Arizona Bells Palsy

Day 5, BPP-2: Sunday Morning Flying

For the last four or five days, I’ve been coping with my Bell’s Palsy. This is Day 5 and my 2nd Bell’s Palsy Post (BPP-2). The whole process up to this point has been exhausting and at times, frustrating. Still, I’m feeling optimistic and hopeful. I should probably be resting more and that’s something I’m going to work on in the days and weeks ahead.

That being said, I still want to get out and do stuff. I was invited to breakfast this morning with friends at the Hanger Cafe. The restaurant is close to home and is at Chandler Municipal Airport. I had a good and easy-to-eat breakfast of scrambled eggs, potato cubes and bacon strips.

After a breakfast, I was able to take a short flight in the friend’s plane. It was windy and a little bumpy but definitely a fun flight. Now, you may be thinking that this site’s [former] name,, implies that I’m a pilot. I am not. The story behind that is a longer story than I intend to tell right now. However, I actually was a “Flying Galindo” today. AND… as seen in the following pictures, I was ACTUALLY FLYING THE PLANE!

OK, so it was me basically making small turns and keeping the nose of the plane level but I was FLYING!

So, here I am, 5 days into Bell’s Palsy and still able to have a good time. smile_shades

Arizona Life

The Tumbleweed Tree

Tumbleweed Tree: Chandler, AZ

Originally uploaded by flyingg

On Saturday, December 1st, Chandler, Arizona (where I live) had their Annual Tumbleweed Tree lighting. The Tumbleweed Tree is made from between 1500 and 2000 tumbleweeds, gathered from the Chandler area, painted white and wired all together. It stands about 35 feet tall. I learned recently that this has been a Chandler tradition since 1957.

I’ve seen the tree for the last several years as I drive through the downtown area but this year was the first time I was there for the initial lighting. After the “Parade of Lights“, several thousand people gathered and counted down from ten to one when Santa and a council person flipped the switch. Plus, this year, Arizona Public Service changed the lights to low-energy LED lights. Check out how they glow now. Pretty cool, huh?