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Notes · · Tucson

Barefoot and Maskless

A giant chicken pecks at bathers on a beach in response to the statement: Things will get back to normal by July

What a week. What a day. I lost my cool with a store manager today who said he couldn’t require his employees to keep their masks on. “What if they also took their shoes off, hung them from their ears, and walked around the store barefoot? Would you ignore that also?” I wanted to say but just walked out instead as the mouth breathing MAGAs in line looked at me like I was being hysterical – Guess what, I was! – and I felt bad for losing my cool with someone who was probably doing his best just showing up when even grocery shopping has become a partisan theater of sneers. Memo to all who continue to support or remain silent about our impeached president and his bigoted politics of division and death: It’s working.

Honest Stuff I Make Up · · Tucson

Quarantine Quick Bread

Loaf of banana bread cooling atop the oven

On Wednesday, excerpts from an upcoming collection of oral histories, Don’t Get Me Started on Starter, were leaked revealing he was the last person in quarantine to make banana bread.

Honest Stuff I Make Up · · Tucson

Rio

I said oh, you’ll know him when you see one of his prints. His stuff was everywhere in the eighties. I image searched him then went to his Wikipedia page. Standing at the sink, still in our pajamas and the pairs of magenta and powder blue latex gloves we wear while washing dishes together, we learned the artist died of a heart attack while doing aerobics in 1984, the same year I took up the sport.

Photos · · Tucson

COVID-1984

COVID-19 street poetry written on masking tape

Pandemic poetry written on masking tape and attached to the electrical poles along Mountain Avenue

Photos · · Tucson

Normalcy and doting on prickly pear blossoms

Prickly pear pads with yellow blossoms

April in Tucson is the most agreeable time of year to be here. Doting on prickly pear blossoms is something we’d normally be doing now, which is perhaps why this year with all that’s going on we’re especially losing our shit over them.