Archive for March, 2008

Farewell, Leslie

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Hi folks, I’m still fiddling with WordPress (I grew up on blogger.com) so this is a test and try post. I didn’t realize my first post to Metblogs would be a memorial, but I was touched by Leslie Fishbein’s passing today. There are so many Denver TV personalities that have been around for decades – when they go elsewhere, they are missed. I still miss Bill Stuart and Larry Green but I know they are happily fishing on the Gulf Coast. So anyway, I want to send my condolences to the Fishbein family and say ‘Thanks for sharing Leslie for all those years.’

Beautiful Day For Flying

Hi, y’all. Nicole here, Denver Metblog’s Boulder-area correspondent, specializing in all things aviation. Just got back from performing touch-n-gos in Longmont and Boulder. It was a gorgeous day for it, as I shall demonstrate photographically:

The view of the ramp from Journeys Aviation’s porch at Boulder Municipal Airport

You just never know, right? Sunny on Saturday, snow on Monday, and in between a Sunday forecasting 40% chance of thunderstorms. What do you do? You put yourself on the airplane schedule and you hope. And sometimes you get lucky: sun shines, ice melts, wind remains obligingly below 10 knots and refrains from gusting. Knock on wood.

So. Welcome to the Boulder Municipal Airport. Pretty, huh? You know you wanna come visit. In fact–get your calendars out–a great day to visit would be May 10th, when Journeys Aviation will host an open house at the Executive Terminal. They got a barbecue grill, and they know how to use it. Also wi-fi and deep comfy couches. Save the date!

My latest project has been to get Journeys Aviation to trust me with their Cessna 152, so I’ve been flying in it with one of their instructors. Cessna 152s are just like 172s, except they’re much smaller. You will be hip-to-hip with your instructor, and you will have to be OK with that. But you will be able to reach the rudder and brake pedals, guaranteed. Also? Slower. Much, much slower. “Are we at pattern altitude yet? Are we? How about now?” Yeah.

Anyway, it was a successful outing. I’m all signed off and in good shape to recommence with bringing you the aerial photography, which I know you’ve just been missing <em>terribly.</em>

Narrowly Nacchio?

Seriously.   No, let’s try this again.  Seriously.  Please don’t take back the sweet taste of justice so many Denverites & Qwestites felt when He Who Doesn’t Deserve to Be Named was convicted in a resounding pounding of truth, justice and The American Way.  It appears they’re going to argue the “Truth” part of his first trial…by getting a second one warmed up on the sidelines.  Seriously.

9News reports in their story that broke today (and I just caught it as I was driving the home stretch from work) that (cringes while he types) Joe Nacchio will receive a second trial  You can catch up on all the relevant details at the Denver Post if you so desire.

My question is this: What do you feel about He Who Doesn’t Deserve to Be Named?  Any former or current Qwesties out there?  Are you with me in agreeing that getting him behind bars is the next best thing besides sliced bread?  Cough it up Denver, let’s stir the pot.

New Kid on the Blog

How does one start a new blog post – when they have been blogging since 2002?

I guess we start with a Hello.

Hey!!

I’m Fizzy aka Susan, another new writer to the Denver Metblog. I’ve been a long time reader, short time commenter and now I’ve come over to other side and will be posting for Denver.

I have been a local since 2000 (really… we moved to Littleton into our townhouse on 12/31/99) – and my family consists of 1 Husband (17 years), 2 kids (Teen Girl and a Teen Boy), 2 dogs (traditional lab and a cocker spaniel) and we now live south – down in Parker.

I’m a web designer full time with photography being my real love and coming up close behind to take over and be my full time job eventually. My contribution will be posting pictures of Denver and the area.

To finish – I’ll post one back from last year at the Chatfield Balloon Rally.

And then my ride left me

St. Patrick’s day Parade

One of those little things that we didn’t know until it was on us… That the Denver St. Patty’s day parade starts at our house. Not near it, at it.

To be honest we didn’t even know there was a parade until we saw some green paint on the road indicating the route (at least that is our guess).

We had plumbers coming this morning to install a sink in the garage, phase one of my wife’s new pottery studio, so we heard the commotion on Blake. Turns out that the parking lot at Blake and 27th, is the staging area for the parade. People were starting to line the street, 27th and 28th were both blocked between Walnut and Blake.

So we got the plumbers set up and doing their thing, the headed to the street to see how Denver does Parades.

Holy crap! The parade was never ending, bands, irish dancers, floats, car clubs, dog owners, and more just kept pouring out of the parking lot!

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There was even the local Hare Krishna group, how cool! Oh and the Denver Jimmy Buffet club, the parrot heads. Who knew?!

My intent was to take a gob of pictures, and I did, but it turns out my crackberry, not so hot on the zoom. Unzoomed pics, nice and tight, zoom in and bam it’s like everyone became an 8bit video game character.

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The only bummer to being right at the parades starting point, most bands weren’t playing, and almost none of the dance troops were doin’ their thang. Oh well.

Seeing the Hamburger Mary’s bus though did give us an idea of where to go for lunch, that’s a plus.

Chalk up one more cool feature of our new digs, now I gotta find out when the other Denver parades are :)

hello there, denver

I’m new here, so I thought I’d drop in and introduce myself.

I’m Andrew, I’m a journalism student at Metro, and I thought this blog might be a way for me to hone my writing skills. I write for the Metropolitan occasionally, but that’s not what my passion is.

See, I have been known to, on occasion, whip out a camera.

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underneath Denver.

Actually, this camera thing happens quite often. My goal here is to add a more visual side to this blog. Because sometimes, you just want to look at the pictures.

Catch you on the flip side.

Can I get some Ski slope courtesy please?

I spent yesterday and today up in Breck. As much as I enjoy skiing, I really gotta say, I wish I could afford to close the damn mtn for just me. So that the lame ass-hats that can afford to be up there with me won’t be around.

Is it too much to ask that you take your phone call, off to the side somewhere? Not in front of the entry to the lift so that we all have to come to a stop, and scoot around your dumb ass?

Is it too much to ask that you pay attention when getting into line for the lift? Rather than get in line, then look for your friends, kids, spouses, etc.

Snow boarders, I’m sure you get tired, but can you plop down to relax off to the side of the slope? Can you look around before plopping down so that people don’t have to swerve at the last second?

I really enjoy skiing, and am glad my wife got me interested in doing it, but man, being up there with so many self centered arse-hats, makes it one of those labors of love. In the course of two days, I had to navigate around no fewer than two dozen people who stopped in front of the lift, had to dodge around a good dozen snow boarders that simply dropped right in the middle of the slope. Not fell down, dropped, got tired, had a phone call, whatever I don’t know, but could ya just get out of the way?

You’ve got a week :) I’ll be up there next Sunday I think, let’s see how it goes!

I usually hate these ‘you know you’re…’ things

But this one rang pretty darn true, even for a transplant.

You’re from Colorado if—-

You’ll eat ice cream in the winter.

Why the heck not!?

When the weather report says it’s going to be 65 degrees, you shave your legs and wear a skirt.

I know I do! :D

It snows 5 inches and you don’t expect school to be canceled.

My inlaws in VA tell of school cancellations on threat of snow, LOL

You’ll wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature.

i hate flip flops!

You have no accent at all, but can hear other people’s. And then you make fun of them.

Accents are funny!

‘Humid’ is over 25%.

Amen!

Your sense of direction is: Toward the mountains and Away from the mountains.

Mine still sucks. But the mountains do help.

You say ‘the interstate’ and everybody knows which one.

I still like saying, “Take 25 south” instead of my trusty CA, “Take THE 25 south”

You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard.

You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat.

Wasn’t here as a kid, but it is funny to see Superman in a coat

You know what the Continental Divide is.

You don’t think Coors beer is that big a deal.

I’ve never thought it was. i mean really? Coors? Why not PBR? Or for that matter, water, isn’t about the same thing?

You went to Casa Bonita as a kid.

Shoot, i’ve been in the last two years!!! Cliff Divers FTW

You’ve gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.

My car at least is 4 wd

You always know the elevation of where you are.

’tis true

You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you wonder if it’s going to snow tomorrow.

ha ha

You don’t care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High.

Meh

Every movie theater has military and student discounts.

really?

Everybody wears jeans to church.

We wear them everywhere else, why not?

You actually know that South Park is a real place not just a show on TV.

and my dogs are named Terrence and Phillip, no lie!

You know what a ‘trust fund hippy’ is, and you know its natural habitat is Boulder.

who doesn’t love hippies!

You know you’re talking to a fellow Coloradoan when they call it Elitches, not Six Flags.

Still haven’t been, is there a day when they don’t allow teen agers? :)

A bear on your front porch doesn’t bother you.

This must be those Evergreen people, cuz I know I’d shat a brick if there was a bear on my front porch in Downtown.

Your two favorite teams are the Broncos and whoever is beating the heck out of the Raiders.

meh

You’ve been to the original Chipotle near the DU campus on Evans.

unless is 1000% not the same as the others in the franchise, I’ll still pass.

When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.

I’ve done that. poor little mole hills.

You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels ‘sticky’ and you notice the sky is no longer blue.

Yeah that does happen to me from time to time.

Specialty Coffee Culture Hits the Rockies

So I’ve made it very clear in the past that I grew up for the most part in the Northwest, home of the specialty coffee industry. I’ve been to the original Starbucks, even though I find Starbucks rather distasteful. I’ve made the claim that I can out-do any coffee snob I meet with my own brand of polite but insistent snobbery. Last weekend, I spent time with a group of people whose knowledge and passion for the magical bean far exceeds mine… and I loved it.

I love living in Denver, and it would take quite a circumstance to pull me away, but I do lament the lack of a good shot of espresso. Thanks to the ‘buck, most espresso around here is either too smokey, too bitter, or just plain yucky. Most espresso drinks are done at the push of a superautomatic button, with no attention paid to the art of steaming the milk just right to bring out the velvety smooth sweetness of a cappuccino… yikes. I’m making myself jittery just thinking about it.

Many people don’t know that the Specialty Coffee Association of America holds regional barista competitions, leading to a national competition, which ultimately leads to a world competition. For the first time ever, the Mountain Region held a barista competition, hosted by Allegro Coffee in Thornton.

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So that’s what they mean by "Heaven Dragon"…

Anyone ever been to Heaven Dragon in Thornton? It appears the noted owner might be in a bit of trouble.

The food there is quite good, and you can’t beat the lunch special. You can walk out of there only $6 poorer and with a very full tummy. Now I see how they can afford to feed you so cheap.

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