<![CDATA[ G. Eldon Smith, Author - Weekly Blog ]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:33:46 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:55:53 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts9394230Quotes
Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking trees down with your face.
-Dave Barry

You won't get hurt skiing if you don't fall.
-Warren Miller

It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport.
-Fridtjof Nansen

Colorado Skiing
Arapahoe Basin was the first ski area to open the 2017-18 season. The ski area was first opened in 1946 with two lifts, a rope tow and trails at an estimated $150,000. A-Basin, as it called, is located on the eastern side of Loveland pass at an elevation of 11,900 feet above sea-level in the Rocky Mountains of north-central Colorado. On the western side of Loveland Pass is the A-Basin's rival Loveland Ski area. They vie to see which will be first to open and which will stay open the longest.

Last year In the 2016-17 ski season Arapahoe opened October 21 and Loveland opened November 10. Closing was another matter. Loveland closed May 7 and Arapahoe Basis won again closing June 11. This season Arapahoe has done it again when they opened first.October 13. Hundreds of skiers did care not which opened first. They just wanted to be there opining day...A-Basin.

Forecasters are saying this will be a great ski season. Not only longer than normal, but also plenty of snow in a La Nina year, La Nina weather pattern provides plenty of snow in the mountains while the low-lands stay warm and dry. Let us hope that's true.

One to think about

A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they approached the town of Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town name. They argued back and forth, until they stopped for lunch. At the counter, the husband asked the  waitress, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce very slowly  where we are ?" She leaned over the counter and said, "Burrr-gerrr Kiiing."

Excerpt from Two Miles High and Six Feet Under
In this chapter Sorensen the ski team captain is explaining to Coyle how to cross country ski.

“Step down on one foot and push off, slide the other foot forward and glide. That’s it, kick and glide, kick and glide. Pole with the right hand when you kick with the left foot,” Sorensen said.

With a final look of approval Sorensen departed saying, “Tulanski is leading the fast group. I’m going up to see how they are doing, but I’ll be back to help you get up the hill.”

Demonstrating with his ski, Sorensen said, “Going up the hill, toes apart, heels together, like this. You will leave marks in the snow like the ribs of a fish and you are the spine. That is why it is called a herringbone.”

“Going down the hill, you don’t want to go too fast. Be like a snowplow. Tips together, heels apart. The farther your heels are apart the more the snowplow will slow you.”

“Just follow the tracks in the snow, and you will be okay.” With that Sorensen sped away leaving Coyle feeling like he was standing still, which he was much of the time.

Coyle muttered. In frustration, he mumbled some other well-chosen words to himself.
Coyle wanted to ask how fast was too fast.
At the base of the first hill, Coyle was contemplating coming down. He was still pondering how fast was too fast. He was not worried about getting up the hill, but he should have.

One for the Road
I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now.

<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:59:18 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts1958671Leaves dancing on the asphalt dance floor
steady wind invites even more
to join the reckless waltz
that says Autumn is real
reports of winter coming are not false.
 - G. Eldon Smith

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is celebrated as Hispanic Heritage Month. There is no better place to start a study of Hispanic heritage in Colorado than the town of San Luis, Colorado's oldest continuously occupied town in the state. Some people in San Luis can trace their family back sixteen generations in the town.

Many who were interviewed for TV said, "I didn't cross the border. The border crossed me." Meaning their family moved to San Luis before there was a state of Colorado. When Colorado became a state the boundary was drawn with San Luis within Colorado and the United States.

Today, 55 million people or 17% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population. The population of around 750 in San Luis is largely Mexican American - Hispanic.

On April 9, 1851, Hispano farmers established San Luis, Colorado and today San Luis is the County Seat for Costilla  County. Located in south central Colorado near the New Mexico border, the San Luis Valley has been home to several different groups, one of the many reasons it holds historic significance for Colorado and the nation.

San Luis is most famous for it's version of the Twelve Stations of the Cross. It was the attraction that drew us for a visit.

Very impressive. Each station makes one think. A very solemn walk up the mountain. Regardless of beliefs the workmanship, the scenery, and the atmosphere can't help but move you.

The long promised launch of Two Miles High and Six Feet Under occurred yesterday and the real work of novel writing began. Marketing...the dreaded chore of getting people to notice your story.

The people of Leadville, Colorado in 1895-96 build a Palace made of ice. It is the centerpiece of a winter festival. A young lawyer, Andrew Coyle, is hired to audit the books of the community festival. Upon arriving in Leadville, he finds there is more to it than that. The arrival of his wife and daughter to enjoy the celebration further complicates the situation. Eventually Coyle concedes that two heads are better than one.

Available through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or direct from the publisher, Outskirts Press.
Outskirts Press 

What do trees write on in the fall? Loose Leaf Paper.
Smaller babies are always delivered by stork, the larger ones by crane.
Yesterday a clown held the door open for me. I thought it was a nice jester.

Our technician still has not solved the problem with "comments"

<![CDATA[My Thoughts GABF Special Edition]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:11:08 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts-gabf-special-editionPicture
Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever. Now they threaten to take that from us also. Sitting Bull

University of Colorado Golden Buffalos
Each home football game at the University of Colorado starts with a charge down the field of CU's  live mascot buffalo (with handlers hanging on by restraining ropes) followed by the CU football team. The whole opening ritual is over in minutes, but it gets the crowd excited an on their feet.

The history of the Buffalo mascot according to the CU Alumni magazine Coloradan the live mascot began with Ralphie who served from 1966 to 1978. She ran in 75 total games including seven bowl games. When students learned Ralph was a female Ralph became known as Ralphie.

Ralphie was succeeded by Moon who was born during a lunar eclipse. She also used the stage name of Ralphie (which became a traidition.) and ran in 53 games.between 1978 and '87. Tequila followed from "87 to '97 who was mascot during CU's national championship year 1996. Rowdy (also called Ralphie as were all the mascots) ran for 1998 to 2008. She was sometimes stubborn and that was was understandable because she was a girt from Ted Turner.

The current Ralphie is Blackout who loves to run. She suffered some losing seasons when CU joined the Pacific 10 league. Things are looking up for Ralphie and the two legged Buffs.

Thanks to the Coloradan.for the infesormation and lesser known Ralphie facts.

Great American Beer Fest
Tickets have been sold out from the first day they were on sale. With a little looking and research there are many places in Denver that sell craft (homemade) beer.
1. Freshcraft
1530 Blake St (btwn 15th & 16th St.), Denver, CO
American Restaurant

2. Falling Rock Tap House
1919 Blake St, Denver, CO
Pub · LoDo ·

3. Wynkoop Brewing Co.
1634 18th St, Denver, CO
Brewery · LoDo · 209 tips and reviews

This is a tiny sampling of the alternate places to drink craft beer if you were not lucky enough to get tickets to the festival.

For people going to the Great American Beer Fest (GABF) be prepared. GABF® seems to get more massive each year, With the 2016 event covering 400,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center and 60,000 attendees sampling 3,800 beers from 800 U.S. breweries is even expected to be bigger.. A highlight of the festival is that many of the beers are served by their brewers, giving attendees a chance to meet some of the U.S.'s biggest beer heroes. The festival also features two competitions: the general competition, in which a professional judging panel evaluates all entries during five three-hour sessions over the three-day period and the other a Pro-Am Competition, in which commercial craft brewers submit beers created from award-winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.

Pamphlets and maps are available to guide you to your favorite brewery, type of beer, or state in which the beer is made. DON'T try to drink all the beers one ounce at a time.

There is a Designated Drivers Lounge. Be safe and drink responsively.

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Bad Jokes Are A Form Of Pun...ishment

A man just assaulted me with milk, cream and butter. How dairy.
A book just fell on my head. I’ve only got myshelf to blame.
If there was someone selling drugs here, weed know.
Don’t spell “part a” backwards! It’s a trap.
Ban pre-shredded cheese, let’s make America grate again!

Ticeratops Excavation Concluded
  The excavation for a new police and fire department yielded a Triceratops skull 80% compete and 15% of the other body bones in Thornton, Colorado. Thornton is a northern Denver suburb named after a former Colorado Governor Dan Thornton of the 1950s.

   Triceratops was a slow moving creature which made them a good food source for Tyrannous Rex. A Tyrannous tooth was also  found in the excavation site. Those dinosaurs lived about 66 million years ago.

  Joe Sertich the dinosaur curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science said, "I'm excited to start preparing everything we collected from the Thornton site and get started on the science. The fossils we've collected will help us build on our understanding of what the Thornton area was like 66 million years ago. The site has gone back to being a construction site and the bones are now being "prepared" for eventual display at the museum.

Colorado Fall Festivals
  The Cedar Ridge Apple Fest, always  the first week-end in October, is a small town festival celebrating the apple harvest. Cedar Ridge is in the shadow of the Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction, Colorado. The population of Cedar Ridge is less than 1,500.

  You'll find every kind of crafts, jewelry, food, in the nearly 150 booths that line the main street. Not to mention the stars of the event ...the apples...mouth watering varieties like you've never tasted! Other activities include: Antique Tractor Show, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Chili Cook Off, Golden Gala Dance, 
5K Run, 2 Days of Live Music and lots of friends you never met before.

  In another part of the state the Estes Park Elk Festival takes place September 30 - October 1.
The village at the Eastern gate to Rocky Mountain National Park invites locals and visitors to observe the autumn rut season. Bull elk gather large harems of cow elk and try to keep other bulls from stealing the cows for their own harem. This activity takes place at twilight. DO NOT TRY TO GET CLOSE TO THE BULL ELK. THEY ARE EXTREMELY AGITATED AND DANGEROUS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.

  Meanwhile in town enjoy live music, Native American performances, educational seminars, elk-themed shopping, a beer garden & self-guided elk-viewing tours.All too often elk wander into town where they feel at home. You might even see an elk or twelve in somebody's front yard.
  Join the other spectators as they scout the valley for large herds & competing bulls - exhibiting their rituals of bugles and battles! The elk bugle is a haunting sound you will not soon forget. Take part in the amateur elk bugling contest on Sunday.

  With echoing elk calls, golden aspens and hot cider, autumn in the Rockies doesn't get any better than Estes Park! (As long as you stay back and take pictures with a long angle lens.).

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A pun is the lowest form of wit. But wit is the highest form of humor!
If you only get half of the joke, you are indeed a half wit.

Smoking and bacon can kill you. But smoking bacon will cure it.
Velcro: what a ripoff!
I need to look for my missing watch but I just can’t find the time.
I was gonna tell an animal joke, but it was irrelephant

Excerpt from Two Miles High and Six Feet Under
  The conductor announced that lunch was available in the Alma Café across the tracks from the station.    
Passengers crowded the aisle and disembarked in a clamorous, boisterous gaggle.

  While they waited in line to get off the train a fellow passenger commented to Coyle, that if Coyle was going to Leadville on business, there had been lots of money made in the Two Mile High City in the ‘80s, but things were a little tight now during the depression. Then he added, “At least Leadville is not the violent town it was in the old days.”

  All during the last leg of the trip over Fremont Pass, and into Leadville, Coyle heard the train’s wheels bouncing along, over the narrow gauge tracks repeating their warning, “Vio-lent town, vio-lent town, vio-lent town…”

  That night, as he tossed and turned, unable to sleep, Coyle chuckled now that he knew the meaning of Doc James’s references to “complicating circumstances and a special situation.” Coyle pictured Burton Poindexter frozen in a block of ice.

Readers have asked what Two Miles High and Six Feet Under is about and what is the plot. The sample above will give a careful reader a strong clue about the setting and the mystery.

Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know
1.   Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.
2.. The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California .  But no grizzly bears have been seen there         since 1922.   
3.  One recent survey discovered that “a steady job” is the number one thing that American women are looking for in a husband, and discovered that 75 percent of women would have a serious problem dating an unemployed man.
4..  According to a study conducted by economist Carl Benedict Frey and engineer Michael Osborne, up to   47 percent  of the jobs in the United States could soon be lost to computers, robots and other forms of technology

Cassini Comes to an End
  Gionvanni Domenico Cassini was. an Italian astronomer, engineer, and astrologer, Cassini made many valuable contributions to modern science.  He become the principal chair of astronomy at the University of Bologna in 1650. While there, he made several scientific contributions that would have a lasting marks.However, it was his discovery of the gaps in Saturn’s rings and four of its largest moons for which he is most remembered, and the reason why the Cassini spacectaft bears his name.

  The Cassini project launched in 1997 and the spaceship reached Saturn in 2004. Other spacecraft have gone to and past Saturn but Cassini was the first to orbit Saturn. A University of Colorado team made observations of Jupiter’s and Saturn’s rings from the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft, which carried instruments designed and built at CU Boulder. Cassini also carried the same instrument package.Cassini was there  for 13 years taking photos from every angle. It finally ran low on fuel and Program Director Earl Maize decided to end the program. Cassini was guided through one of the gaps that occur in the rings around Saturn and allowed to burn up like a meteor crashing through Saturn's atmosphere.


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<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:57:23 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts1945347Puns
I wasn't originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.  
I'd tell you a chemistry joke but I know I wouldn't get a reaction.
Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It's very time consuming
A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.

Englewood, Colorado History

  Thomas Skerritt in 1860 established a home in the area south of Denver City. He is considered the founder of the city which he named Orchard Place. Four years later Skerritt used his plow to construct the first road connecting Orchard Place to Denver.
  In 1883 a man named Thomas Dunn built a small feed store on, what is now, the corner of Quincy and Broadway. Across the way a land developer,  James Cherry, bought a quarter section of land and began calling the area, and feed store, Cherrelyn. presumably in honor of a wife or daughter, In the year the Cherrelyn horse cart trolley track was laid. The Cherrelyn Horse Car  took passengers from Broadway and Hampden up the hill to the shopping center at Cherrelyn (Broadway and Quincy).
   The trolley was pulled by one of five horses, Quickstep, Frederick, Curley, Dobbin, and Old Dick, who took turns at the task. The trolley  would make several stops along the way up the hill for passengers
and upon arrival at the top the horse was disconnected then backed up a ramp and placed onto the trolley. When the shoppers were ready to return home, they would climb aboard the trolley and the conductor would give them and the horse a push. Gravity did the rest as passengers were whisked back down the hill to Broadway and Hampden. It is said that the trip took 15 minutes to get to the top and only 3 minutes to return back to the bottom.

  Eventually,(1903) the necessity of a police force to control the area was undeniable The community voted to combine Orchard Place, Cherrelyn, and the area south of Yale and east of the railroads into a single city. They called the city Englewood, which meant "wooded nook."

Dinosaur Bones Discovered
    Bones of a 66-million-year-old adult triceratops have been uncovered in a building construction site in the town of Thornton, Colorado. This is an unusual discovery because the triceratops skull is in tact, which is rare. Thornton is a suburb north of Denver.

  Joe Sertich, dinosaur curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science,said in a live Facebook interview, "The bones found in Thornton also appear to be disaggregated, So this triceratops," he surmised,"may have died and lain on the ground for a few days or weeks."

  "They knew what they found the moment they hit it,” Seritich   said. “They stopped what they were doing, they recognized it as a significant and really important fossil. And they called the right people.” Sertich has praised the construction crew that made the find. Too often, it's unclear to the untrained eye the magnitude of what's been found, so workers just carry on with the task at hand, destroying or building over important history in the process.

  Eventually, the property will house a new facility for Thornton's police and fire departments. "It appears to be a comprehensive find, " said Todd Barnes, Thornton's communications director. It is hoped most if not all of the dinosaur's full skeleton will be recovered. Already, the dinosaur's horns and its shoulder bones have been located

  It makes our lifespan seem insignificant to be standing on the same ground that dinosaurs called home
66 million years ago.


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In 1967, an unusual bank building was built in Englewood, Colorado that celebrated its 50th birthday today.  In 2015 the Charles Deaton bank building was listed in the National R
egister of Historic Places. Deaton was also the architect who created the famous "Sleeper House" just west of Denver that was used as a setting in the Wood Allen movie.

Quotes etc.
The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

Bent's Fort
In 1833 the Bent brothers, William and Charles along with their business partner, Ceran St. Vrain, started construction on an adobe fort on the north bank of the Arkansas River, the international boundary between Mexico and the United States near where La Junta is located today. Lumber was scarce on the plains so they turned to adobe as an alternative. In the arid Southwest, adobe was the perfect building material.

Between the years of 1833 – 1850 Fort William or Bent’s Fort as it would later be called would become an important commercial hub of the Santa Fe Trail.  In its hey-day, Bent's Fort, was the only outpost of civilization between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, Mexico.

Bent's Fort was a busy place, employing about 60 men.  The Bent-St. Vrain Company built the original fort on this site to trade with plains Indians and trappers. The adobe fort quickly became the center of the Bent, St.Vrain Company's expanding trade empire that included Fort St.Vrain to the north and Fort Adobe to the south, along with company stores in Mexico at Taos and Santa Fe.The primary trade     was with the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians for buffalo robes.

*Fur Trade Encampment - October 7-8, 2017
The trading post comes to life as we celebrate the trappers, traders and tribes associated with the fur trade in the Southwest during the 1830s and 1840s. Fifty or more living history volunteers demonstrate 19th century skills at the fort and in camps set up along the Arkansas River.

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Fur Trade Encampment - October 7-8, 2017 trading post comes to life as we celebrate the trappers,and
associated with the fur trade in the Southwest during the 1830s and 1840s. Fifty or more living history volunteers demonstrate 19th century skills at the fort and in camps set up along the Arkansas

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Rocky Mountain showdown Colorado's premier college football game.

University of Colorado 17  Colorado State University 3

Sage Grouse Habitat
After weeks of our thoughts about Sage Grouse, readers may be getting tired of what My Thoughts has to say about the subject. Below are some excerpts of an editorial in The Denver Post 8/25/2017.

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke undid five years of hard work and collaboration when he changed existing habitat protection rules for the Greater Sage Grouse to favor of captive breeding and population targets approach. Zinke should know that captive breeding of endangered and threatened species misses the point. If a population of birds has nowhere to live, reed and flourish, hitting a population number through captive breeding is futile and unsustainable."

The populations of the bird have struggled, dropping from millions to somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000. Let's not let the population follow the route of the black-footed ferret where captive breeding is struggling to reacquaint our prairies with a once-thought-extinct weasel..."


"The Trump administration's new rule will make it easier for economic development activities of these lands, like running cattle, drilling for oil and gas, and mining for coal. As The Denver Post's Bruce Finley reported this month, the habitat protection approach would have benefited another 300 species."

This what My Thoughts has been saying .for weeks and months.

When Insults Had Class
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker.
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain.
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West.
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde.


  Oscar Wilde

Colorado State University
Yesterday (Saturday 8-26-2017) CSU played Oregon State to open Colorado State's brand new football stadium. The stadium is named for Sonny Lubick the football coach who in the past raised the football program from the doldrums to the level of mediocrity it now enjoys.

The new stadium is hoped to raise the economy of Fort Collins, the home of CSU. Building the stadium was a contentious issue. Stadium opponents say the stadium is pretty and has left them with a pretty large debt. 

In 47% of the states the highest paid state employee is a football coach.

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