My friend Joe talked me into yet another photo safari to the real Arizona, this time focused on the mining towns to the east of Phoenix, mining towns that are not doing well economically and haven’t been for a long time. We first visited the fake “olde tyme” mining ghost town of Goldfield and then drove on to the real ghost towns of Miami and Globe up in the mountains. (The links take you to Google Maps.)
Goldfield is a fake ghost town where punters can go experience the Disney version of what it was like to live in a tiny mining town and—of course—eat chili. To be honest, apart from a row of rusted-out old cars and trucks that provide a lot of textures, it’s not very interesting.
An hour and a half or so outside Phoenix, Globe and Miami sit right next to each other, but for some historical reason Globe is still sort-of alive while Miami is dead and feels completely post-apocalyptic. Walking around in Miami, Ariz. makes you feel like you’re a character in The Road. This is not an exaggeration. Miami is creepy. People have taken to living in the downtown store fronts. A very few teenagers are walking around like zombies with baby carriages, smoking. Houses haven’t been painted for 50 years. The mountains loom over everything, rendering everything humans do insignificant. It’s as hard core as you can get with a smiling sun in a blue sky.
I’m not used to being an apocalypse tourist, so it was a bit hard to deal with.
But after all was said and done and we made it out without anybody killing us to eat our livers, I think some of the shots turned out pretty interesting.
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Posted Saturday, 25 February, 2012 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.