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Contents Winter is Coming
Student Loan Forgiveness
By Robin Crossan By Scott L. Ford
We Are Grateful! Page 6 By Karen Vail
Our Nomads - Sheep Ranching
Moon Light and Darkness
Exploration of the Brain - Part II
Careful What You Say
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Rants... Hatred and lunacy that manifest themselves as terrorism… Racing the clock at the liquor store… Corporate welfare… Law enforcement officers whose behavior is creepy and inappropriate… “Boutique Hotels” that reduce available parking… Not being able to vote on local issues because you live outside the city limits...
Raves... When the smoke and construction finally stop… The democratic process… Snap fall storms… Routt County DUI reductions… A new and exciting ski season to come… Getting the snow plow on before the first storm… Yummy Steamboat Whiskey… To the Super Fun Steamboat Show Season... Trying something new during Restaurant Week... Living here...
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When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.—Willie Nelson
Holiday Time! Yes, it is the season to be grateful. And as the holiday season approaches, we show our gratitude and love for each other and the appreciation for the environment in which we live. I am sure thankful that there are contributors and advertisers here who believe in the Valley Voice and the creative spirit that’s packed into this local, monthly publication. Big thanks to you all! Please read Karen Vail’s article, along with others who are just as thankful to be part of this wonderful valley. We all need to practice the social graces I know we all have, especially in this hot political climate.
Winter is Coming By Robin Crossan We have already seen the first snowflakes of the season and the start of Howelsen Hill is less than a month away. The 103rd winter season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, November 24, weather permitting.
But what do most peolple around here really care about now? “Is it going to be a big snow year?” Boy, I hope so!
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Howelsen Hill holds a special place in all our heart for its heritage and history in our community. It’s the oldest operating ski area in the United States. Everyone in our community should be so very proud of this. It’s a place that has produced almost 90 Olympians and has enabled generations of residents to enjoy the sport. Some of those Olympians continue to call Steamboat home and their children are participating in the sport on the same slopes they enjoyed. Can you imagine what Steamboat Springs would be like without Howelsen Hill? I can’t. Ski FREE Sundays are back! Bring your entire family out and take a few runs down the hill or use the magic carpet at the beginner area to get your ski legs back or learn to ski/ride. During Ski Free Sundays, non-profit organizations in town are offered the opportunity to sign up for a Sunday to raise money for their community organization with a bake sale (contact Winnie DelliQuadri at 970-8718257). Besides Ski FREE Sundays, we offer many other programs at HH - the small magic carpet is free to ride and the ski hill hosts a Learn-to-Ski /Ride program for 2nd graders at no cost (Ski Town, U.S.A.® Initiative). This winter, look forward to new community events from Parks & Recreation too. Planning to ski/ride more than just on Sunday? Consider purchasing a season pass. It’s one of the most affordable
passes in Colorado. As lift tickets around the state are topping out over $150 per day, our Howelsen Hill lift tickets and season passes, already on sale, offer an extremely affordable way to enjoy the sport, whether you ski, ride, cross country, snowshoe, fat bike or ski jump. There are pass options for individuals, full-time college students and families as well as lift ticket specials including a First Tracks Special (11am-1pm), Night Special or the One Way. What’s not to like? Check out steamboatsprings.net/ski for early season rates, which change after November 17th. In order to assist Mother Nature this winter, snowmaking continues to be installed and upgraded at the historic ski area. This fall, crews installed new water pipe between the ski area and pump house. This builds upon new snow guns last year, which were replaced for more efficient models. With repairs complete, the Barrows chairlift is also ready to go for the winter season. From simply trying to learn the sport to competing at the top level in the world, Howelsen Hill welcomes all. The international spotlight returns with the Continental Cup on December 14 and 15. We will make history one more time with this event as we will be hosting not only the men, but the first ever Women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup in North America. If you have never been to Howelsen Hill, or haven’t been by in several years, this is your invitation to enjoy your city park. If you don’t ski/ride/glide, then swing by and watch night jumping. Enjoy a hot chocolate in the lodge or take in the spirit of Olympian Hall and the flags that adorn this special place. This is a unique and special part of the community and best enjoyed with friends, family and guests to our community. And, PS, don’t forget to say THANKS to our Parks & Rec staff when you see them on the hill. Their efforts start long before the first chair turns and they are dedicated to providing a great experience for all of us. See you at Howelsen Hill soon! Robin Crossan City Council – District I
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I really like out of the box ideas. I recently came across one that addresses two important issues. • Crippling Student Loan Debt • Impending Social Security Funding Crisis Congressman Tom Garrett, from Virginia introduce legislation that would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise their full retirement age, or $6,600 per year. The proposed legislation establishes a maximum level of student loan forgiveness of $40,150, or forgoing six years and one month of Social Security benefits. The full retirement for those born after 1960 is age 67 years. If the maximum student loan forgiveness was chosen ($40,150) – an individual’s retirement age would be 73 and one month. The age of 73 and one month isn’t entirely unrealistic, given the average life expectancy is now 78.7 years. Many young Americans don’t have much faith in the future of Social Security. It’s an easy assumption to make that young student borrowers would rather take the loan forgiveness today than hope Social Security gets revamped by their retirement. The reality is that a lot of folks under 40 have a boatload of federal student loan debt and would jump on this idea. The economic impact would be wonderful. The average college student graduates with $28,000 in student loan
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debt and studies have shown that this debt, causes most borrowers to delay major life milestones like buying a home, getting married, and starting a family. Even small amounts of loan forgiveness could help graduates move forward in their lives more quickly. The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Chief Actuary projects that such a program would save $725 billion over 75 years. This would be a huge help to a program that is already in trouble and is projected to exhaust its reserves by 2034.
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A big problem is that Thomas Garrett’s proposed legislation (H.R. 4584: Student Security Act of 2017) did not even make it to a committee for review during this session of Congress. Congressman Garrett is leaving the US House of Representatives after November’s election. Once he leaves, who will be the champion of this great out of the box thinking legislation?
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I am hoping that if Diane Mitch-Bush is successfully elected to the House of Representatives from the 3rd District of Colorado she will explore the possibility of reintroducing this legislation or something close to it. It is going to take someone with Diane’s tenacity to become its sponsor and its champion. Diane is well known for out of the box thinking. BTW – If you have not voted yet, please do so! I think you can guess who I am voting for.
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November. A time when our northern world slows and settles in for shorter winter days and snuggles deeper into the warmth of the earth. I find that, for me, November is a somber month. Being a plant person, it is hard to say goodbye to my green friends for another season, although knowing the joy they bring come spring puts my mind at ease. So then I can sit back and ponder the changes. Aren’t we fortunate to have these dramatic transitions to keep our connection to the natural world alive and kickin?! I do admit, though, I dream of growing orchids outside year round, or having a garden all winter, but I revel in the pause, the hush of a winter world. This time of year we might turn inward and dwell on deeper thoughts, and it is when we pause to give thanks. After a tumultuous year from politics to environmental upheaval, I find strength, peace and connection in the natural world and to our community. This does not have to be a wilderness experience (although those are my favorites!!), but some of my most peaceful moments have been walking my dog in the early morning hours in Butcherknife Canyon, hearing the birds wake and call to each other, the dragonflies too cold to move still hanging on branches by the water, the first glint of pink or orange on the rocks at the rim of the canyon. I take a deep breath and give thanks to the earth for such beauty and inspiration, and to the community of dedicated and zealous people who enrich our lives. And I am grateful. Below, I have asked several of those amazing community members to provide a few words for this month of thanks and gratitude. I am so excited to have their input into this column, as I am sure you will be. Hopefully this will be a November tradition and we can all share in the passion of our community members to wend us into winter. Enjoy!!
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President, Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc. Sandhill Cranes inspire me with awe. Whether it is because they are amongst the oldest living species of bird on earth, or that they dance and mate for life, or that they have a unique haunting call, cranes fill me with wonder. Every year in the late summer cranes roost on a portion of the Yampa River that flows through our ranch. This year a crane family – 2 adults and a juvenile- took up residence in our wheat field that was planted as part of the “crops for cranes” project. What joy to nurture these creatures that nurture my soul!
Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation My gratefulness in this life is mostly due to the peace of wild things. Animals, both wild and domestic, are what gives my life its brightness. Whenever I question a decision I’ve made or feel defeated with how the world seems to be evolving, I run to the mountains with my dogs or on my horse and all comes back to balance again. The beauty of nature, the presence of eagles, and the stars . . . all with their gentle grace bring me back to peace and I am grateful.
Director and Agriculture Agent, CSU Routt County Extension As we pause to give thanks this November, I hope everyone takes a moment to think about our beautiful valley and why it looks largely the way it did a century ago: because we have an active agricultural community who keeps working landscapes thriving. While agriculture may not make enough money to pay for the land any longer, it still provides a significant economic contribution to our local economy and helps us maintain our western heritage.
Agricultural lands also support significant, positive environmental contributions to our valley. Irrigation creates larger wetland and riparian areas for wildlife habitat, and delayed return flows help keep the river flowing later into the season. Well-managed rangeland sequesters carbon and promotes better fall grass growth for late-season wildlife consumption. And hay meadows keep growing and providing benefits yearly, whereas concrete and pavement are the last crop land will grow once they are ‘planted.’ Thank you, ranchers, for helping to preserve our valley for the next generation.
Master Gardner (extraordinaire!) Autumn in Steamboat was spectacular! Nature treated us to brilliant blue skies, aspen and oak and chokecherry leaves in golds and oranges and reds, and crisp morning air. All this after a glorious summer of sunny days and blooming flowers. And now we move into winter. Harder to appreciate, winter brings shorter days, cold weather, and seemingly colorless vistas. Yet, if we look and listen, we are rewarded with animal tracks and birdsong. Incredibly, animals adapt while plants rest. Snow sparkles as the sun warms, lingering and creating opportunities to play outside. And the night sky awaits our discovery. It’s the perfect season to slow down and appreciate Nature’s precious gifts.
Area Wildlife Biologist, Colorado State Parks and Wildlife This summer I had the privilege to take a spiritual pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey. While this trip was fascinating from a historical/biblical perspective, I was overwhelmed by the absence of wildlife everywhere we traveled. Aside from the contrastingly large number of feral cats and dogs, as well as a plethora of urban pigeons, I saw little else that represented animal life. This absence of critters appeared ubiquitously, regardless if I was touring urban areas, rural countryside, agricultural
landscapes, shorelines or at sea. As time passed, the void of birds, mammals and aquatic life developed a profound sense of disconnection within me. In contradiction to my observations in Greece and Turkey, wildlife in the Yampa Valley is abundant, extremely diverse, and is quite literally everywhere! Within a few moments of returning home I was able to rediscover the connection to creation that my heart was longing for while abroad. It was as if the everyday sight, sounds and smells of our wild neighbors were in fact welcoming me home. My visit to the Mediterranean was a stark reminder of how important it is for me to pause, appreciate and thank God for the amazing biodiversity we have in this valley, because sadly, I found that there are places in this world that appear to have very little remaining to enjoy.
Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies, Colorado Mountain College While in the Routt National Forest with Colorado Mountain College juniors and seniors this fall, our group stationed itself in a mixed spruce-fir aspen forest; a mosaic of dark green shadows, powdery white trunks, and golden down-welling light. Teams worked to identify and map species, measure trunk diameters, and estimate canopy height; the kind of work that requires unbroken attention to an individual tree. It’s at this scale, often, that students make their first observations of tooth marks from a vole, the web-like trails of a bark-mining fly, the streams of resin from a native bark beetle’s entry point, or the sliding gashes left by a climbing bear. Indicators of health, life history, or, perhaps, the first signs of a woodland’s impending decline. However fleeting, small-scale, and isolated, these moments of detection may be, they are forensic, impactful, and, ultimately, in time. For it’s the current rate of change in our backyard that is cause for concern, the ever-increasing frequency, scale, and intensity of disturbances that now define our seasons: wildfire, drought, and heat. Solutionfocused thinking will require attention, innovation, and expertise; our students’ firsthand observations in the field are the foundation-piece for all three. The natural world is a record of interactions. What gives me hope is seeing our future stewards identify and venture to understand them. Are you inspired now? Thanks once again to our wonderful contributors!! Would you like to write a little paragraph for next year’s November Valley Voice? Let Matt know. Until then, we will see you on the trails, rain, snow or sunshine!
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Sheep grazing in the early 1900s Sheep have received a bum rap. They feed on the move and only over graze when forced to do so. Overstocking was the case in the 1870s, when the free grass mania and cattle barons’ arrogance and lust for huge profits brought sheep into northwestern Colorado. The Middlesex Cattle Company, with Fred Fisher as general manager, intended to drive all the ranchers north and east of Browns Park out of business. He threw large herds of cattle onto the range of smaller ranches and grubbed it off. The parched earth warfare worked until Middlesex threatened Griff and Jack Edwards, whose ranch was at the mouth of Ladore Canyon. To meet the threat, Edwards sold the cattle and purchased sheep. Heavy cattle loss during the winter of 1879-80 left room for sheep to enter. It wasn’t the close grazing by sheep that defeated the cattle. The range was already heavily over grazed. It was the sheep themselves. They travel in relatively close bands, the wool is full of lanolin that smells like hell, and wet wool releases small quantities of ammonia. Lambs and ewes continually call to each other – blaa, blaa, blaaaaa. When steers saw or smelled sheep coming, they left the range on the run. Thus, the Edwards brothers stopped Middlesex from entering Browns Park. When Fisher attempted to move west toward Rock Springs, Tim Kinney on the Bitter Creek Range also went into the sheep business. Soon afterwards, the Middlesex went bankrupt, and the Edwards and Kinney controlled the range. Simultaneously to the north, Rawlins, Wyoming, became a center for large sheep ranchers. They leased the ten-mile wide railroad checker board land. In the ‘80s, the Cosgriff brothers, John, Thomas, and James organized several large sheep ranches, and a chain of mercantile stores and banks. The banks assured them of a line of credit. At their
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P o s t s p f T f C a height, they owned hundreds of thousands of sheep. Buy- l ing out Jack Edwards’ 40,000 animals and forming the M Pioneer Sheep Company, the Cosgriffs entered the Little fi F Snake River Valley. They also operated the Cow Creek Sheep Company with 125,000 ewes. Cow Creek later sold U to John Hart who drove sheep into Whiskey Park and the Savery-Battle Creek area. They wintered in Powder Wash. F i For decades Kinney, Edwards, and later Cosgriff encroached on each other in the Little Snake River. Simul- w taneously, Colorado cattlemen attempted to move north b onto the same range. Each side wanted exclusive rights a c to overstock land they did not own (public domain). A dramatic change occurred after World War I. The economy tanked, the big open range cattle ranches bellied up, and homesteaders starved out, leaving the sheep men who were protected by high tariffs. In 1922, Craig was a center of opposition to sheep. Near Sunbeam, cowboys killed more than a thousand sheep and scattered the herd. Despite the cattlemen’s attacks, sheep men organized a wool pool in 1920, allowing volume sales and attracting volume buyers. Twelve years later, the Craig Empire proudly boasted that 2,000,000 pounds of wool was clipped in Moffat County, and the wool pool shipped 100 railroad cars. In 1926, the Utah-Colorado Land and Livestock Co., owned by Leo Winders, broke the state record for the single largest shipment of lambs to the Denver Stockyards – 10,697 head fetching $13.65 per hundredweight. That also set the market’s daily high. Each spring, wool buyers came to Craig where they made sealed bids. Winders and Ralph Pitchforth placed 23,500 high-quality, clean fleeces on the market in 1935, thus establishing a solid market value. They received an
excellent price, setting the stage for a generally profitable year for other ranchers. That fall, local ranchers favorably contracted 80,000 fleeces from next year’s shearing. Business continued to expand. In the 1940s, Craig held a sheep school and took part in the National Western Stock Show’s sheep parade down Denver streets. The internationally recognized Craig Ram Sale began its long historic run.
Numerous large and small shearing pens dotted the county. The Black pens at Lay handled thousands of sheep that traveled miles to them. The Pitchforth-Jensen pens at Elk Springs also sheared thousands. On the Little Snake River, the Two Bars Ranch added their thousands. Near Baggs and in the Powder Wash, the Cow Creek Company clipped even more woollies.
The shearing pens were centers of social life for herders, camp tenders, and general ranch laborers. After a lonely winter, herders met each other. They visited and drank a little spirits. A herder might get a day or two off to go to town. Then they were back to being always on the move.
In 1956, Jim Carr drove a band of sheep from Browns Park to the Great Divide and onto the Gore Range. The owner, old Frank Stetson, reasoned that by remaining south of the rim of the Powder Wash, they would miss the herds moving from the Baggs shearing pens to the summer permits in the Uinta Mountains. He was only partly correct. From the rim, Jim counted 50 herds bound for the Uintas. He also met more than a dozen bands. Two years later he drove a sheep herd for Herb Hamilton from the stockyards at Wamsutter, Wyoming, to Toponas, Colorado. He became a nomad in 1927 when he became a camp tender for the Sears Sheep Company. The herds lambed through Browns Park and summered in the Uinta Mountains. It took eighteen months to make the circle: first up the mountains, then wintering on the Red Desert. Following shearing and lambing, the herds trailed up the Uintas by a different route and back to Browns Park.
The herders and the camp tenders formed a vital link. From the time the herd left the lambing grounds until it returned to the winter range, the herder was alone with the sheep. The larger ranches often put two or three bands together during the winter, and the herders shared a common camp site. A camp tender worked out of a base camp and regularly moved and supplied various sheep
Poetry camps. On each trip, he was required by law to visit with the herder to check on his physical and mental health. Until after World War II, the camp tender also lived alone. Someone from the ranch, which was usually miles away, supplied his camp. With the wider use of pickups after World War II, base camps gradually disappeared. Sheep and herder left the bed ground at first light. The herder directed them toward fresh feed until they were full and watered. When the herd quieted down, the herder returned to his camp to fix breakfast and clean up the camp. Nearly every herder was proud of his clean camp. Coyotes, lions, and bear were a constant threat that the herder had to guard against. Loss due to predators was usually high, and sheep men fought back by shooting, trapping, and poisoning them. Cyanide poisoning was widely used after World War II until it was outlawed. In January 1949, blizzards with winds up to eighty miles per hour raced across the West. To aid stranded ranchers and livestock, the federal government airlifted tons of hay and food to isolated ranches and herds. The army also cleared thousands of miles of roads. Near Baggs, Wyoming, 70,000 sheep were stranded. Another 65,000 were stranded in Powder Wash. The Colorado Highway Department brought a rotary plow from Rabbit Ears Pass to clear the roads. Twenty-two hay trucks followed the plow for 72 hours before reaching the herds near Baggs. Progress was so slow that trucks drifted in and had to be shoveled out while waiting on the plow. The battle to reach the seventeen big bands of sheep in Powder Wash continued. Despite the heroic effort, thousands of sheep in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming received little relief. Herders and their horses and dogs suffered, and at least two herders died in the Snake River Basin. Sheep production reached its zenith in 1940. Afterwards man-made fibers began replacing wool, consumers viewed lamb as luxury meat, and they never accepted mutton. Sportsmen demanded more attention for game animals, and tourism and recreation wanted forest land. The science of range management made giant strides, causing the Forest Service in 1948 and following years to cut the size of grazing permits as much as 50 percent. Despite wool subsidy and tariff protection, markets slipped and sheep ranching entered a long depression. Over the next thirty years the industry became only a shadow of its glory days.
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Exploration of the Brain - Part II By Wolf Bennett
Lets look at bit closer at the brain and how it really works. I have pointed out that your brain “creates” the vast majority of what you experience. Often I hear, “oh, no, I really am experiencing reality, you must be wrong”. Well, I hear you, and no, your brain really does what I am pointing out. Vision is such a good example, I’ll keep going with that one, though all of your senses could be used as examples. Are you aware that you have a “blind spot” where the nerves that carry information in your eye actually penetrate the retina, rather like the trunk of a tree? There are no sensory cells at all in that spot. Further from that spot, the nerves branch out and across the retina much like looking up at the sky through tree branches. Essentially, the human eye is built “backwards” with the nerves that transfer signals in front of the nerves that sense light and produce “vision.” So it begs the questions, “why do we not have a “hole” in our vision where our blind spot is?” and “how is it that we don’t “see” the missing parts or the “branches” that obstruct our view?” With relatively simple tests you can see it for yourself; ask any eye specialist. The reason is much as I have pointed out. Your brain “cheats” and it fills in the blank spots quite easily, and so convincingly that you have probably thought your vision was “real” and complete. It is a creation formed in your brain from a tiny amount of information extrapolated to make it seem that you are “seeing” and “experiencing” everything. Certainly, you are experiencing a small level of “reality,” but it is far, far less than it seems.
You have been “fooled” by your own brain. Now, this is not all a bad thing. It allows you to “experience” far more than you could with the neurons available. It allows you to do amazing things like walking, talking, driving a car, loving, riding a bicycle, hugging your kids, reading, hunting, swimming, eating and a vast array of other skills that you have not really considered as amazing, but without them….life would be vastly more trouble. Be glad that your brain works the way it works, for it allows you to dream, imagine, grow and think in ways that would be impossible with just information alone. The skill of creating your “reality” allows emotion to happen. Visions, love, virtual reality, abstract thinking, creativity, imagination and so much more have built lives for all of us that are truly amazing and fun. On the dark side, it does allow for the possibility of your “reality” being quite false. I mean “really” fooling you into believing some really bizarre stuff. Training the mental framework is important work if you wish to “see” as clearly as possible. It can be difficult work to learn “how” to think, but it is wildly fulfilling and freeing. Filling your brain with trivialities, false patterns, poor logic, ideas with no proof, lack of measurement, drugs, denial and many other tools limiting your thinking will lead you on a path that will take you to Neverland (maybe pleasant for a short while, but avoidance never has depth, reality or power). Learning to question, using facts instead of
beliefs, humility, developing a path of learning “how” to think and not “what” to think, recognizing that one could be wrong, can help you see more clearly and while more challenging, is always more rewarding. Do you know the difference between education and indoctrination? It is worth looking up, and then examining your past to see where one or the other has touched you. Some very kind and wonderful people have indoctrinated you in ways that have limited you in huge ways, most often with good intentions, but with poor understanding of the deeper, longer lasting implications. I would advise questioning and changing the indoctrinated ideas. Absolute certainty, arrogance, self righteousness, denial, refusing to learn, rationalizing, excusing, blaming and justification are far deeper problems than it seems at first glance. These are some of the tools that will shut down your ability to think clearly. It is OK to not know something. It is fine to not have complete knowledge of everything (it is quite impossible to know everything about anything anyway) as long as we recognize it. In future articles I will build on the tools that work to train your brain better. Learning why the rainbow is the way it is does not diminish its beauty. Knowing how your brain or eyes or senses actually work does not diminish their abilities. We just need to be aware of the dangers and pitfalls. We need to develop skills that allow us to think more clearly and understand more deeply. Seeing real life may be frightening at first because it might conflict with our initial training. Building a “reality” that is based on facts and not fictions seems a better use of time to me. So lets play with a new version of “the 9 dot solution.”
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Careful What You Say By Shaney McCoy, CMHC, LPC
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” Long before Al Franken was a US Senator, he made these words famous via his “Positive Affirmations with Stuart Smalley” skits on Saturday Night Live. While it made for great late-night TV, it also gave positive affirmations and the concept of self-talk in general a bad rap. It turns out, though, that what we say to ourselves does matter. Whether we mentally beat ourselves down or build ourselves up, it has an effect on how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. Most of my clients are surprised, once they start paying attention, by how frequently and harshly they judge themselves. Try noticing throughout the day how often you say something negative to yourself, anything from “That was so stupid, how could I have been late for that meeting?” to a disgusted “ugh” when you catch sight of yourself in a full-length window. Also try to notice if there is a theme. Are you pretty kind to yourself in some areas and very hard on yourself in others? Once you’ve gotten used to catching these thoughts, notice how you feel when you’re thinking them. We tend to think that if we’re hard on ourselves it will push us to be “better,” but often it’s the opposite that happens. A highly critical voice, whether coming from ourselves or someone else, tends to shut us down and make us feel angry and hopeless. Imagine a child making a mistake, and hearing someone say to them, “You idiot, how could you have done that? You never get anything right.” Is that child going to feel empowered to make a better choice next time? Probably not. It works the same way for us as adults. Try it on yourself by paying attention to your mental and physical reactions when you find you’re being self-critical. Does your chest get tight, does your stomach clench, or do you feel calm and relaxed and able to move forward with a positive attitude?
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If you find that negative self-talk doesn’t really encourage you to feel empowered and to make better choices, as has been the case with every client of mine who has tried this, then it’s time to learn a different way of talking to yourself. Self-affirmations don’t have to be cheesy and completely over the top like Stuart Smalley’s “and doggone it, people like me.” Since by this point you’ve learned to notice the harsh things you’re saying, a good place to start is by finding a realistic positive opposite statement. Saying positive things to yourself can feel phony or forced at first, but they need to at least be somewhat believable. Sometimes using a process statement like “I’m learning…” or “I’m becoming aware that…” can help make a positive statement feel more true. For example, “I’m so stupid, how could I have been late for that meeting” becomes “Wow, I’m learning that I have a pattern of trying to fit too much in and it tends to make me run late. I’m going to really pay attention to this next time I have somewhere important to be and set a timer to stop what I’m doing 10 minutes earlier.” Changing negative self-talk can be a challenge, because it’s often been an ingrained habit for years. The good news, though, is that you’ll begin to notice positive changes almost immediately as you start paying attention to how you talk to yourself and learn to replace the harsh, critical voice with a compassionate, encouraging one. You’ll be surprised how good you can feel and how much you can enjoy life when you are your own loudest cheerleader.
Shaney McCoy is a mental health counselor in private practice in Steamboat Springs. Learn more about her at www.ReadyToFeelGood.com.
The Way I See It
Being Nice By Nina Rogers
One of the problems with being a human female, especially one of my generation, is the importance placed on “being nice.” We are told to smile (even when we don’t feel like it); to present a pleasant and pleasing temperament and to try to get people to like us. **I am willing to consider that men are also subjected to this kind of pressure, but being a man is not in my realm of experience – in this life anyway – so I’m writing about what I know.** The problem is that a lot of this training/programming may actually run counter to our instincts, which teaches us to distrust ourselves. If we are taught it is our responsibility to “be nice” to people, to please them and make them happy, how do we know when it’s okay to say “no?” When I was a child of maybe 7 or 8, three or four of us were playing keep-away with another girl’s father. We would run past him and he would try to grab us. The one time he did catch me, he grabbed me with one hand between my legs and the other hand on my chest. He swung me up in the air as he had the other girls, then put me down to run away again. I remember being shocked at that grab. It didn’t feel right to me and I didn’t like it. But instead of saying so, or dropping out of the game and going home, I looked around at the other girls and saw that none of them seemed to mind, so I thought “I must be wrong.” But of course, I wasn’t wrong. It mattered not whether my friend’s father was intending to molest me or not. What mattered was that I felt wrong about it. But even by that age I had been indoctrinated into believing that saying “No” wasn’t nice, and I was supposed to be nice. I did not mention the grab and how I felt about it at home. I don’t remember consciously thinking about whether to “tell” or not. I suspect I simply gauged my reaction against the other girls’ and decided my reaction was without merit. Already at that young age, I had learned to distrust myself. Flash forward to age 15. I was hitch hiking home from a friend’s house and a man picked me up. I told him where I was going, but once I was in the car he told me where he was going and where he would drop me off (quite far from my destination). When he stopped to let me out of the car he asked for a kiss for his trouble and when I let him kiss me, he molested me.
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Why did I let a stranger who dropped me off far from my requested destination kiss me? Because it’s not nice to say “no.” It never even occurred to me to tell an adult or the police – I had been hitch hiking and would probably be in trouble for that. Later in my teens, “the gang” used to go to Greek Town in Chicago because some of the restaurants there were pretty lax about asking for ID, and the ouzo flowed like water. One of the proprietors used to park himself outside the women’s room and collect kisses from the girls going to and from. It was pretty much understood that, in exchange for allowing us to drink there, the girls had to submit to having his tongue stuck down our throats and our asses grabbed, and we girls were expected to be “good sports.” Through my years of going dancing in bars I had men demand kisses to enter or leave the restrooms or the premises, a man nearly set fire to my hair because I wouldn’t let him light my cigarette, two men became verbally abusive to my friend and I because we wouldn’t stop our conversation and talk to them, and this doesn’t even count the number of men who would demand, “Why, you got a boyfriend?” when I declined to dance with them. During a bus trip to visit a boyfriend, I fell asleep in my seat and awoke to the sensation of the man in the seat next to me touching my breast. I did not slap him or tell him off or call the bus driver for help. I pretended to still be asleep and turned away from him. Why don’t women tell? Maybe they feel that it is somehow their fault. Maybe they don’t want to “make a fuss” or “get anyone in trouble.” Maybe they don’t trust themselves. Maybe they truly don’t believe they have the right.
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And with all the various trespasses against my body and my person, I find it a little sick that I feel fortunate that “it wasn’t worse” – I may have been molested and taken advantage of, but at least I was never raped. Lots of little damages, but not the ultimate damage. Please, mothers and fathers, teach your children that they have the right to say “NO!” loud and clear. That it doesn’t matter if everybody likes them. That if it feels wrong, it’s okay to not go along. Teach them to love and trust themselves. Teach them that being nice means, first and foremost, being nice to themselves.
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For some reason it made her flesh crawl just a bit. It was such an unusual sight; it was a little unsettling. After a moment she decided she needed somebody else to see this. Leaving her cart in the hall, she made the short walk to the front desk. “This is kinda freaky, you gotta check this out...” She said peeking around the corner. The front desk was deserted of customers. The clerk looked eager for something to do. She hopped up to follow Rosie. Back in 135, the two of them stared at the back of the mirror, “What the hell?” The front desk clerk asked.
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“I know! Have you ever seen anything like it?” The front desk clerk pondered a moment, “Wasn’t this the timid lady with all the phobias? She must’ve changed rooms three times!” “The tiny one? That thing has to weigh more than her! How’d she even get it off the wall?” Rosie’s head was buzzing with questions now. The front desk clerk shook her head, “I have no idea...”
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Friday. Room 135. 11:23 a.m. Rosie had been the head of housekeeping for a long time. It wasn’t a bad job, nobody’s idea of a power career, sure. But it paid well enough, and left her plenty of time to spend with her kids. Besides, she liked the crew she worked with. Over the years she’d seen some exceptionally bizarre things--she could probably fill a book. The scene that met her eyes that Friday morning ranked right up there among the weirdest. The room was surprisingly spotless. Yes, the bed had been slept in, but that was about the only sign of human presence. Except for the mirror. Years ago, probably when the hotel was first built, they’d installed full length mirrors with bulky wooden frames. They weren’t bolted down like some things; they were just too damn heavy for any shenanigans. Hell, they could probably deflect a direct missile attack. This Friday morning, the lumbering mirror was resting on the floor, facing the wall. The sheer oddity of it stopped Rosie in her tracks. It sent a chill through her. She stood in the doorway wondering what kind of pagan ritual or black magic had happened here. Who would go to all that effort to heft the mirror off the wall and turn it around? The thing must’ve weighed fifty pounds!
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Together, she and Rosie heaved the mirror back around. It didn’t appear to be damaged at least. They hoisted it back up onto the wall; it was no easy task. It took them several minutes to settle it just right onto its hooks. Still baffled about how and why anyone would do this, the front desk clerk set out on a little investigation. By the time Rosie finished turning the room around, the front desk clerk had talked to the entire staff. The night audit remembered the frail woman from 135 checking out before dawn. “She couldn’t get outta here fast enough. She said something about a mirror phobia, but I didn’t pay much attention - I mean seriously, she was afraid of everything!” When he heard she’d actually removed the mirror from the wall of her room, he was as stunned as everybody else. Over the next few days, they all shared a laugh about the mirror. They worked out a glorious scenario where a frightened woman had a surge of super human strength as she faced down one of her many, greatest fears. In the years since, it’s the only time Rosie’s ever seen one of the great mirrors askew.
Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide
It’s a Date, Have Some Fun fer Crying Out Loud
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Of course, we want it to be fun, it’s a date. But I’m not talking about sexual fun. I’m talking about just playful regular silly fun. If it is not in your base nature or current mood – I highly suggest that you get over yourself and lighten up about dating.
for a hike at a popular location. A solid first date opportunity for both of them. Tracy turns out to have a 3-legged dog who is coming along on the hike. Not a problem in the beginning, but life has a way of wanting us to pump our blood harder when we least expect it.
To help out those folks who are not up on what a decent example of good-natured fun looks like, here are some things I have done in the past:
The hike is going well, and into the 45-minute mark Larry realizes that his healthy breakfast is deciding it’s time to exit the premises. Not wanting to be crude about this situation, he says to his date that he wants to take a few moments of personal time away from their small group to reflect about life. Tracy has no problem with this split and wanders back on the path they are on and Larry heads forward and off the path. Thinking he is far enough away, drops trough, adds to nature and goes back to find his date.
• When she sent me a picture of herself getting all dolled up to go out with her girl friends for the night, I sent back a goofy picture of me with cookies stuffed in my mouth, inviting her to an alternative night of lightheartedness. • One time I set up a multiple location clue hunt, leading my date on a short/fun adventure around a small town, ending with finding me and ice cream. • Send flowers – yes, just send flowers. What’s fun about that?!? Well its something folks don’t do much anymore and it’s incredibly romantic. • Play a board game for two. Healthy competition is fun and the winner can pick out the prize. However, overly competitive douche bags who have to constantly win should not do this because they ruin a perfectly fun time. • Secretly plan a day/night out to go somewhere great and have THEIR best friends show up to join in the fun. Shows a level of interest and commitment that wins points. BIG Points!
What Larry didn’t know was that the dog had quietly followed him to his private dumping grounds. And as some dogs are known to do – enjoy a festive and vigorous roll in a pile of crap. Yes, that is what the 3-legged dog did, he rubbed himself in the fresh human ooze like it was manna from heaven. ‘Cause that’s what dogs love to do, apparently. Can you see where this is going? I’ll remind you that this is a FIRST DATE. Yup, Larry finds Tracy on the path. And seconds later an enthusiastic little Zelda ran to his mama just as happy as any dog would be. “Oh shit he rolled in
• Bake them something. Cake, cookies, lasagna, pie, pizza, etc. Anything to do with the oven is a true effort and should be recognized for it. Warm yummy in the mouth is a treat to be shared, no matter what it is. • Go to a Comic Book convention or something like it. One of the funnest times I ever had on a date was going to a Comicon. Everything to see, bad food to eat and laughing at the silliness around.
Now Larry is a standup guy and gently offered up the facts of the moment; the truth of why he had to walk into the woods alone. He also knew there was a lake very close to where they were and guided the trio to the shore, where he promptly tossed the puppy in and washed him off with his own hands, because that’s what a man does. I wish I knew more about her reaction, what was spoken on the walk back to the car or if there was ever a second date. I could make something up to satisfy your mind, but in this moment, I like that it was just that awkward event and Larry showed what kind of a guy he is in a situation like that. Well done Larry.
This column was split because these fun topics were suggested to me and my brain said go for it. There are times when your brain will say Go For It – and you should. You can do it – I believe in you! Find Mister Helpful’s Dating Guide on Facebook, hit the LIKE button and read the expanded versions of this column. Up next from Mr. Helpful – Conspiracy Theory Dates – Camping out to watch for UFOs and checking each other for ticks before bedtime.
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• Go to a Dollar store or similar and spend as little as possible, yet find something that will make your date smile because it’s a goofy thing. • Just throwing it out here, but mow their lawn or vacuum their house when they are not present. Ok, bad idea, because now folks are going to think I’m suggesting breaking in or jumping a fence or something. I am not. But the sentiment is there – do something unexpected, kind, helpful.
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Those are some suggestions. If you have some that you have done in the past, send them to me. I’d love to know what you did to make someone special feel special. First Date Nightmare Yes, I could easily make up outlandish tales of “you’ve got to be kidding me” stories about dating, but I like the true ones. This is one of those. Larry, a 40-something, taller, outdoorsy looking type, is just a nice regular guy looking to date a decent regular woman. He connects with Tracy online and he invites her
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GALLERY 891009 Lincoln Ave. | 970.439.8196 The 1st of its kind in Steamboat, Gallery 89 is a hip, contemporary art space which troubles ordinary aesthetic boundaries. Uniting Past and Future, local and international, tradition and the avantgarde, Gallery 89 stuns with carefully curated masterworks from Europe along with the Boat’s best talents. JACE ROMICK GALLERY 837 Lincoln Ave. | 970.846.8377 Fine art photography of Jace Romick with oil paintings and bronze by other renowned artists. LINDA ISRAEL SIGNATURE GALLERY 750 Lincoln Ave. | at Images of Nature | 970.846.7062 New Location! Colorful, soulful expressions of Israel’s creatures of the wild. Limited edition prints and originals. Refreshments. LODGEPOLE GALLERY 111 11th St., Unit 105 Old West Building | 970.879.7334 Sculpture, skulls, oil, graphite & leather. Modern Western art. Come on down 11th St! MANGELSEN-IMAGES OF NATURE 730 Lincoln Ave 970.871.1822 Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled the naturalworld for over 40 years photographing the Earth’s last great wild places www.mangelsen.com. Welcoming guest artist Linda Israel. PINE MOON FINE ART 117 9th St | 970.846.7879 ALL GALLERY SHOW. Bronze and Glass Sculpture; Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor Paintings; Monoprints; Graphite and Fiber Works; Photography and Jewelry. RED WEST CONTEMPORARY ART 1125 Lincoln Ave., 12th St. | 970.846.7879 This month at Red: Highlighting new works by Chula Beauregard and new artist Brooke Welch. STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM 807 Lincoln Ave. | 970.870.1755 Experience the autumn splendor of the Yampa Valley with an exhibit of plein air works painted by 60 regional and local artists. Store Giveaway enter to win! STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ARTS COUNCIL AT THE DEPOT 1001 13th St. | 970.879.9008 “Get Schooled”: Cully Kistler brings us oil paintings of one-room schoolhouses and barns of the 19th and 20th centuries. WILD HORSE GALLERY 802 Lincoln Ave. | 970-819-2850 Wild Horse Gallery offers a varied selection for your Holiday Shopping…..Oils, watercolors, pastels, etchings, bronze, wood, glass, books, and giclee prints of local scenes. Something for everyone on your list! OTHER VENUES HARWIGS/LAPOGEE 911 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.1919 “Tinker Tiffany shows an eclectic collection of paintings on silk and canvas that highlights her love of nature and fascination with the play of color.” THE SKI LOCKER 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a, 303.882.4927 Stefanie Weaver, painter/muralist: “Water Series” “Steamboat After Hours” reflections of things inspired by nature. YOUNG BLOODS COLLECTIVE 941 Lincoln Avenue, #100a, 941.321.2809 In collaboration with Integrated Community’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration, YBC members have created pieces inspired by this vibrant holiday. Sugar skulls, Ofrendas, and calaveras will be among some of the icons members have derived inspiration from. Join us in this cultural celebration in our new home gallery at Ski Locker. Tag your favorite piece : @youngbloodscollective URBANE 703 Lincoln Ave. | 970.879.9169 Metalwork, knives, paintings, ball caps, beanies, t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring the drawings of Lucas laverty and sketchbook. Mixed media by Sheldon sickles.
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THURS. NOVEMBER 1
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6
NaNoWriMo Write-In 6-8PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
Free Film: “The Apology” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2 First Friday Art Walk 5PM @ Downtown Steamboat. Self-guided tour of local art galleries, Museums and alternative venues. FREE. First Friday Artwalk Reception Cully Kistler & Jeffrey Johnson Artist Reception 5PM@ Arts Depot. FREE www.steamboatcreates. org Super Fun Show 8PM @ Chief Theater. FREE chieftheater.com Bill Smith 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com SAT. NOVEMBER 3 Linear Symmetry w/ FunkStatik 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com MONDAY NOVEMBER 5 Free Film: “Anita” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
History Happy Hour 5:30PM @ Butcherknife Brewery treadofpioneers.org WED. NOVEMBER 7 Diwali Wild Films: Wild West Shorts 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURS. NOVEMBER 8 Planning Commission 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net/ agendas NaNoWriMo Write-In 6-8PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Free Film: “Faces Places” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9 Coffee with Council 7:30AM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net The North 41 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com SAT. NOVEMBER 10 Home For the Holidays Craft Show 9AM-2PM @ Bud Werner Library mainstreetsteamboat.com
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Calendar of Free Events What do you want to do today? I don’t know. What do you want to do? Organ Freeman 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Community Yoga Practice 10AM @ Bud Werner Library. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Toll The Bells 11AM ww1cc.org/bells MON. NOVEMBER 12 Wild Films: “Wild Ireland, Edge of the World” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Hayden Chamber Meeting 7PM @ Yampa Valley Brewing Company, Hayden. TUES. NOVEMBER 13 City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net
WED. NOVEMBER 14
SAT. NOVEMBER 17
Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net/ agendas
Barrel Cathedral Launch Party 5PM @ Yampa Valley Brewing Company, Hayden www.yampavalleybrew. com
Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Foreign Film Series at the Chief “La Familia” 7:00PM @ Chief Theater. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events THURS. NOVEMBER 15 NaNoWriMo Write-In 6-8PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events 8 Ball Tournament 6:30PM @ The V FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 Steamboat Creates – The Mingle Depot Art Center www.steamboatcreates. org Homemade Spaceship w/ Mass Relay and Dazbos 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
RECURRING WEEKLY EVENTS: SUNDAY
Latin Dance Night 7PM @ Schmiggity’s (Free Salsa Lessons). FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
“A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 10:30AM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org
MONDAY Piano Bar Night 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
Pool League 6:30PM @ The V Two-Step Tuesday 7PM @ Schmiggity’s
The Fritz 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com TUES. NOVEMBER 20
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TUES. NOVEMBER 27
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Indie Lens Pop-Up: “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” 6:30PM @ Library Hall. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events WED. NOVEMBER 28
City Council Meeting 5PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net
Parks & Recreation Commission 5:30PM @ Centennial Hall steamboatsprings.net/ agendas
THURS. NOVEMBER 22
THURS. NOVEMBER 29
NaNoWriMo Write-In 6-8PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23 Light up the Night 6PM @ Court House Lawn mainstreetsteamboat.com Green Buddha 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com SAT. NOVEMBER 24 Small Business Saturday mainstreetsteamboat.com Yer State Birds 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. (Free Country Dance Lessons). FREE. www.schmiggitys.com WEDNESDAY Dart League 6:30PM @ The V
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30 NaNoWriMo Write-In 6-8PM @ Off The Beaten Path. FREE www.steamboatlibrary. org/events Worried Men 10PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE. www.schmiggitys.com
Noon @ Art Depot.FREE www.steamboatwriters.com “A Good Yarn” Crochet & Knitting Group 4:30PM @ Hayden Public Library www.haydenpubliclibrary. org
Karaoke Night 9PM @ Schmiggity’s. FREE Live Band Karaoke/ www.schmiggitys.com Schmiggity Jam 9:30PM @ Schmiggity’s. THURSDAY FREE. www.schmiggitys. com Steamboat Springs Writers Group
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Your Monthly Message By Chelsea Yepello Aries
March 21 - April 19
How many vegans does it take to screw in a light bulb? Doesn’t matter, they can tell you they are vegan in the dark.
April 20 - May 20
After sharing the same beverage with an ill friend, the mingling of your germs will develop into the virus that creates the zombie apocalypse. You thought you wouldn’t accomplish anything with your life...but look at you now, patient zero!
May 20 - June 20
June 21 - July 22
IN STEAMBOAT * * Excludes flower. Not to be combined with any other discounts.
Last week, a new study came out that concludes one hundred percent of all people who drink water will eventually die.
July 23 - August 23
For some reason it feels like everyone is ignoring you, which is odd because you explained to them that the smell will go away and the wound will eventually stop seeping.
August 23 - September 22
Tomorrow, when you get into your flying unicorn car and float to work at the marshmallow factory, while drinking a steaming cup of sunshine and eating a bag of sugared rainbows, remember that this is only temporary, and your dreams will be a reality if you believe... until a giant-cigar-smoking-monkey-robot eats you.
September 23 - October 23
You told that weird guy you would never date him even if he was the last person on earth.
December 22 - January 19
For some reason, you flirting with the opposite sex will not leave you satisfied or hopeful. It will however, leave you with quite a few cups of “borrowed” sugar and one very offended pool cleaner.
January 20 - February 18
You feel that no one is paying attention to you, so you have decided to reveal that you have been dangerously Hooked on Phonics most of your adolescent and adult life. Strangely, that doesn’t seem to shock anyone and doesn’t give you the attention you hoped for.
February 19 - March 20
For some reason, you start to suspect that your call really isn’t important to them. And on the other end, they are making bets to see how long you will stay on hold to talk to the next available agent.
OF SELECT STRAINS
Recreational & Medical
1755 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs, CO On the Free Bus Route
For those who live here and for those who wish they did.
November 22 - December 21
When they say, “home is where the heart is,” they didn’t mean that hording hearts under your floorboards will make you feel at home. Seriously, eventually all those hallucinations of a dozen beating hearts will make you a little uncomfortable.
RECREATIONAL & MEDICAL
October 24 - November 21
You will feel awfully silly when the debt companies finally find you. Apparently moving every other month doesn’t stop them, and growing a mustache doesn’t confuse them either.
Sometimes it’s just bad timing. It turns out that your life is not a rom-com. In reality, your counterpart gets stuck in traffic on the way to the airport and you get on the flight. At least there’s always Facebook?
GOLDEN LEAF WILL
Which is unfortunate, because soon after he moves to Antarctica to live with the penguins, the world and its population will end. Everyone will be gone besides you and that one person in Antarctica hanging out with penguins. Not so cocky now, are you?
We know what ails you.
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