Lewis Black & Gardening In Arizona

More Time, Please Just A Little More

The weekend is a beautiful, and at the same time, cruel invention. The end of the week. Two days of rest. Why must it be just two days? Two days that go flying by.

I mustn’t complain too loudly as I did have a momentous time away from the work week. But I guess I’m selfish. I could sure use another day.

My Favorite Angry Comic, Lewis Black, Came To Phoenix

Let’s start things off with a visit down to Phoenix to see my favorite angry comic, Lewis Black.  It might be dark in the theater but we can still get gussied up.

Date night!

The Orpheum Theater is a little piece of Phoenix history, which is a bit refreshing as the Valley has been known to tear down buildings after a couple of decades.  Built in 1929. the Orpheum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a link back to Vaudeville and was restored in 1997 for $14 million dollars.

English: The restored interior of Orpheum Thea...
The restored interior of Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, AZ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some folks have bucket lists of things to do before dying or hitting  a certain  age. The hubbs and I have a comedian bucket list. Comics we would love to see. Comedians like Lewis Black. He was very much at the top of that list, and for good reason.

The man does all the things I wish I could.   He is aware of our political and societal failings and with a witty mind and sharp tongue, he articulates shouts and rants and it feels good.  Cheeks-hurt-from-laughing feels good, if you get my meaning.  Then there are his mannerisms. How he waves his hand in the air, flippantly. I don’t care, they same to say. Then he jabs his pointer fingers into the air so violently you subconsciously rub your collar bone.  It’s good stuff.

Lewis Black and Littlest Martha

Return To Nature

The juxtaposition of a visit to the city of Phoenix to see an angry comic and then tilling the earth for vegetables the next day was not lost to me.  A return to nature after being reminded of humanity’s misgivings, even if it was in jest, seemed like the perfect counterbalance.  That, and the weather was divine.

We got hit with a little bit of that wet stuff. I think in past memories the word used was “rain.” Well, we got a lot of it this weekend. Some neighborhoods were flooded.  Our neglected garden was muddy and that was A-OK. It made weeding substantially easier.  And up until today we were only dirt and weed farmers. Oh, and the occasional carrot.

Yes, among the weeds and crabgrass that had rooted in our plot, we found 10 carrots that had started to grow.  What a surprise!


After weeding, loosening up the soil again, and adding some fresh top soil, we needed to trust our carefully and detailed plan of what plant goes where.  Sure, you may look at our sketch and think: “What detail?” However, there was a lot of research, planning and preparation behind that sketch. Did you know that some plants cannot be next to others? For example, beans and onions don’t really mix. Or that some other plants really like to grow next to other plants.  Carrots and onions, on the other hand: peas in a pod.

Unfortunately, a lot of the vegetables we mapped out we couldn’t find at Home Depot and had a lot space for audibles. So, let’s see what actually sprouts from that dirt.



Maybe it’s cheating, maybe it’s not, but we got some plants that have already started to sprout.  Like herbs. Aromatic beauties that when we placed them in the ground their leaves gave off a refreshing and familiar aroma: basil, lavender,  peppermint and spearmint. The sight and smell of them were good for morale. Like we had half a chance of growing something and keeping it alive if it was already partially grown.

Oh sweet basil

Bring on the plants

It is not just the weekends that go fast. It’s the weeks too. The trick now will be to make sure we visit our garden at least once a week. Sooner than we realize it will be time to harvest and the Chef In My Kitchen will make some masterful meal.  Oh, I can’t wait!

Stay tuned for more misadventures!

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