Joe's old high school buddy, and my Tucson pool buddy were in town this weekend. We all ran each other ragged from Wrigley Field to Navy Pier and most spots in-between. We didn't waste their time on an actual Cubs game - we high tailed it to Bernie's for the post game madness. I'll save that adventure for another time. All I can say is: " Thank you, CTA for those marvelous 3 day passes. " Public transportation rocks. $10. beer at Millennium Park does not.
Having Joe's buddy here reminded me of a road trip we took with him in Arizona this Spring. What a contrast to the trip we took him on this weekend. On our way home from Bisbee, Arizona
he took us to a bar in Benson, AZ. - population about 4,000- and so off the beaten path that you have to know about it to get there - I'm not sharing how to get there (even if I could remember) as I don't want to encourage would- be tourists. It would wreck the ambiance at this joint. It's called the Arena Bar - so named as it is adjacent to the arena where the Benson rodeo is held and its liquor license allows the consumption of alcohol anywhere on the 9.7 acre property which includes the bar and party room and bleachers around the arena - fully equipped for roping, riding and tying.
The place probably looks the way it did back in the 60s - very old and a bit weary, a place where everybody knows everybody and is probably the best action in town. I want to go back someday and see if Cowboy John is still hanging out and if the dog is still roaming from customer to customer for a pat on the head. Somehow I think they will be. I hope tourists won't.
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