The straight shooters are in the dirt

The straight shooters are in the dirt

The summer rains expose old stuff in the barrio -- buttons, coins, tokens and marbles -- lots of marbles. At one time it was almost impossible to walk into my backyard without finding a marble. I still find a couple of them every month as I wander around downtown.

The most delightful ones are made of clay, and they must have been handmade because they are rarely truly round. A straight-shooter is valuable in a game of marbles, so it must have been hard to win with a lop-sided ball of clay.

Clay marbles of many shapes and colors

Clay marbles of many shapes and colors

A few of the hundreds of marbles I've found downtown.

A little more stuff found on the street.

Here's one of Tucson's best pocket parks

Here's one of Tucson's best pocket parks

This neighborhood puts the funk in Tucson

This neighborhood puts the funk in Tucson