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Colorado Springs Revisited (MM)

We’ve now resumed our regularly-scheduled programming, bitches!  I was a tad drunk still when I wrote my last post, but I think I emerged from it unscathed.  It was a great dinner to say farewell to one of the most incredible team members our group has ever had.  In that spiel I wrote, I promised pictures – and pictures you’ll have!  You’ll need to click on the MY PICS link above and a Colorado Springs 2010 link will be awaiting you there.  Here’s a little bit from a previous post where I took a bit about what we did during the trip too.

Sept 10, 2010 – Day 1 Return to the Springs

Touring Garden of the Gods

Sept 11, 2010 – Day 2, Touring the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO

Sept 12, 2010 – Day 3, Driving up to the top of Pikes Peak

Sept 13, 2010 – Day 4, Visiting the Royal Gorge

This weekend was sooooo necessary – finally a time when I didn’t have to fly anywhere.  It is pretty exhausting to have to continuously fly – rest suffers greatly.  This weekend was thus a nice lazy time.  Made it over to JG Melon’s on Friday night for a splendidly wondrous burger experience on the Upper East Side with Lawrence.  He’s trying to figure out just what furniture he’s gonna want to keep before moving to Los Angeles, so I went over to help decide.  It seems like pretty much 80-85% of it is coming.  We’re going to need a decent-sized apartment in LA, that’s for sure.  Then on Saturday, we spent time with his family for Yom Kippur and saw his sister Alyssa who is ready to pop out that baby girl of hers!  Today was a very nice lazy day and we saw the movie Easy A which was hilarious and well worth seeing.

And now it’s evening and Larry is making Baked Ziti, we’re watching Contact on Blu-Ray, and tonight will be a new episode of Mad Men.  It’s truly a nice Sunday.  BTW, so bummed that Big Brother 12 is over, although gotta say I’m going to miss Britney mostly.  LOVE her.  She needs to come back on TV on the Amazing Race.  Her and Lane can be a team.  Would…be….awesome.

PHOTOS: Jeff’s Birthday in CS / Brooklyn Bridge w/ Larry

Here’s where I am putting all my photos still although my main journal stuff will be found on my Livejournal blog page. Highlights from here will be put there.

I have a few weeks worth of photos to put up!

First up on the agenda, my trip back to Colorado Springs to help celebrate Jeff’s 30th Birthday party. What a great time that was, from flying out there on Friday and having a get-together that evening at Susan’s with everyone to the next day on Saturday where we had an all-day fun fest. It started out with the bike ride down Pike’s Peak (the same thing I did with my Dad in June 2007 (scroll to the bottom of the page) ) wtih a good group of folks to then strolling around Territory Days and finally the Disco Down party in the evening. Everyone committed very well to the party theme and had a discolicious time. Yours truly was a very convincing Construction Worker. Just sayin’. The next day I hung out with Jeff and Susan, re-doing some of the things that I used to always do back then, hitting up Old Chicago’s, Best Buy, and then catching a movie (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls). Ah, the good ol’ days! And then the next morning, a quick breakfast and then it was back to the East Coast – and amazingly, all my flights went as scheduled. I’m sure that means that all my future flights are going to be utter disasters!

Anyways, here are MY pics from the Colorado Springs weekend back from the weekend of May 24 – there are literally a ton more pics but seriously, I don’t have the patience to put them all up. I think they’re all on another website whose link I have misplaced….but there’s a TON more. Like I said: My patience is not THAT extensive! 🙂

May 23, 2008 – Jeff Turns 30 in Colorado Springs!  BBQ at Susan’s!

Susan and KD are happy I'm back!
Susan and KD are happy I'm back!23-May-2008 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
See, we're all so happy
See, we're all so happy23-May-2008 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Even Melissa, who's like "Why the hell is he leaning on me? How much has Hobie been drinking??"
Even Melissa, who's like "Why the hell is he leaning on me? How much has Hobie been drinking??"23-May-2008 18:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
 
Eric, KD and me
Eric, KD and me23-May-2008 18:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-May-2008 18:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Grilling and drinking - a Southern pastime for the ages
Grilling and drinking - a Southern pastime for the ages23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Me and Jeff - the over-30 members of the group
Me and Jeff - the over-30 members of the group23-May-2008 19:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
Melissa and Chips - a Southern pastime for the ages
Melissa and Chips - a Southern pastime for the ages23-May-2008 19:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
23-May-2008 19:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
23-May-2008 19:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 

May 24, 2008 – Jeff Turns 30 in CS!  Pikes Peak Bike Ride!  Disco Inferno Party!

24-May-2008 06:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
The next day (Jeff's Birthday!) - here are KD and Jeff at the office for the Bike Ride
The next day (Jeff's Birthday!) - here are KD and Jeff at the office for the Bike Ride24-May-2008 06:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Is Melissa cold or is she just a fan of self-hugging?
Is Melissa cold or is she just a fan of self-hugging?24-May-2008 07:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
24-May-2008 07:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 238
24-May-2008 07:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
24-May-2008 07:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
24-May-2008 07:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 176
Susan with a helmet - she wasn't riding a bike. That's just her fashion accessory of choice lately.
Susan with a helmet - she wasn't riding a bike. That's just her fashion accessory of choice lately.24-May-2008 07:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Here's as high as we got that day - the wind was REDONK
Here's as high as we got that day - the wind was REDONK24-May-2008 08:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
You can see the road keeps going while our van was not.
You can see the road keeps going while our van was not.24-May-2008 08:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
I got out for a quick pic. If I had backed up two feet I would have been blown off the mountain
I got out for a quick pic. If I had backed up two feet I would have been blown off the mountain24-May-2008 08:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Jeff at the beginning of our ride
Jeff at the beginning of our ride24-May-2008 08:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Laura (with KD behind her)
Laura (with KD behind her)24-May-2008 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Eric and KD
Eric and KD24-May-2008 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Keladora and Me
Keladora and Me24-May-2008 08:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 

So the next batch of photos is from this past week – the first two below are for the fans o’ Arielle – but the rest are of my trip out with Larry to go do some touristy stuff. We ended up heading out to Brooklyn to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which is one of those things I’ve definitely wanted to do since coming to NY. Of course we decided to do this when a ridiculous heat wave came to the East Coast, but c’est la vie. We subway’d it to Brooklyn first, as I really didn’t want to walk the bridge back and forth, which was a good idea, all agreed. But before leaving Brooklyn, it was recommended to go to this famous Grimaldi’s Pizza place, and that we did…. and waited in the nice half-hour line outside just to get inside. But it was actually worth the wait, as the pizza was amazing. Having refueled, we explored a little bit of the Brooklyn side of the East River before crossing – and taking some pics of the great view. There’s also this cool thing called the Telectroscope, which looks like something out of the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea set (aka Steam Punk style). You go up to the viewing panel and look into it and what you see is a view of people staring back at you from London in front of the Tower Bridge. And what they must see is us in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s really cool. Here’s a ‘site’ about it:Telectroscope. We then found our way to the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian level and began the crossing. It’s a great experience and amazing view to undertake. You can see the Statue of Liberty, Downtown, Midtown, the Manhattan Bridge… it’s all pretty amazing. And this was something that Larry hadn’t ever done before too, which is surprising but maybe not so much, as I bet a lot of native NYers probably haven’t bothered with this trek either. Anyways, it was a cool experience with lots of pics taken, as seen below. We then spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around Chinatown and SoHo – and I contained myself from spending lots of money, which is very possible down there. We also went to the Apple Store, where I strangley now want to get a MacBook. Those things are slick!

June 7, 2008 – Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

 

Legs Hurt (T-89)

It would probably have something to do with the fact that I bicycled down Pikes Peak this past Saturday morning!

My dad saw in one of those tourism guides this really cool ‘Thing-To-Do’ in Colorado Springs: Bike down Pikes Peak. Here’s the website link for the company that does it (www.bikithikit.com), because if you really want to bike down the mountain, you have to do it through this company or one just like it, as special permits are required. Those of you who don’t feel like visiting the website though, here’s the scoop: you meet at this place in Old Colorado City at 6:15am and after signing away all the waivers, getting fitted for a helmet, and getting some grub, you pile in their van (which has the bikes you use on top) and drive up to the summit of Pikes Peak (weather permitting) via Pikes Peak Highway. You definitely want to do the morning run (a morning and an afternoon one are offered), as afternoons here on the Front Range are notorious for turning stormy like clockwork at right around 3:30pm. We had a small group (only 3 of us) and there were 3 staff members to go with us, so it was kind of nice. Apparently once summer vacation gets into full swing that’s when it’s super packed. Anyways, our weather was tremendous this Saturday morning. Crystal clear skies and beautiful temperatures. Melissa, Sara, and Daniel drove us up the road, which is actually quite a scary ride, especially in a big ol’ van. There are numerous points on the drive up there when it’s a nice big drop off off to the side and as we were heading up the mountain, I realized the road was really steep in most places, especially as you really head up the mountain. The views were astounding though. Finally, around 7:45 or so, we were at the top of the mountain and after a few briefings on safety and operation, we were on our way. The van follows you from behind so as to block any cars from running you off the road, which is very nice. I ended up going the slowest because honestly I haven’t been on a bike in forever and when you’re that high up and on that steep of a road, definitely nerves came into play. By the end I was going faster, but at that top part, where you’re freezing, the wind is blowing like hell, and the road is filled with bumps and it’s really not even a road at many points, it’s a tad overwhelming. But those were the only things I could even think about calling concerns as the adventure was amazing! You can see forever. It’s invigorating being out there before most people are up yet on a Saturday. The road was very sparse with traffic at the top. Closer to the fishing reservoirs it definitely got more crowded, but still, you’re immersed in such amazing natural scenery you don’t care. And all you hear, while you’re FLYING down the road, especially in the last third of the ride, is the wind. It’s awesome. Dad and I definitely had an awesome time. The pictures below can speak to the amazing journey it is – and if you ever have the inkling and the opportunity to do this, don’t even hesitate. Sign up. The fee covers the bike and helmet rental, the fee to get on the Pikes Peak highway, free food and snacks before and during, and a free lunch at the end of the ride at the Wines of Colorado restaurant, which is definitely a great way to end the trip. So do it!!!!

2 Jun 2007 – Bike Riding down Pikes Peak!

A pretty sweet stitched together photo from the summit - right side had a bad line though!A pretty sweet stitched together photo from the summit - right side had a bad line though!
A pretty sweet stitched together photo from the summit - right side had a bad line though!
Here's the route you drive up and bicycle downHere's the route you drive up and bicycle down
Here's the route you drive up and bicycle down02-Jun-2007 06:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
02-Jun-2007 06:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 141
 
02-Jun-2007 07:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
02-Jun-2007 07:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
02-Jun-2007 07:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Dad at the Railway summitDad at the Railway summit
Dad at the Railway summit02-Jun-2007 07:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Me giving the thumbs upMe giving the thumbs up
Me giving the thumbs up02-Jun-2007 07:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Somehow I missed these the first go-round: Here's my Dad at the top before the ride startedSomehow I missed these the first go-round: Here's my Dad at the top before the ride started
Somehow I missed these the first go-round: Here's my Dad at the top before the ride started02-Jun-2007 08:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
And me too!And me too!
And me too!02-Jun-2007 08:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Blurry pic of the van at the topBlurry pic of the van at the top
Blurry pic of the van at the top02-Jun-2007 08:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Another group of folks who were getting ready to snowboard the mountainAnother group of folks who were getting ready to snowboard the mountain
Another group of folks who were getting ready to snowboard the mountain02-Jun-2007 08:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
02-Jun-2007 08:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Typical Tourist...Typical Tourist...
Typical Tourist...02-Jun-2007 08:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
Here's the beginning/end of the road!Here's the beginning/end of the road!
Here's the beginning/end of the road!02-Jun-2007 08:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 

And to finish off the pictures of my bathroom project, I present to you one last pic with the new lighting and the new shelf I put in. There are still things to be fixed because of installation ‘concerns’ (okay, I’ll fess up: the old lighting, when removed, showed that the electric casing with all the connections was NOT centered on the old or new mirror. And my new lighting only has a central circular connection to the wall, so that still has to be patched over as we had to get ‘creative’ in bringing the wires to the middle; plus, the two remaining walls need to be painted pure white as well). Regardless, my bathroom rocks. Now I really have to think as to what I would want to do next to my house. I think my living room needs some reorganization, but nothing major or Lowe’s related…? Anyways, back to work for another fun week, I’m sure. Oh joy.

03-Jun-2007 19:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 124