A Scouting Life: Ma Ma

March 16, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The liquor store looked like a possible Kar Wai location. It was a gas station built for the original blue line highways that predated the interstate system. Better, it had been sloppily and gaudily repurposed with no historical regard, and even had its own fleabag motel out back. ...


A Scouting Life: Wrong Way

March 11, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We wrapped things up at Majors Station with the promise of returning. I knew that we would. It was too great and weird a place not too. The owner had pointed us in the direction of Ely, a town further up the road. Apparently it featured ...


A Scouting Life: The Hangover

March 9, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

I’m sure being stabbed in the head is uncomfortable, but it can’t feel much worse than I did when my alarm went off at five.  I sprung out of bed, caught my leg in the sheets and fell face first on the floor.  Thrashing my way out of the tangle, ...


A Scouting Life: Viva

March 4, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

I was planning on dinner at Nobu, but Kar Wai surprised me by asking for a steak. Very uncharacteristic of him. Fortunately my friends at The Palm were more than happy to oblige. Rare strip steaks, trays full of oysters and many glasses of cold vodka laid ...


A Scouting Life: Whiskey & Trouble

March 2, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Checking in was a nightmare. I had spoken to our office and asked that they put us in Caesars but rooms were once again too expensive. I could have called my rep there and gotten my suite comped and discounts on the other rooms had I known, but ...


A Scouting Life: By the Time They Left Phoenix

February 25, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We limped into Phoenix after midnight. Little was said in the time since Kar Wai made the revelations about his past. Even if we were comfortable enough to speak out, when he was in that state it was useless. And if we could get through to him, ...


A Scouting Life: Out of the Past

February 23, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The four of us returned to the car wordlessly. Sharing that sunset was one of those unforgettable moments in life, and the raw emotion of Darius’s statement settled over us. I learned long ago that you don’t have to like someone to love them, and this is as ...


A Scouting Life: Brothers of the Road

February 18, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

By the time the guys returned to the truck I was itching to go.  The idea of Roswell had amused me but the reality was depressing.  We loaded up and headed west on Main Street.  As we neared the end of the main run things opened up and turned into ...


A Scouting Life: Roswell, NM

February 16, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

New Mexico is a very odd place.  It has some of the earliest Indian settlements we know of in the States.  The Anaszi people were living there as early as the 1500’s.  This brings only one thought to mind: why?  There are certainly some lovely natural features, but it’s hard ...


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