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  • hardie karges 6:04 pm on June 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amtrak, Arizona, , ,   

    LA at Midnight, Tucson by Morning… 

    IMG_2475Thumpity thump thump thumpity thump thump thumpity thumpity thumpity thump thump, thumpity thump thump thumpity thump thump thumpity thumpity thumpity thump thump, thumpity thumpity thumpity thump thump thumpity thumpity thumpity thump thump…

    “Man with a plan don’t play with no band just me and these hands and a few hundred fans who never hesitate to step up and donate, so please don’t wait, I get off at the next gate…”

    The guy on the Metro ‘Red Line’ is playing a tune, using only his hands, and the long metal walls of the subway car, in a style probably best described as rap, early style, long before hip-hop, long before the progeny and the misogyny and the world-wide knock-offs as appropriate to local milieu… (More …)

    • esther Fabbricante 9:40 pm on June 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Too deep for me.

    • hardie karges 10:00 pm on June 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, no more deep stuff, I promise…

    • davekingsbury 10:21 pm on June 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh I like deep … travel writing with a free-wheeling Kerouac style spiritual dimension still has a way to go – surface not even scratched – and is always up my alley, done v well here, keep up the g work!!!

      • hardie karges 8:14 pm on June 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, sir, thank you thank you thank you… there is no higher compliment than Jack K…

  • hardie karges 4:10 am on December 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, radio,   

    Radio Free Tucson: KXCI 91.3 FM, “no static at all”… 

    img_1297In this day on Internet everything, radio broadcasts may seem a bit old-fashioned, but Justin Kesha don’t know it yet, then know it now: community radio is the hottest ticket in town for modern indie vibes and world tribes. Kanye see Beyoncé force-fed smoke-and-mirror music that dominates the Big Biz of Entertainment, Inc? Try…

    Where else will you hear live music on the radio? We all know the answer to that question. So I need to give a ‘shout-out’ to KXCI-Tucson for making life livable there, in what sometimes seems like a redneck cow-town with too many cowboys and not enough hippies. But that could change… (More …)

  • hardie karges 2:32 pm on July 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, , ,   

    It’s Official: Hypertravel Hostel Says Goodbye—for now… 


    Socializing at Hypertravel Hostel

    Well, score one for divine intervention. The last thing I expected a short two months ago, when the sale of my historic house/hostel/dream-crib in Tucson, AZ fell through after six months of ‘due diligence’ on the part of a certain buyer, who was dedicated to the proposition that homeless people need lunch…

    …was that an entirely new sale would be complete by now. The first sale was cancelled not due to city rules and regs, BTW, rather due to the actions of disgruntled neighbors who’d rather shut down the neighborhood than help the hapless homeless—did I mention that the affected group was specifically homeless women? Tucson has a mean streak; it’s true…

    So it’s been a long hard road (actually not so long and not so hard, either), the better part of two years, but all good things must come to an end, and if there’s a happy ending, then the story must be a good one. Even though I thought I wanted a flagship hostel as the template for many others, what I really needed was a ‘starter hostel’ to test the feasibility of an essentially European institution in Mainstream Amerika, and the results are… (More …)

  • hardie karges 3:03 pm on February 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, ,   

    Winter for Summer… 

    Bi-Polar Vortex? As temps in Tucson top 86f/30c, I guess it’s time to get ready for summer… or close the sale of this house…

    • Esther Fabbricante 4:19 pm on February 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Are you moving back to California?

      • hardie karges 5:17 pm on February 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe; depends on who is elected President 🙂 First I close on this house in April, then I look for a Buddhist temple…

  • hardie karges 4:04 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, , Tribes,   

    Mission Indians, Casino Indians; Life on the Rez, Life in the City…… 


    San Xavier del Bac on the Tohono O’odham ‘rez’ near Tucson

    The term “Mission Indians” usually refers to the widely scattered groups in California, who were more or less rounded up and attached, if not outright enslaved, to the missions founded by Junipero Serra along California’s famous camino real to San Francisco, a term which includes the Luisenos, Gabrielenos, Diegenos, and Juanenos, named after the missions they were attached to. These were relatively fragmented groups ripe for the kind of ‘civilizing’ activities that Serra and his cohorts specialized in: farming and herding and other forms of forced labor.


    But the term could almost just as easily be applied to the missions and their resident populations in Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico, with only a few differences: for one thing, the populations here in Arizona weren’t so fragmented, if still widely scattered, many being members of larger more cohesive groups. And for another thing they were organized by Padre Eusebio Kino, not Serra, with a somewhat better reputation for his milder treatment of his subjects, which included training in many arts and crafts, and a generally more humane treatment, that was controversial even at the time. (More …)

    • tom 2:24 pm on February 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      nice bit of history work! we Canadians did our share of indigenous cultural cleansing, as it is now named! our last residential school closed in 1996.where as in much u.s. states the children were forcefully taken from their families and “re-educated” many not seeing their families for years at a time. this pitted children against parents and their culture. these were the least of the destructive patterns that set in motion their cultural destruction. now the teen suicide rate in Canada is high, and indigenous teen suicide rate is 7 times higher than the national average………in Canada. this seems to have been the program followed in several of the colonized new world.

      • hardie karges 4:58 pm on February 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yep,sad story, indeed, as elsewhere, where consumption is our only cultural gift, and dreams are left to die or rot on the vine…

  • hardie karges 6:25 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, Hotel Arizona, , TV   

    Welcome to the Hostel Arizona… 

    IMG_0327Well, we’ve had some interesting guests in the Hypertravel Hostel and Old (Mexican) Boarding House here in Tucson, Arizona, but maybe none more interesting than the crew shooting a pilot for a proposed new TV show called ‘Hotel Arizona’ (I suggested ‘Hostel Arizona’, but they aren’t buying it). That’s the irony, of course, that they’re staying in an authentic Mexican turn-of-last-century boarding house, while shooting Tucson for Mexico, and probably using something far less authentic for the eponymous ‘Hotel Arizona’.

    IMG_0319I guess the script calls for adobe (true, it’s supposed to be a refugee crash pad on the not-so-underground railroad north from Guatemala, not a spiffy showpiece like mine). And that’s the beauty of my hostel, really, isn’t it, that it can almost magically and easily morph into one guise or another, according to the desires and demands of a populace attuned to its own tastes, not necessarily mine?

    That means that in one year it’s been a hostel, a B&B, a vacation rental, an event location and more. Ironically, the idea I had in mind in the beginning—a hostel—is not the idea I finally had when I still meant to keep it, which was to indeed make it into a historical masterpiece, as location for events, including film shoots. But alas and alack, day late and a dollar short, that will not likely happen now that I’ve found a buyer for the place who wants to open a women’s shelter.

    IMG_0322The house itself is not happy about this turn of events, of course. He keeps giving me this look like (in breathy voice), “I coulda’ been a contenderrrrr….”

    “You are a contender, ‘bro,” I reassure him telepathically. “It’s just that there’s more to life than fame, you know?”

    Silence. “I suppose you’re right. You’re always right, smart-ass.” Pause. “We’re BFF’s, ain’t we, hombre?”

    “Yeah, man, we’re BFF’s. You know that.” He loves text talk.

    That should keep him happy until closing time, with no unforeseen circumstances. He’s taking it better than I am, truth be told. It’s all quite sad, except for one thing: this is the first year in almost forty that I haven’t crossed a border. Yeow! We’ll have to do something about that; stay tuned…

    • Esther Fabbricante 10:12 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What’s next in your adventurous life?


      • hardie karges 11:03 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        For you, Esther, I’ll give a sneak preview. Long-term: It depends on who is elected President, Short-term: it starts with a ‘T’… stay tuned…

  • hardie karges 5:35 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, , , , vacation rrental   

    Vampire Weekend(s), or 5 Reasons to Never Rent your Home to Millennial (Republicans)… 

    Aftermath: counting the damage

    Aftermath: counting the damage

    (continued from previous)…

    Somehow I survived the night and entered my house at ten in the morning—normal checkout time—and caught the last man out, high fives for sympathetic magic and I surveying the interior for any possible damage—none. I dodged a bullet. But what about the other booking that I have pending in two weeks? He already indicated that it wasn’t the two people as originally indicated, but in fact more—’no more than ten or twelve’ he assured me. What should I do? 

    But that’s a glitch right there, and cause for concern. So I e-mail him and inquire the final number of lodgers and initiate my pitch that if the plan is to party, then he should make other arrangements. There is an awkward e-mail silence of several days, and I am at the point of canceling his booking, when he finally responds that there will be twelve people, and that they’re all ‘young professionals’ (as opposed to riff-raff, by implication). (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 6:14 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, my goodness!! And no, I didn’t know you were selling your house. What then?

    • Esther Fabbricante 6:17 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know if my reply went through. I said, “Oh my goodness!:


    • hardie karges 6:31 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Probably be here much, if not most of the winter, then re-visit options, looking at California…

      • Esther Fabbricante 7:02 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Interesting. California sounds like a good option.


    • David R 8:59 pm on November 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      MD 20/20? Didn’t know they still made that…

  • hardie karges 11:07 pm on October 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, , , , vacation rental   

    Vampire Weekend(s), or 5 Reasons to Never Rent your Home to Millennials… 

    Hypertravel Hostel

    Hypertravel Hostel

    I can still smell the after-shave, the cologne, the liquor, old-fashioned Las Vegas casinos (the day after), all the smells that I detest, manliness in a spray-can, just add spray-tan, stirred not shaken and ready for a night on the town, now more than a half day after the group left my house, or should we say: ‘the party’? That’s four days of my life that I’ll never get back.

    Back story: I operate a hostel cum rooming house cum ‘Air BnB’ cum ‘vacation rental’ in Tucson, AZ, aka ‘Hypertravel Hostel’, whatever pays the bills and pads the pocketbook, and lets me live another day without begging on street corners. Problem is that there really are very few travelers down in this neck of the woods except in winter, and even then, more hangers-on-and-around than actual x-country boogiers… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 11:31 am on October 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wishing you well!


  • hardie karges 9:29 pm on September 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arizona, Celsius, Fahrenheit, , , ,   

    Hypertravel Hostel News: Good-bye Summer! High Time for Travelers in Tucson… 

    Hypertravel Hostel, Tucson

    Hypertravel Hostel, Tucson

    Right now it’s 99f/37c degrees in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and counting: 99.1, 99.2, 99.3, etc. Bottom line: it’ll probably hit 100f before the day is over, which is significant for a couple reasons, 1) It’s the first 100f day of September, and 2) It’ll probably be the last 100f day of the year, إن شاء الله

    To say the least: Tucson is one hot mother, and that 100f threshold is one convenient standard, maybe TOO convenient. I mean: this is a city that gets almost 100 of them per year, and that is the stuff of fame, or rather infamy, so I use 40 Celsius as a kinder and more sympathetic standard, ONLY 104f. That way the number of days go WAY down way fast, (Brit: rather a lot, and rather quickly)…

    Hypertravel Hostel: back view

    Hypertravel Hostel: back view, in January

    It’s a nice skill to have, too, to be able to convert temps from one to the other scale, far more useful as a hostel owner (Hypertravel Hostel) than any of the small handful of languages that I’m conversant in. After all, most foreigners don’t come to the US, at least not alone, unless they’re at least conversant in English, and once they do that, they sure don’t want to condescend to speak the native lingo with a gringo (call me ‘rhyme-a-dime’)…

    But temperature conversions are another thing. Almost no foreigners know Fahrenheit, except for a few older Canadians and Brits. The ablility to do rough sums in one’s head comes in handy then. The ability to withstand Tucson heat is another thing. You can have June and July. If I’m here next year, it won’t be in those months; that’s for sure… C U soon, I hope…



    • Esther Fabbricante 9:53 pm on September 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do you own this hostel? Looks nice. Hot in Brandon, too, but only 81f at 4:50 p.m. and forecast is 54f tonight. Will watch the MSU/LSU football game tonight on TV. Ole Miss is winning this afternoon over Fresno State – 49-14 so far.

  • hardie karges 1:35 am on November 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Algodones, Arizona, Calexico, , Mexicali, , Tecate,   

    4:20 from Yuma: 3 Borders, 2 Countries, 1 Day 

    Border at Algodones, Mexico

    Border at Algodones, Mexico

    8 a.m. I check out of my motel in Yuma, AZ, feeling bad. Yesterday had the pleasure of witnessing a German shepherd—under ICE commands—sniffing up a woman’s private parts for suspected infractions of unspecified rules and multifarious regulations, while itself committing gross violations of human dignity and self-determination. Yuk.

    8:30 a.m. I find Yuma’s ‘Old Town’, much nicer than I imagined, considering the border’s Nazi-like presence. The area is well-defined, with shops, a brewery (yes!) and the Golden Roadrunners Ballroom, like time travel, from the annals of my memory. I wish I’d discovered it last night—downtown, not the road-runners—but might’ve been a challenge, given the distance and lack of direction; and maybe a brew or two. I hear there’s a dispensary—meh. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 2:25 am on November 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Reading this was an education! I’m glad you are home, though.

    • hardie karges 5:13 pm on November 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Home? Now there’s a concept…

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