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August 30th, 2008 – by: poorogies
We'll start with the grievances as there are far fewer of them...
-1. Parking Lots: In the Springs and possibly all over this western state the city planners seem to have been instructed by playing at Sims. The layouts of the most common of features baffle me! Why do they INSIST on allowing for only one entrance and exit to their extensive lays of pavement? And who are they trying to fool by establishing "compact only" spots in the most pretentious shopping strips? Like the frequenters of Banana Republic and Pottery Barn would have anything to do with a small-sized coupe! It's a pity the fellow who would remind us with a well placed bumper sticker on the parked beasts was persecuted.
-2. No Helmet Laws: In the state of Colorado you are permitted to risk your life for the sake of a well groomed mane. Although I hate to differ with my father on any account he is willing to move here just because of that horrid allowance! I think it's absurd that you can go about on a motorcycle without the least of protection but you had better "click it or ticket" in a far more sturdy assembly.
-3. Traffic Lights: Geez, I'm sure it sounds like I have a lot of issues with our traffic regulation, but I assure you, I'm quite peaceable on the roadways :) I hate the fact that Colorado Springs seems to want to induce road rage in the best of us, though.
-4. Public Transportation: Or lackthereof. I do enjoy the idea that you can use the wi-fi on the Frex line that goes up to Denver each day, but you have to be a regular commuter to make that worth your while. To just get up to school and back the Springs' line is not so worthy. It may have something to do with the fact that Colorado has a ton of open space which is great for a few country songs, but not so great for saving up pesetas in fuel charges. The mass-transit system leaves much to be desired and takes forever to navigate.
-5. The East Side: Imagine for a moment a prairie as far as the eye can see; then populate it with so many houses built on top of each other your neighbor is practically your suitemate for all intents and purposes.
As for the positives, I can hardly name them all nor give anywhere near an extensive list but here is my feable attempt.
1. Columbines: The state flower of Colorado is the Rocky Mountain blue Columbine. It has to be the most impressive flower I have ever dared to grow. This flora is equiped with alien-like spires that come off the back of the bloom and have a simple petal rotation. Perfect.
2. Natural Rock Formations: Garden of the Gods, Red Rocks Open Space, the walls that close in the drive along US 24...BEAUTIFUL! I lay no claim on geology, but I can admire those chunks of rock! I love the fact that this exposed sandstone can be found the world over and connect us in some way.
3. Bars and Breweries: Hooray Beer! Some favorites found in the Springs: Bristol Brewing (Beehive) and Phantom Canyon Brew Co. (Cascade Amber). I also get to delight in the fact that Coors distributes my all-time favorite--Blue Moon (variences include: Honey Moon, Rising Moon and even the Harvest Moon) Perhaps I will one day be disillusioned with a true Belgian Wit but until that day...
4-5. Dog Parks and Trail Heads: Bear Creek Nature Center has an open space that our dog absolutely adores! She can romp and play and sniff whomever and whatever she wants sans leash! What dog wouldn't love that. The Fountain Creek runs through the park so Rudy can have a little swim with her new friends and cool off after running around and through the park.
6. Weather Features: Friday as I was getting into my car the skyline (a positive all its own) was inexpressible. The rain was a curtain in front of the Peak and the thunderheads were brewing in the south. If I had a real camera with an orange filter I MIGHT have been able to show the contrast with some black and white pics, but alas another Kodak moment lost to an inferior camera and camerawoman! The clouds were just towering above our 14er! It was breathtaking!
For now I'll pause. I need to acquire some more photos and this can lay in wait :)
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