tonight. Yesterday, was all in the Phoenix area — and then my get together at night. It was another super hot day — 107 I think. I got the dogs back to the dog park with the lake in Gilbert early in the day. A nice long romp and then kept them safely inside the relatively cool van all day. When I hopped out to take photos it was shockingly hot. Yet, people were out jogging, biking, all that. These Phoenixians are sure sturdy stock!
On to the pictures so I might conserve some energy for a second batch tonight. Another &*%^@% pole — this one in Tempe:
A couple of signs in Mesa:
While in Mesa, I stopped by Graham’s Neon. They are restoring the Starlite Motel sign which crashed to the ground in 2010. It’s a HUGE sign and is costing a fortune. Fundraising is still going on.
I had hoped to get a look of the restoration-in-progress — but it was in storage in another building. But I did get to see this bit of one of the diving lady’s faces that was too far gone and had to be replaced. This sign had a lot of rust:
For context, here’s a shot of the sign that I took in 2004:
A sweet little Art Deco storefront in Mesa housing a flower shop (Zuzu’s Petals):
A few other signs from Mesa — note the piano on the left:
Unfortunately, Sally’s is closed so I don’t know what will become of this gargantuan sign. I can only think of a couple signs that have a Star of David — and none other than this with the neon extended off the sign like this:
I don’t think I have seen these “flaps” for Vacancy / No Vacancy outside of the Phoenix area. Usually, motels just have a separate switch for the neon “No”.
Another example of these perforated sign thingies. These on top of the Westernaire Motel (I posted a night photo of that sign in the last blog — but these were not lit):
The Wagon Wheel Bar in Phoenix is gone — but this sign remains. Apparently, someone is caring for the sign because it was lit at least as recently as 2010:
Rip’s Bar in Phoenix is still open. A funky sign and roof:
Moving on to the evening’s big event — and the reason that I’m now so miserably behind in posting. I got together with Doug Towne — the Editor for the SCA (Society for Commercial Archeology) publications which I write for:
Doug is always positive and enthusiastic about my columns — actually, about everything I think. We’ve been emailing back and forth for about five or six years — but I hadn’t met him or spoken to him until last night. He’s just as wonderful in person. Doug is a better writer than I am. He’s also a hydrologist and an artist and an accomplished badminton player. We did Mexican — and here he is with his wife, Mo:
As much as I hate having my photo taken, here it is…
Mo also took a photo of Doug and I together. Doug posted it to Facebook — not sure if this link will work but I’ll give it a shot:
OK — I’m off to work on today’s stuff now. If I can’t get it done tonight, I’ll try for the morning.