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Todd Stuart Barnes
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"Heard some say better run away, others say better stand still" -Robert Hunter
"Heard some say better run away, others say better stand still" -Robert Hunter

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Time, Trees, and Fatigue
THEN Three miles down Forest
Road 89 from the Rim Road, on the right, lies FR 89a. Thereabouts
begins the main campground of Bear Canyon Lake. About a quarter mile
along and just past the second shitter the road curves to the right
and down to the lake. If ...
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Flannigan's Barrio Mexican Cantina
In '93-94, Tory and I ran a Cantina in
the barrio of South Tucson. As unlikely as it seems that a couple of
blond kids from Indiana would be fronting a joint like that, it gets
crazier. The bar was called Flannigan's. It was owned by a family of that name
f...
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Diners, Dangers, and Deserts
Those early days, the survival plan
was all about diners and tourist traps. A pretty girl and a skilled
line cook could land anywhere and have money in their pockets. Mrs.
Weaver and I fit the bill. Where possible, I waited tables as well. I
hate the grease...
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Accidental Mexico and the Mothership (a nice outing)
Mrs. Weaver and I used to do a lot of
rock hounding when we lived in Tucson. It was a great way to explore
our new state, and provided both recreation and economic
opportunities. One of our favorite spots was just a few miles from
the Mexican border. Our fi...
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Stop Two on the Mike West Farewell Tour: The Mesa Jail
The Officer I turned myself in to
eventually came to the holding cell and told me the Chandler jail was
full and he was going to have to take me somewhere else. Since I
seemed like a nice fella, he said he was going to take me to Mesa
instead of Phoenix, be...
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Christmas on Big Cat Mountain.
      Christmas of 1993 found me living as
Robert Weaver with my wife Laura in a travel trailer behind the South
Forty restaurant at the base of Big Cat Mountain. We were Rob and
Laura, a nod to The Dick Van Dyke Show. We had a potted barrel
cactus, about t...
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From the Mountains to the Barrio (part 1) Fugitive Recovery
Just over a year since my exile, and I found myself living at one
of my favorite places on the whole planet. Big Cat Mountain was the
place I had climbed with Lucky Tailor, passing the crosses of those
who did not make it along the way. It's the place where...
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The Last Time I Saw Mike West
I had probably the worse job of my
fugitive career at the time. I was kitchen manager for a pizza outfit
with dancing mechanical apes. They knew three songs. People would put tokens in the jukebox and the apes would perform “Achey Brakey
Heart” all day long...
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