Sunday, March 7, 2010

Went Out To Grab a Bite...

...to eat over at the Turf Accountant Irish Pub. It was drizzling lightly when I left and I had the thought I ought to go back and grab my boonie hat but did not do it. I had a very delicious steak sandwich with sauteed onions and tomatoes (yes the tomatoes were sauteed too at my request) with a side of fries. Great meal, excellent service, I have not gotten anything otherwise at this place yet. No booze tonight. I had enough on Friday night to last a week so I am taking it easy but I will say they have a darned good selection of it and excellent service at the bar too.

Once I finished up and headed outside I had the passing thought of heading over to the movie theater at the Arizona Center after eating, but as luck would have it, it started pouring out just after I left the pub. So, I headed to my apartment instead. I got about two blocks from the Turf, then it started to really pour, as in buckets. By the time I had walked the few blocks to my apartment, I was soaked. This was definitely the heaviest downpour I have seen here in Phoenix while on this trip. Seems to be primarily a Sunday thing as of late - it has rained for the last three Sundays in a row. I guess I'll just have to download something from Netflix and I'll have to remember to keep that boonie rolled up in my pocket on Sundays.

All the best,
Glenn B

The Luck of the Draw...

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...and as luck has it it is another soggy Sunday in Phoenix. Hoping to get some planned shooting in today, I called Ben Avery Shooting Facility and although they were open they would only remain open until three. It was already 1245 but figured I would give it a try anyway. I did not get on the road until about 1:15 and was guessing it would take me about 35 minutes to get there. That would leave me all of a bit over and hour to shoot - not a lot but I wanted to shoot today. Just before hitting the Indian School Road exit on I-17, I remembered that Shooter's World was virtually right off that exit but I was unsure of the exact location. I exited there and tried my GPS. I tried a few searches by name, under all recreation, and using the word Range. There was no listing for Shooter's World in any way, shape or form. Great another 5 minutes wasted. Then the light bulb turned on and I remembered Free 411. So I called it (1-800-FREE 411). They had the number and the address 3828 28th Avenue. I was already nearby but had to drive about 5 minutes to get what would only have been a block or so because I had to go around a canal. When I got there I saw the parking lot was full and cars were arriving every few seconds and a small crowd was gathered outside the front doors. I did not even get out of my car but did give them a call while staying dry inside of it. I was told there would be an hour and a half wait for a shooting lane! So much for that. I headed back to the freeway and realized that it was already about 1:45 - where had the time gone - and that even if I made it up to Ben Avery I would have less than an hour to shoot. So I just turned around and headed elsewhere. No place in particular but I did get some shopping done for some essentials.

I am back at my apartment now doing laundry, and thinking about how to kill the rest of the day. It may be a good night for a movie - for some reason the theater close by to me never seems crowded rain or shine. I think though that right now, I'll walk up the block and grab a hot cup of Joe, relax at the cafe and enjoy the weather from inside looking out.

All the best,
Glenn B