Monthly Archives: July 2010

Blogging the Rails

Blogging the RailsThis week I talk with Tony Arranaga, who is the self titled ‘Light Rail Blogger.’  If you’re on Facebook or Twitter and you’re in or around the downtown Phoenix area and you don’t know him, then you’re probably living under a rock!  Tony started covering the METRO light rail around the time when it opened in December 2008 and the little project eventually turned into a challenge for him to live car-free in Phoenix, even during the summers!

Tony discusses what inspired him to start blogging about the light rail and a little bit about who he is and how he’s involved with the community.  We also discuss what the appeal of riding a train versus taking a bus and how it also appeals to the gay population.  Tony is always putting out useful information about all kinds of things going on in and around the METRO light rail line on his various online accounts.

Some Community Events Going on this Weekend in Phoenix:

1n10 Car Wash at Community Church of Hope: www.1n10.org

Dancing with the Bars at Wyndham Downtown: www.swayevents.com

Like we mentioned on the show, there are changes coming up on Monday to METRO’s operating hours and train frequency.  For more details, head over to METRO’s web site.

You can find Tony’s Light Rail Blog pretty much all over the Internet, but here are some helpful links:

TwitterFacebookBlog Site

The HEAT is ON!

The HEAT is ON!Wasn’t it just 99 degrees outside?  These super-high temperatures always seem to creep up on us, but it seems this year that they have hit us like a frying pan that just came off an overheated sidewalk!

Not much you can do except to head indoors or into a nice cool body of water somewhere, but we’ve got some tips for you to get out of the heat and meet some new people.

In the news this week: Scientists find antibodies that prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells.  Very impressive and encouraging news!  Check out the full article here. Also this week, a federal judge in Massachusetts has ruled parts of DOMA as unconstitutional.  What will the silly right-wing people in Washington do?  Hopefully they won’t notice and we can just keep moving forward with getting the equal rights that we deserve.

Congratulations to our political contributor Nathan Treanor, he recently continued his own podcast and is starting to put out new episodes!  He included his segment on his own show that he had contributed to qTalk AZ and you can listen to his podcast on iTunes or NathanOutLoud.com

We’re ramping up and scheduling our series of guests for qTalk Arizona and will probably be on a bi-weekly schedule until mid-August.  We’ll be hitting the political and election season hard and bring you some people and their stories who are trying to get your vote this year.  But more importantly, we’ll find out what they would actually be doing for us and not just why they want us to vote for them.

Until next time, if you want to go back in time and hear some other interviews from our previous incarnation, check out some of the old episodes of NidoCAST.  We might even replay them to keep things fresh here on qTalk Arizona.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the First Mondays Social tomorrow at Ticoz!

A Helping Hand for Special Times

Crucial Help for Special TimesChristopher Palumbo-Jensen joins me in the studio this week to talk about Transition House, a new project that he and a team of people are working to bring to our community.  Transition House is designed to offer low-income housing for gay men who have become unemployed, underemployed or are in abusive relationships.  We talk about why this is so needed, especially now, and how you can get involved and help Transition House become a reality.  Their first fundraiser is on Wednesday, July 28th at Alexi’s in Central Phoenix and features fabulous food and wine plus a silent auction!

To reach Christopher, obtain more information and/or get involved with Transition House, shoot him an email at christopher@2jtech.com

We’ve also got a jam-packed report by our events contributor J. Seth Anderson.  All the stuff you need to know about this long Independence Day Weekend and how you can celebrate around the state is in the podcast!  You also can check out J. Seth Anderson’s own blog at www.jsethanderson.com

For some quick links to various events we mentioned, please see below:

http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/jlymain.html (Fabulous Phoenix Fourth)
http://www.downtownphoenix.com/ (ABOUT THE BOOT CAMP IN THE PARK. CLICK ON THE GUIDE IN THE TOP MIDDLE)