Old Songs of the Day: Snowbird, Danny’s Song

Jun 26, 2008 by

Okay, for you oldies out there, here are two songs that will drive you mad the rest of the day.  I never had looked at the lyrics for either, but it appears that Anne Murray was singing about a busy girl in Snowbird, (her love forever was untrue) and then in Danny's Song, (she's singing about being poor and with child.)

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Attention Solders Heading to the States for a Break

Jun 24, 2008 by

To our friends in the US Military who are overseas and heading home soon, I wanted to make a few choice recommendations states-side for you to consider while you're home. 

If you're on the West Coast, I'd strongly encourage you to take you and the Mrs. to Yosemite National Park.  You'll feel like you've died and gone to heaven.  If it's just the two of you, get a convertible from Oakland, Sacramento or Fresno and drive up to the mountains.  It would have to be one of the biggest changes in scenery you could be looking for and would give you a well-deserved break from the sand and the heat. 

If you're in the midwest, I'd recommend a trip to Golden, CO, not so you could drown in the makings at the Coor's plant in the middle of town, but so you could make a couple night's stop at Table Mountain Inn and experience what has to be one of the most comfortable beds you'll ever crash in.  The food is good, the mountains are beautiful, and you're just a few minutes from I-70 and headed into the Rockies.

If you're in the Southeast, I'd recommend a stop to Gulf Shores, AL.  The first governor I served under often referred to this as the best kept secret in the world.  Alabama has some of the prettiest and cleanest beach front areas in the world and few know about them. 

I've been told there are great opportunities for R&R in Maine, too, though after 22 years of dad being in the air force and me now being an adult, I've not had the chance to get up there.  Hopefully, some day soon I will. 

And if you're headed into New York with the Mrs., well, I recommend you try the Paramount Hotel on 46th and about 300 feet from Times Square.  The rates are very reasonable, and though the rooms are small, you'll be in the heart of the world.

As a parting note, I wanted to offer my thanks for all you're doing in the name of our country.  I wanted to join in 1984 and be a pilot in the air force like my dad was, but I have asthma and in 1984, the air force wasn't granting waivers for it.  That one condition has led me on a completely different path than I spent my first 20 years and first 26 moves from state to state and base housing to base housing.

God bless each of you.  If you have other suggestions on places to sneak away to, please do tell.

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Table Mountain Inn–Most Comfy Bed In America

Jun 21, 2008 by

There was a Courtyard By Marriott bed in of all places, Oklahoma City that I once penned was the most comfy bed in America, but the designation now must shift to The Table Mountain Inn in Golden, CO

Moms and dads, if you need a break, a place to go rest and enjoy a quiet night or two, this is the place to go.  I'm not wavering on my allegiance to Yosemite National Park, not for one instant because to me there are dozens of things more interesting to do there, but if you want a comfy bed, (eight pillows on the bed and two more in the closet), the softest firm mattress you ever could want to sleep in, it's here in Golden.  I put on my Mozart on iTunes last night, opened the sliding glass door to the balcony and turned off the AC.  Nice.

The room is roomy.  It's as cozy as one ever could want one, particularly for a special escape from the home and kids.  The restaurant downstairs has great breakfasts and the food throughout the day smells divine. 

Woody's Wood-Fire Pizza place across the street also is pretty good, though it's nothing next to Roundtable Pizza in Oakhurst, CA or one from Joe's back in Mesquite, Texas or one of Don and Myra's at Corsino's in Montgomery, AL. The surprising point about Woody's to me, 1) the incredible aroma when you walk in the door; man, the garlic and sauce smell makes you hungrier, 2) the number of families who were eating there, particularly moms and dads with young kids.  There were many, which says to me, the word is out locally that this can be a good place for adults to go, sit outside on the patio, or for moms and dads, it's also a good place to bring the kids.  Gosh, dog, and don't forget to try the buffalo wings pizza–it seriously was covered in a "wingstop" style "original hot" sauce, then chunks of chicken, and he said blue cheese, as well.  It was like eating a dozen wings in one slice, without having to fool with bones, etc.  It was very good. From that standpoint, it surpasses the other pizza places mentioned above. 

Seriously, Table Mountain Inn, is in the lead for most comfy bed in America.  It will take a lot to beat this place.  And Woody's Wood-Fire Pizza  for a pizza that tastes like a basket of buffalo wings.  YUM.   

 

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Have you given much thought about climate change?

Jun 20, 2008 by

I had breakfast this morning in the restaurant of the Table Mountain Inn here in Golden.  Sitting behind me were two gentlemen.  It was hard not to hear what they were talking about.  Clearly, they were scientists.  Very learned gents. They were at one point talking about a guy who has gotten a PhD from Harvard and is now teaching at the school.  They were both in awe of the guy.  And it sounded like he was quite younger than them.

So at one point of the discussion, I learned a few things about the world.  First, the one guy was commenting about how dry it is here in the Denver area.  The second replied, "Yeah, we usually judge how bad that's going to get by how soon it stops raining in the spring in Dallas and Fort Worth."  I had no idea our weather back home was such a predictor of how the weather here in Denver was going to be.   But a neat observation nonetheless. 

Then they moved on to a discussion about global warning.  The second one asked, "Have you given much thought about climate change?"  The other responded saying, something to the effect that he hadn't but that a lot of the global warming stuff was generated by the news media.  Hm.  Then he said, "I think it's just really the time in the cycle to get hot."  He conceded that sure there are things being done to escalate it, but really. 

Then they began a discussion of something I haven't thought of.  Since this is alleged to be a world-wide issue, how do you get all major countries to come together on it?  "Do you have an agreed level of carbon emissions from each country in the world?  And then who would measure that and enforce it?"

That of course leads to other questions.  What penalties would/could be imposed if there was an infraction?  What if the level was set for a nation and they didn't accept the number, and proceeded to produce beyond it?  Who then enforces it?  How?  Political and economic sanctions?  War?  Then what?

And then the scientist in them came out.  "How do you really affect climate on a regional basis?  You can't." 

How cool it would have been to have spent just another hour with these two guys.  They obviously were thinking about the problems of the world on a much different level than most.  Think about it.  Most parents are worried about their kids, where they're going to college, how they're going to get them to gymnastics, etc. and these guys are boiling down a highly controversial issue and then asking questions and postulating ideas I'd never even thought about. 

And then I got to have some very candid and informative conversations with teachers today about what's happening in America's schools in the fields of math and science.  It's been a great day of learning for me.

So really, how much thought have you given to climate change? 

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Denver Airport, masstransfusion

Jun 19, 2008 by

I guess once you figure it out, Denver Airport is not all that confusing a place, but really, it took a while.  From what in Texas we would call Terminal C, they call it Concourse C, you get on a train and ride to the Terminal.  That's after you go down three flights of escalators with your bags, etc.  If you're picking up checked bags, you have to go all the way to the Terminal to get them.  Then to get to a rental car, you can either go out of the building to the left or to the right and you get to a bus that will take you to your car.  Hertz, I can honestly say, has got a pretty good system here.  My car was even featured with a mini-marque over it with my name on it. 

For lunch, and it was a late one, (because of the morning storms in Dallas, I got to DAL at 7 for my 830 flight and didn't leave Dallas until 1040 a.m., stopped in OKC, then flew on to DEN) it was about 2 p.m. Dallas time when I finally got to eat.  Now where would a good Southern boy go for lunch in Denver?  You guessed it, Famous Daves. I'd never been there before but the food was good.  The ribs were very good, and they take you through this exercise of their five or six sauces and how you can blend them, etc. 

Obama would do well at this restaurant because I was "honeyed," "darlin'ed" "sweetied" "deared" etc. 

My hotel?  The Table Mountain Inn, the oldest hotel in Golden, CO, and wow, it sure is nice.  Rooms are roomy, with fridge, two tables, a balcony, ceiling fan, AC of course, plenty of chairs, and a rustic Western Indian/Spanish theme.  Its very nice and I'd certainly recommend staying here, and I've only been here a couple hours.  The view of the mountains is very nice, temp isn't too bad outside, and you feel like you're in a tourist trap as rustic as the city looks.  Haven't been to any shops though, so we'll have to see.

Okay, I need a nap.  It's been a long day.  It shouldn't take 10 hours to get from Dallas to Denver.  Except driving, which would take even longer, but you get my point I'm sure.

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Yosemite falls from Sentinel Dome

Jun 14, 2008 by

Yosemite falls from Sentimel Dome

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Mirror Lake’s lower pool

Jun 13, 2008 by

We had a superb lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel. And then wandered outside 
and stumbled upon the bike path to Mirror Lake. It was a hike but we 
are across from Half Dome and looking straight up at it. Amazing 
view.  Worth the walk. Next time the kids come with us they'll be in 
swimsuits and can swim in this heavenly pool.

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