It's not as cold here in Tucson as some parts of the west right now (i.e., Salt Lake City where it’s supposed to get to -3 tonight) and there’s no snow ... but it’s plenty cold. According to the local newspaper, early Monday morning it got as low as 21 degrees -- a record for January 14; early this morning it got down to 17, also a record. Everyone at Davis Monthan Air Force Base FamCamp where we are staying must be running electric heaters to combat the chill because the electricity gave out for a bit this morning.
It’s projected to get up into the 70s this weekend, so until then we’re doing indoor activities. Yesterday we saw “Argo,” the Ben Affleck film about a real, crazy and successful CIA scheme that got six US Embassy employees out of Iran during the 1980s hostage crisis that kept other embassy employees imprisoned for 444 days. Very good -- tense but, in parts, funny. Afterwards we went shopping for a new electric space heater. Home Depot was actually all out.
Today we had lunch at a brew put Jim likes called Barrio Brewing. Just as we got there a water pipe broke (because of the cold, the manager told us), sending a waterfall over one of the doors. Fortunately the water gushed over the exit and not the entrance, because it really did happen almost simultaneous with our arrival. Then I dragged Jim to two thrift stores because I have a plan to buy my clothes in second hand shops (which could get derailed when I go shopping in SLC with my daughter). Then we stopped at a a place called “BevMo” that sounds like an abbreviation of my name a la JLo, but is a beer/wine store.
Kind of mundane, but fun. And as I write, we're back in the rig staying warm.