The Army Dude, my friend Lynette and I visited Old Tucson Studios in the middle of the Saguaro National Park . It's a little bit of Hollywood in the middle of the desert, which was a lot of fun for an old movie buff like me. Our tour guide, pictured above - a nice guy from Cape Cod - told us tales of the heyday of Old Tucson Studios, when John Wayne and Clint Eastwood made movies there. It's still a working studio, but not as many movies are made there nowadays.
I was concerned that the Army Dude and his mother, being fair-skinned Irish/English people, would get sunburnt, so I fussed over them and lectured them on the use of sunscreen. Of course, you know what's coming. The only one who got burnt was the brown person - me. The sunburn is really only on my shoulders, but I didn't hear the end of it for the rest of the day.
I bought this awesome necklace at a shop at the studio. I met, the artist, an Apache guy who was super nice. Next thing I knew, I had the necklace on and I was in love. Yes, I spent too much money on it, and yes, I will be an old lady pushing my shopping cart down the road, but I will be doing it in a fabulous necklace and that's what matters.