Feliz Cumpleanos Arizona! Happy 100th Year Birthday to the 48th State of the Union. Arizona was the last to be honored statehood of the lower 48 states on February 14th, 1912; The plan was to for Arizona to become a state on Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, February 16th but back then paperwork and government worked much faster so 2 days earlier Arizona was to become the not only the Grand Canyon State but also the Valentine State or Love State! Alright, I made up the last two nicknames, although they are quite fitting as I LOVE ARIZONA!
Lots of things to write about for this month of February on the 29th day – that’s right Leap Year has found its way to us in 2012, the year of another Presidential race and hopefully a real change for the better and not just a “Change” that left each of us in much worse shape than before. I’m so over that “Change” as are other Independents and Democrats. I’m thinking perhaps a Republican (although I would prefer an Independent) for this next term might be Grand for the Country and the Economy since we have no other choices in the Democratic Party other than a man with a silver tongue and with the middle name of Hussein. We the People elected Barack Obama as President of the United States and it just hasn’t worked out like we had all hoped and anticipated. Once again we were lied to by the highest official in public office. Also, let’s vote out every incumbent whether Republican or Democrat to send a message to the White House and Congress that we are tired of all their Bureaucratic Bullsh-t! Whatever happened to Politicians wanting to help the people instead of their own pocketbooks and investment interests? My definition of Politics: “Poli” – Many & “Tics” – Blood Sucking Parasites
And it is the Year of the "My Bad Tequila" Swimming Pool! Yes, You read this correctly; "MY BAD TEQUILA" has its first and only private Swimming Pool and Spa Jacuzzi for Cinco de Mayo fiestas! There is a picture posted of the pool on its first new day of life in February, 2012.
Now before I continue ranting about our Congress and lack of leadership, guidance and honesty let’s start afresh and discuss a recent, different place I stumbled onto in California somewhere in between Palm Springs and El Centro alone in the desert. At first the sites were promising as I left the Palm Springs / Indio area with golf courses galore, palm tree farms aplenty, vineyards, grapefruit trees and greenhouses. In the far distance there loomed what seemed a huge lake or was it an oasis of great magnitude. As I drove on farther into the desert, away from the tree farms, the green vegetation, a sign read: “Salton Sea Recreation Area.” Excited, I drove faster into the ever drying and dusty desert with dismantled bushes or sagebrush blowing across the highway as tumbleweeds. The closer I became to the Sea, the further I was from society as I know and love. Many, many trailer homes, mobile homes and other homes that a Big Bad Wolf could huff and puff and perhaps blow down were strewn about; most of them abandoned, although a few had signs of civilization even though I never really saw a body –dead or alive! Some of the homes had well placed fencing about and seemed to have been taken care of in the past, a past of happier days, of a cleaner sea, of a better economy. Fifty years ago, the Salton Sea was called the “French Riviera of California” and that claim did hold water as Hollywood and other celebrities escaped to the “mini-ocean” just 35 miles from Palm Springs. No longer is it the place of weekenders escaping the turmoil of the largest county – Los Angeles, instead it is a place that you’ve come across because You are lost or You are in a quest to find the end of earth or life. I’m not saying it is at the end of the world; but, you can see it from there. The abandonment of this former tourist hot spot is not a virtual ghost town where the wealthy once came to play. The sea has picnic tables and benches floating in it, no longer is there a marina. The sea no longer is the color of other bodies of water; it is the color of grease mixed with oil and cola and gasoline. I had to taste the water to see if it was salty as a sea or ocean, yes it was salty and nasty and rancid and humiliating to my taste buds. I could not spit enough to rid of its lingering substance of vile mixtures. I should have known by the carcasses and bones of the dead fish washed ashore not to let even the slightest of drops enter my mouth and then into my now unclean body. There were seagulls and pelicans around and in the body of water which did give it a sign of life. Did I mention that that this area is 227 feet below sea level? Two words describe this place: NO BUENO!
Whitney Houston - RIP; love the movie "The Body Guard" starring Whitney and Kevin Costner and the song "I will always Love You." Listened to the song while sipping a Margarita with Azunia Tequila.
From the subject headline it mentions a man named Paul Winer and Reader’s Oasis Books of which is our next topic. If ever traveling between Phoenix and Los Angeles on the Interstate 10 this is a must stop near the edge of the Arizona state line. Quartzite, Arizona sits just north and runs along side of the Interstate, this is the Mecca for rock hounds, Winnebagos and other recreation vehicle lovers and travelers. Paul Winer is one of the great characters that make up the fun and differente community of Quartzite, AZ. Paul is an Amigo of mine and has read the epic mystery and incredible, award winning adventure novel “My Bad Tequila” and stocks it along with many rare and hard to find books and magazines. There are a few things that make Paul a rare find; one is that he doesn’t wear clothing under than a small piece of cloth that covers his organ and the other that he plays the organ or piano. Paul doesn’t like the feel of clothing and so do not be alarmed with a leather skin tanned, slender man with a beard comes walking around the corner in his unique bookstore. In the 1970s, Paul earned his underground fame performing as “Sweet Pie” the Naked Boogie-Woogie Piano Player.” Sweet Pie toured the circuit back East and in Canada with an up-and-coming comic of which You may have heard – Jay Leno. During this time, Paul performed his music/comedy review for more than 1.5 million people over the years at clubs, saloons and underground parties. Paul performed from 1965 – 1990 and again performed this last 3rd at Parker Elks Lodge. One more thing that makes Paul so genuine is that he allows Authors (if he takes a liking to You) to set up a stand or table under the canopy outside and sell their books, novels and CDs free of charge. Absolutely FREE of CHARGE, he doesn’t want or take a percentage of our book sales; he doesn’t charge rent or a fee for using his place of business as a means to help our business and sales. As far as I know, there is not another book store new or old that offers Authors such a place to converse, share, trade and sell their stories. In fact Paul will introduce You to the other Authors who’ve already set up shop and ends the introduction with “I hope You have fun visiting with each other.”
This last month when I had a book signing and book reading at the Quartzite Public Library I spent part of my Saturday with other traveling Authors and Book Enthusiasts; during this time I met an adorable author, Ceil Stetson who is the editor of her mother’s words through letters and diaries. I picked up “Dear Sergeant Honey” and read the Introduction and the back cover, then walked over to Ceil and asked if she wanted to trade a copy of “My Bad Tequila” for a copy of her mother Hildegarde Molnar’s story which Ceil molded and shaped into a clever love story, a historical WWII Story, a diary of a WAC and a biography. This the book I am currently reading and am intrigued by this young woman’s travel of helping the US and Britain win the war against Germany and Hitler. http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Sergeant-Honey-Ceil-Stetson/dp/0741447452/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330892990&sr=8-1
When traveling that long desert highway, take a break from traveling and the car, go in and introduce Yourself to Paul and tell him “Rico of ‘My Bad Tequila’ sent me in and wrote of Your fame.” Go ahead & GOGGLE “Paul Winer” I dare You!!! Even my Conservative Amigos will like Paul as do my Liberal Amigos!
See Pictures below of: Salton Sea, My Bad Tequila Swimming Pool & Paul Winer;
Saludos & Vayan con Dios!
Vayan Con Dios,
Uncle Rico Rico Austin Author, Blogger, Tequila Connoisseur, Co-Songwriter, Part-time Movie Star, CEO & Amigo - MY BAD TEQUILA
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Past during Glory Days