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Phoenix, AZ

When she told me she had never traveled outside of California, I was completely taken aback. We flew her to Arizona in short order, and with great timing. There was plenty going on this weekend, and I was excited to show her that we’re more than just a giant desert. Picking her up from Sky Harbor Airport shortly after 8:30 PM, we had a quick dinner and settled in for the night. In the morning, we grabbed breakfast at Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe and made our way into Downtown Phoenix for the Chinese New Year Festival.

We ended up missing most of the performances due to being witnesses to a very bad accident. A car making a left turn across traffic hopped up the curb and hit three pedestrians. My immediate action was to turn our car around, block the scene with it, and protect the injured. Unfortunately, the medkit I was carrying didn’t have much in the way for treating broken bones. Observing the scene, all injured were responsive and coherent, and I determined triage priority two and three for the three of them. Priority two had a compound tibia fracture, and was making quite a lot of noise. Through the crowd, a Starbucks barista emerged with her green apron in hand, and using it, attempted to apply a tourniquet to that man’s injury. A tourniquet… for a fracture? Regardless, PD and Fire arrived to provide proper crowd control, and medical treatment and transportation. After giving an officer a quick interview, we were on our way.

After the festival, we decided to relax for a bit before heading out to Wasted Grain in Scottsdale, as Jimmy Gnecco was performing. It was the first time for both of us in that venu. It was amazing to see what they did with what seemed like an old auto shop. After the show, we made our way to a little sushi bar up the street called Kyoto at the Waterfront. I found myself amused by the drink menu’s anime references. Before the night was over, I wanted to make sure I shared the SRP Arizona Falls showcase art exhibit with her.

The next morning, I took her to the Arizona Science Center as they were featuring an exhibit on Pompei that we both wanted to see. The artifacts that had been recovered were absolutely stunning, and it was nothing shot of awe inspiring to experience them first hand. We saw everything from statues to figurines, pottery and flatware, artwork, and even food. All things considered, the most sobering moment was at the end of the exhibit where there were castings of the deceased were on display.

Naturally, we opted for Korean BBQ and more sushi for dinner. We went to OhYa in Scottsdale before heading home. When the morning came, we grabbed breakfast at Even Stevens before I dropped her off at the airport, and after leaving her with long goodbyes, I drove home reflecting on one of the most eventful weekends I’ve ever had.

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