• Grammy/Oscar winner joins Colorado newspaper’s marijuana team

    Thu, April 17, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

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    Whoopi Goldberg filed her first column this week as a contributor to The Cannabist, The Denver Post’s news and culture website dedicated to all things weed.

    Goldberg’s first column is titled: “My vape pen and I, a love story.” You can read it here.

    Here’s some of the column:

    “My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship. Sure, I’ll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant. But mostly it’s just she and I working through my pain. And her ability to help me live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day.”

    Your thoughts?

  • GIF of synchronized skaters celebrating in Colorado Springs about to go viral

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    (Via Deadspin)

    (Via Deadspin)

    I had to share this.

    The popular sports blog Deadspin posted a GIF Wednesday showing a team of synchronized skaters celebrating at an event in Colorado Springs.

    The city hosted the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships earlier this year. You can see the logo in the background. The GIF shows a skating team called Starlights, as Deadspin puts it, “absolutely losing its collective mind after seeing its score from the short program.”

    Deadspin says the group celebrated a score that put them in third place, but the team eventually finished fourth. Here are results I found on the IceNetwork.com.

    I’m sorry, but I laughed out loud when a colleague sent me the Deadspin link. Some celebrated harder than others and for that, the world thanks you.

  • List: What you ‘need’ to know about Colorado Springs before you move to ‘The Springs’

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    (Flickr user Martin Cathrae via Movoto)

    (Flickr user Martin Cathrae via Movoto)

    I’ll get to the photo later.

    I recently wrote a blog about Colorado Springs ranking as one of the cheapest cities to raise a family. You can read it here.

    But before you pack up all your things, sell your house and kiss your friends goodbye, you might want to go through this list of things you “need” to know before you join us.

    Real Estate blog Movoto gives us a list of 21 must-know things before moving to the so-called Springs.

    Apparently I have to stop calling our lovely city Colorado Springs and start calling it The Springs. (Sorry Manitou).

    “Sometimes you may have to refer to this city by its full name (I don’t know when or why, but, theoretically, it could happen), but as far locals are concerned it’s just the Springs,” reads the post. “Also, here SoCO means southern Colorado, not Southern Comfort.”

    Noted.

    Another thing to know is that I better get used to eating and smelling fondue, whatever that is. I work next to a fondue restaurant so it will happen one of these days. It’s inevitable.

    Take a look at the full list here and share your thoughts below.

    Side note: China Town restaurant, here I come.

    The photo, apparently residents of The Springs love eating Elk and Bison. So a wolf mauling a poor animal? OK. Check out the list to see an explanation.

  • Looking for a cheap city to raise a family? Try Colorado Springs

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    Colorado Springs is the second cheapest city to raise a family, according to an article on Cheapism.com.

    That news probably makes a lot of local families happy or help would-be Colorado Springs families on the fence make a decision.

    Out of 52 mid-size U.S. cities, including cities like Portland and Minneapolis, the Springs is just behind Omaha, Neb., according to Cheapism. Click on the link above to see which other cities made the list

    Cities with populations between 300,000 and 1 million were included in rankings based on cost of living, school district spending and median household income, according to Cheapism.

    Here is what’s said about our lovely city:

    “Colorado Springs claims one of the lowest violent crime rates among the 52 cities we looked at. The cost of living is on par with the national average and nearly one-third of residents commute less than 15 minutes each way. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Vanguard School 141 among the nation’s high schools. The city is home to beautiful parks, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.”

    Do you agree with the rankings or do you have a different story to what you consider a cheap place to raise a family? Share with us below.

  • Map: the Onion wants to know if felons have the right to vote

    Mon, April 14, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    (the Onion)

    (the Onion)

    Should felons have the right to vote?

    Of course not, according to the Onion. “Can you imagine leaving elections in the hands of such uninformed decision-makers?”

    Ha.

    The satire website put together a map asking if felons have the right to vote. Each state is color coordinated to seven colors and descriptions. Colorado is red, along with Nebraska, Minnesota and Hawaii.

    Blue is my favorite. Here’s its description: Yes, but only for the next few presidential elections and then we should evaluate how they did.

    Purple has a good one, too. Here: Yes, I love a little danger when I head to the polls.

    Onion has a few other fun maps, including one asking should we tax soda and junk food?

    Here’s the definition for Colorado: Do whatever you want. There’s no price I wouldn’t pay for Mountain Dew Code Red.

  • Now this is a cool map/portrait of Colorado

    Sun, April 13, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    "Colorado Geological" (Photo via Mike Wright Gallery in Denver)

    “Colorado Geological” (Photo via Mike Wright Gallery in Denver)

    I had to post this photo big.

    This photo was shared by Sara Melzer, director of the Mike Wright Gallery in Denver.

    The portrait is by UK artist Ed Fairburg, according to a news release provided by Melzer. Fairburn will be debuting new portraits  on Colorado maps later this month.

    The portrait is stunning. For more about the coming exhibit, click here

     

  • Lunar eclipse to be visible to Colorado late Monday

    Sun, April 13, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    The moon looks red during an eclipse, as shown in this photo taken during the total lunar eclipse Dec. 21, 2010. (photo by Robert Grover via Denver Post)

    The moon looks red during an eclipse, as shown in this photo taken during the total lunar eclipse Dec. 21, 2010. (photo by Robert Grover via Denver Post)

    I wish I was a night owl, especially Monday night. Why? I’m glad you asked.

    Colorado will get to see a lunar eclipse during the early morning hours Tuesday, according to a Denver Post weather blog. The eclipse will begin just before midnight, but the real good stuff doesn’t happen until 1:07. This is when the lunar eclipse will at its best, to 2:25 a.m.

    A lunar eclipse happens when the sun, Earth and moon line up and the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon. I’m tempted to set my alarm to see if I can catch the eclipse. Will you? Take a photo and send it my way.

    To read more about the pending lunar eclipse, click here.

  • Report: 3 Colorado cities are tops in nation when it comes to tipping food-delivery workers

    Thu, April 10, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    (CNBC.com)

    (CNBC.com)

    The top three cities in the U.S. known for being most generous when it comes to tipping food-delivery workers are in Colorado.

    Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins lead the nation as the most generous, according to a recent CNBC story.

    CNBC looked at GrubHub’s data from March 28, 2013 to March 27. The data includes tips on credit cards, PayPal, but doesn’t include cash tips.

    Colorado is third overall among big tipping states, with 15.7 percent. Thirty-five states’ tips averaged in the 14-percent range, according to the article.

    The story didn’t mention Colorado Springs or give an explanation why Coloradans like to tip well. Good food, perhaps.

    Why do you think Coloradans tend to tip so well?

  • So-called Good Grammar Bandit catches media attention beyond Colorado

    Wed, April 9, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    (Photo provided by the FBI)

    (Photo provided by the FBI)

    The so-called Good Grammar Bandit is still on the loose somewhere, perhaps Colorado.

    The man is accused of robbing four Denver banks earlier this month by allegedly handing the tellers good grammar notes. Not surprisingly, the bandit has made national headlines.

    The Washington Post mentions the suspect while pointing out badly-written bank robber notes, citing examples in Washington D.C., New York City and Florida.

    On Monday, FBI officials in Denver provided photos and the information on the suspect.

    The FBI purposely released the catchy name in hopes of media interest. It worked.

    “Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure — everything is really done well,” Dave Joly, a spokesman for the FBI’s Denver office, told the Washington Post. Joly said notes with good grammar are unusual.

     

  • Colorado comes close to owning the tag as the ‘horniest’ state thanks to a four-legged friend

    Tue, April 8, 2014 by Dalton Walker with no comments

    (map via Digg)

    (map via Digg)

     

    Colorado is the second horniest state in the U.S., thanks to our bighorn sheep population.

    What, you were expecting something else?

    “Digg Investigates” posted a map earlier this month titled: America’s Horniest States. The site clearly had fun with this one.

    Alaska is king with roughly 80,000 wild bighorn sheep, Dall sheep, mountain goats and muskox.

    To be fair, states east of Texas don’t have horned animals so they aren’t in the running, Digg reports. It’s a “scientific fact,” according to Digg, so take it for what it’s worth.

    Digg says only five horned animals are native to the U.S., the ones mentioned in Alaska and bison.