The real Yuma

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at
Fri Mar 8 07:08:33 EST 2002

Sorry for the confusion in my late night posting.  The words "Mark Walker wrote:"
inadvertently jumped into the middle of my posting. Mark Walker may indeed have had
such a vehicle but the contents, of the paragraph are mine and the recollection of
the State Trooper leaping back, galvanized into action, whipping out the mace remain
fresh in my mind. MIKE GOCHFELD

Michael Gochfeld wrote:

> I remember that Yuma is properly in the Arizona territory.  At least it was back
> in 1968 when I drove through it.  I remember this vividly.  Our two car caravan
> had driven through the California desert.
> Mark Walker wrote:  My jeep 4x4 had no air conditioning and we stopped every
> hour or so for something cold (thank heavens for Dennys).  It was dark kindly
> when we got to Yuma.  We were the lead vehicle.  A few miles out of town we
> spotted a Sidewinder (our first) on the road.   I pulled over, worked the snake
> to the shoulder and covered it with a carton to wait for Guy Tudor (in the
> second car) who really wanted to see this. Guy is now president of the NY
> Butterfly Club (a non-NABA entity by the way) and is the world's leading bird
> illustrator who is one of the truly well-rounded naturalists, so I knew the
> Sidewinder meant a lot to him.
> Headlights came into view (not much of a horizon there as I recall).  Not Guy
> (who was changing a flat), but an Arizona State Trooper  who checked my license
> (NY) and wanted to know what two New Yorkers were doing on the road side.  "Is
> that your box", he pointed.  I nodded hesitantly.  He lifted it off, and leapt
> back in horror.  Whipping out his mace, he maced the snake until it kind of
> rolled or writhed off the road.
> "They can kill you" he warned---knowing full well that New Yorkers must be
> retarded (actually the jeep had California plates). .
> Guy never saw a Sidewinder, but the worst horror was that the trooper followed
> us 90 miles into Gila Bend----a more nerve-wracking experience than being under
> fire in Viet Nam.  So yes, I remember that Yuma is in Arizona.
> Mike Gochfeld
> > Stan wrote:
> >
> > > Oops.. Yuma's in Arizona. Its known amongst us Arizonan's that
> > > Californias been trying to steal it for years because of the Manarch's
> > > Rest Pub, its superb climate, stimulating culture, excellent food, etc.
> > > (far surpassing anything big 'C' has!), but, nope, it belongs to
> > > Arizona. What an idyllic town. The dream place to live.
> >
> > Ooops is right!  I should have said "California Territory", or something
> > like that (geez, how did I make that mistake?).  It's certainly a lot closer
> > to California now that they've fixed that one lane bridge...
> >
> > Mark.
> >
> >
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