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Friday afternoon, I got word that the t-shirt order I'd orchestrated for the March for Science was ready to be picked up. I was reminded how nice it is to generally not have to drive in Phoenix. But I'm pleased with how they turned out:

Shirts for the 2018 March for Science
Shirts for the 2018 March for Science

Saturday morning, I made it to the Phoenix farmer's market before heading over to the March. There was no apricot walnut bread in sight, but the Syrian refugee families who have been selling pastries were there, so I got some sort of coconut cake-like things.

One of my colleagues from grad school put together an Arizona insect-themed booth:
Phx March for Science 2018 AZ insect booth

These cases all contain insects collected in Arizona:
Phx March for Science 2018 AZ insect booth

The hissing cockroaches were very popular, as were the honeypot ants (brought a bit later by a grad student).

There weren't as many attendees at the Phoenix March as I'd hoped. A local paper says "hundreds." Really, I'm not all that surprised. The Women's March in January was much better-attended ("thousands"). It's easier to sustain motivation for some topics as compared to others, and as it starts to get warmer outdoor events start sounding less and less appealing. I think there's also a certain lack of clarity in terms of the purpose of these science marches. While on the one hand this year's national budget included some surprise bonus finding for scientific research, there's also everything going on with the EPA to consider. Multiple speakers also emphasized connections between support for science and support for education - an arena where Arizona lags behind many other states.

But oh well. It was still useful to get a sense of the local political landscape, and I signed multiple things to help get people and initiatives on the ballot here. Putting my Arizona voting rights to as much use as possible while I'm here, heh.

After all that, I turned the Jolly Roger's nose towards a new-to-me destination, Berridge Nursery, in Scottsdale on Camelback Road. The 80-year-old nursery did not disappoint: I came home with a Black Prince tomato plant, a serrano pepper plant, and a small collection of new cacti and succulents to add to my hoard:

Just a few more succulents and cacti
The upper two plants are ones from [personal profile] sytharin's garden that need to be transplanted.

I resisted the urge to come home with a full-grown artichoke plant or well-established rhubarb plant. I do not need to be transporting those up to New York in August.

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Today has been more quiet, one of those days where I feel more acutely the sense of being transient here. I am missing the El Cerrito Recyling and Environmental Resource Center in particular, as I wonder about what to do with all the accumulating plastic bags*, the burned-out compact fluorescent bulbs**, the dead batteries, and old clothing that's worn out and no longer wearable. One of a certain number of things I miss about California.

Plus there's the tension of not wanting to start too many projects here, both because of not wanting to get spread too thin and because the space isn't set up especially well for it.

Instead, here, have a picture of Emma enjoying the remnants of some awesome tasty cheese from [personal profile] bluepapercup:

Cat test of Bonne Bouche cheese


*Bags: Sproutflower Market has a bin, but with those bins it never seems clear whether we need to distinguish between plastic shopping tumbleweed bags and other plastic bags or not. Sigh.

**CFLs: I know the Home Despot will take them, but I rarely/never go there.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 18th, 2018 01:43 am (UTC)
Hi Rebecca!
I love your march for science t-shirt!
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