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A Toasty Sunset | by MikeJonesPhoto
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A Toasty Sunset

I used to hate the winters in New Jersey. I think the most annoying thing was when I was in a hurry to get going in the morning. It would take a whole extra half an hour to get moving. Put on a coat. Find where I left my hat and gloves. Scrape the ice off the windshield. Warm up the car...


I never really imagined what the opposite of that might be. Now, I'm still in Mesa, Arizona, where it is rapidly becoming summer. Here's the routine for heading out in southern Arizona... Put on SPF 800 sunblock. Find where I left my Sombrero. Pull several bottles of bottled water from freezer. Open car. Burn hand on door handle. Get in car. Burn ass on seat. Find towel to put on hot seat. Crank up air conditioning. Burn fingers on air conditioning knob. Put car in gear. Burn hand on gear shift knob. Put on sunglasses. Burn nose on glasses. Drive. Burn hand on steering wheel. Try to steer with my knee. Knee is too sweaty to turn steering wheel. Get back out of car. Run back inside and get oven mitts. That's the routine.


This is another from a great sunset in Saguaro National Park, eastern section.


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Taken on March 21, 2009