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30,000 pounds of chicken coming to Tucson – Celebrate with chicken slide show

Got chicken? Tucson sure will when more than 30, 000 pounds of the palatable poultry is delivered to the Community Food Bank on Monday, Sept. 21, according to a news release from the food bank.

Illustration Ryn Gargulinski
Illustration Ryn Gargulinski

Tyson Food, Inc., joined forces with the League of United Latin American Citizens to bring this delicacy to hungry families, churches and other organizations via the food bank.

Thousands of families across southern Arizona will benefit from this donation, said Bill Carnegie, president/CEO of the Community Food Bank.

He also noted in 2008 the food bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, enough to furnish more than 48,000 meals each day. Last year’s demand was nearly 40 percent higher than the previous year, he said.

Carnegie and LULAC member Richard Fimbres will be unloading the chicken truck(s) at 9 a.m. at the food bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road, if anyone wants to truck down to watch.

No word on when the chicken will be available for distribution.

In the meantime, those who can’t go watch raw chicken being unloaded from a truck may enjoy the chicken photo slide show below.



What’s for dinner?

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Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

I was gladded when the last snappy or crappy, a bugged-out VW bug, got at least one non-crappy (although it may have been sarcastic).

The latest snappy or crappy should be something you all adore:

The MoonDance Saloon (aka The C Dance Saloon)

The MoonDance Saloon/Submitted photo
The MoonDance Saloon/Submitted photo

This chipper yet cozy venue is actually someone’s home sweet home where the chickens and ducks get harassed by the skunk unless the big dogs chase the skunk away.

While it’s not technically in Tucson – it’s down the road a bit in Arivaca – the MoonDance Saloon is cool enough to make an Odd Pueblo exception.

The snappy saloon’s most recent claim to fame is also fascinating: the place is neighbors with the North Trico Road property where a couple went missing and charred human remains were found in a fire pit.

So, what do you think? Please respond:
a. Snappy. That place looks more fun than a barrel of drunk monkeys.
b. Crappy. That place looks less fun than a barrel of cow pies.
c. I’m scared the couple who went missing may be haunting the place.
d. I’m too snobbish and close-minded to appreciate anything other than a cookie-cutter condo.

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A Dad’s Day duck and mom’s dead chicken

Dear dad got a duck for Father’s Day. Not because he hunts, but because I wanted to go with a traditional Father’s Day image, which leaves us with a mere three choices: ducks, neckties or a pipe (the smoking kind, not the type that you use to bash in a skull).

Dad's Day duck/Photo and artwork Ryn Gargulinski
Dad's Day duck/Photo and artwork Ryn Gargulinski

Dad was fascinated with his duck, even though he admitted at first glance he thought it a pelican. He also promised not to let the darling duck befall the same fate as the chicken I made my mom for Mother’s Day.

WARNING: The following sequence of photos contains disturbing images.

Some of you may have seen this horrific montage which I posted around Mother’s Day, but I post it again in the hopes of saving chickens who cross the road in the future.

Mom claims she was trying to help the chicken cross the road, but these photos disclose otherwise.

Chicken minding its own business/Ryn Gargulinski
Chicken minding its own business
Chicken being coaxed to death/Ryn Gargulinski
Chicken being coaxed to doom
Chicken making the fatal decision/Ryn Gargulinski
Chicken making the fatal decision
Alas!/Ryn Gargulinski

What did you get your dad for Father’s Day? A duck? A necktie? A pipe?

Did your mom ever kill a chicken?