feeling hot, hot, hot
Hello from Arizona! I’m in Scottsdale this week, training on one of the aspects of my new job.
It is HOT out here! The breaking-record-heat-warning-air-conditioning-cranked-and-I’m-still-sweltering type of hot. I’ve never been to Arizona, so I’ve never experienced this desert dry roast firsthand. Now that I have, I think I’ll take my next trip in, oh, January or something.
I’m fascinated by the pseudo-Southwest architectural style they have going on in greater Scottsdale as well. I say ‘pseudo’ because it reminds me a lot of “Old Town” Carmel, very manufactured and contrived. It makes for a great theme, but there are some that are completely over the top. It probably doesn’t help that I’m smack dab in the tourist district – apparently everyone that visits is required to buy a piece of turquoise jewelry and a smoothie. Just sayin’.
The highlight of my trip so far was a trip to Papago Brewing, just up the road from our hotel. I thought I was going to strike out as far as hitting a brewery on this trip, but the front desk clerk highly recommended this place. The beer selection was top notch; the service, not so much. I tried a New Belgium Mothership Wit (kind of a cross between a Leinie Sunset Wheat and the Brugge Wit) and a Papago Hop Dog (pretty similar to the Dogfish Head 60 Minute, although not quite as tasty). I would have sampled more (they have huge coolers in the front where you can buy singles, and nearly thirty on tap) but I had to head to dinner.
So, yeah. I’m finishing up my stay here tonight, redeye-ing it back to Indy, and hopefully sleeping most of the day on Friday.
Under the sweet, sweet air conditioning.