Saturday, June 6, 2009

Adventures in Public Transportation

I recently had my first ever experience riding a city bus. How did this come about? Well, let's just say, certain circumstances left me stranded on one side of town without a vehicle while I needed to be on the other side of town. Cue: your tax dollars at work.

I have never known how the city bus system works but Chanda researched everything for me and told me where I needed to be and at what times, etc. and I was on my way... to adventure.

The whole thing was remarkably easy. I guessed that it probably would be considering some of the *ahem* kinds of people who tend to ride the bus. 'What kinds of people?' might you ask. Well, let me tell you. Almost every woman on there had, on average, around 6 piercings, 4 tattoos, and 3 teeth. The men must have slathered on heaping amounts of body odor before boarding because their scent perfumed the seats long after they had transferred to the next line. I'm personally glad it was just sweat and no other bodily fluids (that I knew of).

Anyway, about 30 min into my journey I heard the profane speech of an angered, dirty, meth-skinny male in his late 30s sitting a few seats behind me. His talk grew louder and louder and was soon a shout directed at a 20-something-year-old chica who was NOT about to let him talk to her that way. They began arguing loudly and both stood shouting in each other's faces while the girl's friend tried to pull her back down to her seat. The man said some unkind thing about the girl and next thing you know, she punched him in the face! I have to give the guy props for having the "decency" (not that any part of this fight was decent, however...) to remember that 'hitting girls isn't nice' and thus NOT retaliating. Anyway, the driver had to stop the bus and call the police... but none of this seemed to faze him. All in a day's work I guess.

The whole experience reminded me of the time I rode a Grehound from phx to tucson and sat between a transvestite and a guy who talked the entire tire time about every single place he's ever visited in the world. It was a culturally enriching experience.

Anyways, in all, the ride was quite enjoyable and entertaining so who knows, I might try it again sometime :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Gavin Family Reunion 2009

Grand Canyon style!
It was soooo much fun. Chanda & Brian planned the whole thing--thanks guys! We camped at Mather campgrounds for 2 1/2 days and rode the shuttle up and down the rim of the canyon. I'll just give a pictorial rundown of the happenings:

Friday night: set up camp


Carla & Aftynn, happy to camp :)

Carla & Brigham

Oh, please note the tent in the background of this (above) picture... it took FOREVER to set up! Which may be the reason why Jim is hiding his face in shame in this next pic:

I would too if I were him ;) jk Monica sure looks cute though!

Colton had ALL of the grandkids gathered around listening to him tell scary stories by the campfire. From what I heard... they were pretty scary


Sat morning: see the canyon, visit the um... visitor's center

The Canyon was indeed, quite Grand:

Me & Colton

Side note: 12 Kids age 10 and under + the Grand Canyon = many nervous mothers

Maci, Madison, & Elise

Brian, Treyton, Chanda [+baby], Elise, & Ethan

Sat afternoon: take cover


We didn't get very far with the touring before a storm rolled in. It was NUTS. The rain came down SO hard. Everyone ran for cover under this bus stop and waited to board the over-crowded shuttle back to camp.
It was also extremely cold. So much for Arizona in May.

Sat night:
Mom & Dad, Weston, Brenna & Cody, and Rocky arrived
(Sorry no pictures... I was tired!)

Sunday: pack up camp, see the Canyon for reals, drive home

We had to wait awhile for the shuttle
:

Treyton (creeped into this pic adorably), Brenna [+baby], Cody, Mom & Dad


Me, Brenna, & Cody


But the wait was totally worth it :)

Now in case you came to the Grand Canyon to see one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, here he is:
WestyBear: sexier than the Grand Canyon since 1990


And I swear, this picture was TOTALLY his idea:


Quite a lovely trip :) ...The End