Archive for the ‘Colorado’ Category

“Flu has sent more than three times the number of people to the hospital in Colorado than usual – – The good news? There have been fewer norovirus outbreaks than normal”

December 29, 2017

https://www.denverpost.com/2017/12/20/flu-season-in-colorado/

Members of our family who spent time in Colorado for Christmas this year have experienced symptoms consistent with the norovirus.  Here is an excerpt from this article about that disease in Colorado as of December 20:

The norovirus — a 24-hour gastrointestinal illness that leads to vomiting and diarrhea — has a shorter season, typically spanning November and December. So far, there have only been 25 reported outbreaks when normally there are anywhere between 30 and 100, said Nicole Comstock, a communicable disease epidemiologist with the state.

“I’ve heard a lot of anecdotal reports like, ‘It seems like a bad year,’ ” she said. “But our outbreak data isn’t really reflecting that.”

But Comstock said that could change by the end of the month. The norovirus is incredibly contagious and tends to spread during the winter, when more people are gathered in close quarters indoors.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

November 28, 2017

This past Sunday morning, as I was walking from one church to another in Provo, Utah, I came upon a car that had a Ron Jon Surf Shop decal in its back window.

That triggered some memories.

My father was an aerospace engineer at Martin Marietta, which is now part of Lockheed Martin.  Over the years he went on many business trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Beginning about the time I started high school, he began giving my siblings and me t-shirts from the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.  They were similar to the t-shirts that can be bought today.

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I would wear those to school frequently.  On some of those cold winter days in Colorado, I’d walk to school wearing one of these t-shirts under my big down coat.

This brief video tells the history of the Ron Jon Surf Shop (click on the arrow in the middle of the image to play the video):

This article gives some historical facts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Jon_Surf_Shop.

 

“Alferd Packer, you voracious, man-eating son-of-a-bitch. They was only seven Democrats in Hinsdale County, and you ate five of them.”

September 20, 2017

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 957). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Alferd Packer, who is buried in my home town’s cemetery, was a favorite character of my friends and I as we grew up in Littleton, Colorado.

The context for the quote:

Alferd Packer had been a mountain guide, as mixed up as the spelling of his first name, and late in 1873 for a grubstake he volunteered to lead a hunting party of twenty into the western mountains. When a blizzard struck he got lost with five of the members. The party was snowbound for three months. They ran out of food, so Packer, as the man responsible for the leadership and survival of the group, began eating his fellow sportsmen.

When the spring thaws came Alferd Packer returned, picking his teeth and showing no signs of ordeal, but later the skeletons of his companions were found, each skull showing signs of having been smacked with the sharp edge of an ax.

The macabre episode might have passed unnoticed into history as one more macabre affair along the Continental Divide, except for the memorable charge made by the judge when he sentenced Packer. Whether the judge actually said these words cannot now be proved, but they have passed into the folklore of the state, providing Colorado with its one indisputable folk hero. Said the judge, “Alferd Packer, you voracious, man-eating son-of-a-bitch. They was only seven Democrats in Hinsdale County, and you ate five of them.”

This affair made Packer the patron saint of the Republican party . . . . .

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 957). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“Homeless men in Aspen found grilling lobster tail, lamb, salmon”

September 16, 2017

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/homeless-men-in-aspen-found-grilling-lobster-tail-lamb-salmon/

Christo’s Valley Curtain – – Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Giffard 1974, 24 mins.

July 24, 2017

https://nwfilm.org/films/christos-valley-curtain/

Back when we would to to Snowmass at Aspen for summer vacation, my father would tell us about this fascinating project.