PHOENIX — We have been spending the week in Phoenix, of all places, where our son is on a Sacramento team participating in the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships. The tournament attracts teenagers from all over: Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Silicon Valley and so on.
The matches are indoors at the Arizona Convention Center, thank goodness. At 94 degrees this morning, Phoenix broke the highest low temperature on record. The high is expected to be 112 degrees.
I often visit Phoenix in March for baseball spring training, going to Giants’ and Cubs’ games. This time we went to a Diamondbacks’ game at Chase Field, within two blocks of our hotel. The dome opens for a fireworks show, but it is shut tight during the game to keep the temperature at 75 degrees.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to dominate the local headlines: “At 86, Joe Arpaio’s Senate run worries GOP voters. His response: Age means nothing.”
Another local headline this week was the 92-year-old woman who shot and killed her 72-year-old son because he wanted to put her in an assisted living facility. The sheriff found 13 guns in the home. Only 13, mind you.
Guns and Ammo magazine has named Arizona the best state to be a gun owner.
One hundred ways to beat the heat this time of year includes “get out of town.” We’re going to take a dip in the postage-stamp pool at the otherwise comfortable Westin Phoenix downtown hotel. Enjoy your weekend!