Archive for February, 2009

Things To Do, March 1: Go To The Denver Book Mall

The Denver Book Mall happens something like the 1st Sunday of every month. That would be tomorrow. And you oughtta go, because local author Carrie Vaughn will be there signing copies of her brand new novel, Kitty Raises Hell. It’s number six in her most excellent series of novels starring a late-night talk show host who just happens to be a werewolf. If you’ve never heard of it before, start with Kitty and the Midnight Hour–the Denver Book Mall will be a fantastic place to pick up a copy.

(I’d tell you that these are not your typical werewolf-in-the-big-city novels, but you might not believe me seeing as how I’m such a fan girl and not likely to give an unbiased report. So you’ll just have to read ’em yourself.)

The Denver Book Mall is also hosting a signing by Mario Acevedo, whose Colorado-based novel stars a vampire PI named Felix. (I haven’t read that one yet. It sounds like fun.)

Please go! For me! So I can live vicariously though each and every one of you! Because I really, really wanted to go, and circumstances intervened, spoil-sports that they are. (Stupid weekend having only 48 stupid hours in it. Grumble grumble grumble & etc.) Go on! Git!

…I should probably mention whereabouts and when. OK. Here’s the stats:

Denver Book Mall
When: Sunday, March 1, from 3:00 PM until I’m-not-exactly-sure.
Where: 32 Broadway, between 1st and Ellsworth.
Questions? Call Nina Else at 303-733-3808.

There ya go. Now git yer butts down there, and tell me all about it when you get back.

Organized Sports for Kids in the Denver Area

I just returned from the finals of the Green Mountain League tournament for the 8th Grade Girls Competitive Division.  Unfortunately, my daughter’s team – the Conifer Lady Lobos – lost to the Golden Demons after going undefeated in all league games during the regular season and the tournament – until the finals….  As disappointing as the loss was, it has been a great season.  Now, our girls have to suck it up and go out and play in the Gold Crown tournament later today.  Go Lobos!

My son is also active in sports, he plays for the Colorado Junior Eagles Major A hockey team.  They won their conference in both the regular season and year-end tournament.  Tonight, they are playing in the state championship tournament at Apex Rec Center.  Go Eagles!

While it does get tiring taking the kids to practice and going to games – sometimes all over Colorado and even out of State – it is worth it for the kids.  In addition to helping keep our kids in shape, competitive athletics are a great training ground for young people and help them learn life lessons.  You don’t win every battle, but if you learn to carry yourself with grace and dignity, you will always be a winner.

We are very fortunate to have so many organizations and leagues that encourage participation in sports throughout Denver and the Front Range.  If you have kids and are not taking advantage of these opportunities, your kids – and you – are missing out.  Make the effort.  It’s a lot of fun!

Rocky Mountain News: 1859-2009

After 150 years, existing longer than the city it serves, longer than the state of Colorado itself, the Rocky Mountain News is closing its doors.

Publisher John Temple gave its eulogy in a press conference today at the Denver Newspaper Agency. He told the press that “We had hoped to find a solution, any solution other than this.” Temple revealed that the Scripps company, which owns the Rocky, had no offers in the search for a buyer which began in December.

When the presses shut down tonight, the Denver Post will be the only major newspaper in Colorado. The Rocky, whose photo staff won four Pulitzer Prizes since 2000, whose pages were graced by the likes of Damon Runyon, Gene Amole and Dusty Saunders, who has covered everything from the Big Thompson flood to the moon landing, to the statehood of Colorado itself, will cease to exist after tomorrow.

Denver will not be the same without the Rocky. She will be sorely missed by all who ever read her pages. Intrinsically a part of the city of Denver as well as the state of Colorado, the Rocky weathered the Civil War as well as two world wars, the Great Depression, and the rise of television news. And now, with the global economy in turmoil and the newspaper industry facing mounting casualties such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the San Francisco Chronicle, the Rocky must bow out.

We will miss you.

Speed Traps in Denver

Laser Radar Guns are now being attached to the traffic lights w/cameras around Denver. They started installing them on Monday. So… if you plan on speeding through the yellow lights you may want to reconsider.

AMC Oscar Showcase 2009

Well, it’s over! I managed to get through 5 movies on Saturday with the help of Toby and Sarah. I’m still working on the written blog post, but I’ll post the six videos below so you can check ’em out if you wish.
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Restaurant Week Has Started!

It’s that time of the year – Restaurant Week in Denver!
I love restaurant week! All the cool expensive restaurants have a deal where you can pay 52.80 a couple or 26.40 a person if you are flying solo to enjoy some yummy eats!
Make sure you check the menu’s some of them offer up free wine or discounted cocktails – gotta make sure you get the most for your money in this economy!

My roster for this year is as follows:
Cru (yes I already know I love it, but doesn’t hurt to make sure!)
Vesta Dipping Grill (been meaning to try this place forever)
The Oceanaire
Soleil Mediterranean Grill and Wine
Pearl Street Grill

Keep an eye on Yelp for my reviews!

If you haven’t made your reservations for 5280 week, you are in luck, they just extended the end date to March 6th! Woohoo!
Get your choices in and dine away!!!

Reynolds Park

We just went for a hike in Reynolds Park.  It is Jefferson County Open Space in Conifer off of Foxton Road.

It is a beautiful day for a hike.  We were planning to do the loop at the very top of the trail.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get very far.  We made it about a mile up the trail before we were stopped by a 30 foot long ice dam.  If the dam had been flat, we could have made it across, but it was sloped down hill.  We did make it around the dam only to find more ice up ahead.  Eventually, we found a nice sunny rock and hung out for a while before coming back down the trail.

Anyway, Reynolds Park is a great place to hike.  Very little traffic and lots of nature.  Just make sure you have crampons or YackTrax if you want to do it this time of year.

Carbon Monoxide Dector Legislation

The Colorado House of Representatives is about to pass a bill requiring the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to be installed in all new construction.  According to the Colorado House Democrats Blog:

House Bill 1091 requires all new homes and apartments to install CO detectors. It also requires installation of detectors in new construction of single or multi-family dwellings, including rental properties. Prior to renting, the bill states that a landlord must replace or repair existing alarms, and permits a local government to set more stringent requirements for the installation of alarms.

While I tend to be fairly liberal politically, this legislation does give me some hesitation.  It does seem to to be an intrusion into our private lives.  (There is an appeal to libertarian thinking….)  That said, according to the Cherry Creek News:

The CDC reports about 500 Americans die each year due to accidental CO poisoning, and another 20,000 end up in the emergency room. Children are especially vulnerable. Although CO poisoning can happen anytime, most incidents happen during the winter months, mainly due to an increased use of fuel-burning appliances.

Six people have died in Colorado since Thanksgiving from Carbon Monoxide poisoning and fifty people have been treated in Colorado emergency rooms.

Last weekend, on Valentine’s Day, our good friends called us in a panic – they needed us to take their dogs for the night.  Their CO detector had gone off – they had just installed it a week before.  The fire department had determined that their stove was leaking gas and they had to leave their house for the night.  Thankfully, they had their CO detector installed or they could have been another statistic….

This morning, I installed a second carbon monoxide detector in our house.  It was our choice and we don’t have the Colorado legislature mandating – yet.  But, maybe it is a good thing to mandate this.  It is relatively inexpensive, it will save lives including a few people who knowingly accept the risk and other unknowing beneficiaries of the pending legislation.

Today is the Day

I’ll be at Westminster 24 doing to the AMC Theaters Oscar Showcase today from 9:00am to midnight.  I’ll be updating mostly through twitter and if I can some mobile stuff.  Lots of blogging, vlogging and whatever else I can manage will be going on.  If you’re going to be there, hit me up or seek me out.  Live Twitter Stream is below.  I’ll take this post out late tonight and replace with my layers upon layers of blog post and vlog posts.

See you there!

Follow my updates here.

Boulder Barack Battle

2/20: updated with link to someone who has some experience with Boulder High and race: Alexis Gentry hit this one pretty well on the head.  Read the whole thing.

My issue with this has little to do with Obama and more to do with the blatant hypocrisy exhibited by naming a school where racism, discrimination, and segregation are not only allowed, but enforced by the staff and administration.

To understand why I am so upset about this, you need to know my back story. As a bi-racial student at BHS from 1999-2002, I have first-hand experience with some of Boulder’s infamous hypocritical behavior.

2/12: updated: Students pull plan

9News reports that Boulder High School students say it’s time for a “Barack Obama High School”.

Well, you have to give them props for going right along with the whole “Yes We Can” motif that has swept the country coast to coast and threatens to drown the rest of us in an overdose of Hope and Change.

All right, maybe that was a little snippy, but I’m just going to come out and say it. This Obama worship that seems to be breaking loose from the far and near corners is a more than a little creepy and embarrassing. In the United States it feels like we’ve suddenly given up hope in ourselves and placed it in the hands of one man. People, he’s the President. He’s not the guy who is going to save America single handily. This whole crisis is not just one guys fault. There’s plenty of blame to go around and Former President Bush is not the only one to put on a pike and dance around gleefully.

Although I suspect some would gleefully suggest such a thing.

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