Thursday, December 14, 2006

What Power is Invading Where?

This is a Church we passed while biking around Denver. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about religious rhetoric, but I have no idea what these people are going for.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Biking Denver

Probably one of the best things we did on our Denver trip was rent bikes. We found a great shop called Paul's Cyclery that rented us the Bianchis you see in the above photo. It was a very nice shop and the bikes were great.

I have to say, Denver is a very bike-friendly city. There bike trails everywhere. No Bike lanes, but full-on bike-only trails. Many of these trails follow streams and rivers so they are below grade level. This means you can ride a long way without ever having to cross a street. Clare's Aunt who we stayed with lives just outside of Denver in a town called Highlands Ranch. We were able to ride from there to the heart of downtown Denver (about a 30 mile ride) and had to cross only one street.

Clare liked her Bianchi a lot. Maybe too much.

We did have some trouble in downtown Denver as evidence by this tag that was left on our bikes. Note to the 16 st. Mall ambassador: We have this thing in the civilized world called signs. You might what to hang a couple up sometime.

The madness that is the Denver art Museum. I don't care who's post-modern; form still follows function people.

We thought the prairie dogs we saw along the way were cute, but apparently everyone in Colorado hates them. Oh, and they carry bubonic plague. I guess I shouldn't have pet this one.

This picture was taken by a dwarf we met on the path.

Also bike related but not about Denver: Clare and I attended the Chicagoland Bike Federation volunteer party this Monday. In the raffle I won a package deal with free tickets to the Farnsworth House, a free hotel night at some boutique hotel in Wisconsin and a $50 gift certificate to a bed and breakfast in Wisconsin. Thanks CBF!

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Denver or Photographic Paralysis

I spent My Thanksgiving Holiday in Denver again this year. I know, You're probably like, "Dude, that was weeks ago. You're just posting now?!"

I'm sorry, Dude. Eh-hem, I mean, my loyal readers.

This is the thing. A few months back I bought a digital camera. It's a nice digital camera but come with almost no memory. It made things easy because I would go on an activity, take about 10 pictures and then I was done. I would post half of those pictures with funny captions and move on.

Before I went to Denver, however, I bought a 1 gigabyte memory chip. Now I can take as many pictures as I damn well please.

Unfortunately, the result of this new found freedom is that now I can't decide which pictures I should post of the plethora that I took. I should just get a Flicker or Photobucket account, but I'm slow when it comes to adapting to new technology.

Anyway, here's the first batch of what will likely be a ton of pictures from Denver...

Majestic mountains which don't see quite as majestic in this photo as they did in real life.

I'm sure some people who either have a lot of skiing experience will laugh at the fact that I took a picture of the ski lift, but from a boy who grew up in flat-as-a-pancake Illinois, this is pretty damn cool.

Clare in her protective ski gear. I took this picture because I thought she looked like a jet fighter pilot with the helmet and goggles, which I have to admit, kinda turns me on.

Anyway, I have to sift through dozens more of these photos to bring my readers the best of the best. Until next time...

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