It was, by my reckoning, a perfect day to sail. The thunderstorms of the night before had given way to a half-blue sky populated by enormous, billowing clouds and a stiff, northerly breeze that would facilitate sailing close-hauled the full length of the “chute.” The chute was a straight line down the middle of the lake where the wind was usually steady, unencumbered by trees and houses along the shoreline.
I nearly ran over a good-sized turtle last week in the middle of 44th Street in front of the clubhouse of the closed Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club. Despite all of the assurances, this turtle was escaping the slow destruction of the course and draining of the lakes. It is the efforts of Pulte Homes to make the place look so physically bad and unattractive that homeowners will feel resigned and agree to the deed change.
The PR people at Pulte are doing a great job of shifting everyone’s attention from the real culprit, Wilson Gee, to themselves as the new focal point in The Lakes debate. In an effort to make everyone forget the real issue, Gee’s reneged promise to maintain The Lakes as a golf course, and proclaiming the failure of the golf course as a done deal, they point to themselves as the only next step: the self-appointed “savior” to rescue us.
The Happy Together Tour returns to the Valley’s intimate Celebrity Theatre. In addition to The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, the lineup features some of the biggest acts of the ’60s and ’70s on Friday, July 18, 8 p.m. at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32 St.
The general consensus seems to be that this has been a disappointing summer movie season. That either means that the standards of moviegoers are going up or they’ve just become spoiled brats. Come on, people. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Godzilla” might not have been blockbuster masterpieces, but for what they were, they did provide perfectly solid entertainment. The same cannot be said about “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Now that the latest from Michael Bay is in the mix, the summer movie season must be graded on a curve.
No entrepreneur wants to see a business fail, even more so when that business is a labor of love. Golf has been my passion for more than four decades, and as the owner of four Arizona courses, the highly publicized failure of one of them — the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club — bothers me, as I know it bothers the homeowners closest to the course.
Pam Brooks said when she told her husband six years ago he could get rid of their backyard pool and install a koi pond, she never imagined he’d end up transforming the entire pool into a pond, or that the transformation would actually reduce their water usage.
Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, LEGO will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every LEGO box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. LEGO has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion LEGO pieces later, we get “The LEGO Movie.”
The holidays are a wonderful and fun time to go shopping. But, while you are out buying presents for your family members, especially the kids, it is important to read the warning labels for age-appropriate toys, small parts, and other things that may be harmful. This also includes the noise level that a toy registers.