Blame this entire expedition on my discovering that the Fair Trade Café has a courtyard.
I was taking my novel-planning for a walk, as writing is arguably the most dull and sedentary task possible, short of slumping against a wall, picking one’s toes (and frankly, the cat makes that look interesting). The Fair Trade has the merits of being on the light rail line and not usually being terribly crowded… but that courtyard distracted me, and I decided to do one of my neighborhood tours, only on foot.
In doing so, I wandered into Phoenix’s fantasy neighborhood of gracious urban living. Since Daytrotter is the mandatory accompaniment for these jaunts, let’s start with cheery Los Angeles pop trio Haim (official site), whose bouncy pop-on-AM-radio-gets-stripped-down sound mirrors the bounce in the step of a person who hasn’t yet realized that 95-and-humid is not walking weather. Think hard of iced coffee, and let’s slip through that doorway beyond the palm tree to explore. Read the rest of this entry »