As I endure a five-hour stint at the Tucson International Airport (con) I figured I’d provide some rankings on the trip. Overall, Tucson is a lovely place especially when I had no responsibilities.
Scenery: Really beautiful stuff. Took a hike, a few runs and strolled through an old movie set. Good stuff.
The accommodations: The JW Marriott Starr Pass was for real. It had a pleasant feel all-around. From the pool and lazy river to the workout room, bars and restaurants it was five-star all the way. Our room was fanstastic and it’s listed at $170 regularly.
In ‘ N Out Burger: My first chance at the famed burger joint resulted in a tasty meal and solid company with Chris H. from the Horizon League and her guy Brad. Loved the simplicity of the menu, the old school feel and bun. Really good, but Five Guys wins the battle of the burger.
47 Scott: This restaurant downtown seemed right out of Wicker Park. Fantastic bread, delicious mac ‘n cheese and bad ass brownie. If you’re in Tucson, visit the friendly folks at 47 Scott.
The tequila: At the hotel bar Salud, there’s a daily, complimentary tequila toast with the best tequila I’ve ever had. They create the tequila right there on the grounds.
The weather: Some were complaining about the 70-degree temps, but it was good with me.
HL Folks: I really enjoyed meeting and catching up with our friends from other Horizon League schools and the league office. Good people.
Environment: Although gorgeous in scenery, I’m not a fan of the dust, lack of grass and the fact that everything looks alike out here. Don’t think I could live here, but will make a return visit.
No son: We definitely missed Liam. Skype is great, but can’t wait to get back to hang out with him.
D-Bags: Ran into an over-served gentleman one night. No altercation took place, but there’s no need for grown men to want to fight in a nice hotel bar. Next time, send me a rude Twitter message guy.
Rental car: Dodge Avenger. Not terrible, but Molly looked a little funny driving what she described as a “high school teenage boy car.”
Downtown Tucson: Not impressive, dirty and fairly desolate. But when you live in Chicago I doubt many places would compete.
I’m hoping my 50-min layover in Vegas is a bounty of cash.