Thursday, December 18, 2008

*Thirsty Thursday*

~One of the best days of the week!


*The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.*

~Traveling makes me laugh… I traveled today back home to Ohio and I realized that it can be a huge hassle, but it can also be a great way to people watch and experience new things by meeting and talking to new people. 

            I watched everyone hustle through the long lengthy holiday ticket lines to then race over and wait again in the time-consuming and drawn out security lines, where workers yell the same statements over and over again and some people still aren’t ready when it’s their turn..  CRAZY! 

            The airport is very dynamic.  There are those who wait to the last minute and then rush to cut everyone because there “plane is leaving in ten minutes,” the others who sit and wait for hours  because they were over prepared, then there is me… I follow the standard hour and a half policy and then get to the gate with a “PHEW I have fifteen minutes to get a snack, magazine, and use the restroom”. 

            A little word of advice… ship holiday gifts because carrying mine on today was no picnic in the park and if it wasn’t for a few kind people I would have never made it!  The airport is following a strict 1 carry-on and 1 personal item policy so make sure to follow otherwise you will be like me and have to ask people behind you to pretend that it is theirs and hope that they are kind enough to agree. 

*Experience, travel-these are as education in themselves*


Valley Events

  • Join Hotel Indigo for live music by PHEED and drink specials.  This is a great spot to start the night off just right!  Awesome bar lounge, fire pit, and friendly-prompt service where one can actually get a beverage in a timely manner!
  • Holiday lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park on Indian Bend from 6:30 – 9 PM; train rides, carousel rides, Santa, and a tree lighting ceremony www.TheRailroadPark.com
  • Thursday evening ArtWalk from 7 – 9 PM
  • Dog’s night out at Classy Jazzy from 7 – 9 PM, 7111 5th Avenue
  • The Rusty Spur Saloon has a laid back environment where you can enjoy live music and drinks in a building that was once a bank
  • Suede’s Sky Ladies Night featuring no cover for ladies and half off all drinks in the house
  • Third Thursday Concert Series featuring the musical group Lit http://www.litlounge.com/


~Are you looking to volunteer this holiday season or need to volunteer for school credit or community service hours?  There is a variety of ways to help through the city of Scottsdale from picking up roadside litter to helping out at the local libraries…. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/volunteer/volunteeropportunities.asp



~Trying to burn off the access holiday weight?  Try hiking!  There are a variety of trails throughout the valley and it is a great way to stay in shape and enjoy our wonderful Arizona winters.  I have hiked Pinnacle Peak, Camelback, and South Mountain and I love it.  It’s a different kind of work out than most are use too!


~Interested in biking?  Scottsdale has been recognized by the league of American Bicyclists for being a bicycle friendly community…here is a list of bikeways for transportation and recreation http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/traffic/alttransmethod/bikeways.asp