Archive for August, 2008

A Taste of Colorado

Tonight I went to check out “A Taste of Colorado” and had a blast. A wise veteran of the event advised us to go for the tastes, not the meals, and wise advice this was indeed.

While not claiming to be wise, and only a 1-night veteran, here is my advice: go with a friend, and each throw in $5, then split all the foods along the way. This way, I got to try Saag Paneer, pepper steak, BBQ Pork, regular pork, bacon wrapped stuffed jalepeños, mango gelati, raspberry gelati, fried plantains, and more. Check it out- it still runs on Monday.

Attempting to lighten things up…

In the midst of the politiking and all…there was one ray of hope.  One finaly chance for the world to be saved.

And it is in The Denver Area Ghostbusters that we find this long lost hope.  They were at the DNC…and well, just watch and appreciate my fellow nerds at work.  WOOT!


Oh and this guy has a nearly fully functional Ecto-1.  Srlsy.  See the awesomeness:


Yet another DNC post

So, my thoughts so far –

1. Despite the supposed huge presence of anarchists, what I have mostly seen is that capitalism is alive and thriving in downtown Denver. Although I did get a good chuckle out of one sign I saw that said, “Two cheeks of the same arse” and then had a picture of Obama on one side and a picture of McCain on the other side. Of course, after chuckling, I just had to shake my head. So what exactly do they think they are going to accomplish? Pretty much nothing. This is our system, folks. Work with it.

2. Most people seem interested in just seeing what is going on. I’ve seen some demonstrators and minor clashes with the police, including a group of police on horseback trying to keep a crowd back from what must have been an arrested protestor. I didn’t want to get too close, but the crowd was chanting, “Let him go, let him go” and the police were yelling for people to stand back. Eventually, the guy was taken off and not much else happened. But again, as I’ve walked around downtown, it mostly seems to be a lot of people just wanting to see what is all happening.

3. And then of course, there seem to be a lot of people just hoping to catch sight of a celebrity. I’ve heard one woman on her cell phone talking about Anne Hathaway – she obviously had met her. And I walked by Earl’s on Tuesday around lunch and a crowd was hovering outside, so I asked one of the 16th Street Mall guides and apparently Susan Sarandon had been spotted on the mall and Spike Lee was in Earl’s. By political standards, neither is very noteworthy. By normal standards of people who like to be star struck, pretty much par for the course.

I may be speaking too soon, but so far, it seems rather exciting for our city of Denver, but relatively tame in comparison to much more turbulent times.

I will have to admit that I did check out the MSNBC tower and while there I caught a glimpse of Jimmy Carter as he was being interviewed on the second floor of this tower, and then I caught a glimpse of him as he came down the stairs afterwards. Since you can’t really see much of anything on the second floor of this tower, it is obviously not built for the benefit of the public. It does give a nice view for the camera of Union Station and maybe?? some extra measure of security for the people being interviewed???? Not really sure…..

And since I plan to head back downtown tomorrow for a short time, it should be interesting to see what happens next. This time I’ll take my camera along, which probably means I won’t see anything noteworthy since I’ll actually be prepared for it this time.

My thoughts so far on the DNC

in a word, meh.

Not for a lack of interesting things going on, I find the convention very interesting and wish I had more time to hit up the cool things going on this week, alas, I do not. I did walk over to the sustainable living roadshow area, over on 16th and central (i think 16th). That was a let down. apparently sustainable living centers mainly on wearing hemp clothing and eating cupcakes. The band at the head of the street didn’t suck, that was good.

I find much of the spectacle a bit over the top. MSNBC has a two freakin’ story news tower thing, over at Union station. They are the news for crying out loud! It looks like a siege engine. Is that really necessary?

The blue mailbox thing is irksome, though I can see the concern.

I haven’t even laid eyes on the armed camp that is the Pepsi Center. I don’t plan to. I’ve been watching some of the goings on live over the intertubes, I’ll probably consume the speeches over the weekend.

I had one funny observation down on 16th last night however. some crazy skatery looking kids are walking in front of my wife and I, and some bible thumper (not one of the regular ones on 16th mind you) tells the skater kid to ‘go home’ after the skater kid makes a snide remark when told how much Jesus loves him. To which, skater kid (kudos to him) said, “I am home, you go home. You’ve come to my home!” Bible thumper was speechless, he kinda sputtered a bit, then turned his attention to the people behind my wife and I as we passed laughing at him.

To all you wingnuts; political and religious, try to remember, you’re visitors here.

I don’t want your bible card, I don’t need an Obama button, umbrella, t-shirt, bobble head, you name it. I just want to go to the bank, an deposit a check, then I want to run to the post office to mail a CD to my friend in the limited window of time available to me.

So that’s my thoughts so far.

1.21 Gigawatts

apparently the DNC is the perfect time and place to unveil some rather interesting “wall art”

The empty (I think) warehouse next door is sporting this little number


Then walking to the gym this morning, I spied this little guy on an old loading dock platform.


damn straight! The amount of Juice needed to propel a Delorean through time!

Getting Political, Part 2

Well, it had to happen eventually.  The Re-Create 68 crowd can’t trust the police anymore.  And the leader has this non-commital thing to say when asked what “no more truce” means in the big picture,

Pressed for specifics on what the “ending of the truce” would mean on the streets for the final days of the DNC, Spagnuolo shrugged.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Spagnuolo.

Oh good.  Because Denver really needs more of this.  Having read through Littlegreenfootballs coverage (this post has the specifics) with Zombie (he’s a undercover conservative brother) and seen pictures of the urine bags in question…I have no doubt the police have their reasons for bringing a little heat (rhetorical heat mind you) to this situation.  I can only hope these guys wise up and protest peacefully and meaningfully, versus violently and pointlessly.

If any of our fellow authors feel compelled to post about this whole hulaboo and take a counterpoint I’m interested to see what you think.  I’d hate to be the only voice inparting my opinion.  :)

Getting Political, part 1

*update*  8/27/2008 Read this and then see the comments section below for some interesting back and forth*

I think this blog is going to see more political posts in the coming week than it ever has and I’m intrigued to see how my fellow authors in the Mile High City feel about the visitors from around the world. I for one have reached a love and hate point tonight. After Bisset linked us to the Met I looked through the posts and found myself conflicted.

When I see someone wearing a bandanna over most of their face, dark clothes covering their body and shouting words like “FU*K the WAR!” and generally behaving like over sized toddlers in the middle of 16th street mall where kids and families are…I tend to have a feeling similar to bile in the back of my mouth. When people in this modern age think that The Man is out to get them, that the Police have nothing better to do then to push them down and that somehow Anarchy is a better way of life, it troubles me.

I’m all for freedom of speech. Lord knows it’s been a tenant of this country since we all got started way back when. But there are certain things that come into play. Assembling yourself in a manner that is against the law, blocking traffic and generally causing more pain for regular Joes’ and Janes’…that I have a problem with. Maybe I’m getting too old and cranky. Perhaps its the (R) blood shining through.

Perhaps my point is that when I see pictures from The Met with “FU*K a PIG!” sprayed on a wall…I have to wonder. I have to wonder what the point of this aggressively explicit wordplay is exactly. Sure, getting your point out is one thing. Knowing your audience is another.

Perhaps that’s my point. Denver is not Seattle. Maybe Boulder could pass for the Northwest. Here in Denver we’re a little more…intellectual. Mind you as I walked the streets on Sunday I heard plenty of statements about the men and women in Blue that threatened to send me into a tizzy. But maybe, just maybe…adjusting the manner of broadcasting your message might be better suited? I can only imagine how tired people are going to get of this week long protesting and violent action.

I guess what I’m asking for is some discussion. Our comment section has kind of gotten some cobwebs lately. I know there’s plenty of people out there with a unique perspective. So, let’s see if we can have a civil conversation about all this.


Update: Here’s a sample of a protester from today, via BigBagNews (warning, their normal videos are VERY coarse)


Metro State covers the DNC

Hey all,

Just giving a shameless plug for the Metropolitan’s blog (since we’re locked out of our offices and can’t do a print version). We’ve been running around town trying to cover as much as possible, so if it’s not in this metroblog, you can get your DNC hit here

Stay safe!

DNC Sunday Afternoonapoolaza

I am a stranger in a strange land, this is for certain.  Aaron DeLay (distantly related to famous Republican Tom DeLay aka The Hammer) stood in the midst of 16th street mall today…and managed to make it out with the (R) still next to his name.

Considering all the events in question, I was lucky!

All kidding aside, it’s a mad house that is controlled chaos downtown and I would suggest anyone and everyone take a run down to check it out.  Make sure you have someone with you (just in case the useless anarchists get a clue and start doing what they usually do) and enjoy the sights and sounds of Democracy in Denver.  Today I walked from one end of the mall to the other taking video and just observing.

That video is sitting in a pile on my laptop right now.  It’ll get there.

Things of note today.  I ran into Tom Brokaw.  Literally.  Outside Johnny Rockets and on the corner taking video of the cops and all…when suddenly I noticed someone down the street.  It couldn’t be.  Just him and his wife.  Nobody with him.

And it totally was.  He walked by us and did the voice we all know and love.  And continued on down.  9news reported today that most people didn’t even see him.  I think I saw him because I was looking.  And I couldn’t stop shaking after he had walked by.  Only Walter Cronkite would have completed the moment and I just might have had another stroke (jokes about my stroke are a-ok, in case you’re wondering) and go to heaven happy meeting two of my idols.

I observed guys that are probably famous in government that I don’t know about.  Secret Service and all kinds of law enforcement were out in well, force.  It was calm for the most part until some (I really don’t like anarchists…and I can’t apologize for the dislike because I really…just don’t think they have a cause to stand on) dumb arsed anarchists got the lame (and I do mean lame) idea to either occupy or hang out in a parking structure on Stout in between 15th and 16th.

They also were walking down a street that was wide open…and you just really can’t do that with Sunday afternoon DNC traffic.  I was up at Tremont and 16th when I heard on a nearby police radio, “Skirmish line at 15th and Stout…on the double” and the police moved pretty damned quickly.

At the time I had no idea what it was.  And in that moment I forgot all about my safety.  I wanted to be in the middle of that story digital camera, Twitter account and all.  When I got to 15th and Stout the police presence was…intense.  The video that I’ll upload will tell the tale but DPD (and the other jurisdictions in town) wasn’t playing any type of games.  Horses, bikes, cars, SUV’s and the SWAT squad (the guys with the big guns, big plastic masks and intense uniforms with all kinds of Batman-esque tools attached) were lined up creating one helluva terrifying image.

The message was clear.  Get the hell off this street that should be clear for traffic and light rail.  They had a truck with a speaker.  There were calls for them to move off the street and out of the parking garage.  At this point the police presence felt liked it outnumbered us.  And that was probably the intent.  Well, it worked.  And I was glad for it.

They closed off the street down at 16th and Stout and were playing it pretty tough.  I had passed officers pulling gas and mace onto their uniforms.  Now as I walked I realized what I was in the middle of and just where this could be headed.

People with DNC credentials were talking about why they should probably just go back to the hotel. I stood fast, videotaping and watching everyone was much as I could.

It took a little while but the anarchists blinked and played nice…for now.  They had behaved for most of the day, marching around on the mall and doing the smart thing.  Aside from the dark clothing and face masks (again, dumb and lacking serious courage…my bias is showing…dang) they had done the smart thing.

It even made 9news, if you can believe it.

The crowds dispersed a little more and the police moved on to simply watch the protesters and observe that they were indeed being lawful.  That is mostly what DPD did today.  Followed around the marchers of various groups and keeping tabs on what they were doing.

I will applaud DPD and various other agencies for doing a great job so far in keeping the area safe and well protected.  Also, men in uniform are all kinds of attention grabbers for girls, especially the ones tagging along with me today.  A note to the women in uniform today: I saw you.  I crushed on you.  I almost tried to talk to a few of you…even the four foot four cutie pie.  But I knew that since she was short and a women in blue everyone had probably messed with her…so I figured I’d stay safe and stay away.

Looking forward to everyone being smart about the convention this year…please, let’s keep it safe and free.  Leave your opinions and DNC experiences below.  If there’s some good stuff I’ll even move it to a main page post!  Woot!

24 Hour Starbucks

As I’m right out of college, I’m a fan of 24 hour places. Late night diners, that kind of thing. But evidently, Denver isn’t the city that never sleeps.

So a couple nights ago, some friends and I wanted to go out around 11:30 pm, but weren’t sure what would be available. A friend who has lived here his whole life took us to a 24 hour Starbucks, next to a Barnes and Noble on Colorado. Now, normally I’m not a fan of Starbucks, but this one was pretty cool. The tables inside and out were packed with all kinds of people, drinking coffee and enjoying the cool night air. The atmosphere is amazing- I’m sure I heard 3 or 4 languages besides English being spoken.

So check it out, if you’re up late and wanting some coffee.

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