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Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
18th May 2008
Arizona: Standin' on a corner; Meteor Crater

Well, I'm a standing on a corner
In Winslow, Arizona
Such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowin' down to take a look at me

This morning I went from Flagstaff to the famous town of Winslow, Arizona, where I stood on a corner.  That's pretty much it for Winslow.  There is an old hotel, part of the Santa Fe railroad, where the railroad trains used to stop.  The hotel is La Pasanda, and was beautifully decorated.

I posed in Standing On A Corner Park, a small corner of an otherwise lifeless town that attracts idiot tourists like me, lured by the siren song and ending up being disappointed with everything beyond the park.


On the way to Winslow I called in at the Meteor Crater.  This is where a 145' iron meteorite  hit the earth 50,000 years ago. The hole was 700' deep but has filled-in over the years, but is still 60 stories deep.


This afternoon I descended from the Flagstaff peaks to Phoenix, and BOY is it hot here.  In just three hours it went from warm to boiling.  Even now, at 9pm, sweat is dripping.  I am dreading the sunshine tomorrow.




A note about the radio


Today's diary is quite quiet so I will mention the radio.  As part of a road trip, I listen to the radio a lot, so it is actually an important part of my day.  I must say that US stations do indeed do classic rock very well.  They don't, however, do dance music very well at all, at least not in the South West.  I found a station today called Energy, describing itself as "Arizona's dance beat". Their take on today's Arizona dance scene was a string of European Union-originating hits from the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Some were as old as 1996 if my memory servers correctly; l several I have on vinyl, and some were part of my core set from back in my DJ days.  As, the memories.

I've also noticed that radio stations are like a brand that can be repackaged for different cities.  All they do is change the name and the frequency, and everything else is the same, even down to the guy doing the voice-overs.  Remarkable.

Nation Public Radio, a set of current affairs and classical music stations, is wonderful.  Interesting discussions without adverts, hurrah!

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