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Mon Jun 23, 2014, 07:49 AM

Moving to Colorado on July 2nd, but I'm still not all that big on John Denver

"Did the math" after visiting family in Colorado late last month. I liked the town, I liked the people, I liked the possibilities. Nevada is basically last on the list when it comes to everything. I have been living in a dirt-poor, deep red town in a red state. I know some folks have an issue with some of the political leanings in Colorado but trust me...it's a step up.

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Reply Moving to Colorado on July 2nd, but I'm still not all that big on John Denver (Original post)
Miles Archer Jun 2014 OP
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #1
Miles Archer Jun 2014 #3
mnhtnbb Jun 2014 #2
OriginalGeek Jun 2014 #4
TeamPooka Jun 2014 #20
KamaAina Jun 2014 #5
hlthe2b Jun 2014 #11
aint_no_life_nowhere Jun 2014 #6
Yavin4 Jun 2014 #7
Miles Archer Jun 2014 #14
Autumn Jun 2014 #8
clarice Jun 2014 #9
hlthe2b Jun 2014 #10
Miles Archer Jun 2014 #15
hlthe2b Jun 2014 #16
TeamPooka Jun 2014 #21
elleng Jun 2014 #23
ailsagirl Jun 2014 #12
Xipe Totec Jun 2014 #13
LadyHawkAZ Jun 2014 #17
madamesilverspurs Jun 2014 #18
TeamPooka Jun 2014 #19
elleng Jun 2014 #22
pokerfan Jun 2014 #24
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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 07:54 AM

1. Congratulations on your upcoming move!

I know you aren't happy where you are now. Here's to better things ahead!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:42 AM

3. Thank you my friend...

...I predict extended periods of happiness beginning 9 days from now.



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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 08:33 AM

2. You never know what's going to happen when you move someplace.

When we moved to Nebraska in 1994 they had two Dem Senators and a Dem governor...
but over the next six years we lived there they turned as red as the football stadium
in Lincoln on football Saturday.

We moved to North Carolina in 2000...a progressive southern state...that voted for
Barack Obama in 2008 and then the rednecks, bigots and money guys got together to
take over the state in 2010-2012. There hadn't been Republican control of the
state legislature in over 100 years!

Ack! So here we are...still located in a deeply blue town (Chapel Hill) but
watching the state go down the toilet. Hubby is going to the Moral Monday
protest this afternoon. We have high hopes of dumping some of these
right wing a$$holes this year, but it will probably be 2016 or beyond before
we can really turn things around. In the meantime, the Repubs have done
tremendous damage to North Carolina.

Good luck to you! Hope you enjoy your new town.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:54 AM

4. So, you are saying

everywhere you go it turns red. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...





(lol )

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 03:00 PM

20. lol, must be them.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:32 PM

5. Neither are they

 

He was once booed off the stage in Denver. The people felt Mr. Deutschendorf wasn't worthy of the name.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 06:12 PM

11. Speak for yourself. Yes, it has long been "cool" to denounce his music...

but his music will long outlive you or I. And, regardless of whether you like his music or not, he was the epitome of a progressive in terms of his environmental and related work.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:01 PM

6. I loved Colorado Springs when I was a kid in the 1960s

My dad was in the Air Force and stationed there for several years. I do recall the first day there; we woke up on a July morning and saw fresh snow on the top of Pike's Peak. But I like snow and seasons and the cold wasn't that bad, not nearly as bad as Wisconsin, where we lived before my dad's transfer. Colorado Springs then was a beautiful sleepy little town of about 60,000. Now, I understand that its grown about five times the size and some of the old buildings have been torn down. As far as the people, I found them friendly and laid back, not nearly as insular and set in their ways as in the south, where my dad's family came from. I recall several of my junior high teachers speaking out in support of civil rights and Martin Luther King. A lot of my friends seemed to be JFK supporters, and they had older brothers and sisters going to the University of Colorado in Boulder and had liberal viewpoints and listened to folk music like Bob Dylan. Maybe I was too young in junior high back then to comprehend all the nuances of political thought of the people around me but I didn't find too many extremist dogmatic types, but maybe the world has changed. I'd like to go back there one day to see the old Victorian house we lived in on the beautiful tree-lined Nevada Avenue, the city's main drag.

Hope you enjoy Colorado. I know at least you will love the scenery and natural beauty and if you like to ski, it'll be great for you.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:04 PM

7. How can you not love John Denver?

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:42 PM

14. Girlfriend in high school played him non-stop

Granted, it was better than another ex girlfriend who played Barry Manilow non stop. THAT was BRUTAL.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 05:29 PM

8. There are pockets here in Colorado that are damn fine,

it's a good place to be.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 05:51 PM

9. It is without a doubt....

 

The most beautiful State that I have ever been to. Lucky you. Pictures?

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 06:10 PM

10. You know, you don't have to like his music to respect what a tremendous environmentalist & humanist

he was. The very epitome of a progressive.

I'd really like for progressives to stop deriding those who actually walked the walk. Yes, it has long been de rigueur to disparage his music and yes, he had problems that lead to his drinking arrests. But he supported environmental causes worldwide well before it was "cool" to do so.

And, if you really are that torn about moving to this beautiful beautiful and increasingly blue state, then I'm afraid I can't understand nor help you.

I for one, feel VERY LUCKY to be here and know almost no one who does not feel likewise.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:48 PM

15. Jesus H. Christ, will you PLEASE LIGHTEN UP?

"And, if you really are that torn about moving to this beautiful beautiful and increasingly blue state, then I'm afraid I can't understand nor help you?" Where the fuck did I say I was "torn?" I simply mentioned the political aspect because others on DU have mentioned it first. I'm not "torn" about a goddamned thing."

And who the hell asked you to understand OR "help" me?

I feel lucky to be moving there so you can save the superior attitude for someone who might appreciate it more than I do.

And the Denver comment was intended as a joke. You know what a joke is, right? Do you think I really need mentoring from you on "respect?"

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Response to Miles Archer (Reply #15)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:52 PM

16. You belong elsewhere clearly...

Given your attitude and desire to insult all things Colorado, I hope it is somewhere far away.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 03:05 PM

21. What insults? You are antagonizing the OP and trying to start a fight. Don't do that.

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Response to Miles Archer (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 03:28 PM

23. Glad you have the opportunity to 'step up,'

and fyi, if interested, this helps with intended jokes that are sometimes not understood:

I lived in Denver for a year, traveled around the state for work, learned a lot, and enjoyed it.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 07:06 PM

12. Good for you!

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It IS a step (or more) up!!

Jason Brown (the figure skater who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics) lives in Monument!




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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 08:41 PM

13. Dont blame you. Damn that pine needle junkie! nt

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 01:18 AM

17. you can always leave on a jet plane.

Fly away.

Like the eagle and the hawk.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 12:42 PM

18. Colorado native, here.

Not about to argue with your decision to come to Colorado. It ain't perfect, but there are moments when it's damned close. And we welcome with open arms any who are willing to keep pushing us leftward . . .

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 02:59 PM

19. Rocky Mountain High, Colorado.....

I love the state and John Denver.
Good luck in your new home.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 03:23 PM

22. Colorado's surely a step up from Nevada!

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 03:46 PM

24. I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier...

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 08:20 PM

25. Good for you

I came to Denver 39 years ago, lived there 20 yrs, Boulder for the last 19 and have never regretted it for a minute. There is lots to love and to do though it's expensive.
Not so many progressives in Colorado Springs or in Northern CO but those who live there work hard to protect our beautiful state and our neighbors.

We all joke about John Denver but he got it right. We're thankful that he was reborn in his 27th year and found the real Rocky Mountain high. Hope you will too.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 24, 2014, 10:44 PM

26. i love it here

and am mostly happy with the direction in which we're moving.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 09:39 AM

27. Denver is now the new LA.

Stop and go traffic and it's not the roads. Sprawl all over. Up until about 2-yrs. ago I was able to ride my motorcycle back and forth to work. Now it's bumper to bumper. The Californication is now complete.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 10:11 AM

28. I don't think anybody in Colorado will give a shit about your John Denver feelings.

I hope you like it there more than I did. I made some friends in the years I was there, but I came away feeling that way too many residents prize relentless physical toning over personality development. I'm glad to be back in my home state of Texas.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 02:56 PM

29. Welcome - we'll be glad to have you!

It's a great place to live...I've been here all my life and love all 4 corners of our awesome state...even that crazy-assed town of Colorado Springs.

Once you get settled in, it may be time for a Colorado DU meet up!

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