Where: working a holiday gig in Tucson, AZ
I knew from our experience last year that Tucson has no shortage of holiday work, even in the weeks just before Christmas. JJ and I planned to apply for the Target Distribution warehouse right when I go back from Ohio, but while I was home, I decided to check in with the job I worked last year, at the production facility for the Tucson Tamale Company. I guess they were happy with me last year, because I got an on-the-spot offer for both me and JJ, and could we start tomorrow? “Er, just one issue. See, I’m in Ohio right now!” So, we compromised on a start date of this past Monday.
We’re kind of jacks of all trades for the hectic holiday season, doing different tasks depending on the day and the needs of the company. We’ll be doing production, packing, shipping, and office work, and anything else that comes up. The first week was a bit of a struggle, as our bodies rebelled from the heavy physical labor we were doing. We find that daily yoga and early bedtimes are essential right now.
Weather-wise, Tucson is really crazy. We’re still getting highs in the upper 80s every day, but thankfully, with the early sunset, the temperatures drop rapidly in the evening and we get get cooled off. Thanksgiving is predicted to be 89, for goodness sake! As always, it was very strange to go through fall and then snow at our summer job, and follow it up with the hottest temperatures of our year at the start of winter.
The other curious fact is the terrible Verizon service here. Apparently, the whole of Tucson jumped on Verizon service when the company started to offer unlimited data back in April. Problem is, the towers here are now overloaded and unless you get online at very off hours, the whole system is too slow to use. We’ve been unable to load Google Maps when we’re cruising the city, and sometimes can’t even make voice calls. It’s crazy to be in a city and still have awful service!
No matter where we go, I have to get my regular mountain fix, so on our weekend, we headed south to Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains. This is one of the many “sky islands” in Southern Arizona, mountains of rich biodiversities, filled with unique plants and animals, and hosting completely different life than the desert floor below. We enjoyed the temperate, cooler temperatures, and some much needed quiet after a week in the city.
Fall colors are just starting here:
In a sea of green, there’d be one flaming yellow tree. Can you see it? :