The Guilty Party

Friday, April 7, 2017

Meet my new blog: Putz o' the Week

Putz: Yiddish for dickhead

Sketches is dedicated to uplifting side of life. Travel, discovery, art, literature, food, that sort of thing. But as you can tell from the irregular nature of my posts, there are times when I am at a loss when it comes to fresh subject matter. The solution demanded a blog of its own. A blog that focuses a spotlight on a public person, typically one involved in government or is otherwise trying to influence our lives for their own personal profit and who end up disgracing themselves and diminishing the world around them.

There, I am sure you will agree, is a bottomless well from which to dredge up weekly subject matter. Sad, but true.

And so I introduce my new blog, Putz o' the Week. The first installment, April 7, 2017, features Arizona's own very junior Senator Jeff Flake. I'm sure he is thrilled at the honor and eagerly anticipating the presentation of his Putz o' the Week certificate, which he will receive at his next town hall meeting. In other words never, since the putz is bound and determined not to put himself into a situation where he has to answer difficult questions in public.

If I was him I think I'd feel the same way.

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum

Creepy, eh?

But let's face it, anytime you put the words "Arizona" and "Desert" in the same phrase, sidewinders and diamondback rattlers are bound to come to mind. And sure enough, the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum has a selection of snakes, lizards and other less than cuddly desert fauna for you to see and marvel at. I'm sure they are there with the intention of giving us a better understanding and appreciation of these scaly wonders of nature, but honestly, for many of us they do not bring forward the need to linger.

Which is not to say you shouldn't go to the ASDM to see them, because you should. We did recently and we had a marvelous time. I mean it was way too hot, especially for March, but I hear there's something called Climate Change that might have something to do with that and as far as I can tell it isn't the fault of the nice folks at the museum, so we did not hold that against them.

Mostly, we came for the birds. We like birds. And the ASDM puts on a dandy show called Raptor Free Flight that is worth planning a day around, even if it is unseasonably hot. Although who can say what constitutes unseasonable anymore, what with Climate Change and all. But enough about that.

Here are the birds.

 Harris's Hawk
 Barn owl
 Grey hawk
 Chihuahuan raven

Great horned owl

Along with these beauties, we found a few less imposing but still photo worthy birds.

 Broadbilled hummingbird
 Cactus wren (Arizona's state bird)
Stellar's jay

And, wouldn't you know it, we couldn't get out of there without spending some quality time with a reptile or two. Cuddly? No. Flightless? You bet. But patient as can be when getting a portrait done.

A Bit About Me

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I am a writer with a longtime interest in photography. I'm a dad, husband, photographer, and not very good guitarist. My first novel, Boomerang, is available in both paperback and ebook form at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and As a matter of fact, my second novel, The Baer Boys, can be found at exactly the same places.