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

    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: , radio, Tucson   

    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 12:15 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cartels, Mafia, , San Diego, Tucson, Wat Metta   

    Jet-Lag Diaries: Mafia in Mexico, Satori in San Diego, Trumped in Tucson, WTF… 

    img_1276Sometimes I feel like an archaeologist of myself, periodically coming across a shard or shrapnel from my past of which I have no clue as to where it came from or why it’s there, in this case an unopened letter from twenty years ago containing my college transcripts, grades and such, my university report card signed sealed but never delivered, for reasons unknown, the six ‘w’s of life—what where when who why WTF—left unanswered but for the nagging clingings of consciousness…

    What was I considering studying: physics, microbiology, linguistics or anthropology? Whatever it was, I doubt it was philosophy, or religion, but I never did it anyway, never even applied, wherever it was, which ever it was, however I planned to pay for it, just a milestone of non-accomplishment, filed away for further consideration, flopping…

    …floundering in the bottom of a file cabinet, somewhere, filled with assorted floppy disks, CD’s, DVD’s and other period pieces that defined my lifestyle of the past two-three decades mostly unattended, from one storage unit to another, from one American city to another in hopes of a brighter later, so maybe now it’s time, since grades don’t expire, now, do they? (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 1:16 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “O, Mr. Karges, do you write?” I can hardly comprehend what I read – remarkable!

    • hardie karges 1:52 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      thank you, Esther, I try…

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

    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: , , Tucson   

    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: , , Tribes, Tucson   

    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 11:46 pm on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gem Show, , , Tucson   

    The Chinese Are Coming! It’s Hypertravel, Baby; Hostel, that is… 

    IMG_0416But they’re not manning warships and they’re not carrying guns. They’re doing business, of course, and cooking up a storm. You can do that at most hostels, at no extra charge, eat food just like Mama makes and maybe bring Mama along, too. All the ‘Air BnB’s in the world are no substitute for a good hostel, and VRBO’s don’t even count. Those aren’t ‘sharing economies’. Those are vanity economies, in which a group of uber-rich teenagers decide to rent a house for a rave, when most have never even signed a lease in their life, and many of us sellers are looking for a new lease on life. Caveat venditor…

    Hostels are the true sharing economy par excellence ab origine. You hang out with others, eat with others, and even sleep in the same room with others, if so inclined. And when those people come from all over the world, then you’ve got something pretty special. Unfortunately the USA has no hostel culture, of course, and little experience with them, not provided for in building codes and left to dangle and die for no certain reason. Some people seem to think they just aren’t American, I guess… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 12:14 am on January 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have reserved an AirBnB in Franklin, TN for May 4-9, for my family to help celebrate my 91st birthday. They are taking me to the Grand Ole Opry on May 6. There will be 11 of us.


    • hardie karges 12:43 am on January 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like fun, Esther; Happy 91!

    • Norbert 7:20 pm on January 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck for the future, Hardie! I had visited a number of Buddhist temples in Kyoto, about 10 years ago. Some of the rituals there strangely reminded me of what I remember from Catholic churches, like how the monks ceremoniously entered the place (of course, without the presence of a Christian-style altar).
      Besides, I have had some good to very good experiences with AirBnB, even a few interesting interactions with hosts. I think although cooperation with others and group consensus are very good ideas, putting individuals together in one place is not enough to get there. They also need to have the right mind-set and mentality. Alas, many of today’s (mostly Western) individuals are too much self-centered and focused on self-promotion, even in situations when they have nothing to gain from appearing “competitive” or “see how unique, interesting and important I am?” (like when in a hostel). This “market-conform” behavior has become a “second nature” to them, difficult or impossible to chase away. I guess the underlying problem is that the spreading of capitalism, especially in Europe and North America, was particularly easy under conditions of simultaneous conquest, colonialism and post-colonialism, which facilitated the development and incrustation of an “individual robber baron” mentality first among the big and small robbers themselves, then among those who objectively and/or subjectively benefited from their robbing activities, as the conquered and colonized were being marginalized or exterminated. Nowadays the world has become so small and crowded that unrestrained “help yourself and grab what you can” behavior is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain unless more and more violence (= “all against all”) is applied, again; and even “at home”, which exposes the uncivilized character of this approach more clearly than ever. An approach that may not even be close to functional, as evidenced by the Russian crash landing of the 1990ies. To some extent, China, where a party officially called “Communist” is still in power, seems to have skipped this ultimately illusory, individualistic phase of development, or, at least, dampened its excesses. On a much smaller scale, also Cuba is trying to get a soft landing, which was at least my impression during my 2000 visit there. We’ll see if this is the last word of history…. (well, of course there is no last word in history).
      How about opening a hostel in La Habana, in a “collectivist” country? C U there…. (Just kidding)

      • hardie karges 7:22 pm on January 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thx, Norbert, things getting crazy here now, full house in a couple days… (I agree with most of what you say, BTW)… 🙂

  • hardie karges 6:25 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hotel Arizona, Tucson, 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 9:26 pm on December 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Tucson   

    Tale of 3 Cities—High-Tech San Fran, Skid-Row LA, Tucson not-so-Hostel 

    700 N. 7th

    Hypertravel Hostel

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…so far like the present period…”–Dickens, Tale of 2 Cities  I think my house, aka ‘Hypertravel Hostel’, is mad at me—seriously. Since the day we signed the sales contract—poof! Something just went away at that moment, and may not come back. And since the closing date is still months away, this is no laughing matter. We still have to live together.

    Now I think the house is jinxing me—good time to travel.  When the sale of this house in Tucson is final, if I try to operate another hostel, I figure it’ll be in the Bay Area, the closest thing the US has to a true ‘gold rush’, what with dot-com companies finally coming of age and looking for permanent digs, having now outgrown the freshman dorm on the Silicon Valley campus and taking firm root in downtown San Francisco… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 12:25 am on December 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have visited San Fran twice and loved it – was only in LA briefly a couple of times. I do agree that I liked San Fran better – and then on to El Cerito, Palo Alto, Mission Viejo, Capistrano, San Diego, Escondido, Ontario, Lake Tahoe – all great!

      Phoenix was exciting, too – and a brief visit to Scottsdale, and Sedona, etc. Good ole Brandon. A lazy town, laid back.


  • hardie karges 5:35 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Tucson, 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…

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