Arizona Yin And Yang

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Yesterday, the first day of Astronomical Winter, was a beautiful, cloudless day here with a high of 75°. I had two more Jack In The Box tacos at lunch, bringing my total to 30 in 52 days here (through yesterday). Getting those tacos, though, was another matter.

My wonderful wife and I decided to roam out of our immediate area to find lunch. We are not dining in any restaurants and, frankly, I don’t even want to dine outdoors, so we went looking for a different place to drive through and get our lunch. Well, two dirty little secrets of this area are the traffic and the frequency of accidents.

We were stuck in a huge traffic jam because of a bad accident on a street that’s usually busy, anyway. While I grant you this evidence is anecdotal, I have seen too many “fresh” accident scenes given the amount of time we have been here.

I think too many Arizonians drive too aggressively and too inattentively. It’s a given that at least one driver will run a red light at an intersection. Anyway, it took us almost two hours to find and to eat a fast-food lunch.

OK, everyone: EVERYTHING is a trade-off. The population of metro Phoenix has increased almost five-fold in the past 50 years. While road construction continues at a brisk pace, it cannot keep up with the influx of people.


I don’t know if this is related to Arizona drivers or not, but…people who blindly follow an ideology are, basically, just blind. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Oh…I have been receiving requests from people who are not regular readers of nor regular commenters on Disaffected Musings, but who want me to publish a guest post of theirs. I don’t think so…I am not the world’s most trusting person so I don’t know if these posts will contain a virus or hidden message of violence. If you don’t read this blog on a regular basis and don’t comment on a regular basis, then I am NOT posting anything you write.



I won’t know if this video plays until I publish the post. It shows one of my favorite trinkets, a radio station ornament that lights up. The call letters are WSNO.


How many of you care that 2021 Corvettes are now being shipped to dealers? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

I know this blog has a lot of Corvette material, but I don’t want the blog to be another Corvette Central. Like the hashtag reads, so many cars just one life. Still, can’t resist a photo:


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From Car Scoops a picture of, supposedly, two 2021 Corvettes.


A random car photo:


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From Orlando Classic Cars a picture of a 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix that is obviously a convertible. I really like the “face” of this car.

5,856 of these were produced at a price of $3,813, about $30,000 in 2020 dollars according to this. That doesn’t seem like a lot of money given the average price of a new vehicle in the US is about $40,000.


I am a “prisoner” of the newly found “popularity” of this blog. I have reached a certain level of daily views for x consecutive days, so I am reluctant to take a day off for fear of ending that streak.

While this blog will never make me rich, and while I still think Disaffected Musings should have five or ten times the number of readers it has, I am happy that the blog has reached a new level of readership, even though the damn virus has played a role in that popularity.

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19 thoughts on “Arizona Yin And Yang

  1. Having been a resident of Arizona since 1951, and having learned to drive here at the age of 14, I am quite familiar with the driving abilities, skills and attitudes of Arizona drivers. In the “olden” days starting in the 1960’s driving here was much easier. Then in the winter time we were “invaded” by all of the retired people who came here to avoid the snow and cold in their regular locations. We referred to them as “snowbirds” and they brought their bad driving habits with them resulting in an increase in accident rates during their stay in our mild winter areas. Since then the rapid growth of the Phoenix metro area has resulted in the enormous growth of which you write from the migration of people from everywhere else bringing with them their own version of bad driving habits. Please do not blame the large number of accidents on “Arizona” drivers as the problem is caused by all of those “other” people.

    I lived in the Phoenix metro area from 1977 until 2009. In 1977 the only freeway was I-10 coming from Tucson running West across Phoenix South of downtown and then turning North at the infamous Durango bend and becoming I-17. In the 30 plus years we lived there, all of the freeways you see now on the map were planned and built, resulting in the wonderful road system you have available to you. Just be glad you don’t have to live and drive through the road construction I had to drive trough daily on my 30 mile trek to work. Or even the three 100-year floods of the Salt River in a span of 5 years and the resulting wash outs of the then bridges. Actually, the Phoenix area road system is one of the best I have encountered in a metro area within the United States. Of course we would be remiss if we did not remember the passage of the Interstate Highway bill by the Eisenhower administration which was the start of the freeway system within the United States.

    I am stepping down from my soapbox now and ending my rant. Please forgive this sarcastic curmudgeon.


    1. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Philip. Many of the bad drivers are in cars with Arizona license plates. It is true, of course, that many of those moved here from elsewhere in the US.

      I have no answer other than individual responsibility. The line from Everybody Loves Raymond that “Bill Babowsky” likes to quote seems relevant, “Others, Raymond. Others.”


      1. The best line about “others” comes from the play/movie “Arsenic and Old Lace” when the nephew Mortimer discovers his two elderly aunts have been poisoning elderly gentlemen visitors and burying them in the cellar: “Others! You mean more than one others?”


  2. Please note that today, the Fox News Autos editor, Gary Gastilu posted that the best car he drove in 2020 was the 2020 Corvette, saying that for him it exceeded expectations.


  3. We have a Jack-in-the-Box near our house, so we learned about their tacos. Then one day we stopped at Burger King across the street and found they had tacos on the menu. They were much better, in both our opinions, than Jack-in-the-Box. This weekend, we went to the B-K drive-thru to pick up tacos to take home. They don’t have them anymore.
    What I really miss, though, from the upper Midwest is Taco John’s. Their Taco Bravo is my favorite, a beef taco with hard shell wrapped with a burrito shell that’s been “spread” with refried beans.


  4. I have found that traffic in general has gotten ridiculous, no matter the location. When I first came to metro Atlanta, 1980, the main Interstate thru downtown was 2 lanes each way. Now, 4-6 lanes each way and usually a parking lot. I have driven in many major cities, including Phoenix, and for my money the worst by far was LA. Worse than what are normally considered terrible: NYC, Boston, DC. It was like the rule book wasn’t even glanced at by most drivers. Turn signal? GTFOH. Common courtesy? Ditto. Cut across 3 lanes of traffic because that’s where I need to turn? Would happen at least 3 times on a 15 mile commute to the job site.The 4 months I spent driving in Phoenix were paradise compared to LA.

    As someone who rides a motorcycle, a lot, I’ve had to be aware of EVERY driver near me. The best piece of advice ever given to me was; keep your head on a swivel. Look thru the car in front of you, to the car in front of them. Watch your mirrors every few seconds while in traffic. Watch the car beside you in case they start coming into your lane. Watch oncoming traffic in case something happens on that side that will affect your side.
    These are also good recommendations for car drivers also.

    People in general also seem to be more impatient and aware only of themselves. Add in the distractions most add to their drive, be it cell phones, grooming, stuffing a cheeseburger down, or fiddling with an entertainment system, and many people end up with the driving skill of a drunk teenager. What most call an accident, aren’t. They are an avoidable crash that if all parties were using due diligence, would not have happened. An accident is something so extraordinary, like a meteor hitting your car, that there is zero chance of avoiding it.

    (climbs off soapbox, kicks it into the corner)


      1. The way the world is today, I should probably put a recliner on that soapbox, as I find myself on it more often than I want to be.

        Maybe I’m just turning into more of a curmudgeon than I was.


      2. I think a lot is wrong with the world and it’s OK to point it out. I think it’s unrealistic, though, to expect perfection from people, none of whom is perfect. It would be nice, though, if people strove to get better.


  5. On the topic of tacos, Tacos from a fast food location, such as Jack in the box, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc. are not tacos, they are just fast food…….maybe. For real tacos go try one of several locally owned Mexican food restaurants. Try several until you find the ones you like. Tacos can be served several different ways, so try many types, hard shell, soft shell, ground beef, machaca beef, etc. Someburros is a locally owned Mexican food restaurant with multiple locations with good fast food. I do NOT recommend their tacos, just their other dishes. Or, make your own as Old El Paso has a good corn shell tortilla for tacos. Then make your own beef, seasoned your way with lettuce shreds, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, diced green onions and whatever else you desire on your taco. Recipes available upon request.


    1. DSFDF…I REALLY like Jack In The Box tacos, always have, always will. I used to like making tacos at home, but my patience for cooking has virtually disappeared.

      At DDM’s recommendation, my wonderful wife and I tried Filiberto’s. We both liked the food and I liked the tacos as the shredded beef filling was smoky and not spicy. I REALLY dislike spicy food and my body does as well. We have a saying around here: Spicy and red and I might end up dead. I will spare readers the details of what happened to me when I ate Sloppy Joes from Snippers Kitchen in NYC.


      1. Glad that you also enjoyed Filibertos. Last March when I was driving back from San Diego I was debating with myself about stopping to buy a sack full for my journey. However given the wide array of places being shutdown due to the virus, I decided that wouldn’t be a prudent plan. I think I would have ended up in the same shape you found yourself after the Sloppy Joes; doing the “green apple two step”.


      2. Thou shalt eat what thy body will allow. Filiberto’s is an acceptable substitute for JIB. We have none of those locally owned in Tucson.


      3. As I have mentioned before, the “universe” of places where I can eat grows smaller by the year as restaurants seem to be in competition as to which one can serve the spiciest food.


  6. Love the Grand Prix photo. I do agree the 1967 had a lovely face. For whatever reason, 1967 was the only year Pontiac offered a convertible Grand Prix. Of course, in 1969 the model moved off the full size B chassis to the G (modified A), at a time when convertibles waned in popularity.


    1. Good to hear from you, sir, and glad you’re fond of the photo. As you and other regular Disaffected Musings readers know, I have quite the affinity for Pontiac.

      The comments/views ratio today is among the highest in the history of this blog. I guess bad drivers, food and Pontiac make for good comment fodder.

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