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I know that Tucson, AZ probably doesn’t get a lot of good press, but this is a way hip town.  Filled with retirees and a definite lack of hipsters, it’s like a time capsule of midcentury design.  No one’s bulldozed or taken over anything.   Plenty of awesome 50’s and 60’s buildings still stand, original everything, but sadly they’re not really being utilized.  Ripe for the picking, I say!   You can also tell that it’s a midcentury town because of all the strip malls – there is a downtown area, but mostly this town was built around the car (kinda like LA).

ohmygodtiki-0161We’ve driven past this place a million times and I always thought it was funny, but it was usually in the middle of the day and who wants to go to a bar then?  Too depressing.  Last night, filled with curiosity and with nothing to do, we stopped.

ohmygodtiki-036It was an honest-to-god Tiki Bar.  After asking around a bit, we found out that it had been built in 1962 and hadn’t changed a lick since then.  The drinks, the atmosphere, even the menu, has been exactly the same for the last 50 years.  And let me tell you (other than the fact that I don’t think it had been cleaned since 1962) it was AMAZING.

ohmygodtiki-018We also discovered that if you want anything to drink, it’s a scorpion.  Words cannot describe how potent this drink is.  Rum, gin, brandy and a hint of strawberry.  It was delicious, mind you, but about the size of my skull.

There was even a giant terrarium behind the bar that held a gigantic Nile Monitor Lizard.  When is the last time you went to a bar that had a resident lizard?

Here’s some more awesome pictures, just to give you a taste.

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*Update – they have a website!  Learn more at http://www.kontikitucson.com/*

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Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway.  We have two winners – Melissa wins the grand prize, and Ellen wins the runners-up prize!  As a way of saying thanks to everyone who threw their names in the hat, I’d like to send you a little something, so send me your address to enigmachck@gmail.com.  I’ll be getting in touch with everyone shortly!  I’ll let you know what they’ve won after they get their packages – I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

and the winner is...

and the winner is...

We went on an art adventure today, to a town in the middle of nowhere, Arizona called Tubac.  I’m not sure how it’s pronounced – it seems to differ depending on who you talk to.  It has a great history – it was the first European settlement in Arizona and was originally a fort of some sort.  If you look, it’s really quite close to Mexico.  It was a stop on the trail between the sea of Cortez and San Francisco.  Sure, there’s some pretty country in those parts.

Tubac, AZ

Tubac, AZ

The whole town used to be a bunch of awesome houses all stacked together with little courtyards and sidestreets, arranged sort of haphazardly, but they’ve now turned them into art galleries and shops where wares are proudly displayed on kitchen counters.  There’s a lot of your run of the mill touristy stuff, but there were also some really good things.  Like this steel dinosaur, for instance.  Yeah, I’m a geek  – I like dinosaurs.  I’ll admit it.

T-Rex Lives!

T-Rex Lives!

A very cool place to go if you’re ever in Southern Arizona.  We went to Tucson after that – no trip out of town is complete without a trip to In-N-Out.  I’ve never liked fast food burgers, but I’m pretty sure that I can blame at least 10 pounds of weight gain on the fact that we live close enough to drive to one.

When we were wandering around town, we discovered – a carnival!  One of the ones that moves around town on the back of semi trucks.  I’m terrified of them – I like to think that I’m of an adventerous sort, but I think that risking your life on something that is so easily transported is a seriously bad idea.  I do, however, love all the lights and such, so I got some great pictures.  Here’s a few of them (poladroided, of course)!

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Carousel

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

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Tomorrow I’ve got a great interview with Miss Tiffany Teske that I’m pretty excited about –  I hope you are too!

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