Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jump Street

This place is local, so it's just been added onto my list of places I need to go visit

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Birthday Party

Birthday Drink, originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.

After a year on hiatus, we once again mobbed the deck at Fado's to have the joint Aaron and Tonks birthday celebration. The night started off in a nice quiet and controlled manner (and some nice person was even offering free shots of Newcastle Brown Ale), but of course quickly degenerated into the usual shot drinking, word slurring extravaganza.

Luckily for me, the wife extracted me at the right time, and I made it home all safe and sound. Special mentions go to Batsukh for making it all the way down from up north (on public transport as well!) for his first work related night out, and the boys and girls who made it to Pete's Kitchen and Denver Diner for post closing breakfast.

I took a couple of pics here (and definitely more than Tonks, who's camera died on the first attempt due to a lack of battery), but I'm sure there were other people there who took more than me (I'm talking about you Colleen), so if I can dig them out, I'll add a link.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring Time in Denver

A lot of times, various family members come across to Denver in either spring or autumn (fall) - the flights tend to be a lot cheaper than the middle of summer, and they can sometimes get in a first or last ski day, while not being snowbound for the rest of the time they're here. One of the questions I always get asked is "what clothes should I bring? Is it going to be hot and cold?" My standard response is always "well, you can probably sunbathe in your shorts/bikini one day, and we might get a foot of snow the next" to which (unless they've been here) they always laugh, tell me to stop messing around and ask me again what to pack.

So, for all the non-believers, here's a pretty typical example of spring weather in Denver. We're going to hit 80 today, and there's a decent chance of snow tomorrow (or maybe just rain if we're lucky), with more than a 30 degree difference in temperature. Like I said, this is pretty typical - on Sunday I remember it going from 78 to 38 in the space of 4 hours - that was an interesting experience.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Weather Forecasters Suck - Panic Over

So the supposed 12 to 18 inches of snow that was still predicted on the 10pm news last night managed to turn into absolutely zero snow (and the sun is now coming out, so it's not like it's just late). The news sites even have their excuses posted, just so people don't get too upset.

Some people say "It's just Colorado - the weather forecast is just too difficult to get right". Personally, I think it's bollox. As I've mentioned to anyone who would listen to me today, it's the only job where you can get something 100% wrong and you don't even get a written warning, never mind escorted off the premises. Do you think these guys have their pay rated against their success in predicting the weather? Of course not - that would imply that they actually did something, as opposed to just have a random guess based on some pretty pictures coming out of the national weather service. I even read one site (can't remember if it's the one that I linked above) who blamed it on the fact that they only sent balloons up to measure the Jet Stream twice a day (even though by my reckoning, 6pm is still plenty of time to adjust your 10pm weather forecast). Shit, why can't they send up their own balloons - they're always presenting their little slot from the "roof" of the studio.

So, rant over - I guess I should be happy I didn't have to dig the car out this morning. I think my next mission in life might be to try and get one of these jobs - if no-one cares whether I'm right or wrong (and when I'm wrong I can blame something or one else), isn't that the perfect job for slacking off?

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Gotta Love That Weather!

So not content with blasting us for the first couple of months of the year, the weather has decided to throw a few more punches before winter finally disappears into the history books.

Snow totals on the left are meant to be a forecast for the next 24 hours in Denver - however, they were based on the latest predictions of a mid evening start to the snow, and looking outside now (at 52 minutes after midday), it's started already. So I have a feeling I may end up working from home tomorrow, but we'll see how it goes. I'm just glad I got my little driving trip up North (which I may post about - haven't decided yet) out of the way yesterday, when it was a little windy, but nice and sunny and clear.

And, according to the weather man last night, this storm isn't the big one - the one coming in on Sunday night is the one we should be worried about. Of course, Denver being Denver, there also predicting sunny and 60 degrees on Sunday day time. You gotta love this place - at least it's never boring. And just for the record, Mr Wallace asked my advice 2 weeks ago on whether or not to put his summer tires on, and I recommended no (which of course he ignored, and will be stuck in the house for the next few days, 4-wheel drive or not).

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Arsenal and the Rapids?

Stan Kroenke looks like he's feeling a little left out after the recent purchases of UK footie clubs by American sports owners, so he's joining in the fun.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

3 weeks of councelling, and he's straight? Yeah, right, whatever....

Local news today is covering the story of the disgraced minister Haggard - apparently, after only 3 weeks of councelling, he's now completely straight! Somehow I find this hard to believe - if he was strictly straight in the first place, what was he doing with a male prostitute? I'm sure it's easier to find female ones - it's not like you go out looking for one and come back with the other, then decide it's too far a trip back to get the one you really wanted. And 3 weeks of councelling turning you straight? Sure, that's believable.

What I don't really understand is the point to this whole story? First off, he cheated on his wife, which technically is the big deal in this whole situation. Whether it was with a man or woman, and whether he's gay or straight is pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. At least in my opinion anyway. He basically preached to everyone about how they should live their life, and then didn't practise what he preached. Maybe small town America needs to hear that he's been "cured" of his gayness (somehow, Saved springs to mind - great film by the way if you haven't seen it - seeing Mandy Moore throwing her bible at her supposed wayward friend while trying to kidnap and convert her was a classic "I am FILLED with Christ's love! You are just jealous of my success in the Lord.")

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Things you learn on the road

The weather in Atlanta is sometimes colder than Denver (although not very often).

Slingbox works great! (even with crappy hotel service)

Hotel alarm clocks not working can totally ruin your day.

The workday never quite finishes when you're stuck in a hotel room.

And even though it looks like the snow is coming for the 7th week in a row, I still want to be back there.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Forsberg Back for the Avs?

Pretty, pretty please make this true, although I know the wife won't agree with me.

News story here, no doubt by the time you read this, it'll either be confirmed, or more likely, thrown out as another rumour that will never come true.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

An Update for later Updates

No pics of Vegas uploaded yet - we got back late due to more snow in Denver yesterday (another foot to dig out of our driveway), the wife's velly velly sick and in bed, and I was late for work. So, full updates later on when I get the pics and videos loaded up. Let me tell you it'll be worth the wait though (well, maybe not, but I'm trying). Hopefully have some good pics of the big fight on Saturday night (Ricky Hatton, not me), and none of me getting escorted out of Hard Rock by the nice bouncers at Body English, so stay tuned.

Oh, yeah, and this is the first weather forecast we've had in the last 6 weeks that has no snow in the forecast - it makes me smile.....

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Snow in Denver - Part 3

Sorry, I know this is getting a bit boring - every Thursday or Friday, a new storm appears, and we all hunker down in the house with (hopefully) enough beer and logs for the fire to get us through the weekend. This weeks is apparently minor, but the predicted midday stopping point slid by without a break, and updated forecasts for 5pm are now superceded by a middnight prediction. Oh happy days.

Still, looking on the bright side of things, the roads aren't quite as bad as depicted below (although this morning, the difficulty in pulling away was experienced by at least one car at every junction I had to stop on). Stay warm if you're in Denver, and enjoy the glow of warmth (or lack of ice) if you're somewhere else.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Big Dig Has Started

Snow has almost topped, so the big dig has started - it was a full on street party outside, as you can tell by the pics here.


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Snow buries car, Aaron cries

Not really (the crying bit), but I'm sure I will be when I have to start shovelling (i'm holding out until the snow actually stops, unlike our super keen neighbours who are giving it a go as we speak).

I had a couple of questions about how bad the snow is this time, so finally got around (or the wife did actually) to loading up the photos I've been taking over the last 24 hours, to give you a picture of what it's like in our street. All are of the car, which is relegated to the driveway until we complete the bathroom remodel (or at least start moving the stuff out of the garage into the bathroom).

First pic - I took this coz I thought it was pretty impressive (or it would be to the people back in Newcastle). It was about 11 yesterday morning I think.

It kept snowing, so I took another one after lunch - there are tracks to the left, as Heidi's work made her go in the office first thing, only to send everyone back home after an hour, when they realized that the weather forecast was right. We had to push her car up the driveway to get it back under cover, and that was around 1pm.

This one was around 9pm - as you can see, the car is completely buried. The weather forecaster said we'd had over 16 inches and it wasn't going to stop until lunchtime today (still snowing now....). After this, I went back and opened another Guinness. Not much else to do when all the TV programs are repeats, and you're stuck in the house ;-)

Last pic for now, taken at about 8.15 am. It's still snowing, and the car has disappeared completely. If there were some really clever thieves out there, they could have replaced the car with a big box and I won't find out about it until much much later.

Beer and food hasn't ran out yet, and we've still got power, so all is good.

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