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Gremlins: Those Pesty Littly Creatures

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 In the 1984 movie “Gremlins”, a young man named Billy was given a unusual gift from his father for Christmas. This very cute creature was a Mogwai which Billy named Gizmo. Most Mogwai are mean spirited and mischievous but not Gizmo. The father was told by the creepy old man that sold him Gizmo, there were three very important things he must follow when owning a Mogwai. 1. Never expose a Mogwai to bright light, especially sunlight. Bright lights will hurt it and the sunlight will kill it. 2. Never feed it after midnight. (I have often wondered, from midnight to when in the morning can you feed it?) It creates a cocoon and what comes out is a fierce little monster called a Gremlin. 3. Never get it wet. If they get wet it will reproduces another which pops from its back. The father didn’t question these three details that the old man stressed to him, but he did let Billy know what the rules were. So wouldn’t you know it, Billy’s little friend spilled water on Gizmo and it spawned mo

Interesting Rock and Mountain Shapes

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Thumb Butte, Prescott, AZ Bell Mountain, Sedona AZ Camel Rock Elephant Rock Elephant Foot Rock Sleeping Cat Old Man, New Hamshire Penguin Rock Wave Rock

The Ghosts of Whiskey Row

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Prescott poet Gail Gardner once wrote of "Whiskey Row": "Oh they starts her in at the Kaintucky bar, At the head of Whiskey Row, And they winds up down by the Depot House, Some forty drinks below." Nestled in Yavapai County, Arizona, is the quaint little city of Prescott. The locals will tell you that it is pronounced Pres-kit and not Pres-cott. In 1864, Prescott became the capital of the Arizona Territory. In 1867 the capital was moved to Tucson, then back to Prescott in 1879, and finally to Phoenix in 1889. Prescott is rich in history, h ousing one of the most famous red-light district areas known as “Whiskey Row”. This area on Montezuma Street had many saloons, with the most famous being the Palace Saloon. The Palace Saloon opened in September of 1877 and was filled with the highest standard of liqueur and decorated with the most impressive furniture from all over the world. The Palace wasn’t just a place to get a meal or have a drink, many men would chec