March 2018 . Issue 7.3
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Aces High hauls recycling to Denver and cardboard to Wolcott. All the additional driving would seem to negate the environmental benefits of recycling.
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Trash and Cash to Moffat County In recent news it was reported that Aces High in Steamboat is hauling Routt County trash to the Moffat County Landfill near Craig. This is a 92 mile round trip compared to a 28 mile round trip to dispose of trash at Twin Enviro’s Milner Landfill. Routt County residents’ trash disposal fees are also going to Moffat County. Here’s the background: Aces High founder Steve Weinland sold his trash company to a Delaware LLC partially owned and operated by Steve Miles of Chicago. During Twin’s first meeting with Aces High new owners, Miles expressed his desire to purchase Twin’s Routt County operations and when Twin refused Miles demanded lower disposal prices for Aces at the Milner landfill. Miles also related his plans to run Waste Management out of the local market. The contract between Aces High and Moffat County is for two years with options for an additional three years with no price escalations.
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The contract does not prohibit Aces High from dumping recyclables in the Moffat landfill.
That support may diminish due to the Moffat County contract.
In the short term Twin and Routt County are the big losers. Who else loses?
Local business: Aces High customer’s disposal fees are now supporting Moffat County instead of Routt County.
The Environment. Aces High is now hauling your trash to Moffat County, your recycling to Denver, and your cardboard to Wolcott. Think of the extra truck miles, fuel, and risk exposure in those extra miles. All of these materials can be processed at Twin’s Milner facility.
Twin Enviro is the local leader in environmental services and supports with its Materials Recovery Facility, the Milner Mall, and its Composting Operations. These recycling operations are not profitable, and as Twin states in many of our ads, your trash supports Twin’s recycling efforts.
Customer Service: What happens when it snows and Aces’ trucks get stopped by the weather, or worse have an accident driving your waste and recyclables those extra risky and unnecessary miles? Will Aces’ customers get dependable service?
Twin asks you to support the local Milner Landfill, Routt County businesses, and our environment. Switch your trash service from Aces High to Twin Enviro, the locally owned and operated trash service business and a good steward of the environment. When you make the switch, you win, local businesses win, Routt County wins, and the environment wins.
Sustainability. The Milner landfill pays fees to Routt County government based upon the disposal tonnage at Milner. Routt County uses some of those fees to support sustainability.
Contents From The Publisher’s Desk By Matt Scharf
Focusing on the Wrong Economic Indicators Page 5 By Scott L. Ford
Ancient Voices/ Modern Rhythms By Dagny McKinley
Yampatika Open Enrollment/ Summer Camp Page 7 By Joe Haines
They Were Also Heroes: Part II
Housing Landscape by the Numbers
Here Buddy Bud!
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By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield By Scott L. Ford By Karen Vail
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Rejected Snow Sculpture Submissions Here at the Valley Voice we had our own snow sculpture contest for this year’s Winter Carnival. The designs were either too gross or they weren’t politically correct. Either way, we thought you might enjoy all the rejected ideas.
Here we are in March already. It’s almost time to start thinking spring. I can hardly wait. More dirt biking! In this issue, look for Karen Vail’s article on budding flowers. A guide to start looking for signs of spring. The Bonnifield’s articles never disappoint. Their continued stories, “They were also Heroes” is about WWII and the local personalities that lived through it all. Dagny McKinley’s article on the Art Depot’s show of artists will inspire. Chula Beauregard is one of the best around these parts. It’s not that plein easy. Please read Lyn Wheaton’s Routt County Disasters article. It takes you through the Wyoming darkness. Kind-of a Fear and Loathing skew - without the ether. As always, we hope you enjoy the Valley Voice. If you ever feel the need to write, draw, click or paint, please submit! Contact us here at the VV. It seems we are always here.
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Focusing on the Wrong Economic Indicators By Scott L. Ford
Twice this week I heard Steamboat Springs described as a “Sales Tax Based Economy.” I do not even know what that is, but it drives me crazy when I hear the economy described this way. When I asked one of the individuals who made this statement for clarification, I got a reference to sales tax being local (city) government’s single largest source of general fund revenue. When I responded that sources of government revenue and the local economy are not the same thing I was asked, “OK, then what is the local economy?” In this month’s column I thought I would describe what Steamboat Springs’ economy looks like. To begin with at the most fundamental level we must define what an economy does. If we understand what an economy does it becomes reasonably easy to define it. In our modern society it takes money for a household to live. Be it a household consisting of just one person or of 10 people it takes money to live. I would suspect that very few individuals in the Steamboat area are truly reliant on solely being hunter/gatherers to survive. Who knows there may be someone living in a cave on the backside of Emerald Mountain that only comes out at night. Steamboat, just like about every other modern society, exchanges money for goods and services. The source of this income (money) will be either from sources of labor or from non-labor sources. Labor Source income is a direct result of “work”, either physical or mental. Non-labor income can be grouped into three general categories: income from investments, payments associated with aging, and payments associated with economic hardship. In the greater Steamboat area on an aggregate basis in 2016 there was about $620.2 million in Household Income. Of this about 75% was from labor sources (wage/ salary and self-employment) and 25% from non-labor sources. Since labor source income represents about 75%, the next step in describing Steamboat’s economy is to understand by industry sector the sources of that income and the employment associated with it. Before we do this a word of caution is necessary. Although it is tempting to think one industry sector is more important or valuable than another, it would myopic to do so. One of Steamboat’s greatest economic strengths is its diversity of industry sectors.
In the Steamboat area there are about 11,000 individuals age 16 and older who worked during 2016. The distribution of that employment is shown in the chart below.
Educational services, and health care and social assistance at 15% Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing
Since not all jobs earn the same amount, the next step to understand is the sources of household labor source income by industry sector.
• Sources of Household Income = 49%
An important economic characteristic is diversification. What this simply means is the local economy can sustain a significant loss in one industry sector yet continue to survive. To put it simply, “Can it take a licking and keep on ticking?”
Educational services, and health care and social assistance at 20%
If the top three industry sectors represent 50% or less of the local economy, it is considered as diverse. For the Steamboat area this is:
Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative at 13%
Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services at 14%
Using this measurement, the economy of the Steamboat area is diverse.
• Sources of Employment = 46% Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services at 21%
Steamboat Area Steamboat Springs Springs Area Distribution of Employment Distribution of Employment by by Industry Industry Sector Sector Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations and food service Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations and food service Education services, and health care and social assistance Education services, and health care and social assistance Finance and insurance, real estate, rental and leasing Finance and insurance, real estate, rental and leasing Professional, scientific, management and administrative Professional, scientific, management and administrative Construction Construction Retail trade Retail trade Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining Other services, except public administration Other services, except public administration Transportation, warehousing and utilities Transportation, warehousing and utilities Manufacturing Manufacturing Wholesale trade Wholesale trade Information Information Public administration Public administration
4% 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
10% 10% 9% 9% 9% 9% 9% 9%
5% 5% 5% 5%
Source: US census/ American Community Survey for 2016 Source: US census/ American Community Survey for 2016 Employed Persons Age 16+ = 10,729 Employed Persons Age 16+ = 10,729 5% 5%
Steamboat Area Steamboat Springs Springs Area Household Income by Industry Sector Distribution of Sources Distribution of Sources of of Household Income by Industry Sector Education services, health care and social assistance Education services, health care and social assistance Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations and food service Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodations and food service Professional, scientific, management and administrative Professional, scientific, management and administrative Construction Construction Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing Retail trade Retail trade Wholesale trade Wholesale trade Public administration Public administration Transportation, warehousing and utilities Transportation, warehousing and utilities Manufacturing Manufacturing Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining Other services, except public administration Other services, except public administration Information Information
3% 3% 3% 3%
4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4%
11% 11% 10% 10%
14% 14% 13% 13%
Source: US census/ American Community Survey for 2016 Source: US census/ American Community Survey for 2016 Aggregate Sources of Household Income = $470,245,000 Aggregate Sources of Household Income = $470,245,000 10% 10%
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Ancient Voices/ Modern Rhythms By Dagny McKinley return to my studio and complete more studies and finally come up with a studio piece that marries these resources with my own imagination.” In the show Beauregard has 12 plein air studies (one for each month). “Nature is truly the source of my life and my work. The time I spent outside feeds me,” said Beauregard.
The month of March is a month one should use to visit the Depot Art Center. Artists Chula Beauregard, Camille DiTrani and Michele Rubin will be showing their work. With a combination of plein air paintings that follow the seasons and light of the Carpenter Ranch, rock sculptures and glass works that evoke the spirits, this is a show not to miss!
The show title, Generations, was chosen to respect tradition but also to hold meaning in terms of time moving on and advancing. “There’s also a fun double meaning there, with the idea that art was generated from the inspirations on the ranch.”
Michele Rubin’s new glassworks exhibit, Ancient Voices/ Modern Rhythms, was born of a 5 week bucket-list trip of color, culture, geology and light throughout the southwest. Her great grandmother was a Mi’kmaq Indian, which influenced Rubin’s desire to explore the culture of the First Nations people. The result is a series that is a celebration of ancient peoples and their culture, beliefs and practices as well as works inspired by the beauty of the southwest. While abstract in form and design, the glass and steel forms convey the spirit of a shared history and rich legacy. Rubin’s life didn’t always have an artistic bent. At first she had a scientific career in Physics and Engineering, yet every time she went away on a trip, “invariably what I brought home was glass. I am enthralled with how glass interacts with light and it is that additional dimensionality that captures my soul,” said Rubin. In 2001 Rubin’s husband gave her a leaded stained glass class at a local studio for her birthday. Each year she took a few more classes, learning new techniques and eventually setting up a home studio. She joined the National Capital Art Glass Guild, and when she retired in 2010 she went into glass ‘full time’ and became a Resident Artist at the Art Glass Center in Glen Echo National Park where she now teaches kilnformed glass techniques. Setting up a glass studio isn’t as easy as one might think. The equipment takes space, you need a lot of electricity, access to water and a good bit of strength. And it’s not cheap. Glass working tools need to be diamond coated, yet that didn’t deter Rubin. “Inspiration is everywhere and my work is diverse because I am always exploring something new, stretching the parameters to see what the glass can do,” said Rubin whose work is more driven by message over technique. “I choose the technique that will hopefully enable me to
The show is a collaboration of Beauregard’s paintings and a historical and informative look at sustainable ranching and rock sculptures by Camille DiTrani. Beauregard first met DiTrani at a fundraiser for the art programs in Hayden. DiTrani purchased the painting Beauregard had donated to try to bring art back to the elementary school. DiTrani, at the time, was an artist-in-residence at the Carpenter Ranch and was also participating in the Colorado Art Ranch program in 2012. Her rock sculptures captivated Beauregard and were the perfect compliment to her paintings. “DiTrani balances rocks where she goes. She is creative, dynamic and always an advocate for the arts,” said Beauregard of her fellow artist.
“Spirit Guardian” in Michele Rubin’s Exhibit successfully create art that will speak my message. Often one speaks of an artistic “voice,” but for me it is really more of a conversation and I have grown to accept that as normal for me.” A conversation and a warm hug were the beginning of Chula Beauregard’s ‘Generations Show,’ as she was searching for a refuge to paint. Betsy Blakeslee, manager of the Carpenter Ranch (with her husband Geoff) was an old family friend who welcomed Chula Beauregard as she began to collect plein air studies that showed the changes of season and workings on the ranch. At the same time Beauregard started to understand what it was she was looking at in terms of the sustainable ranching that they were practicing. “As a landscape painter, I go out on hunting and gathering missions when I paint outside. Then I
The show was made possible for Beauregard, in part, by a ReGrant from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. “The entire concept of the show was about getting the word out to the local area in terms of protecting the forest and fish habitat while also maintaining a cattle ranch. The Carpenter Ranch’s outreach materials and historic photos will be made into photo book as a way to introduce the Carpenter Ranch to visiting groups as well as being available to the community of Hayden through the Hayden Heritage Center and Hayden Valley Elementary. To tie in the Carpenter Ranch even further, Anna Blakeslee will be giving an energizing and informative talk on conservation and ranching as well as strategies for protecting the endangered fish of Northwest Colorado, March 17th, 10am - 1pm at the Depot Art Center. Stepping into the Depot this month will take you on a journey through light, seasons and generations.
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Yampatika Opens Enrollment for Summer Camp By Joe Haines
Yampatika’s Kids Camps Foster Curiosity About Nature Steamboat Springs, CO, February 21, 2018 – Yampatika’s summer camps are now open for registration for children aged 5 to 15 years. This year’s camps has a variety of new themes under the direction of Youth Program Coordinator, Mike Loots. New themes this summer include; Wildlife Wardens, From Worms to Wolves, Skulls and Bones Society and Utes, Miners and Pioneers. Also new this summer is a Junior Naturalist Program Training for 13 – 15 year olds. “This year’s camp themes revolve around the relationship between recreation and restoration,” said Loots. “We maintain our focus on natural communities and ramp up our offerings for recreation opportunities on public lands.” Camps include weeklong programs, overnight adventures and drop in day options. Camps commence June 18 and conclude August 17. One of the highlights of this summer’s camp is a five-night backpacking trip for 12 – 15 year olds the first week in August. In addition, Yampatika’s camp will be running one week longer than past years to better accommodate a family’s needs and the start of the school year. Yampatika connects people to nature and inspires environmental stewardship through education.
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Need-based scholarships are available once again this year for families. “We are excited that the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation is supporting our scholarship program this summer,” said Kellie Gorman, Program Director, “Their support will help us increase our capacity to offer scholarships to at-risk families in the Yampa Valley” “Yampatika provides a different style of day camp, one that is more focused on educational enrichment while having a fun time,” said Joe Haines, Executive Director of Yampatika. “Our programs inspire children to want to learn about the beautiful area in which we live and equip them with tools and knowledge to be better stewards of the land.” For more information or to register for Yampatika’s summer camps visit http://www.yampatika.org/summercamp/
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They Were Also Heroes: Refugees Escaping Communism By Ellen & Paul Bonnifield
government friends marked them by the Communists. During the war, Hungary’s Premier Admiral Horty ruled internally, yet had to supply men and equipment for the Eastern Front. In 1944, he decided to seek a separate peace with Russia. He was arrested and taken to Berlin. Balazs’ relative, Minister of Foreign Affairs Count Teleki, was murdered by the SS in Budapest. The German army occupied Budapest, and American, British, and Russian bombers attacked the city. Gyongyi sought refuge at Aunt Gyongyver’s beautiful estate. When the retreating German Army threatened to cut down Gyongyver’s trees to bridge a river, she handed Gyongyi a hunting rifle, and the two in long white dresses confronted the German Army. While Gyongyi visualized red blood running down her white dress, Gyongyver faced down the tanks and guns. Seventy years later the trees remained standing. In the fall, Gyongyi returned to Budapest planning to resume her study at the Art Academy. One morning while hurrying to art class, Gyongyi saw her best friend and fellow student Sari and family forced onto trains. They were Jewish. In the early 1970s, Gyongyi Balazs purchased a lot on Farwell Mountain near Columbine and built a home. She also purchased a small condo in Steamboat Springs and lived in the Yampa Valley until age and health forced her to move. This beautiful, gentle, and big-hearted woman had experienced the terrible smell of fear and hunger. She and her family were among the unwanted refugees from Eastern Europe during World War II. For a thousand years, the aristocratic Balazs family lived high in the Carpathian Mountains defending the pass against invaders. After World War I, the Treaty of Versailles gave Transylvania including the Balazs estate to Romania. Gyongyi’s father, Apus Balazs, a proud Hungarian, refused to swear allegiance to Romania. The government confiscated their estate and they moved to Budapest. In Budapest, the family sold Apus’ Stradivarius, family jewels, and other treasures to survive. Finally, Mrs. Balazs, Mima, as the family leader, became an instructor at the university and authored three successful books. The family’s aristocratic heritage, intellectual connections, and
All aristocracy knew the fate of the Russian aristocracy under Communism. Within days Gyongyi, her mother, grandmother, and younger brother Balint with the Teleki family boarded the last train out of the city. Gyongyi’s older brother, Csaba, stayed to uphold family honor and defend the city. On the Eastern Front, Apus was a cavalry officer armed with a pistol charging Russian tanks. Near the Austrian border, with Russians about to trap the German Army, the train stopped and all refugees forced off. German officers boarded and retreated. Standing beside the tracks, the refugees watched a long line of peasant men, women, and children armed with pitchforks marching east to defend their villages against the Russians. The Balazs family was trapped between the retreating German army and the Russians. They had to walk and carry 64-year-old Grandmother Oma. Reaching the Austrian border the next day they saw the German Army racing away from battle while Russians pressed them. Amid trampled refugees, Gyongyi spotted an old horse and
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buggy standing in a minefield. She ran to the horse and brought it out of the field. Russian artillery rounds fell around them. Mima looked at her daughter and said, “Go!” Gyongyi grabbed Balint’s hand and ran. Rain, snow, mud, and cold hampered travel. Nearly exhausted and starving, Gyongyi took a gun from a dead soldier, broke into a peasant’s home, and demanded food. She received a few radishes, a cup of milk, and a slice of bread. The next morning they found a pen of milk cows, but were unable to milk them. On hands and knees, they sucked the cows like calves. That night, exhausted, they found shelter in a barn. The next morning was strangely quiet. A Russian soldier stood in the doorway, preparing to rape Gyongyi. Without thinking, she shot him and fled the barn. She looked for Balint, to no avail. For the next week, life was a haze. Somehow, she found herself aboard a German tank operated by a deserter who planned to abandon it near his home. Riding along, Gyongyi spotted Balint sitting near a dead man. The starving boy was too weak to climb into the tank without help. The tank driver gave him the only food available – a beer. Gyongyi now had a drunken brother on her hands. The driver also got drunk. Before leaving, he showed Gyongyi how to drive the tank. She drove on until the tank ran out of fuel. Again trudging along, Balint spotted Mima. The three stopped to wait for Oma. After all refugees passed them, the road behind was empty. No grandmother. Much later, Balint spotted the horse and buggy coming. Oma was nearly dead from hunger, but again the family was whole.
Gyongyi took the lines and started the horse. Soon they passed a long line of Jews driven by the Nazi. Shots told of the fate for anyone who fell out. A woman fell to her knees, a shot fired, she dropped. She held a small child in her out stretched arms. Without thinking, Gyongyi raced over and picked up the child. Looking up, she confronted the barrel of a rifle. A cross dangled from the soldier’s neck. His order was sharp, “Geh, schnell!” Go fast! She ran back to the buggy. Mima took the child and hid her under a blanket. Csillag, Star, was now in their family to love and protect. They labored through mud and cold rain several days, but the German front held for the moment. Somehow, they learned trains leaving Leoben were hauling refugees deeper into Austria. Reaching the station, they were ordered onto a crowded platform to await a train. They received soup and bread once a day. Eventually they crowded into a boxcar. Aunt Zuszske, the murdered Prime Minister’s wife traveled with them. Rank disappeared among the refugees. Nearing the Tyrolean Alps, Zuszske left the train, hoping to get to Switzerland. The train stopped several times, once near a river. Forgetting modesty, Balint, Gyongyi and others decided to bathe. They were next to an American prisoner of war camp. Amid catcalls and whistles, one prisoner offered them a bar of Ivory Soap. Gyongyi and Balint washed themselves, even their hair. Then they did it again. As they left, the American prisoners gave them a blanket and chocolate bars. A short time later, an American plane destroyed the locomotive. Again they walked. Eventually they reached Braunan am Inn. Finding shelter, the innkeeper informed them the Americans would enter the town the next day. They could go no farther. The camp was not pleasant. Americans offered little food or shelter, only ordering the Austrian government to feed them. The little Jewish girl, Csillag died of starvation. Juszuf, a savvy boy of seventeen, drifting among camps, taught Gyongyi how to raid farmers’ gardens and chicken houses. Gyongyi and others attended all the officers’ parties where they easily pilfered cigarettes and chocolate – trading currency.
Steamboat Springs Housing Landscape by the Numbers By Scott L. Ford
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What does Steamboat Springs’ Housing landscape look like by the numbers? According to the US Census, in 2016 within the city limits of Steamboat Springs, there were about 9,800 housing units. Of those housing units, about 50% are considered occupied year-round by either a renter or owner. The other 50% are vacant and often classified as seasonal and occasional use.
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Of the 9,800 housing units, about 50% of them are either single-family homes or duplexes. About 45% of the housing units are in structures consisting of 3 or more units. About 50% of the total housing units in Steamboat were built during the 20-year period 1990 to 2010. Of the year-round occupied housing (4,837) about 62% is owner-occupied, and 38% is renter occupied. Of these occupied housing about 60% have two or more vehicles. There is an average of 2.34 persons in owner-occupied housing and 2.72 in renter-occupied housing. About 62% of occupied housing use natural gas as the primary heating source, and 37% are dependent on electric heat. About 1.5% use either coal or wood as their primary heating source.
Until 1947, the United States planned to repatriate the refugees. Returning to Communist Hungary meant certain death. One night at the officer’s club, Gyongyi overheard men discussing plans to arrest all the refugees and return them to Hungary. Next morning when the army arrived, they found one old man and his middle-aged daughter hanging. The others were gone. A Polish military unit awaiting forced reparation to Communist Poland hid the refugees.
Of the owner-occupied units, about 65% have a mortgage, and 35% do not. Of those with a mortgage, about 46% of them are paying 30% or more in ownership cost as a percentage of income. Ownership cost in this context includes the sum of payment for mortgages, real estate taxes, various insurances, utilities, and HOA fees. Of those households that do not have a mortgage about 15% of them have ownership cost of 30% or more of income. The median ownership cost of those with a mortgage is $1,873. For those without a mortgage median monthly ownership cost is $487.
Gyongyi, in 1947, arrived in the United States where she became a top model for leading New York agencies. Finally, on May 18, 1951, seven years after fleeing Budapest, her family reunited in New York. The road to safety reached its end.
For the renter-occupied housing, the median monthly gross rent is $1,172. In this context gross rent includes an estimate of the average monthly cost of utilities. About 56% of renter-occupied housing pay 30% or more of their income for gross rent.
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Buds according to yourdictionary.com are “A small protuberance on a stem or branch, sometimes enclosed in protective scales and containing an undeveloped leaf, flower, or leafy shoot.” Simply put, they are leaves, flowers or shoots to be. In the winter we enjoy the buds of woody plants; trees, shrubs and vines that do not die back to the ground during the fall. Spring and summer bring forth the herbaceous plants (non-woody plants) with a fun variety of buds adapted to their environmental conditions. Before we get into the details, lets look at some details. Buds are basically classified according to their position on the plant and their function. Those found at the tips of the stem are called apical or terminal buds and are responsible for growth in length of the stem. Buds found in leaf axils usually grow into branches and are called axillary or lateral buds. Vegetative buds (also called leaf buds) form leaves, reproductive buds (also called flower buds) produce, you guessed it, flowers, and mixed buds produce both flowers and leaves. Buds have a variety of coverings from tough scales, to hairy and naked (aaah, don’t look!) buds, and we will look at those terms in more detail later. Buds are made from meristem tissue. Meristems are sites of actively dividing undifferentiated cells. These undifferentiated cells can divide into any plant tissue: roots, shoots, flowers and leaves. What are flower buds anyway? They are modified leaves! Huh, crazy! At some point in the plant’s development the shoot meristem changes to a floral meristem through the turning on of “floral meristem identity genes”. These genes basically specify the floral parts and also stop the continued growth of the stem. If
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the genes are missing or changed somehow, the flower that is formed will miss a flower part like petals. Let’s go out and take a close look at the buds on trees and shrubs right now in winter dormancy. These were formed in the fall and contain embryonic cells for this coming summer’s leaves, flowers and/or shoots. To survive the rigors of winter temperatures and desiccation buds of woody plants are covered in tough modified leaves called bud scales. Sometimes these are covered in gooey sap
Fringed Gentian Photo by Karen Vail
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before, and are usually well-formed by the end of summer and protected before a brutal winter sets in. Ann Zwinger in her fantastic book “Land Above the Trees” (Harper and Row, c 1972) noted studies on an alpine buttercup in Norway. The first year formed a single cell that would, after four years of dividing and growth, become the bright yellow bloom. The environment sets the pace, and often it could take many more years for the flowers to bloom. Many plants of alpine and arctic areas will have these preformed buds, often waiting for years before they can send their floral sunshine into the world! Now it’s time to put on our “I adore nature!” hats as we take a look at a few intriguing buds of our area. Head out into the dormant winter world for the colorful, bright red hawthorn (Crataegus erythropoda) buds. Watch out for the long (and very sharp!) spines. The dry hillside of hawthorn is also habitat for Gambel oak (Quercus gambelii) sporting a cute tri-set of buds at the tips of the stems. If there is not much snow, look under the canopy for a rich maroon leaf (this plants winter colors) looking like holly. In the center of the Oregon grape’s (Mahonia repens) leaves are beautiful stacked flower buds that will burst forth in spring with the most vibrant yellow, richly honey-scented blooms around! Yowza! Here comes spring and my favorite sunny yellow flower pushing up through the snow! Glacier lilies spend many years with one visible leaf, adding nutrients to their expanding corm (bulb-like structure) until finally two leaves pop up with a little bud tucked down in the center. The flower stem elongates above the leaves and unfurls the sunshine of spring. Sigh!! Over the years as the corm adds more nutrients blooms can be even more prolific. I have counted 12 flowers per stem! Maybe you can find more!
(our lanceleaf cottonwood (Populus lanceolata), waxy substances (many of our willows) or even hair. Last fall the woody plant parts, including the buds, underwent a process called acclimation to prepare all the above ground tissues to low temperatures and drying winds of winter. Acclimation is a slow process influenced primarily by decreasing day length. When the buds are fully acclimated most can survive temperatures well below freezing. Freezing tolerance of aspen and balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) has been measured to -112C!! (“Life in the Cold” Peter Marchand, c2013) Most temperate plants require a cold period, as well as changing daylength, that forces their buds to develop. The buds open in the spring, pushing off the bud scales, leaving a scar where the bud scales were from previous years. The terminal bud (the bud at the tip of the branch) leaves a horizontal scar around the branch and on young branches you can count each years terminal bud scars and determine the age of the twig. As branches age it is more difficult to see these rings. Compared to the protected buds with bud scales, naked buds lack these tough coverings but are often covered in a mass of hairs for protection. Naked buds can be found on shrubs and trees thriving in warmer climates, and herbaceous plants. The only shrubs I know of with naked buds in our area are the cultivated sumacs (Rhus spp.). Let’s continue on to the herbaceous plants. Because these plants die back for winter, we often overlook the developing buds. My favorite plants are the diminutive alpines above treeline. Because their growing season is a matter of weeks, their flower buds are formed early in the previous year’s growing season, sometimes often several years
Coming upon a pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens) in its early spring clothing will have you on your knees exclaiming, “Look at this cute little fur ball!” The stems with a single bloom atop emerge in soft downy hairs. Pasque flowers bloom early in the spring, often when night temperatures are still below zero, and these hairs act as a cozy down coat, but also prevent munching from herbivores. As the bud opens the tepals (pasque flowers lack true petals, having sepals that look like petals called tepals) open wide and the hairy outside of the tepal is now facing down, making it difficult for pollen thieves like ants and beetles to clamber up to the flower and steal valuable pollen. Nifty! A couple of flowers twist as they open. We have several diminutive phlox. These matt and cushion plants of dry areas from the valley to alpine emerge with a beautiful twisted bud. The most spectacular buds with a swirl are the gentians. These typically late fall blooming beauties have a dramatic twist as they open in the sunshine, and several species twist close quickly as a cloud passes over shading the flower.
Photo by Karen Vail
Have you enjoyed your edible buds from the garden today (no, not in the hallucinogenic way!)? Cabbage and head lettuce are enlarged terminal buds. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and artichokes are also examples of edible buds. Potatoes need a piece of potato with several “eyes” planted in the garden. These are simply sunken buds that will grow shoots pushing above ground. That’s a mighty bud indeed! Greetings to all our bud-dies! We’ll see you on the trails.
Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.—Andrew Marvell
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Your Handy Easter Wine Guide By Eric Kemper Easter Sunday is one of those first early markers of the spring. Ostensibly a Christian holiday, Easter falls uniformly on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the Spring Equinox, showing the holiday’s clearly pagan roots. Whether or not you are observant, Easter is a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends to feast, commune, and celebrate. Ham or lamb are the traditional centerpieces of the Easter dinner. There are certain sides like deviled eggs or hot cross buns that are more specific to the holiday, but the menu is less traditional than Thanksgiving, so every family seems to settle in on just what they like best. After a slow start, the winter finally arrived. Strong winds, heavy snows and deep crystalline cold that reaches in to your very bones. It is what brought so many of us here, but it will also be what eventually drives so many of us away. We love the winter, but… There is something that stirs within the human soul when the first signs of spring arrive. We begin to allow thoughts of swimming outside or walking barefoot to enter our minds. It’s the first reminder that glorious summer will make its way.
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The important next question is, of course, what to drink with this feast. As this is a spring celebration, lighter, brighter drinks should be the order of the day. A few suggestions: Prosecco - Champagne has a great reputation, but that reputation comes with a cost. Just walk down the aisle of your local liquor store and check out the prices of French Champagne. You will notice the large discrepancy between what the French produce and other dry, white sparkling wines from around the world. While there are production
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differences that account for some of the difference, the effects these differences make on the final wine don’t often matter to the average wine drinker. This means you can get a terrific wine for a fraction of the cost. Italian Prosecco is just such a wine. According to a 2015 report by Nielsen, the average bottle of Prosecco is less than a quarter of the cost of the average bottle of Champagne. Lunetta is a great one you won’t have much trouble finding. It is crisp, with notes of peach, apple and citrus giving way to a clean, dry finish. Enjoy chilled or in a Bellini. Rosé - A note on rosé wines: these are not the white zinfandel that your aunt drank too much of back in the 80’s. These are complex, fruity wines with a lot of history and quality. Though it’s not always true, it can sometimes be a good starting point: If you aren’t sure what wine to have with your meal, take a look at the color of the entrée. Dark reds go well with rare beef and Bolognese sauce; whites with shellfish and chicken. Rosé wine, in addition to being an enjoyable wine to drink on its own like a session beer, pairs well with both ham and salmon. The light fruit flavors, combined with a clean dry finish, makes it an excellent wine with or without food. The varieties of grapes used to make rosés vary widely, which leads to widely varied characteristics. Look for Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese or Underwood Rosé to sample a wide variety. Riesling - For those with family members who want the sweetness of white zin, but you can’t bring yourself to pick up a cheap bottle of that sickly sweet syrup, there is good news. Riesling is a great way to keep them happy while stepping their game up. Ranging from sweet to dry depending on when the grapes were picked, Riesling is a floral, aromatic varietal. The later the grapes are harvested, the more concentrated the sugars become, making for a sweeter wine. A late harvest Riesling, while usually more of a dessert wine, can be a quality sweet wine to go with holiday meals and family gatherings. Hogue makes an excellent version. For something a little drier, with some clean mineral notes, try Clean Slate Riesling from Germany.
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Calendar of Free Events RECURRING WEEKLY EVENTS: SUNDAY
Ski Free at Howelsen (Until March 11) 10-4pm Steamboatsprings.net/ski
Steamboat Springs Writers Group Noon @ Art Depot.FREE www.steamboatwriters.com
Latin Dance Night 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
Yampa Valley Men’s Bible Study (Starting 1/18) 6PM @ Concordia Lutheran Topic: The Revelation of Jesus Christ
MONDAY 8 Ball Tournament 6:30PM @ The V Live Band Karaoke/ Schmiggity Jam 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com TUESDAY
FRIDAY Yoga For Transformation 9:30AM @ Yoga Center of Steamboat Call/text Patty Zimmer 970-846-5608 or zimmer@ springsips.com Uranium Mine Snowshoe Tour (Ends 3/16) 10AM @ Fish Creek Falls Parking lot ($5 parking fee) (Ages 12+) FREE, Registration required (info@yampatika. org or 970.871.9151) Sponsored by the US Forest Service
Ski with a Naturalist (Thursdays Also) (Ends 3/15) 1:30PM @ Mt. Werner (Meet where the “Why Not” trail starts) Lift ticket not included. Free program. No registration required. Steamboat Theatrical Sponsored by Steamboat Society (Every other FriSki & Resort Corporation. day starting 12/1) Noon @ Arts Depot. FREE Pool League Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 6:30PM @ The V for info. Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE. www.schmiggitys.com WEDNESDAY Dart League 6:30PM @ The V Karaoke Night 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE www.schmiggitys.com
SATURDAY Emerald Mountain (Ends 3/17) 10AM @ Howelsen Hill/ Emerald Mountain (Ages 12+) $20, Includes Snowshoes, Registration required (email@example.com or 970.871.9151)
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To submit your free events or calendar information e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Events may be edited for length or content. Calendar entries must be received by the 15th of each month. THURSDAY MARCH 1 Free Film: “Saving Snow” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events
Free Film: “No Man’s Land” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events WEDNESDAY MARCH 7
Boom Thursday: Unlimited Gravity 9PM @ Schmiggity’s www.schmiggitys.com
Parks Master Plan Public Meeting 4PM @ Community Center engagesteamboat.net
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First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, museums and alternative venues. FREE.
Boom Thursday: Templo + Beak Nasty 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com
First Friday Art Walk Reception Generations: The Carpenter Ranch 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE www.steamboatarts.org Monophonics 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $15 www.schmiggitys.com SATURDAY MARCH 3 27th Annual Steamboat Pentathlon 8:30AM for Check-In/10AM for Race @ Howelsen steamboatpentathlon.com Ancient Voices/Modern Rhythms-Inspirations & Techniques 1PM@ Arts Depot. FREE www.steamboatarts.org Family Fun Night with We’re Not Clowns 7PM @ Chief Theater. $10 Kids/ $15 Adults Magic Beans 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com SUNDAY MARCH 4
Indie Lens Pop-Up: “Dolores” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events
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A Taste of History: “Cobblers, Buckles & Kringles… What is in a Name” Noon @ the Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE treadofpioneers.org
Dynohunter – Rainforest Tech 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 www.schmiggitys.com
Rowdy Shadehouse 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com
Schism 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com
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Rev. Horton Heat w/ Unknown Hinson and Igor & the Red Elvises 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $30 www.schmiggitys.com
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FRIDAY MARCH 9 SPEAK Performance 7:30PM @ Circle R Bar, Oak Creek. $20. Purchase online at https://www. youngbloodscollective.org/ speak-tickets
SUNDAY MARCH 11 Closing Day for Howelsen Hill Last Call Floral and Events Fashion Show 11AM @ Circle R Bar, Oak Creek. $20 (includes breakfast burrito & 2 drink tickets www.circlergastropub.com
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Wild Films: “The Hunt: Nowhere to Hide” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events
History Happy Hour – “The KKK in Routt County” With Nita Naugle of the Tracks & Trails Museum 5:30PM @ Butcherknife Brewery, 2875 Elk River Rd. FREE. www.treadofpioneers. org
Library Author Series: Laura Pritchett “Making Friends With Death: A Field Guide to Your Impending Last Breath” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events
Creating Your Own Power with Water 11:30AM @ Veterans Hall, Craig 5PM @ Community Center, Steamboat Springs RSVP Required. Call 970-879-4370 www.communityagalliance.org
Boom Thursday: Homemade Spaceship + FunkStatik + Daz Bos 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com
Bud Werner Memorial Library Community Yoga Practice BYO Mats & Props. 10AM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events
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Boom Thursday: Funk All-Star Jam: Judo Chop w/ Jessica Jones 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com
2018 snow design, “Snow Stitching in Nature” 2PM @ Carpenter Ranch in Hayden. FREE BYO snowshoes, snacks & water www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” A literary bridge with Iraq led by book artist & activist Janet Bradley 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events
“The Teacher” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events
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TUESDAY MARCH 13 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net Tread of Pioneers Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater: 3 Films about Steamboat Ski Area 6PM @ the Chief Theater. FREE treadofpioneers.org WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief
“Art! Water! Working Ranches” A conversation about conservation & ranching 10AM@ Arts Depot. FREE www.steamboatarts.org Lil Smokies w/ Meadow Mountain 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $20 www.schmiggitys.com MONDAY MARCH 19 Bud Werner Memorial Library, Community Agriculture Alliance and Tread of Pioneers Museum present “Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley,” A night of storytelling with longtime perspectives on growing up in the Yampa Valley, a special program in honor of Celebrate Agriculture Week! 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events TUESDAY MARCH 20 Spring Equinox
SATURDAY MARCH 24 Western BBQ 6PM @ Thunderhead Lodge For Reservations, call 970-871-5150 www.communityagalliance.org Afroman 8PM All Ages $25, 10:30PM 21+ $20 @ Schmiggity’s www.schmiggitys.com WEDNESDAY MARCH 28
Dance on Film: “Alive and Kicking” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events THURSDAY MARCH 29 “Financial Health: Your Money, Your Mindset” Advice from Certified Professional Coach Christine Walsh 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary.org/ events Lucid Visioin + Tortuga 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com FRIDAY MARCH 30 Good Friday Eminence Ensemble 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $10 www.schmiggitys.com
City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net
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State of the River Forum 5:30PM @ Community Center RSVP Required. Call 970-879-4370 www.communityagalliance.org
MTHDS 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. $5 www.schmiggitys.com
WEDNESDAY MARCH 21 Integrated Science for Sustainability 1PM @ Colorado Mountain College www.communityagalliance.org
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HappyHours Last minute changes can and do occur - Mother Nature, illness, tour malfunction, whatever - the accuracy of this calendar is not guaranteed! 8th Street Steakhouse 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Aurum Food & Wine 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. daily Azteca Taqueria 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. & 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. daily
McKnight’s Irish Pub 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. & 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. daily Off the Beaten Path After 4:00 p.m. daily Old Town Pub 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily
Back Door Grill 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. daily & All day on Sundays
O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. daily
The BARley 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily
The Pit on 5th 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Big House Burgers 4:20 - 6 p.m., Mon-Sat. & 2 - 6 Sunday
Rex’s American Grill & Bar 4:20 - 6:00 daily
Cantina Mexican Restaurant 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily
The Rusted Porch 2:00 p.m.- 6:00p.m. daily
Carl’s Tavern 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily
Salt and Lime 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Circle R Bar 4 - 6 p.m. Thurs., Fri.,Sat.
Sake 2 U 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Colorado High 5 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily
Sambi Canton 5:00 - 6:00 pm Monday - Saturday
Cuginos Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. daily Double ZZ BBQ 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. daily Dude & Dan’s Bar and Grill 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily Late Night Happy Hour: 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. daily E3 Ranch & Chophouse Restaurant 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily Harwigs & L’Apogee: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. daily Laundry 4:30 - 6p.m. Tues.-Sat. Low Country 4:30 - 6 p.m. daily Mahogany Ridge 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Late night happy hour: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. daily Mambo Italiano 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily
First Friday Artwalk March 2, 2018 5 pm - 8 pm All over downtown ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8119 Local art at its best with lots of new work this month. Check out the new Linda Israel Signature Gallery. Complimentary wine. www.steamboatartcenter.com GALLERY 89 1009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 Your Reason To Visit Steamboat: Gallery 89. Mind - Blowing. JACE ROMICK GALLERY 833 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 Jace Romick Gallery is now open at its new location 833 Lincoln Ave across from FM Light & Sons. Featuring the fine art photography and custom frames of Jace Romick, MANGELSEN-IMAGES OF NATURE GALLERY 730 Lincoln Ave. | 970.871.1822 Renowned American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the world for nearly 50 years photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. www.mangelsen.com
PINE MOON FINE ART 117 9th St. | 970.879.2787 LANCE WHITNER: Acrylic paintings of familiar landscapes, but seeing new shapes and colors, the familiarity opening space for a deeper level of exploration. STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 SAM celebrates the opening of its expanded museum with new exhibit, “Imagining the West”. See what’s new from over 20 local artist inside the Museum Store. STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ARTS COUNCIL AT THE DEPOT 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 Main Gallery” Over 20 original oil paintings by Chula Beauregard exploring a year in the life at the Ranch. Platform Gallery: Ancient Voices/Modern Rhythms Opening – An Exhibition of the Glass Art of Michele Rubin
W GALLERY 115 9th Street, Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.1783 “Winged Creatures and other Heroes”, a current body of work by S. Schiesser. A spin on fantasy creatures acting while unobserved; walking on water, wearing costumes – stretching the fabric of reality & poking a fun hole in normal. WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850
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Wild Horse Gallery will feature new artist Phil Beck and Timber! For more info please call 970-819-2850 or go to www.wildhorsegallery.com
Scratch 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily Slopeside Grill 10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
HARWIGS/LAPOGEE 911 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.1919 Painters Pat Walsh and Dawn Wilde combine talents with new works on individual and divergent themes.
Steamboat Smokehouse 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. & 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. daily: Sunpies Cajun Bistro 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily
PHYSICAL ELEMENTS PERSONAL TRAINING STUDIO 9th and Oak. | 970.846.0828 Come see Cassett Yeager, a Routt County local’s photography, all of which have been shot in the valley featuring horses, portraits and landscape photos.
Table 79 Foodbar 5:00 - 6:00 & 9:00 - 11:00 daily The Tap House Sports Grill 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. weekdays Truffle Pig 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. daily
STEAMBOAT SMOKEHOUSE 912 Lincoln Ave. | 941.321.2809 YBC Gallery @Smokehouse hosts members group show, LanguageART. This show will focus on the exploration of language as art and language incorporated into other creative disciplines.
The V 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. & 10:00p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily
URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 “Carving Out a Meager Existence” Lucas Laverty presents his forged metal knives, hatchets & axes, metal wall art, paintings and custom hats. Sheldon Sickles showcases skateboards, photo collages and older classic works. 5-9pm
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• Sit comfortably in a location where distractions are limited.
How not to ruin a potentially good thing. It seems that some parents did a crap job back in the day when “How to behave when using the phone” was the lesson of the week. Holy Hell gang – FOCUS fer cryin’ out loud. I’ll back up for a moment. In the world of dating, we all want to feel special and when connecting with a new date an important aspect is to focus on our date. After all, we’re hoping this person will think we are special enough to want to see us naked, maybe. Having good manners is not that difficult. Say please, say thank you. Offer a compliment. Smile and change the subject when they fart. It’s not that tough. And when on the phone, focus on the person’s voice, not on the rest of the world.
Of course, I understand the rest of the world is totally fun as well and doing several things all at once is great. Like eating chocolate and kissing – truly a blast. HOWEVER, nyer NOT going to GET to eat chocolate and kiss anyone IF you have bad manners at the get-go. Story Time: An overly attractive Asian woman with LA looks and Buy Me Something attitude decided that I was worthy of her 30 second attention span. In the first minute of our FIRST PHONE CALL she asks “so tell me about yourself”, then puts me on Speaker Phone, sets the phone next to the sink and starts doing the dishes. All I can hear is water running, plates being banged right in my ear and her loudly saying Uh huh.
So here is the list of DO’s on phone calls to a date (especially on the first couple of calls):
Story Time #2:
• Turn off sounds around you – music, TV, Computer.
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• Get away from other people if possible – I completely understand that having kids makes it a true challenge to be on the phone at all. A decent person on the other end of the phone will understand that as well.
So when I got on the phone with April, I was disappointed that she was hardly focused on me. She explained that we had a few minutes to chat, but needed to prep for her weekend hut trip. As a ski instructor she had all the gear, of course, but wanted to make sure she was bringing the right gear. I hung in there for nearly 8 minutes while she dropped the phone twice, held the phone at a distance while reaching for things and barely heard anything I said. A couple of times I even said stupid things to see if she was even paying attention. She was not. Clearly, we were not a match, yet she didn’t see the insult at all of wasting my time. I gave it the old “well, it seems you are quite busy with your prep work and I shouldn’t bother you right now.” Her come back, “oh, its no bother, I just need to get this done.” I told her I understand and by talking to me she might miss something important why not try again later. She kept insisting that it was no problem. Then I pointed out how it was actually rude of her to be doing that on our first phone call and that I wasn’t enjoying hearing her rummage through her mud room while trying to find out more about her. I certainly found out all I needed to know and ended our call.
• Let any call from a date go to VM when at work – unless you are working from home or alone in the office, it is bad form to have kissy time, flirty chats with someone in a business environment. • Listen to them – genuinely listen to what and how they are speaking. • Same as on an actual date, ask follow up questions to what they just said. Be genuinely interested; if you can’t be, change the subject without being rude, but rather inviting. YOU CAN DO IT CATS AND KITTENS – Focus on your date. Stick to the plan of being interested in them, and IF you can not be, then have the manners to say something about it and try again when you can.
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I asked her if in fact she was washing dishes and IF she thought that was acceptable behavior for a phone call. “Of course, what’s wrong with it? WOMEN CAN MULTI-TASK, HAHA” she replied. “If this is how you treat me on our first point of contact, I dread how you’d be if we actually were in a relationship.” I said, then added an all the best to you, I don’t think we are a match and hung up. You, dear reader, may have noticed a bit of snippy attitude on my part in relation to this story. Yuppers. I was pissed that an attractive woman thought so little of me. Well guess what – not all that glitters is gold. Lesson learned that some people’s children aren’t raised with manners. FYI - the concept of Multi-tasking has been debunked by science on multiple studies. It’s an incredibly rude thing to do and using that lame excuse as to why someone sounds distracted on the phone doesn’t wash.
We ALL deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Part of showing someone these things is to pay attention to them. When someone wobbles their head around like a sbobble head doll during conversation it shows they have very little control over themselves, a lack of interest in the person, the topic or all of the above.
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Ethyl You’re Always On My Mind By Lyn Wheaton
I mooed back. I always mooed back. With that, a sizeable herd of cows appeared on the hillside. “Whose cows are those?” I asked Lou. She laughed so loud the cows mooed again. We were starting to piss them off, I could tell. I pressed her, “Really Lou, whose cows are those?” I couldn’t think of any other way to ask the question. “There are no farmhouses anywhere around. They came out of nowhere. Are they, you know… wild?” She choked on the cigarette smoke she was attempting to exhale. What did I know about cows? I was from New Jersey. I kept on with the inquiry. “Is there even such a thing as wild cows?” We hit Livermore around dusk. The rolling hills and red crags looked like a cosmic panorama I had imagined while reading the Martian Chronicles. An intense full moon hugged the side of the highway and hung close to the hills, it followed us with tenacity and became more surreal the closer we got to Wyoming. We were alone out here on this vast landscape and the Psilocybin was kicking in. Louise rode shotgun with an open bag of dried up fungi resting in her lap. Every now and then she’d pass it over to me and say, “Just dip your finger in and take a little dab.” Tripping was not my thing but at least I had not had any horrendous trouble with mushrooms, not like I’d had with acid the few times I tried it. I wet my finger and dipped it into the ash-like powder that had flaked off the mushrooms. The shake had a bitter taste with a stubborn linger. Every time I took a dip, I repeated the mantra: “A little dab’ll do ya.” I didn’t mean to get anything more than a mild buzz. My experience with mushrooms had consisted primarily of uncontrollable fits of laughter, which I was certainly not opposed to, but there was always the chance of body rushes or misplacing the underwear you had on when you started out. I treaded carefully, as a result, in order to avoid these pitfalls. The night sky cradled the expansive verdant hills bejeweled with the red rock formations. The serenity of the setting embodied perfection normally seen only in bucolic paintings. The red Mazda GLC ripping across the masterpiece with Marshall Tucker blaring out the open windows tainted the otherwise flawless work of art. Our laughter, amplified by the quiet, bounced off the gentle hills and could be heard throughout the land. We were really loud and disrupting the tranquility. A lone cow agreed and mooed.
Lou couldn’t stop laughing. Soon, I lost all control too. We lit a bowl of weed and tried to mellow out. I had driven around the country a few times and several of those trips were made with Lou. One time a bull in Nebraska chased me, after I climbed the fence to take a face shot of a cow. Lou told me the bulls were put there to protect the herd. I looked up to her as my mentor in all things farm related. She hailed from western Illinois so I figured she knew what she was talking about. Lou was part hippie and part farm-girl, with a touch of Mormon thrown in. She used expressions like, “Yes siree Bub” and, “You could fit a Mack truck in there.” We had the desire for freedom and adventure in common. And here out in the middle of Cow Country on the edge of Mars – we were free. So free, in fact, that when I looked down at the gas gauge, it was too late to do anything about it. “Lou we have to find a gas station.” “There ain’t no gas stations in these parts.” She said. We laughed. I looked at the needle again to make sure I’d seen it right. “Well, we better find one. I’m on E.” “Are ya sure you’re on E, or a tad above it?” I looked at the gauge, willing it to be above E, and if I tilted my head to the left, by golly, it was. “Maybe a little over E. I get about thirty miles to the gallon and it’s a 10-gallon tank…” I had this down to a science. Many hours can be frittered away on long distance drives by calculating distance, travel time, and gas requirements. The Mazda went a long way on little gas. It was easy to forget to check the gauge.
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“Whelp” Louise said, “Do you think we’ll make it?” “I don’t know. Have you seen a mileage sign? Are we anywhere near Laramie?” We were on our way to Laramie to see The Outlaws and Marshall Tucker at the University. “Where are we anyway? Are we still in Colorado?” “Beats the shit outta me.” She said. We drove for miles upon miles, in the dark hollow echo of a night -- all alone -- just us, and some random cows here and there. We vacillated between looking at the gas gauge and surveying the surroundings for signs of life, signs of gas, or even just a mileage sign. This was my first time in Wyoming. I never realized how much nothingness occupied this part of the country. The undulating terrain stretched out as far as the eye could see. This place made Nebraska and Kansas seem crowded. The chances of finding a gas station were unlikely. Every time we went uphill Louise and I pleaded with the car: “Come on little Mazda you can make it. Come on little Mazda!” It was like cheering on The Little Engine that Could. It was all we could really do. We chanted, “You can do it! You can do it!” I pressed the gas pedal down, going as fast as I could in the 4-cylinder GLC, knowing full well the faster you drive, the quicker you burn gas, but I didn’t care. I wanted to get as far as possible before we ran out. I figured there had to be some commerce around Laramie. We had to be close, I thought, but there was no way to determine that. “Why don’t they have any mileage signs in this state?” I asked Lou. She said it beat the hell out of her. We laughed, lit some cigarettes, and went back to pleading with the car as we chugged up and down the rolling hills. Every time we went up a hill, I willed the car to keep going and held my breath in solidarity with its struggle. Going down the hills was the payoff for the torture. As soon as we crested, I popped the gearshift into neutral and coasted as far as possible. I didn’t dare step on the brakes while we were descending. We needed all the momentum we could get. We did this for what felt like hours. I began to doubt we would ever see civilization again. We went up another hill. This one seemed higher than any of the others. I thought for sure we were going to run out of gas. Out of habit, we turned the volume down so we could suffer in silence. Again, we reached the summit and headed down. In the relief of the descent, we cranked the volume back up. Marshall Tucker sang: “I’ve been down around Houston Texas where the sun shines most of the time…” We chimed in with our own twist on the lyrics: “I’ve been driving about a hundred years trying to reach Laramie in time. But nothing seems to be an hour ahead… and soon ya know… we’ll be dea–ed.” A dim green light flickered in the distance, like an oasis. I squinted my eyes, hoping it wasn’t a mirage. I squeezed my eyes shut and reopened them. It was still there. “Lou!” I yelled, while hitting her in the arm, “What is that up yonder?”
She yelled out, “Land-ho!” I said, “Are you sure? I mean maybe the ‘shrooms, ya know?” “Sure as I’m sittin’ here, that’s a light on a building with a sign that says bar and there’s a gas tank out in front!” I eyed the old fashioned red tank with suspicion, and looked to Lou for answers. She was looking through the binoculars we brought along for the show. “It says, ETHYL.” “What’s ETHYL, Lou?” “I don’t reckon I know.” She said. Her Midwestern affect was really heating up. It was probably a combination of the mushrooms exacerbated by the familiar farmy-type stuff that surrounded us. “All I know is, it’s a gas tank, so I’d guess, it’s gas.” “Well let’s hope there’s gas in it.” “Probably is,” Lou said, “It’s probably for these farms out here.” “Yeah probably is.” I said, “Even though I have yet to see a single farmhouse. Maybe those cows belong to the imaginary farms too.” We laughed some more. Marshall Tucker played on. We sang along with reverence. We sang at the top of our lungs with an irrational exuberance that can come only from the possibility of a small victory, made prodigious solely by the severity of the circumstances at hand. “ETHYL, you’re always on my mind, 24 hours at a time. Oh and ETHYL… I’m hoping you feel the same!”
Poetry “Sure we’ll have a beer.” There wasn’t any reason I could think of, not to drink heavily at this point. A guy behind the bar pulled us a couple draws. We asked how far it was to Laramie. “Just up the road a stretch, about ten or so miles.” One of them said. We explained our plight. They never offered to escort us, or anything like that. They just kept offering us more beer. After the first one didn’t take the edge off, we said we’d better get going. We were in a hurry to run out of gas. The western vestiges said we should take a beer for the road and we agreed. It was not illegal to drink and drive back then. In fact, not only was it legal in Wyoming, it appeared to be encouraged. We took our beers, thanked our hosts and left. I didn’t see how we would make it ten more miles but the engine turned over and we headed off. We decided if we ran out of gas we’d walk back to the bar and move in with our new friends. It wouldn’t be so bad. We could live off the land and hope that maybe in a decade or so, another car would come by and take us back to Denver. It seems like whenever you make a plan to adapt to the worst-case scenario you might imagine, and even get a little excited about the prospect, something happens to diminish your new fantasy. Soon, we started to see signs of civilization. It wasn’t long before a gas station appeared on the horizon. We got gas and pulled into the parking lot of the college just in time for the show. I’m sure we had a great time but I can’t remember a thing about it. I would however, spend the rest of my life trying to recreate the absolute freedom we experienced in those rare moments.
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When I sit around the house and look outside the door Winter looks down on us and begins to snow on earths floor. The fire place is lit hot and the lights are set real dim I hope that in the morning I’ll find I’ve been snowed in. But right now its real peaceful and the night sky is lit up white While warming on some whiskey and enjoying this calming night..
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We coasted up to the gas tank. It was so desolate you could hear the grass growing. The crunch of the tires on the gravel sounded like thunder. The lone red gas tank sat on a dirt path in front of a rickety old barn, simply named: Bar. One dim buzzing light lit the threshold. Inside, three old ranchers leaned on the bar. They didn’t move much when we blew in, aside from a slight shift of their collective gaze in our direction. It appeared as though we were a welcome distraction. They perked up and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. “Ladies, what can we do ya for? A beer? A whiskey?” A beer sounded really good to me. “We need gas. Can we get some gas from you first?” “We ain’t got no gas here, girls.” My heart sank. “We can give ya a beer though.” “What about that tank out there? ETHYL?” They chuckled. “That there tank ain’t had nothing in it for as long as I can recollect.” Here we were, two reckless college kids that had driven through some time barrier and ended up in an otherwise lazy western scene set back at least a century. We were the Bill and Teds of the 1970’s. Louise and I looked at each other.
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Bird Flu By Aimee Kimmey
“It-it’s all ragged, and dirty, and it keeps opening its mouth like it’s going to throw up! What if it’s contagious?!”
“There’s something horribly wrong with it!” The woman peered between their shoulders nervously.
“Um...” The clerk grasped for some kind answer, “I’ll tell you what, the night clerk will be here soon. Then I’ll find our... in house bird expert and we’ll come take a look. What room are you in?”
There was a small, scraggly, baby bird in the middle of the nest. It’s new, not yet formed feathers stuck out awkwardly all over it’s tiny head. It stretched it’s mouth open un-naturally wide, desperate for someone to drop in some freshly chewed food.
“204, please hurry!” As she hung up the phone the clerk couldn’t help but snicker to herself--in house bird expert! Rosie, the head of housekeeping was good with animals, but bird expert was a bit of a stretch. Wait ‘til she told Rosie! Once the night clerk was settled, the front desk clerk set off to housekeeping. She found Rosie working on next week’s schedule. After she explained the situation, they shared a fit giggling. Then, putting on their serious faces, they headed up to room 204. The clerk had no idea what to expect, let alone what the hell they were going to do. But maybe they could calm the guest down with some good old fashioned B.S. The woman who opened room 204 was a frail, twitchy looking creature. She had one arm clenched around her chest, while she gnawed at her other thumb nail. The story you are about to read is true... More or less. Front desk. 2:48 pm. Friday. The front desk had been hopping all afternoon. Customers were flocking in for the weekend. The ones that were already checked in seemed to need an awful lot. This sort of craziness was just par for the course for the busy season. So far the front desk clerk had been keeping up; smiling graciously and handling phone calls cheerfully. Even when she wanted to reach through the phone and shake somebody!
“Oh thank God! You’re here, that bird out my window--I think it’s dying, what if it’s diseased?” Rosie took the lead, “Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. How about I take a look?” The woman stepped back so Rosie and the clerk could come in. They went to the room’s only window, it was a pleasant view of big old oak tree. Sure enough there was a bird’s nest in a branch not far from the window.
“Oh God! There it goes, are we going to die?!” Rosie and the front desk clerk strained to keep the laughter off their faces. “No, no. That’s a baby bird, his momma is probably out finding him some food.” “What? A, a baby...?” “Yep, here comes Momma now. She’s going to chew up some food for him, then drop it right into his mouth. The little guys will eat as much as Mom can bring.” Rosie sounded like Animal Planet, the front desk clerk was starting to believe she WAS a bird expert. “Oh...” The woman stepped forward to stare at the nest in utter fascination. They left the woman in 204 staring, wide-eyed out her window, completely engrossed in the wonder of nature. A few weeks later, on a slow afternoon, the front desk clerk was scrolling through the hotel’s website, browsing the feedback page. A comment on the hotel’s “Bird expert” caught her eye: “The in house bird expert was so enlightening, I can’t wait to go back next year!” The clerk’s jaw dropped. When she showed Rosie, they both howled with laughter, “Oh crap!” Rosie said when she could finally talk, “Now we’re going to have to do bird lectures!”
She snatched up the phone as it screamed yet again, “Front desk, please hold.” She said pleasantly. With out waiting for an answer, she pushed the red button and dropped the phone back onto it’s cradle. “Okay, you’re in room 231: just head out that door then up the stairs. Enjoy your stay!” She passed the customer his key cards then turned back for the phone. “Thanks for holding, what can I do for you?” “Oh thank God! You’ve got to send help!” The panicked, shrieking voice sent a chill down the clerk’s spine. What could possibly be so wrong?! “O-okay, what’s the problem?” The clerk’s finger hovered over the phone, ready to dial 9-1-1. “There’s a bird in the tree outside of my room that’s sick-what if it’s the bird flu?” The woman on the other end of the phone sounded on the verge of hysterics. “Uh...” The clerk struggled to find the most polite words she could think of, “Is it... dangerous looking?”
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Have you ever wished you could have amazing relationships? Connections with friends, family and romantic partners that energize you and bring vitality and excitement into your life? Who wouldn’t wish for that, right? Ironically, we often sabotage any hope for those kinds of relationships by ignoring the reality of the people in our lives and discounting who they truly are. We tend to forget the adage that “you can’t change a leopard’s spots,” and instead waste a lot of time and energy trying to change the spots of the people we claim to love or, maybe worse, refusing to see their spots at all.
er hand, began to see Amanda as high-strung and needy and resented her difficulty in being fully engaged with him or spending a quiet evening at home. It’s important for Justin and Amanda to recognize that the things they love about each other and the things they find frustrating stem from the same place, their innate tendency toward either introversion or extroversion, and that they don’t get to pick and choose how these underlying personality traits show up. Knowing this, they can focus on practical solutions rather than trying to fundamentally change each other.
It brings to mind that old Billy Joel song, “I love you just the way you are.” It sounds great until you stop to realize there really is no other way to love. Anything less is just an attempt to fit someone else into a mold we’ve created for them so we can have that awesome relationship we’ve been waiting for. We may feel that if we could only change a few things in our partner (or child, or parent, or friend) they would be such a better person and things would be so much easier. What we may not recognize is that the things we value in a person and the things we’d like to change are often just opposite sides of the same coin.
Once we begin accepting that the people in our lives are exactly who they are, it brings us to that point of being able to have truly fulfilling relationships with them. Our loved ones are no longer left feeling defensive and inadequate and we are no longer beating our heads against the brick wall of reality. This doesn’t mean, of course, that the people we care about will never get on our nerves. However, recognizing when we’re trying to change a leopard’s spots may allow us to think about the situation differently and to communicate about our challenges differently as well. Rather than trying to get our kid, friend or partner to change into who we want them to be, we can work together to come up with solutions that work for everyone involved. We may also begin to realize that we can be loved, and love ourselves, for exactly who we are. With no one in the relationship waiting for someone to change or live up to some idealized potential, we actually get to connect with another living, breathing human being, not a hologram of our own creation reflecting our desires back to us. We get to not only accept but celebrate each other for who we really are. And what could be more exciting and fulfilling than that?
Let’s look at the personality traits of introversion and extroversion for an example. Imagine a couple, we’ll call them Justin and Amanda, who were initially drawn to each other in part because of their differences - Amanda tends to be extroverted and Justin is fairly introverted. Amanda loved how Justin always seemed happy to listen to her vent about her crazy, hectic day, and how he tended to have a calming effect on her, helping her to be more introspective. Justin loved how Amanda drew him out of himself and encouraged him to go out and engage with other people when he would typically choose to spend that time at home with a book. Over time, however, Amanda found herself getting frustrated with Justin’s need for solitude and quiet and his reluctance to go out with large groups of friends as often as she’d like. Justin, on the oth-
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The Wandering Rose
A man walked into Sunpies and sat down next to Audrey Rose. She barely had time to glance his way before he began his monologue.
“How’s it going? I just discovered this place. It’s great, it’s really great. I mean look around you, it’s like finding the real Steamboat, not like those other places. What’s the food like in here? You live here? I’ve been coming here for a while, but I’m considering making this my home. I don’t know. I have a lot going on in my life right now. I retired recently and all this stuff with North Korea, that’s got to have you worried, right?” Every time the man asked a question but didn’t wait for an answer Audrey Rose took a deep gulp of her beer. Not five minutes had passed before her beer was empty and Steve, the bartender, had a cold one for her on the bar. “I mean this president, can you believe him? It’s like he has no concept of how the world works. He’s ignorant and he doesn’t care. He’s sexist and he doesn’t care. All he cares about is himself. Can you believe that? That’s not the kind of man we need in charge. He says he’s a businessman, and he might be, but the only business he cares about is his own.”
“Have you heard this joke? As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, “If I’m going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman.” She removes all her clothing and asks, “Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?” A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, “Here, iron this!” The man laughed, thinking himself clever. Audrey Rose looked at Steve and he put another beer in front of her. She decided it was time to get the evening started. “Two Giddyups,” she said to Steve, the first words she had spoken in close to two hours. Steve put them on the bar. “What is this?” asked the man actually expecting an answer for the first time. Audrey Rose didn’t feel like wasting words so she pushed the drink over to him and then picked hers up and tipped it back. “Giddy up,” she said. A friend of Audrey Rose’s came over, pulled her off her seat and gave her a huge hug, swinging her around in the crowded bar. Audrey Rose squeezed him tightly back. “Who was that?” asked the man when Audrey returned to her seat. “A friend,” said Audrey Rose. “I’d like to be your friend,” said the man sliding his entire
body so close to Audrey Rose that parts of him were pushed up against her. She looked at the man, so many years older than her, a man who cared nothing about her. “Giddy up,” she said and Steve brought two more shots. She ordered shot after shot until the man was leaning on Audrey Rose for support. “Wow, these are great,” he said. She squirmed out from under him and had Arnie come to help him to a taxi. “Aren’t you coming?” he asked. “I thought we were friends. You want to see the view from my house? Hey, c’mon we could have fun together.” Audrey Rose didn’t answer. “Why did you put up with that for so long? We could have gotten rid of him for you.” asked Steve as Audrey Rose ordered one last beer. “Because there haven’t always been people like you to stand up for me and sometimes the safest thing to do is smile and ignore it.” “I never thought of you as needing to be protected,” he said as he poured a Giddy-up for her and for him. Audrey Rose smiled, nodded, drank her drink and disappeared into the falling snow.
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Audrey Rose was getting pleasantly drunk now. She was enjoying the game of nodding and smiling. She had started timing how long it had been since she had actually said anything. 45 minutes. Every time Steve put a new beer on the bar, the man put a $20 bill down. He didn’t keep pace with Audrey Rose but he did have a beer or two. When he talked, he looked Audrey Rose in the face. When she looked away he glanced down at her body, her sparkly dress and her bare feet. “Now I could give the president a little bit of advice. I could give him a lot of advice. I’m a pretty successful guy, you know. I’ve worked hard my whole life, had a mother and father that showed me what hard work can do and now I get some time to play. You’ll get there someday or maybe you won’t. I mean what do I really know about you anyway? Audrey Rose’s smile was getting bigger. Steve put another beer in front of her. One hour seven minutes. Audrey Relaxed into her seat at the bar. She noticed the man had moved a little closer to her, his arm slid around the back of her chair. Had there been room she would have scooted away a bit to make a point but there wasn’t room. The bar was packed and the man kept inching closer to Audrey Rose.
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