Tucson’s Bike Church Sanctuary

The Tucson Bike Church Sanctuary is a place where relatives and friends of bicyclists killed on the streets of our town can come to remember them, and even leave notes and mementos. It’s made, as you can see, of bicycle parts. Although I didn’t see the panels, I’m told it’s lighted at night by solar […]


You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring news about banned and challenged books.

My local school district in Tucson, Arizona is at the center of a growing national and international scandal over the racially-motivated confiscation and banning of textbooks, novels, and plays. I wrote about the district’s actions here and here. To […]


Tubac Car Show

What, another gearhead post? Sure, why the hell not?

Every January the Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts put on a car show at the golf course in Tubac, Arizona. Classics, collector cars, muscle cars, sports cars, trucks, exotics … it’s a nice show, and I found it much easier to take in than the […]


A Wrenching Morning

That would be “wrenching” as in “motorcycle maintenance.” I found oil under my motorcycle the other day. With older bikes (and non-Japanese bikes in general), oil on the garage floor is pretty much standard … but it’s not something you want to see underneath a Honda Goldwing.

There wasn’t any doubt in my mind it […]


Air-Minded: Art Planes at the Air Museum

The aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB turned local artists loose on some old aircraft. The results are soon to go on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum. I watched them tow a few out into the yard this week and took some photos:

There are more to come, and […]


Minion of the Great Orange Satan

I decided to become a Daily Kos diarist (or, as my conservative friends will say, a minion of the Great Orange Satan). I started with a diary entry about the confiscation and banning of books in the Tucson Unified School District, put together from two recent posts here on Paul’s Thing (here and here).


Our Dogs’ Very Bad No Good Awful Scary Morning

This morning we took our dogs to the veterinary clinic at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.* Schatzi goes in every January for a checkup and shots as required. We took Maxie too, so that both our girls will be on the same schedule from here on out.

Of course we’ve cared for Schatzi since she was […]


The Test of Character

Some of my Facebook friends have been drinking the Koolaid:

When it comes to Joe Paterno, I’m with Nancy Nall: whatever he may have achieved in life, when assistant coach McQueary came to him and told him what Jerry Sandusky was doing to a boy in the locker room, JoePa failed the test of […]