I just reached into my pocket, yes the pocket with the watch pocket inside and pulled out my chap stick. And when I put the cap back on I remembered something that happened when I moved to Tucson back in 1999.
I won’t go into the details of what brought me to Tucson, but once the move was official and I had packed what I could in my car and said “Tucson will be my home” I arrived to warm greetings and my first gift as a new Tucsonan. I was given a chap stick. I was told to use it unsparingly. I was told it was a gift that would never run out because there would always be a new chap stick waiting for me in the drawer. There always was : )
We have all seen those movies where men stranded in the desert put lipstick on their lips to keep them from cracking and bleeding. While it is a funny scene, it is true. Lips in the desert heat and sun will become cracked and peel.
I never leave the house without a chap stick in my pocket. Keys, change, cell phone, camera, ekey, wallet, and chap stick all go in my pockets. (Now you see why I like to wear cargo shorts) Lots of stuff to carry around and on days when I’m processing the Tucson MLS Statistics reports I throw a pocket calculator in the mix.
I know it might seem like a really odd gift to give someone, however, it is one of the most useful and practical gifts you can give to a new desert dweller.