First Ripe Tomatoes Of The Season


The first ripe Tomato of the season! I’ve not ever had this much success growing tomatoes. These plants are growing like weeds and there’s at least 100 fruits on the vines so far. I think 1/2 of them will be ready for picking in the next few weeks. The Okra plants are really doing much better than expected. Unfortunately one of the tomato plants fell over on one of the okra plants breaking it in half. That’s OK, I will enjoy frying these babies up. The first of many cherry peppers has ripened. For some reason the bell peppers didn’t germinate, I’m going to try planting them again. 

Legend City

Legend City was Arizona’s answer to Disneyland, a western version of Disneyland if you like. It was open from 1963 to 1983 and located near the Phoenix and Tempe border. Now in that same spot stands SRP’s headquarters (SRP is the Salt River Project, one of the Utility companies in AZ). They spent millions of dollars on the place but it apparently didn’t work out in the end. Was the place to small (58 acres) or did no one want to go to a theme park in the Arizona summer heat (110 degrees)?

I was less than 10 years old and don’t remember much of it. My main memory is of bumper cars. I recently found the Legend City website with all kinds of photos and it brings the memories back. The Lost Dutchman mine and the Legend City Rail Road all come to mind now.

Wallace & Ladmo performed at Legend City. A icon for kids growing up in the valley during their 36 year run, making them the longest running daily show in history. They aired on Channel 5, the first TV station in Phoenix. I watched them every morning before going to school and saw every singe Tom & Jerry cartoon they ran. Ladmo (Ladimir Kwiatkowski) died in 1995 thus ending the show. I might have even been on that show once, but can’t recall.

There’s been rumors for a long time that another theme park was going to open near Phoenix but nothing built yet. 

Sign A Oath, or No Ticket For You!

I was meaning to post this on friday when I saw it in the paper but couldn’t find a link to it online. Now I can. “Some would-be spectators hoping to attend Vice President Dick Cheney’s rally in Rio Rancho this weekend walked out of a Republican campaign office miffed and ticketless Thursday after getting this news: Unless you sign an endorsement for President George W. Bush, you’re not getting any passes.”

Rio Rancho is in New Mexico. Are they so desperate that they have to resort to this or are they just clueless? Or is it they just can’t handle to heat by just having supporters at the event.