Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Ritchie Center Kind Of Sunset

I spent a rare evening at home yesterday - the first day of summer - which I believe is the longest day of the year.  And as long as I was home, I decided to take the above photograph of the University of Denver's Ritchie Center from the balcony of my condo.  Once again (Yes! Again!) it shows a beautiful Colorado sunset coming just after a day when the temperature reached 98 degrees.  It seems everybody in Denver is complaining about the heat.  The only person I met who wasn't complaining was a lady I delivered groceries to this week who recently moved here from New Orleans.  She likes the weather here just fine, especially compared to the humidity hell that is New Orleans.  At least in Stuart, Florida you have the ocean breezes. New Orleans just has alligator filled swamps.  Which is not to say it isn't lovely there, especially if you happen to like humidity.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is June 21st, the first day of summer, and to celebrate this wonderful event, I stopped at Washington Park after work yesterday  to enjoy the late afternoon atmosphere at that Denver landmark.  Everyone was jogging, walking their dogs, just hanging out, and even canoeing (see photograph above), taking advantage of the nice warm weather.  It has turned hot here in Denver,  and is predicted to reach 97 today.  Of course, it is predicted to hit 120 degrees in Phoenix, so I guess we can't complain.  I can just imagine what the temperature will be in Phoenix in August.  Of course, it is a dry heat, so 150 degrees in Phoenix is like 70 degrees in New Orleans.  So no problem.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nerd Night!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Blog, I decided on the spur of the moment to go to the Colorado Rockies - San Francisco Giants game this past Friday night.  I arrived fairly early, early enough to get the free promotional hat being given out.  For the life of me, I could not figure out what the hell the hat was supposed to be.  It came with it's own blond hair, as you can see from me modeling it in the above photograph.  Was the Coca Cola Company just playing a joke on the fans, seeing what ridiculous thing they could get them to wear?  I looked it up later, and I found it was Jon Gray hair hat night. Jon Gray is a Rockies pitcher, and he evidently has hair like that attached to the baseball cap.  And so what I want to know is, is this a good look for me?  Should I wear this cap to work every  day?  Or do I just look like a nerd - a super nerd?  Don't answer that.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The View From The Cheap Seats

On the spur of the moment, I decided to go to the Colorado Rockies - San Francisco Giants game at Coors Field in Lower Downtown Denver Friday night, and found that the cheapest seat was a "general admission" seat on the party deck for $22.  It was more than I wanted to pay, but you got a food credit of $6 with the ticket, so in effect it came with a free beer.  You were allowed to sit in sections 310 to 314.  I chose 314, which was a big mistake. The section was filled with 20 somethings, and they either did not understand or did not care where they were allowed to sit.  I spent most of the evening trying to watch the game as hundreds of fans walked past me, forced to move to different seats or else going down to get food, beer, more food, more beer, etc.

It really wasn't all that awful, however. The view of the game wasn't bad, and the view of the sunset was great (see photograph on the left).  And the Colorado Rockies, who are in first place and are already thinking playoffs, won the game against San Francisco. It wasn't easy, however. The closing pitcher gave up a couple of runs in the 9th inning, and the Rockies won the game by a score of 10 to 8, by the skin of their teeth.  Pennant fever has taken hold in Denver, but will the pitching hold up through September?  I'm afraid my crystal ball is out of order, but if recent history is taken into account, don't bet the farm.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

I uploaded the above photograph of my father Nelson and myself in the backyard of our house in the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Brainerd a few years ago, but as far as I can tell, never used it.  It brings back many happy memories of living in that house and that neighborhood.  I really admired and loved my father, a decent, kind man who did his very best for his family, and who worked for most of his life as a dentist, a job he detested.  He passed away at the early (to me) age of 74, but was able to live for 7 years down in Stuart, Florida, where he could play golf every day and finally enjoy life.  I am very happy that he was able to do that.  Happy Father's Day everyone!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Esplanade

I took the above photograph of The Esplanade - which runs between City Park and Colfax Avenue - the other morning after I parked my car at the garage next to the local Denver Bookstore where I work as the bookkeeper.  East High School can be seen on the right, quiet now that school is out and summer is just over the horizon.  Denver is a very pretty city, with many parks and greenspaces and parkways, not to mention old, tree-lined neighborhoods throughout the city.  In recent years it has also become quite unaffordable, and I read somewhere it had become the most expensive city in the country between  the two coasts.  The good with the bad, I guess.  And we can't send all those Californians back at this point.  Or can we?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Unnatural Acts

The Action Center in Lakewood, Colorado holds the "Beautiful Junk" sale every March and October at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and I make a point of showing up for the last hour of the sale, when you can buy a shopping bag full of books for $10.  There always seems to be a lot of  Stuart Woods paperback mysteries available, and so after I grab everything I really want, I grab some of these to round out the bag.  I was waiting to get some books from the library that I had requested, and so in the meantime decided to give Unnatural Acts, a Stone Barrington mystery,  a try.  I have read other Stuart Woods mysteries before and I must say they are nothing extra - not horrible, but nothing you would put a request into the library for. Unnatural Acts was okay - it passed the time, and was a quick read, but once again nothing extra.  And happily, the Denver Public Library called yesterday to tell me that Little White Lies, the new Spenser mystery by Ace Atkins (picking up where Robert Parker left off after passing away) is ready to pick up. Now that is something to look forward to.