Garbage Collection

One morning the Bisbee Garbage and Sewer crew was picking up garbage on Tombstone Canyon Blvd. The workers wore clothing that was color-coded, The orange outfits were for prisoners encouraged to do work for the city. The driver/supervisor wore a florescent green jacket with reflectors on it.

The prisoners were throwing garbage bags onto the the almost filled truck, and the driver was directing traffic around the truck.

One of the prisoners threw a bag high onto the top of the pile on the truck. When the bag landed the contents of the bag spewed out a white spray of rotting garbage to the other side of the truck, splattering the only person there, the driver.

Bisbee-Douglas International Airport

The other day,  we took a trip from Bisbee to Bisbee-Douglas International Airport (KDUG).

On my paper atlas, Bisbee-Douglas Int’l Airport is at the end of Double Adobe Road. In fact the airport is just off AZ 191, 10 miles north of Douglas. When we finally got to the airport, we found a sign for a state prison, and another for a road to a now dilapidated cannery, but no signage for Bisbee-Douglas Int’l Airport.

We drove up to a terminal-ish building. Two guys were standing outside the building. We asked them where the terminal was. They confirmed what we had thought; we were at it. The head guy informed us that it wasn’t always so dead.

There are times that they have military exercises; the landing strip is the longest in the area. The prisoners are sometimes marched in shackles around the parking lot.

Inside the terminal, there are black and white photographs hanging on the walls. There are old copies of Golf magazine and Time Magazine. Off to the sides of the lobby are offices for the various remnant offices remaining from their heyday. The lobby itself is in very good shape.

There is a now-defunct restaurant named SkyWaiter. Of course, with such a small potential audience, how would one expect a restaurant to be able to stay open.

Happy Thanksgiving.