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I was able to buy the house I’ve been renting for the past couple of years. It’s on the south side of a road where the north side abuts the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. There’s a mountain to my north called Shaw Butte that has a bunch of phone service repeater towers on it. I took this photo on a very rare day when it was raining (yes, in Phoenix!) while the sun was out. So a double rainbow was visible for a little while.

This was in October, 2018. We got a record amount of rainfall that month. It was pretty crazy. The dirt and rocks in my yard were hidden beneath 4′ tall plants of some kind. I have no idea what they were or where they came from, but they didn’t seem to grow on the desert side of the street. Just in yards and the alleyway behind my house. 

I rented a weed-wacker at Home Depot for a weekend and took most of them out. It cost $100. I had to do it a few more times, so I just bought one for myself. What a mess it was. Now I’ve got hundreds of little 2″-4″ sticks poking out of the ground all over the yard that crunch when you step on them.

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