Sarah and I came to Phoenix to visit her father, who is being treated for an unpleasant chronic illness. Since coming, I’ve had several reminders of how different life is here than in Washington.

  • There was a pawn shop we passed which included a sign advertising firearms, and specified that they were a great place to buy an AK-47.
  • We went to one of the two Kosher grocery stores, and after a while we were able to get the attention of the proprietor – they had lots and lots of room for shelves, but not that much stuff on them. They also had lots of different varieties of sweet wine, and a couple of dry wines.
  • We went to Wal-Mart to get the makings of a kosher kitchen, and that really struck me: Wal-Mart gets a lot of hate from pretty much everybody in DC, but it cost us about $100 to get everything we needed even down to the color-coded dishes, flatware, and knives.
  • There are a lot of folks who ride motorcycles without helmets.

About thegameiam
I'm a network engineer, musician, and Orthodox Jew who opines on things which cross my path.

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