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England’s Greenery

January 26th, 2020

When it comes to directors, there are usually two kinds. The first is the artist. When you watch a film by Spielberg, Scorsese, or Tarantino, you’ll know within minutes that they directed it. Shot choices, casting, and even their thematic obsessions will clue you in, allowing you to calibrate your enjoyment appropriately.* You’ll always know you’re watching a film by Brian De Palma, just like you’ll always know you’re watching a film by Kevin Smith. The second category is the artisans. These are filmmakers that usually don’t have a directorial signature. They get in there, do the job,... Read More

Larry Walker – The Last Clean Player

January 24th, 2020

As the final votes were tallied for this year’s Hall-of-Fame and the results confirmed, only two major league baseball players would be going to Cooperstown: New York Yankee great Derek Jeter and Colorado’s own Larry Walker. Both could be called a surprise. The selection of Derek Jeter in his first year of eligibility wasn’t too shocking considering his 20-year career as a Yankee in which he appeared in 14 All-Star games, won five gold-gloves, and won five World Series. The surprise was that the selection wasn’t unanimous as Jeter received 396 out of 397 votes, meaning one sportswriter... Read More

Subaru Winterfest Comes to Eldora

January 23rd, 2020

Enjoy a weekend of live music, good food, and epic skiing from March 27th-29th.  The Subaru Mountainfest will be stopping by Eldora for the weekend, offering Coloradans with daily giveaways, gear demo’s, warm food and cold drinks! If you’re interested in joining, check out www.subaru.com/winterfest for more information!  Read More

Almost, But Not Quite, The Abyss

January 19th, 2020

If you’re a regular viewer of movies, you know you can track the seasons by the kinds of movies playing. Are the theaters jam-packed with big, loud blockbusters? You’re in summer. Do you have a wide variety of Oscar bait to choose from? Congratulations, you’ve arrived safely in the fall. The depths of winter are when studios give up. They already released the films built to either make an assload of money or attract awards. What’s left is the cinematic equivalent of the island of misfit toys, and production companies frequently throw these redheaded stepchildren into theaters with a hasty... Read More

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game – Seriously?

January 17th, 2020

The votes are starting to accumulate for the players hoping to make the 2020 NBA All-Star game next month in Chicago, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic is a sure thing.  The Nuggets are currently 28-12, third in the Western Conference, and Jokic is having another tremendous season averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds, and over six assists a game.  The popularity of Jokic has him at fifth in voting in the West for the frontcourt players trailing only Lebron James (LAL), Anthony Davis (LAL), Kawhi Leonard (LAC), and Paul George (LAC).  While Jokic stands at tenth overall among all Western Conference players. Looking... Read More

When is it Tune Time? 3 Things to Look Out for in Your Snow Gear

January 12th, 2020

Just like your car or your bike, your snow gear could use a little bit of a tune up from time to time. Sure, it’s easy to just ride your skis or snowboard every day all winter with little regard to how they’re holding up, but just a little bit of attention and tuning goes a long way towards keeping your gear performing well. Proper tuning will actually extend the life of your favorite skis or board so that you can keep enjoying them on the slopes. But how do you know if your skis or snowboard need a tune up? Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep an eye on how your equipment is doing... Read More

The Endless Trench

January 12th, 2020

We never really reckoned with World War I, not in any meaningful sense. For a while there it was called The War to End All Wars, despite the fact that its aftermath both caused and led into World War II. Like all wars, its horror recedes in memory. A little over a century later, most of us barely understand why the war happened in the first place. That continues to be shocking, as the casualties of World War I were so high that battles frequently resembled a meat grinder in terms of the staggering numbers of men both sides threw at each other. When you put the numbers into context, it’s literally... Read More

Tom Brady to Denver – It Could Happen

January 10th, 2020

When it was announced that Tom Brady would become an unrestricted free-agent on March 18th, you could hear the collective giggles. After all, we’ve seen this show before. Brady will use his free-agent leverage to make sure the roster is set with Super Bowl talent, the offensive coordinator is to his liking, and then he’ll sign the contract and get back to work. At 41 years-of-age, is Brady looking to guarantee his final contract so he can play until he’s 45? Maybe.  After years of giving New England a hometown discount, is Brady finally asking to be rewarded with the highest salary in the... Read More

MidWinter: A Colorado Night’s Dream

January 8th, 2020

Sometimes, writing about art and theater feels a lot like falling down the proverbial rabbit hole as I try to find the angle to write about wandering through a haunted-theater immersive experience, getting splashed in a Halloween horror show in the basement of a spaghetti emporium, sweating through a DIY D&D in a comic shop, savoring (har har!) Sweeney Todd’s enraged high notes, and trying to quiet my howling dog in a public house. I’ve found myself in some odd and awkward scenarios. To update the metaphor, writing this column is a lot like drunk-clicking through an endless algorithm of... Read More

Colorado’s Oldest Craft Brewery is Saying Goodbye

January 7th, 2020

With the craft beer landscape across Colorado continuing to change, Boulder Beer Co. is the next brewery finding ways to adapt to stay alive. This means they will be shutting down their brewpub and facility this year. Fortunately for the many fans of Boulder Beer Co., they have reached an agreement with another brewery in Denver that will continue to make Boulder Beer, so you’ll still be seeing your favorite pours on shelves and in restaurants around Colorado and the US. As Seltzer has continued to eat up market share in the alcoholic beverage industry, the craft beer surge has slowed significantly,... Read More

Motivational Monday – Resolve to Skip the New Year’s Resolution

January 6th, 2020

Did you know that only 8% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions achieve them? Typically, the reason they fail is the lack of a plan to ensure success.  Most resolutions are vague like “eat less”, “lose weight” or “exercise more”.  These are admirable goals, but they don’t offer a tactical strategy for execution or, more importantly, a plan for failure. In order to establish a successful goal, you have to think through how you will accomplish your goal.  Instead of a New Year’s resolution, how about a SMART goal for 2016? Specific – Lose weight is not a specific... Read More

6 Tips for Buying a Home as a Vacation Rental in Colorado

January 6th, 2020

Buying a house you intend to rent out is very different than buying one you plan to live in. This is especially the case if you’re planning on making it a vacation rental. You are not buying for yourself, so all the usual criteria you would use to judge a home no longer stand. So, how do you know you are investing in a property people will want to spend their vacations in? Research Local Tourism  Look for areas that are popular hubs for vacation rentals and tourists due to their wealth of attractions and activities–perhaps a property near the Denver Zoo or a cabin home close to Flagstaff.... Read More

Shifting The Lens

January 5th, 2020

There are two incontrovertible facts: the first is that Louisa May Alcott was a fascinating human being. Her parents were Transcendentalists. She took lessons from Henry David Thoreau. She wrote a play for the Boston Theater and subsequently burned it due to infighting between her actors. Alcott briefly served as a nurse during the Civil War, survived typhoid fever, was a feminist, and was active in the abolitionist movement. To put it plainly, she was a baller. Oh, also? She wrote Little Women. That brings us to the second incontrovertible fact, which is that up until very recently, I was almost... Read More

Top 10 Stories of 2019

January 3rd, 2020

With 2019 closing and 2020 beginning, we thought it would be nice to reflect on all the most-loved content of the year. This roundup includes the top 10 most viewed articles of 2019! The Best 11 Activities to Do During Boulder Winters Can CBD help to keep your tolerance down? 6 Weird and Unique Boulder Laws 4 Great Fishing Spots in Boulder County 6 Famous Boulderites You Should Know Boulder Housing Prices are Finally Dropping Does Whatever A Sequel Can The ULTIMATE Guide to Sledding in Boulder Bear Breaks into Car, Butt-Shifts Vehicle and Drives Downhill in Boulder... Read More

Colorado Sports Teams – New Year’s Resolutions

January 3rd, 2020

As we take the empty champagne bottles to the recycling bin and begrudgingly grab our gym bags, deep inside we know the inevitable is just days, or weeks away.  The New Year’s Resolutions we have made to give up drinking, or finally get back in shape, just aren’t sustainable. The general problem is that we tend to make our goals too lofty.  We can renew our gym membership, but our five-days-a-week turns into much less than that, and by the time February comes around our New Year’s Resolution is just a faint memory.  Giving up alcohol seems plausible considering the new year generally begins... Read More

January’s Insider Guide to Boulder Real-Estate

January 2nd, 2020

To find your dream home in Boulder, Colorado, Give Mark Bossert a call today! 303-589-2677 Happy New Year to all and I’m hopeful everyone survived and enjoyed the Holiday’s with family and friends. Boulder County Real Estate remained stagnant in 2019 with the median price of single family homes increasing only 2.2 percent in Boulder, 1.7 percent in Longmont, while the median price in Lafayette was flat and Louisville dropped 2.8 percent. Broomfield was the big winner last year with their median home price increasing by 7.2 percent. Townhomes in 2019 paint a different picture, increasing... Read More

4 Important Tune-Ups for Denver Winter Bike Commuters

December 29th, 2019

For the dedicated rider, bike commuting is a year-round affair. Sure, there are plenty of fair-weather commuters who hang up their bikes as soon as it starts to rain, but for those really committed to riding their bikes to work, there is no offseason. Instead, Denver’s winter bike commuters must re-asses and prepare for less clement weather. It’s a good idea to get some bike tuning done each spring and fall regardless of your riding habits to ensure your bike is running smoothly. Road bike tuning every fall might seem unnecessary; after all, if the bike is running fine, why pay to mess with... Read More

Pressure Drop

December 29th, 2019

As many of us do, the arrival of the year’s end is a time for me to look back. If I were to sum it up, 2019 was all about surprise. Putting aside the absolute insanity of our politics, the year in film has been wild as hell. We saw both the Star Wars and MCU franchises come to a temporary end. We saw films about cathartic cults, flicks involving doppelgangers, and a number of movies examining class warfare. Perhaps strangest of all, we saw one of the best performances of the year delivered by Adam Sandler. Maybe it’s not so strange, though! I’ll grant you that a cursory look through Sandler’s... Read More

Mountain Lion Caught on Camera in Boulder on Christmas Eve

December 28th, 2019

A mountain lion was recently seen in a Boulder neighborhood, meandering through people’s yards. The footage was caught on camera on somebody’s doorbell app. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, there have been more spottings of mountain lions in suburban areas this year, though the threat of attack is low.      Read More

Drew Lock: Is He Great, or Just Okay?

December 28th, 2019

I have the same argument with my buddies every Sunday when it comes to the NFL and assessing the recipe for success: I believe you need a borderline Hall of Fame type quarterback to win it all in today’s game, and anything less is simply a path towards mediocracy. But what does that have to do with Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos? I argue time and again that thirteen of the last fifteen Super Bowls were won by Hall of Fame members, or soon-to-be member quarterbacks, but they insist on bringing up the two outliers in Nick Foles and Joe Flacco. I reiterate the fact that twenty-three of the last... Read More