I am leaving Amado, Arizona today for Palm Springs, California. It is a nice area that is picturesque except for the thousand foot high piles of mine tailings from pit mines. My friend Lee said they had considered living in the area but that after seeing the wind blowing huge amounts of tailings into the atmosphere, with attendant chemicals, they decided otherwise.
The number of snowbirds in southern Arizona is truly amazing. The albedo of the surface area has been changed by all of the white RVs parked in temporary mini-cities. As I pass through Yuma today I am told it will be even more astonishing.
My friends told me that one thing everyone in the area avoids as a topic for conversation is the immigration issue. It is apparently too volatile down here to speak much of it. After arising early this morning I see where our Governor Martinez is being led around by the nose by people in the right wing. The Journal website says the GOP is sponsoring robo calls against democrats because they wont adopt anti immigrant legislation that our right wing governor is sponsoring. Hooray for the Dems, but frankly as this stuff gets into the national press it will make us look as bad as Arizona.