Archive for the ‘Seen’ Category

Goose Creek photos: A shipwrecked bike?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

On the Goose Creek Greenway path, just on the east side of 28th Street:

New-ish graffiti under Valmont

Friday, July 8th, 2011


Well, one other reason you hadn’t heard much from me was that at the end of May, I broke my big toe. Not pleasant. So I’ve been off of the bike for a long time. It’s still a little painful, but I’m back on, riding a little weird (it’s frankly a lot better than driving), and seeing things in the area.

We haven’t had any interesting graffiti in the area in quite some time outside of the graffiti wall, and this doesn’t really qualify either, but it’s something to look at. Here are a couple more photos — all taken on Elmer’s Twomile Creek Greenway, under Valmont Road. (more…)

Walmart, Amaro, Tangerine, Rocky Mountain Soccer and more updates

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

OK, I owe you all a few things.

First, an explanation about the month of June: I got married!

It was a busy time. No neighborhood blogging managed. As a result, I’ve missed a few newsy items:

  1. Tangerine and Amaro are totally open. Tangerine seems to be quite popular already and Amaro, as of yet, lacks the critical mass of people to justify it becoming the late-night boozy hangout that I am dying for in our neighborhood. We’ve been to both places a couple of times and like ‘em plenty. Dante at Amaro made my new wife and I some celebratory drinks. Mine had dry ice in it and was otherwise mostly Bourbon from what I could tell — and my best man dubbed it the Total Protonic Reversal. Tangerine features big, delicious breakfast — which is one of my favorite things. Alec, owner of both and of Arugula, is doing a fantastic job. Have you been? What do you think?
  2. I don’t remember the name of it, but the martial arts/fitness studio that was at the southernmost end of Tebo Plaza is gone and has been replaced by a print shop.
  3. The old Flowerama building, which briefly had a sign that said “The Station” (now covered up, presumably until it opens) has been confirmed by loyal reader Andrea to be a dispensary.
  4. Rocky Mountain Soccer is moving from Willow Springs Shopping Center to Spruce and 28th on July 15th. Too bad — we really wanted to start watching some soccer games at their parties. I know, they’re not going far, but it’s the principle of the thing. This, of course, is the kickoff for speculation as to what will fill that space — it’s east of Abo’s, near Tangerine, Amaro and Arugula. My wife said Alec should open a bakery there since that’s basically the only thing he doesn’t have yet.
  5. And finally, the gossip blockbuster from the Camera: Someone apparently wants to know whether people in north Boulder like Walmart – and whether big-box retail belongs at the site of the aging Diagonal Plaza shopping center. Boulder resident Rick Wills said he received a phone call on Wednesday from a survey taker – with a Pennsylvania area code – who asked just three questions: ‘Am I familiar with the city of Boulder’s plans to redevelop the Diagonal Plaza?; would I support a 24-hour Walmart there?; would I support a ban on big-box retailers in the area?’ Wills said, repeating the questions he was asked.” Well, how ’bout that? How do you feel about a 24-hour Walmart at Diagonal Plaza?

The Book Worm

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

...but I couldn't get a copy of 'Cat's Cradle.'

After a long hiatus, I bring you the magic of the used book store.

After the storm

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

It's gonna be so, so green around here for a while.

Taken at Goose Creek hours after two inches of hail collected on my  window sill yesterday.

The titular park

Thursday, May 19th, 2011


About 8 p.m. on Monday.

I love longer days.

Winding Trail Village pitch and the identities of communities

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

A lot of the time when I’m looking for material for the blog, I just thrash around on Google until I find something new. Today, it’s not particularly exciting, but it does get at sort of an interesting question for me.

Obviously I’m interested in community character, or I wouldn’t be doing this. How large or small does a community have to be to have a character?

This little sales pitch for a home in Winding Trail Village makes it sound like it’s a community of scientists. Ha! How cool would that be? I like to take it a step further and just imagine all of the scientists showing up in labcoats and Priuses all at the same time, watches synchronized to the atomic clock…

Many of the neighbors in this community are scientists and engineers who work at NCAR.  Working at NCAR and living in Winding Trail Village is a perfect match because you can walk to work.  There is also a planned light rail station nearby.

(By the way, the post is about a year old.)

What would you say, in the broadest of strokes, is the character of your immediate block or complex or subdvision?

Therapy dog, guardian visit Columbine Elementary for career week

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I came across a pretty adorable account of a therapy dog and her guardian visiting Columbine Elementary to explain to the kiddos what a therapy dog is all about:

Many of you know our dog, Maddie, is a therapy dog at the County Juvenile Center where we visit the kids each week. A few weeks ago, Maddie and I tried something new. We made a therapy dog visit to my grandson’s preschool. What fun this was! My husband,Tom, joined us on this one. They were having “career week,” where parents came and talked to the kids about different jobs (have kids advanced since I was that age?) — so I talked about what a volunteer is and types of animal-related volunteer jobs. And Maddie let them know all the different important jobs that dogs do for humans, like her current job as a therapy dog, service dogs, search and rescue dogs, etc.

Photos and more over at the blog.

Red Oak Park looking sharp

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I biked through Red Oak Park this weekend to find that more of it is inhabited than I had previously thought. It really seems to be coming right along. A friend who lives across the street said he noticed a bit of wind damage from our recent exciting weather on a few of the unfinished units — mostly on the rooftops — but that he’s surprised at how quickly everything seems to be moving.

I wonder how long it’ll take to finish the rest, and I’m particularly curious about the structure in the front of the development that looks like it might be some kind of common house or meeting house.

It’s an interesting looking project (and you’ll see I’ve put together a new resource page on the neighborhood in the list at right).

Welcome, tourists!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

…which is to say that somebody wrote an angry blog post about sitting at the Boulder Driver License office in Diagonal Plaza Mall. The long and the short of it: the worst part of the experience was driving through the parking lot at Diagonal Plaza.