The Pharmacy Chick

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Vacation Foibles

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 9:26 pm on Saturday, April 17, 2010

I love vacations….especially if they are mine.  If they are YOUR vacations, I may or may not give a rip, but I’ll pretend that I do. heh heh.  Pharmacy Chick just came back from a week in the “desert”.  If you can call palm trees, golf courses, swimming pools and 9 million restaurants “desert” then yes, I was in the desert.  More specifically, the Chick family was in Palm Springs, which currently comprises about 9 different towns that all hug the same little chunk of ground near the mountains. 

Say what you will, I love that place. Any place where I can enjoy dry-shoe golf in the winter is a good place for the Chick.  Its a most unique place this Palm Springs-Palm Desert-Rancho Mirage-LaQuinta-Indian Wells, yada yada yada.  It has a certain “charm” about it, and is about as subtle as a monster truck rally.  Some observations:

1.  If you dont golf or play tennis,  I can’t imagine what you would do here. Sit on your porch?  Just about everything except the restaurants and the grocery stores close at 6 pm.  They really roll up the sidewalks early around there.

2.  Old ladies and very small dogs are abundant.  I am waiting for the newest breed of dog:  the Desert Legless.  Why does everybody seem to think they need to CARRY their dog everywhere?

3. If you are gay, this is YOUR town.

4. If you love gaudy jewelry, this is YOUR town.

5. If you are gay AND love gaudy jewelry, I think its the law you have to live here.

6.  We stayed in an older (read: cheaper) “resort” hotel.  We didn’t get any terry robes, candy on the pillows, or a plasma tv, but we did get a nice view of the parking lot, a TV that mysteriously came on by itself,  andwe  got to hear a midnight performance of an apparent celtic dancer who occupied the room above us…yea thanks for that…

7. If you care about your hair forget it.  The wind rivals that of Chicago. I gave up after day 1, just braided it and pinned it back.

8.  Think it cannot rain in the desert in April?  think again.  WE were there, remember??

9. we rented quite possibly the worst car ever made in America:  the Dodge Journey. 

10.  Our free breakfast each day was an unparalelled carbo load of Bread, Cereal, Muffins, and Oatmeal. My kingdom for some protein please!

11. Depending on the wind, I could hit my 5 iron 90 yards or 180 yards. I kid you not.

12. There may be a recession in the US …and it certainly has effected the desert, but if you have always HAD serious money, you still HAVE serious money and there is still a lot of conspicuous consumption to be had. 

13. Per Capita there is more valet parking than in any other city I have ever visited. 

14.  SPF 55 works.  I needed it on my lips however…ouch.

15. I love roadrunners…and jackrabbits.

16.  I had to visit a wal-mart. You know that website   OMG.  I think I need therapy to get over my visit there.

17. I didn’t want to come home. I think all I need is a small dog, some chunky costume jewelry, bleach my hair, and get a Jag…I’ll fit right in.

Back in the saddle again!


Comment by WarmSocks

April 18, 2010 @ 4:59 am

Welcome back.
Non-golfers visiting Palm Springs can tour date farms or lounge around the pool with a stack of good books. Not much else to do if you don’t golf.

Comment by Dr. Grumpy

April 18, 2010 @ 8:08 am

Glad you enjoyed it.

Believe it or not, I’ve never golfed in my life.

I avoid WalMart like the plague now. Afraid of having my picture taken.

Comment by Phat

April 19, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

I hate golfing.

I like mini-golf, I like driving ranges, but do not put them together.

How in the hell is it ‘relaxing’ to try and get a little ball into a slightly bigger hole from 400 yards away?
when you do it in less than 4 shots!…actually whether I play well or crappy, i love golf. I meet interesting people, sometimes famous people, get some exercise (hauling around a golf bag on your shoulder and walking 5 miles can be exhausting), fresh air, commune with God, all those things make it relaxing to me Phat.

Comment by Phat

April 20, 2010 @ 8:29 pm


I suppose I prefer to race in circles for hours at a time. To each their own! lol

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