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Photo(s) of the Day: Things you don’t have to do very often in Arizona

Feb 27, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

I got to Goodyear Ballpark just after 8AM this morning to find the groundscrew having to deal with a soaking wet tarp.  Note the giant pool just beyond shortstop:

Not something that happens very often in the desert I imagine.  The trick: to rip that thing off the infield fast enough so that the pool doesn’t move to the infield dirt, which would make Asdrubal Cabrera‘s life difficult this afternoon.  OK men, grab some tarp and … ready … sprint!

Victory!  Now the pool is in shallow left, where drains will presumably make it go away before I hit “post.”

Last night’s rain notwithstanding, driving around Phoenix these past few days, I’ve been struck by how utterly unnatural it is for five or six million people to live in a desert. Seeing green grass at office parks or golf courses is downright disturbing. Even taking a shower makes me feel self-conscious.  This water should not be here and otherwise would not be but for the desire of human beings to live where Mother Nature made it inhospitable to do so.

I can’t decide if the existence of modern metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona is a shining testament to the human spirit or an impressive display of man’s folly.

  1. Angelos - Feb 27, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Oh, Arizona will be a ghost state and Vegas will be a ghost town within 20-30 years.

    Utterly unsustainable. Did you notice all the abandoned cul-de-sac projects as you flew in?

    • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      Damned right. Drains my sagging antique nates. You’ll strike China faster than the aquifer if you go drilling under Penix these days. By the time that puddle in short left meets the water table, it’ll be wine. And sour wine at that. Even the horned toads have been offering to sweep the tavern floors for a drink. Those poor bartenders can’t adjust to all those voices coming from nowhere, either.

  2. Bob Timmermann - Feb 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    The dream of making the desert bloom and be filled with people is not a new one. It dates back to the 19th Century in America. However, I don’t think that Edward Abbey would be a big fan of going to see games in the Cactus League now.

    • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM

      No, but he’d be a big fan of blowing up some dams to get a few seeds restarted.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    I’d like to take a poll, by the way. All of you who believe that Craig got really got up in time for an 8 AM tarp rolloff, raised your hands.

    • yankeesfanlen - Feb 27, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      The timeline between posts seems okay and he seemes to have been done arguing with chrisny in time to make it to the ballpark.I’ll be doing a research project soon if this chrisny character doesn’t shut up aboiut the Metropolitans. They’re poor, the Universe is rich, deal with it.

      • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        Might be an adolescent emanation of Fiorentino, or a Fiorentino wannabe. Boy, that’s rough to conceptualize either way. Those Flushing-Main Street station pretzels will go down swinging at your Metamucil milkshakes, but they’re still a long way from wreaking the kind of broad spectrum havoc on your arteries that a horrible horsemeat and Velveeta sandwich will.

        Or maybe he’s just delusional by nature, has watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest too many times and has transposed the Mutts into Randle Patrick McMurphy’s world series rant. Let’s face it, our beloved BC is not characteristic. He is unusually lucid and stable for a contemporary Mutts fan – which, of course, is really saying something in itself.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Feb 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Craig, on the outside photos, turn the aperature up a little, or better, the ISO down. Those point and shoots are notorious for thin contrast- if you can pump the ISO down to 80 you’ll get the good ol’ Kodachrome effect.

  5. goldstar4robotboy - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    [quote]This water should not be here and otherwise would not be but for the desire of human beings to live where Mother Nature made it inhospitable to do so.[/quote]Don’t mention water subsidies, and the federal gubmint’s role in building all those dams – the fiercely independent Arizonans don’t like it.

    • goldstar4robotboy - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      HTML fail.

      • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Use the redoubtable instead.

      • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Heh – they’re so redoubtable they don’t even show up. I mean these things – <

      • goldstar4robotboy - Feb 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        Rather annoying there’s no Preview or Edit functions.

      • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM

        We keep asking for it. They don’t give it to us because they fear that then we would be as powerful as the gods (ie, the suits at MSNBC) themselves. This, of course, has parallels in classical mythology.

  6. macjacmccoy - Mar 1, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    global warming doesnt exist thats why the last 2 winters have been the longest and coldest and snowiest in the last decade

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