Friday, being the first Friday of the month, was First Friday in Phoenix when the arts are featured for free. Hubby and I took the Light Rail train down to the Phoenix Art Museum. The feature exhibit was one on fashion with a particular emphasis on Ann Taylor. Meh. I'm not into clothes, so we covered that one pretty darn quick.
An impulse led us up to the Norton Photograph Gallery. There is a special exhibit of two photographers: Brett Weston and Sonya Noskowiak. One photograph blew me away. I found a very small copy of it online but it had a security block on it to prevent copying it. It was entitled "Natural Gas Tanks" 1939.
The black and white photo was of two massive shiny tanks rising up in a small neighborhood, their size dwarfing the old buildings in the foreground. The old brick apartments with the turn of the century "gingerbread" trim, led to older brick buildings, then down to wooden houses with laundry strung out behind, and in the foreground were old wooden shacks that were collapsing under the weight of time. This description doesn't do justice to photograph. It was almost as if Sonya Noskowiak saw how big oil would grow and shove aside anyone in their way.
This morning. VERY early this morning. 3:30 A.M. in fact. My alarm goes off. My daughter and I hit the road at 4 A.M. to get in line at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to have the latest member of the household neutered. Poor Zuko, a black long haired tomcat wanted to be a house kitty but since he sprayed everything he could outside, he had to be "fixed" first.
We missed the lineup for the "Neuter Scooter" mobile unit a few weeks ago at a mall because we weren't there early enough. Taking no chances this time, we set out 3 hours early to take advantage of their SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program) clinic for cats. First come, first served, and they were only taking 15 cats today.
We arrived at 4:30am only to find about 5 people already there. They had actually camped overnight to get in line. Long story short, a lovely gentleman who befriended us in line, made sure that some line budgers did not benefit from their boorish behavior and we were the last cat accepted today.
Zuko is home and sleeping it off in an undisclosed location. He is a very good kitty and will be a welcome addition to our family.
Kudos to the wonderful staff at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control! These are people who love animals and took great care of their charges. Thank you!