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Walk This Way...

Walk this way...

The funniest comment I ever heard in response to "Walk this way..." was made by my Grandpa, who lived on the eastern shore of Virginia.  He was taking us out to a favorite seafood restaurant for soft-shelled crabs.

The hostess invited us to follow her, saying "Please walk this way." 

"Honey, if I could walk that way," quipped Grandpa, "I wouldn't need the talcum powder."

But I digress...

Our community, Tucson Estates II, is surrounded on three sides by Tucson Mountain Park.  It's 44,000 acres of pristine Arizona Sonoran desert, with miles and miles of trails for hiking.

Slim Jim here never fails to make me smile as he beckons "Walk this way..."

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Comment balloon 43 commentsMike Jones • March 27 2009 07:38AM

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Ah!  Soft shelled crabe.  One of my favorites and one of the few items of food that will entice me to stray from my veggies.

I once spent a five on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with a friend doing nothing but fishing and eating soft shelled crabs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   We had solf shelled crabs cooked every way the different restaurants could dream. 

Fabulous food.

Oh, the Cactus is interesting too. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

 

Mike,

My first though seeing that catus was, Welcome!

Thanks,

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

AHHH the issues with getting older Mike:) Love the picture...very cool!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago

Too cute!  Thanks for my morning chuckle.  Enjoy your day!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 10 years ago

Carol,

You're welcome!  You do the same.

Bill,

It beats the alternative...  :)

Bill,

Slim Jim is my buddy.  Saguaros in the desert take 75 years to grow their first arm.

Lenn,

The eastern shore is one of my favorite places for that very reason.  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike - I somehow have a craving for softshells. Fun post

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Mike - your grandpa sounds like a very humorous fellow. I really enjoy the shapes some of those saguaro can take.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 10 years ago

I love quit grandparents. We don't have enough of them.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 10 years ago

Mike,

Those cactus always seem to amaze me...!!! They actually do speak to you, don't they...??? Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mike,

Slim Jim makes an imposing figure and seems to be saying what you suggest. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 10 years ago

Mike, that one made me laugh out loud!  Your Grandpa must be quite a character.

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) about 10 years ago

Mike,

He sure was!

Steve,

If only he had some eyes to go with that mouth!  LOL

Fran,

They do seem to take on human characteristics.

Larry,

Now that I am one, I couldn't agree more!

Mike,

He was a character!  So are some of our saguaros.

Claude,

That's one thing that's not available here in Tucson.  :(

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike, that was is a nice witty retort.  Kudos to your Grandpa.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate about 10 years ago

The cacti is great Mike, but thanks for the input about your grandpa.  That little chuckle and visual just made my day.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 10 years ago

Tammy,

I'm glad to make you smile!

Tony,

He was a piece of work!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Somehow, I see a street sign hung from the arm of that cactus - "Tucson Boulevard" it says!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 10 years ago

Myrl!

It's good to see you!  Thanks for coming by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike - I love seafood and that Cactus looks like it has a arm out and is pointing down the hiking trail meaning "Walk This Way"!

Sorry, just expressing my imagination! Great Cactus pic and Featured at:

EXPRESS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AT ACTIVERAIN

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 10 years ago

Mike, I can't say I've ever seen a Cati that tall. Then again, I've never been down to Tucson, AZ. You told me to let you know when I posted to Roberts group Paranormal Stories and Experiences. Well Part 1 is up.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) about 10 years ago

Mike, I really like the desert SW, and at times I am envious of your area. I really dig the landscape, the clear skies and all, but y'all can keep the high summer temps...

Your building consultant for life in the Nashville, TN area

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Michael,

The summer keeps us from being over-run.  LOL

Suesan,

I'll be right over to check out the post.  Thanks,

Robert,

That's what I saw too.  Thanks for commenting, and for the feature.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Sounds like he was a fun loving character. Great shot here, isn't that hole in the cactus where the roadrunner hides?

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 10 years ago

Mike,

It sounds as though your grandpa is a real fun loving person and I like his saying.  Now for slim jim is that a birds nest at the top or is it old age creeping up?

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 10 years ago

Don,

He sure was.  And that is a bird's nest in the saguaro there at the top, but Laura asked first...

Laura,

It's called a "boot."  It's a hole created by the Gila Woodpecker, and it goes in and down.  The cactus secretes a resin that dries like a hard plastic, and the bird nests there.  Sort of like a condominium for woodpeckers.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Your granddad must have been a hoot!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) about 10 years ago

Mike, My grandad had a favorite, also,  "Never let a man with missing fingers teach you to chop wood".  Being a NM girl originally the cactus makes me a bit homesick,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 10 years ago

Karen,

I would have liked your Grandad!  They don't have many saguaros in Virginia, I guess?  LOL

Ann,

He sure was; I was blessed to have known him.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

That's quite a cactus!  I would like to see it when it has the crown of flowers on top!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Georgina,

That will happen in May, and the arm will look as if Slim Jim is offering you a bouquet!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Wonderful Sagauro cactus there Mike. You got the great shot!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike I am also a seafood lover, can't have enough.  What a spectacular cactus. I so love your photography

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

One thing I love about the noble saguaro is that each one has its own personality.  Thanks for the photo & the laugh, Mike!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 10 years ago

Kent,

They sure do, don't they?  Even the dead ones.

Jennifer,

You're good for the soul!  Thanks for your encouragement.

Gary,

I'm late getting back to you, but THANKS for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

I know I would have liked your grandfather, sounds like he had a great sense of humor!  Great shot!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 10 years ago

Mike, that is a great tag line for this cacti, thanks for sharing the picture with us!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 10 years ago

I am still laughing at your Grandpa's comment, I think you may have received some of his sense of humor!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Russell,

I guess I did!  LOL

Tony & Darcy,

It just seems to be what that cactus is saying!

Sharon,

He was a character.  He would have loved reading your comment, and all the rest!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

We need a Slim Jim over here in California to welcome all the Zonies when they arrive for the summer -- LOL.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 10 years ago

We are been experiencing snow one day and 70 degree weather the next.....a typical Colorado spring. I have family outside of Phoenix and love to travel into the desert...such a gorgeous place especially when the spring flowers bloom. Great photo.

Posted by Emelyn Morris-Sayre, CRS, REALTOR, Lakewood/Denver 303-517-5116 (The Berkshire Group) about 10 years ago

That is good....all it needs is a sign in the hand for "open house".

Posted by Sandra Mathewson, CRS,ABR,SRES,GRI,CDPE RE/MAX (RE/MAX 4000) about 10 years ago

He also looks like he could be saying, 'after you, my dear'.  I remember we took them for granted when we were young.  Not now.  Very cute.

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

Doreen,

Thanks for commenting.

Sandra,

That would work, wouldn't it?

Emelyn,

Come on down to Tucson; it's not that much farther.

Russell,

Zonies?  Is that what they call us in San Diego?!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Yes, they call us Zonies in San Diego.  I remember being there in the 70's and 80's and hearing that. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

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