One of my favorite people is visiting this week
Please welcome Ryan McAlpine. He’s pretty excited to meet you.
Ryan and I met on The Producers, which happened to be each of our first tours, and then slogged through the purgatory of Wizard of Oz together. Touring on a rough show can be made better by sharing headphones in a bus station en route to Niagara Falls.
I started Ryan’s visit in Tucson with a search for housing since I’ll be officially homeless as of August 1 and have yet to rectify that situation. One of my potential living options was out in the desert on a dirt road and required me to drive (and shift) my old truck with one hand while getting very sketchy confusing directions over the phone that I held in the other hand. It’s not a situation I’d recommend, especially when the apartment turns out to be a disappointing trifecta of small, dark and remote.
The morning improved over breakfast, as it so often does…
Elvis waffles. Peanut butter, bananas, bacon and maple syrup. Oh, yes.
After which we went up to Sabino Canyon. We rode the tram all the way up and walked the 4 miles back down
and I took pictures of Ryan taking pictures of cactus
We had planned to check out the sunset at Gates Pass but the sky cracked open and dumped a buckets of rain instead
So we just caught the sunset reflected in windows as we drove to dinner.
We tried to eat at Mi Nidito but they had an hour wait at 8pm on Sunday night. So we opted for El Charro where there was no wait but I’d classify our dinner as mediocre. There’s probably a lesson there… I didn’t even bother to take pictures but I promised him better Mexican food before he leaves.
I’m looking forward to a chill out week with him before he flies off to join Les Miserables.
(And I’m still looking for a place to live so if you have a furnished place available in Tucson, call me!)