About Paul’s Thing

There’s this thing in southern Arizona.


As you drive across the state on I-10, you’re reminded of it again and again.


Generations of travelers have pondered the mystery of “The Thing?

What is it?

A roadside attraction near Dragoon, Arizona.

No, really, what is it?

It’s the Mystery of the Desert.

No, you know what I mean . . . what is it?

Well, even though I paid the price of admission and looked The Thing? right in the eye, I’m still not certain what it is:


Who am I? I’m Paul, and this is where I write about life, culture, books, consumerism, politics, the media, war, aviation, motorcycling, bicycling, current events, the internets, cooking, and other mysteries of life in the desert.

Welcome to Exit 322!

About Paul

Woodford, Paul Q. G.: English major, retired US Air Force lieutenant colonel, fighter pilot. I flew the F-15 Eagle in Arizona, Virginia, Alaska, the Netherlands, and Okinawa before retiring in 1997. From 1997 to 2005 I worked as a defense contractor, training fighter and recce pilots at USAF bases in the USA and the Pacific. I worked for the VA Hospital from 2005 to 2008, when I retired again, this time (I hope) for keeps. Until recently, I was a volunteer docent at Pima Air and Space Museum.

Donna and I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1997. We’ve been married since 1965.


My professional interests include flying, flight safety, aircraft mishap investigation, and aircrew training; my personal interests are hashing, bicycling, motorcycling, cooking, reading, banned books, writing, and blogging.

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