Greasewood Flat

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm
By: Doug Lund
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Christy had the day off for MLK Day so she picked up Linda early this morning..well, okay it was 8 O’clock but still. I’m not quite sure where they’re going  or what their plans are but I wouldn’t be surprised if they call later from the nearby Ft. McDowell Indian casino to say they weren’t making any money but having a lot of fun.  That’s fine with me since Linda, who hasn’t summoned up the courage to drive here yet, stays home while I drive off somewhere to play golf twice a week. And, the weeks are quickly passing by; less than two to go before pointing Big Red northeast and the long ride back to reality. I’m enjoying my quiet time alone in the house, though. It’s a pretty nice place. Not too expensive and there’s plenty of room for the two of us. Oh, what the heck..here’s the ten cent tour. Our condo is located in one of the oldest parts of Fountain Hills..which doesn’t mean much since the whole community is less than forty years old.

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 It’s not much from the outside except there’s a nice big tree out the front (only) door and a little patio that is just fine for both sunning and star gazing. Fountain Hills is a “dark” community; meaning there are no street lights. Some might say that’s a dangerous precedent but most here believe that beholding the heavens on a clear night without light pollution is worth the risk of being mugged or burgled in the dark.

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Our landlord, a great guy from Iowa, has provided for all our creature comforts fully furnishing the place including a couple of flat screen TV’s and wireless internet. Linda left the place so sparkling clean when our month was up last year, he waived both the security deposit and cleaning fee this time around.

Linda is going to say.."you didn't show that picture did you..with shoes by the counter and dishes in the drainer?"

Linda is going to say.."you didn't show that picture did you..with shoes by the counter and dishes in the drainer?"

Inside, the main floor consists of a small living room, kitchen and dining area; cozy, clean and comfortable.

I can still do Voice of Keloland stuff even when we're away.   A program allows me to record right onto the computer. To kill any background noise or echo, I sometimes drape that green comforter over my head. Looks stupid but it works.

I can still do Voice of Keloland stuff even when we're away. A program allows me to record right onto the computer. To kill any background noise or echo, I sometimes drape that green comforter over my head. Looks stupid but it works.

When Linda and I first started coming out here 15 years ago (a week back then.. not a month) everybody said we must experience the burgers and music at Greasewood Flat..a few miles from Scottsdale up in the mountains. The setting is outdoors and rustic and dang cold in January after the sun goes down even with the wood burning barrels going full blast.  It had been a long time since we’d been there so I surprised the girls with a return trip to Greasewood on Saturday afternoon.

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Didn't catch the name of the country music entertainer but he's been there since Grease wood was still in the middle of nowhere instead the middle of a housing development which it is now.

Didn't catch the name of the country music entertainer but he's been there since Grease wood was still in the middle of nowhere instead the middle of a housing development which it is now.

 

Lots of bars have dollar bills stuck on the ceiling..but I've never seen quite this many. Thousands and thousands of them which just might tempt some of the dubious clientele who frequent the joint.

Lots of bars have dollar bills stuck on the ceiling..but I've never seen quite this many. Thousands and thousands of them which just might tempt some of the dubious clientele who frequent the joint.

 

No burgers for us this time just a couple adult beverages and a satisfied smile from my girls, Linda and Christy, for a most pleasant afternoon.

No burgers for us this time just a couple adult beverages and a satisfied smile from my girls, Linda and Christy, for a most pleasant afternoon.

I’m still pretty much of an idiot when it comes to computers which is to say I accidentally erased a bunch of your comments again from my last blog. Sorry.

Ooops, the tranquilly of my quiet morning has suddenly been shattered by the roar and metallic banging of garbage trucks in the alley and the annoying buzz of Spanish powered leaf blowers out my window. Suddenly I’m feeling homesick for the comforting and familiar sound of neighborhood snow blowers being fired up at all hours and the sight of them shooting great white streams of freshly fallen snow into the crisp air of a South Dakota winter. Well, sort of.

12 Comments

  1. Kevin says:

    Nice place!!! Good times!!! Cold drinks and great looking gals!!! What more could you ask for………….

  2. BUD & CAROL says:

    THE DOLLAR BILLS REMIND US OF A TRIP TO SEE THE WILD(?) BURROS OF OATMAN, AZ A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. THE RESTAURANT IN THE HOTEL HAS THE SAME THING INCLUDING THE CEILING. ALSO DECENT FOOD AND NOT OVERPRICED.

  3. Char says:

    I enjoy reading your blogs about all things regarding Sioux Falls and beyond its borders. I miss Steve’s blogs, as he hit the nail on the head….for most subjects. Controversy sells, and I certainly hope that Steve’s computer keys do not stay silent. After all, there is a multitude of events just waiting for his comment/opinion- Think Palin and Pawlenty! Yikes!

  4. Rick Jensen says:

    Doug,

    I just happened upon this blog and am compelled to thank you from 3,000 miles and 30 years away.

    Working at 13KELO radio, you took an interest in my career as you did with most of the new reporters at KELO-TV. Thing is, I was a young DJ with reporting experience. I never did take your advice to get into TV and still appreciate the opportunity even though radio is my true professional love. Doug, I’m still having an incredibly rewarding career in radio, having added Voiceover work with quite the home studio. Your advice on digging for the elements that make a story meaningful to people has stuck with me and you are certainly one of the reasons this talk show host has picked up so many AP and Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalist awards. Thank you for your guidance.

  5. Doug Lund says:

    Rick Jensen is pretty generous with his comments but the truth is he is one of those gifted guys who has found success in radio through his own talent, tenacity and hard work. Read more about him by clicking on his web site bio
    http://www.wdel.com/jensen.php

  6. Sweeps says:

    I thought I’d seen a lot, but I’ve never seen dollar bills on a bar’s ceiling. Peanut shells on the floor, but never dollar bills. Can someone explain that for me? Thanks!

  7. Jolene says:

    Enjoying blog #402 as much as the 401 before! :) Enjoy AZ!

  8. TheBigB says:

    Doug: Enjoyed your post. Without going into a lot of detail unless you want me to, I can now tell you that your blog is the only reason I visit keloland.com any more.

  9. Bud Sliiter says:

    DON’T KNOW HOW THE DOLLAR BILLS GOT THERE BUT THEY WERE THERE AS THE WALLS WERE PRETTY WELL FILLED.

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  11. Muchos Gracias for your blog post.Much thanks again.

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