Lowell, Arizona

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On the outskirts of Bisbee, Arizona is a little one-street town called Lowell.

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There may be other streets, but this main street sets you right down in the middle of the 20th Century.

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In front of the historic buildings are a number of vintage vehicles.

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Signs and design are straight out of the 1950′s. It is interesting to note that Bisbee and Lowell sit close to the border of Mexico and the US, both towns a throwback to an entirely different era that was primarily thought of as a fairly benign time.

Photographs ©2014 Tom Schabarum

Abandoned Airstream #1

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While out hiking in the hills above North Bend, WA last Saturday, we came across this abandoned Airstream Safari. I wish I knew the year of it, but I don’t. I’m thinking it’s from the eighties or early nineties. It’s in an incredible spot: flat, trees, big open plot of land with an incredible view of the valley and Mt. Si.

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I wish I could find the owner of it and ask: What’s up? How can you abandon a beauty like her in a spot like this. Sad to think the trailer isn’t being enjoyed! But it did raise a lot of sinister questions between us in sort of a Twin Peaksish sort of way.

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The Airstream has blackberry bushes growing all around it, and in a few years, will be covered with them. The area is being developed rapidly, however, so I think that someday soon it will be taken away.

Reading at Alumafiesta, February 4th @ 7pm

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I’ll be reading with Gregory Zeigler at Alumafiesta in Tucson, Arizona on February 4th at 7pm. We’ll be talking about our books, “Travels with Max” and “Airstreaming” respectively and opening up to questions following our talk.

For more information, click the following! http://www.airstreaming.net/miscellany/airstreaming-author-tom-schabarum/

We do hope you can make it!

Airstream Ornaments

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For the 2nd year in a row, my sister has outdone herself with sending me Airstream ornaments.  I love the Christmas tree and wreath on this one. It’s a very cool ornament.

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This year she also sent John and myself a very cool Airstream holiday doormat! Next year, when our house is complete, we will be able to have them all together on our tree. I don’t know how she finds these things, but they are really fun to have and include in our burgeoning collection of Airstream themed collectibles. Thanks, Laura!

Send me some photos of your Airstream ornaments and I’ll include them here and on Pinterest.

 

Airstreaming Receives a Terrific Review

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“With no wasted space yet plenty of emotion, the simplicity of Schabarum’s writing is a marvel. Compact sentences brim with an appreciation for character and the lonely expanse of suburban life. The constantly shifting characters become inextricably linked in different ways, until they ultimately separate, finding freedom in loss and letting go.” – Kirkus Reviews

BOOK REVIEW

In Schabarum’s (The Narrows, Miles Deep, 2011, etc.) novel, a mother and daughter are at odds following the loss of their husband and father, and a couple seeks escape after their baby is stillborn. Outside of Kansas City in the late 1960s, the bonds between 16-year-old Linda and her mother, Clare, are wearing thin in the wake of her father’s death. While Clare worked to support the family, her blind father bestowed upon Linda his love of jazz. The loss of her husband creates an even greater financial strain for Clare, and she’s forced to find work for Linda. Linda leaves school to help Martha and Jack, an expectant couple in their late 30s. She’s thrust into their day-to-day routine, helping with chores and housework while Martha is on bed rest. When Jack is away on business, Linda and Clare rush to Martha just in time to help deliver her stillborn baby. Linda’s presence becomes a calming force for Martha and Jack as they rebuild themselves and their relationship after the loss of their child. Jack buys an Airstream trailer and makes plans with Martha to leave their life behind and go “streaming.” Jack loves it: “From a service manager’s point of view [Jack] had an appreciation for how everything was put together: no wasted space, easy to maintain, easy to fix. He marveled at its simplicity.” Meanwhile, Linda and Clare, still ravaged by loss, are both tempted by the freedom of a life apart from one another. With no wasted space yet plenty of emotion, the simplicity of Schabarum’s writing is a marvel. Compact sentences brim with an appreciation for character and the lonely expanse of suburban life. The constantly shifting characters become inextricably linked in different ways, until they ultimately separate, finding freedom in loss and letting go.

A somber exploration of the confines of suburban life and the secrets that can sustain or suffocate.

 

Margaret Has a New Home

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After several weeks of building through typhoon and rain squall delays, Margaret has a new home. You might remember that we did a driveway and walls at our last house in January of this year, and when we moved, we had a larger job to complete.

The fantastic people at Wall Systems NW once again did a great job on our retaining walls and driveway so we can fit both our Flying Cloud 23FB and our tow vehicle in together. Lots of earth was moved, and rock used to build the walls.

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Paul Benedict, the owner, was once again diligent, creative and smart about how to build what we needed and make it look really good. So, once again, thanks to Paul and his crew, Chuck, Richard and Kyle, for making our new home that much nicer.

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Buster loves to perch up on the walls so he can look out over the street and take in the view. John and I spent a Saturday planting our new planter with Japanese Maples and a Red Bud tree surrounded by grasses and tulip bulbs that will pop in the spring.

If you need retaining walls of any sort, we highly recommend Paul and Wall Systems, NW. Please get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to give you their number. Plus, they are super fun to work with.

We now have Margaret set for family and friends, and most likely us to live in for a few months as we get ready to renovate the house.