<![CDATA[ G. Eldon Smith, Author - Weekly Blog ]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:20:10 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:15:59 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts4128325
“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”   -Stephen Hawking

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” -Francis of Assisi

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”   ―Helen Keller

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.”
-Martina Navratilova

Winter Sports
World Cup Skiing
Ofterschwang Germany, Mikaela Shiffrin won her second consecutive overall World Cup championship. The World Cup Finals for this year are scheduled for the weekend of March 17-18 (St. Patrick's Day) with five races on the agenda. Shiffrin will probably withdraw from  from the downhill and the super-G because she has the championship all wrapped up. At 22, Mikaela Shiffrin is the youngest American the win the overall championship more than one time.

Shiffrin said in an interview, about Friday's race, "...I didn't want to throw away everything (crash) ...when I got to the final pitch I was thinking 'Okay, don't do something stupid...'"

The 2018 Winter Paralympics, officially known as the XII Paralympic Winter Games, are being  held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from the 9th to the 18th of March, 2018.

The Winter Paralympic Games is an international multi-sport event where athletes with physical challenges compete. This includes athletes with challenges like mobility, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy, for example. These are the real heroes.

Competitions in the 2018 Winter Paralympics will be held in 6 Winter Paralympic sports, with 80 medal events in total. Snowboarding will be expanded into a separate discipline for 2018, with 10 medal events.

Longmont Trojans won the State Basketball Championship (Class 4A)  for the first time since 1942.

What Colorado towns and cities are closest to these places of interest? Match the letter to the number.
1. Sand Dunes National Park                                A. Canon City
2. State Capitol Building                                       B. Burlington
3. Black Canyon of the Gunnison                          C. Denver
4. Air Force Academy                                          D. Alamosa
5. Royal Gorge                                                    E. Estes Park
6. Kit Carson County Carousel                              F. Colorado Springs
7. Rocky Mountain National Park                          G. Montrose

Bolder Boulder Beer
Memorial Day the famous Bolder Boulder 10K race will celebrate its 40th run. Longmont's Oskar Blues Brewery will make 300,000 cans Labeled Bolder Boulder in commemoration of the race.

Answers to the Quiz
1. D.
2. C
3. G
4. F
5, A
6. B
7. E 

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The Chancellor's 3rd annual Aerospace Summit | University of Colorado
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center 615 15th St. Denver 80202
Program: CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano invites CU Advocates and guests to gain insight into CU's Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics' (LASP) latest venture, the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE)You will hear how students at CU Boulder and other global universities are influencing exploration and discovery in space.  In addition, a panel of industry experts will familiarize you with the value of collaboration  between  international, corporate, government and universities  in space exploration and discovery.

Tickets are $10, includes reception. Registration deadline:  Monday, March 19 at 11:59 p.m.   Walk-ups will be accepted on-site.

"Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there." -- Wernher von Braun, Rocket Engineer

"Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever." -- Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Author

"The thing I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun that I'll ever have in my life." — Sally K. Ride, First Woman to Orbit Earth on the Space Shuttle

University of Colorado Aerospace Program
The Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department has an active research program that engages faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The Department had research awards of $15.2 million last fiscal year, more than any other department on the CU Boulder campus.

Ongoing research activities span the focus areas of the department:
Researchers are organized into four major research centers to address multidisciplinary aerospace research topics. Individual faculty also establish research laboratories to conduct state-of-the-art research.
Research Centers:
  • BioServe Space Technologies (BioServe)
  • Center for Aerospace Structures (CAS)
  • Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)
  • Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV)
There are over 400 companies in Colorado that are involved in one way or another with Aerospace research and engineering. The CU Aerospace Department often coordinates the research projects. Among the CU and private industry partnerships we find such companies as: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Black Swift Technologies, Blue Canyon Technologies, Braxton Technologies, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Surrey Satellite Technology

It's Not Punny
The shovel was a ground breaking invention, but everyone was blown away by the leaf blower.
I bet the person who created the door knocker won a Nobel prize.
What do you call a line of rabbits marching backwards? A receding hairline.
Why didn’t the lion win the race? Because he was racing a cheetah.
Sausage puns are the wurst.

Colorado's Cattle Industry
Colorado is the fourth largest exporter of fresh and frozen beef in the United States.The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the Colorado cattle herd at 2,480,000 head in 2014. Today Colorado is home to 11,600 farms with cattle and calves, 206 feedlots, and 24 USDA certified slaughter plants.
SLW Ranch — As one of the oldest family-run ranches in the country, SLW Ranch in Greeley has been managed by the Studebaker, Lamb and Witwer families since the late 1800s. At its historical peak, the ranch was one of the largest in the country, at over 22,000 acres. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and named a Centennial Ranch by the Colorado Historical Society, SLW Ranch has been raising cattle exclusively since 1913. Amazingly, the ranch is still in operation today. It’s said to be home to the oldest registered Hereford herd in the country.

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<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:56:31 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts5951058Update, final Winter Olympic article
USA won nine Gold, eight Silver, and six Bronze medals. A total of 23 medals was good for fourth place. Not what pendants predicted, but still a job well done. We should be proud of our team.Hurray tor: Red Gerard, Nicole Hensley, Alex Ferrieira, Lauran Gibbs, Arielle Gold, Kyle Mack and the ski champion twins, Lindesy Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. Colorado medalists 2018 Winter Games.


February is Black History Month. Wouldn't you know? They gave us the shortest month of the year.
-Opalanga D. Pugh, Storyteller

Black History Month

Barney Ford
   Slave Barney Ford was hired out as a teenager to work on a Mississippi riverboat. In 1848 at the age of 26, he escaped by walking off the boat at a dock at Quincy, Illinois. Aided by members of the Underground Railroad, he made his way to Chicago.
    He made his home in Chicago, where he became a barber and met his wife, Julia Lyoni. They were married in 1849.
   Ford tried to prospect for gold,in Colorado in 1860. However, he discovered that as an African-American he was not allowed to stake a claim. Instead, he went to Denver, where he opened a barbershop.
     When the Territory of Colorado petitioned to join the Union in 1865, Ford went to Washington to lobby against statehood because the proposed Colorado constitution did not allow African-Americans to vote. When a revised constitution was presented, Ford supported it. Colorado was admitted to the United States on August 2,1876.
Ford became one of the wealthiest men in Colorado. He owned restaurants, and several hotels, including the Inter-Ocean Hotel in Denver. When the railroad was built in Cheyenne, Wyoming instead of Denver. Ford sold the Denver Inter-Ocean and bought a Cheyenne hotel he named the Inter-Ocean. He often used his current business enterprise as collateral to obtain loans for more and bigger businesses. In the 1870s he was nicknamed the Black Baron of Colorado,
    He and a longtime friend, Henry Wagoner, another ex-slave turned successful business man, together  founded a school for African-Americans. Throughout his life Ford supported African-American causes from the Underground Railroad through Colorado statehood with equal rights for African-Americans.
University of Colorado Studying Whales
(A whale of a project)

Student researchers at the University of Colorado are planning to use drones to observe, record and study the  sperm whale communication patterns to add the program to fast-growing list of tasks that can be aided by drone technology.
CU's 12-member aerospace engineering student team is trying finance a project aimed at facilitating scientific research on sperm whale communication patterns. The goal now is to  study and record whale vocalizations, or clicks, used by sperm whales  in an attempt to crack the code of sperm whale communication. It is hoped that deciphering their language might help conservationists defend whale populations against threats linked to noise pollution in the oceans.

"The most exciting thing to me is, it's a real application of what I have been learning over the last four years," said project manager Severyn Polakiewicz. "And it's applied to something that is beyond commercial or defense. It's for the conservation of life on Earth. It improves our environment and improves humanity and also reveals the intelligence of massive mammals. And I think we should be understanding that intelligence on a better level because we do have the capability for it."

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<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:58:33 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts6976580Olympic Update
USA Women's hockey team tied Canada in regulation time 2-2. Then went on to win the game in a shootout.
It was the first U.S. win in 20 years. Canada always won Gold and the U.S. Women won Silver. The U.S. also beat Canada in Curling another sport in which Canada dominates.

The Combined Ski Race took the combined scores of each contestant's Downhill and Slalom runs. Vonn won the Downhill and Shifferin placed sixth. Shifferin placed second in her specialty the slalom and Vonn did not finish the race. Mikaela Shifferin won silver in the Combined two scores.
Black History Month

Henry O. Wagoner (1816-1901) was a staunch activist
of the abolitionist movement.

    Born in Hagerstown, Maryland to a German father and an African American mother freed from slavery. After working with the Underground Railroad in Baltimore, he headed West and worked as a primary school teacher in Ohio and Missouri before settling in in Galena, Illinois.
   Wagoner learned how to set type while working at the Northwestern Gazette and Galena Advertiser, and continued helping fugitive slaves navigate their way to freedom. In 1843, Wagoner moved to Chatham, Ontario, which was a popular end point of the Underground Railroad. He worked at the Chatham Journal and taught primary school.
   Wagoner moved to Denver in 1865, and established a number of businesses over the years. By 1870 he was considered to be one of the wealthiest African Americans in Colorado. He and Lewis Henry Douglass, one of Frederick Douglass’ sons, taught reading and writing to black adults in his home until the Denver school board approved a segregated school building in 1867, and integrated public schools in 1873.
   Although Wagoner was not a central figure of the abolitionist movement, he was certainly a prominent one.  Wagoner was unfailingly persistent in his efforts to assist fellow African Americans, and adamant about obtaining equal access to education, the right to vote, and the right to own property.

   The 2018 Winter Olympics haven't gone so well for the United State up to now. There are days and events left for the athletes to achieve personal performances as individuals, but as a team the Americans are way down the list of medal winners per country.
   This Winter Olympic Games has been a lesson in humility. Having the largest number of athletes, with the snazziest uniforms, and the best swagger in the opening parade has not helped. We applaud the winners from all over the world including those from our own country. We appreciate the personal and financial sacrifices that got them this far and the years they have waited for this opportunity to compete. When a contest or race is decided by tenths of a second between the Gold Medal and Sixth Place all the participants should be proud of their efforts  and we should treat them like winners.
   Instead of "wait until next year" for some, it is a case of "wait until four years from now." That is sad

We Loved You Liz
Elizabeth Grace Masterson, who died at home at the age of 71 on Dec. 30, was known as “Songbird of the Sage.” In addition to her beautiful singing voice she was also a songwriter and a champion yodeler. Her pet project was the Cowboy Poetry Gathering which she helped organize. Her songs were not about drunks,
18 wheelers,  and cheating lovers. To her "Western" music meant
horses, trail drives, cowboys, and happy trails. Happy trails to you Liz.

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Shaun White won his third Gold Metal in snowboarding. Each rider got three runs and the run score counted. Going into the third round White was in second place. He was the last rider to go in the third and last round. He made his third run his best and that won first place & Gold.
Mikaela Shiffrin won the Woman's Giant Slalom for her first Gold Medal of this Olympics. Her specialty the Slalom is next. Good Luck!
Mikaela placed 4th in the Slalom, her specialty. Has one more event to go.

Black History Month

Floyd Little was known as the "The Franchise" of the Denver Broncos in the late 60s. In the first common NFC/AFC draft in 1967 the Broncos picked the Syracuse star running back. At the time he retired in 1975 he was the 7th all time rusher in the NFL.

Little rushed for more yards and more yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) than any RB in the NFL during a 6-year period, 1968–1973. Most years Little was the only weapon the woeful  Broncos had. At least he was the most potent weapon of the Denver team. He played in the Pro Bowl five times.

He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Anybody who saw Floyd Little play would agree it was a crime to make Little wait that long to make the Hall. Most Denver fans agree Little would have been in the Hall of Flame long before if he hadn't played for a last place team.away from a population center.

.Colorado Olympians
Alpine Skiing 5
Biathlon 1
Bobsled 2
Cross Country 2
Freestyle Skiing 7
Ice Hockey 2
Nordic Combined 4
Skeleton 2
Snowboarding 8
            Total 33                                                                     

Colorado has most of its athletes in skiing and snowboarding games. Only Hockey involves skating,
No individual and pairs figure skaters we can think of..
We wish all of the competitors from all the countries best wishes and good luck and no injuries.

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Ski Humor
“Doctor, Doctor, I slipped on my way to the chairlift”  Doctor: “Icy.”
The freeski competition started well, but it was all downhill from there.
I am getting snow board of all these skiers puns.
With great powder comes great responsibility.
There is snow way possible  these puns can get worse.


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The reality is the majority of us will not get off this planet. So the long run is, some kind of space exploration has to benefit us here on Earth. Mae Jemison

Is manned space exploration important? Yes - not least because it simply works much better than sending robots. Henry Spencer

Space exploration is important research to our economic and national defense, and America's space program is a symbol of our success as a scientifically and technologically advanced nation. Randy Forbes

Tech working on rocket engine

Wings Over the Rockies
Lowry, a retired Air Force training base, now a residential neighborhood, retained a huge hanger and converted it into a museum for WWII airplanes and newer models. The museum is a great place to see the aircraft of the past. Wings Over the Rockies, a Colorado nonprofit, saw a need to expand to a facility that will focus on the present and future of aviation and aerospace exploration.

In addition to the Lowry location, the Exploration of Flight campus will be located at Centennial Airport near the suburb of Centennial, Colorado. Visitors will see educational exhibits, try their hand with a flight simulator, and observe take offs and landings at Centennial Airport. A partner sharing the facility will be the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery. The Blue Sky Gallery will feature possible advances in the future of space exploration.

John Barry, CEO said, "Our Air & Space Museum in Lowry and Exploration of Flight, one organization, two locations." The Centennial site is scheduled for completion this summer.

Black History Month
It is estimated that one third of the cowboys in the West were black, while the West was being settled,

0ne of the most famous cowboys was Nat Love (pronounced Nate) because he wrote an autobiography. Being something of a braggart, some of his claims are questioned, but his book paints a good picture of what life on the range was like in those days.
Love was born a slave on the plantation of Robert Love in Davidson County, Tennessee around 1854. Despite slavery-era  laws that outlawed black literacy, Nat learned to read and write as a child. When slavery ended, Nat took a second job working on a local farm to help make ends meet. At about this time, he was noted as having a gift for breaking horses. After some time of working in the area, he won a horse in a raffle, which he then sold back to the owner for $50. He used the money to leave town and, at the age of 16, headed West.
After driving a herd of cattle to the rail head in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, he entered a rodeo on the 4th of July in 1876, enticed by the $200 prize money. He won the rope, throw, tie, bridle, saddle, and bronco riding contests. It was at this rodeo that he claims friends and fans gave him the nickname "Deadwood Dick," a reference to a  character created by a "dime novel" author of the day. Love claimed the money was soon spent, but the moniker stayed with him throughout his life.
At the advent of the railroads the cattle drives were no longer needed.
He married his wife Alice in 1889 and settled down, initially in Denver, taking a job in 1890 as a Pullman porter overseeing sleeping cars of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.
In his 1907 autobiography, The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, cowboy Nat Love recounts stories from his life on the frontier. He moved massive herds of cattle from one grazing area to another, drank with Billy the Kid and participated in shootouts with Native peoples defending their land on the trails. And when not, as he put it, “engaged in fighting Indians,” he amused himself with activities like “dare-devil riding, shooting, roping and such sports.”

                                                         Nat Love, "Deadwood Dick"

Cowboy Humor

A young cowboy walks into the saloon. He walks up to the bar and notices an old cowboy with his arms folded, staring blankly at a full bowl of chowder.
After he finishes his beer he notices the other cowboy standing there staring at the chowder, The young cowboy bravely asked the old cowboy, "If you ain't gonna eat that, mind if I do?"

Much to the young cowboy's surprise the older cowboy slowly turns his head toward the young wrangler and in his best cowboy manner says, "Nah, go ahead."

Eagerly, the young cowboy reaches over and slides the bowl over to his place and starts spooning in it with delight. He gets nearly down to the bottom and notices a dead mouse. The sight was shocking and he immediately barfs up the chowder back into the bowl.
The old cowboy quietly says, "Yep, that's as far as I got, too."

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Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. ~W. H. Auden

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller

Denver Water History
Prospectors found gold near the headwaters of the Blue River in 1859, Soon nearly 100 miners had camped along the river. By 1880, the population of Summit county had grown to over 5,400. The town of Dillon was incorporated in 1883. The town relocated to the west bank of the Blue River when Denver and Rio Grand Railroad came to Blue River Valley but had bypassed Dillon. A second move was prompted again to catch up with the railroad route.

The idea to dam the Blue River and divert the water to Denver originated in the early 1900s.During the Great Depression when many Dillon residents were unable to pay property taxes. Denver Water Board acquired most of the land needed for the reservoir for the price of back taxes.

A third move of the town of Dillon in 1961 to it's current location was the result of the dam required to store water to be transferred to Denver. Dam construction began in 1961 and was completed in 1963. The dam is earth-filled, 5,888 feet  long, and rises 231 feet  above the Blue River stream bed. The dam diverts water from the Blue River Basin through the 23.3 mile  Harold D. Roberts Tunnel under the Continental Divide into the South Platte River Basin.

The Roberts Tunnel is the longest tunnel of its type in  the world. At its deepest, the tunnel passes 4,465 feet  below the surface near Santa Fe Peak on the continental divide. The 23 mile tunnel started at approximately the same time at either end, When the two tunnels met, they were only one inch off of a perfect match-up. It was an engineering marvel.

Dillon Reservoir provides forty percent of the total amount of water used annually by Denver Water. Because of the l large number of people on the eastern side of the state, and the concentration of water sources on the western side the mountains,  it necessary to transfer water from west to east in order to support the population.

Congratulations to Denver Water Departmenton their 100th Anniversary  

Water, water every where and not a drop to drink

What did the sink say to the water faucet?
You're a real drip.

Why is the letter T like an island?
Because its in the middle of water!!!

Excerpt from Two Miles High and Six Feet Under
Coyle is visiting Sister Elizabeth Joseph a retired nurse/nun at Saint Vincent's Hospital. The sister says...

“Young man, I guess you know that you interrupted my afternoon ….” Sister Elizabeth Joseph paused. She didn’t want to say nap, which in truth was what she was doing. “Devotions,” suited her needs and sounded better. “Yes, you interrupted my afternoon devotions.”

“I’m sorry, Sister. I am Andrew Coyle. I have been hired to audit the Chrystal Carnival financial situation to make sure the money goes to the right place.” Coyle was determined to maintain the subterfuge of being more interested in Carnival funds than the body in the block of  ice. “I hear that you have been here long enough to know what is going on in town.”

“I wasn’t one of the original three. That’s what we call the three sisters who were sent out here form Kansas to take care of the miners souls and bodies. I have been here long enough to see the hospital grow to what it is today. I’ve watched people rich and poor come and go. Prospectors, gamblers, whores, gold diggers I’ve seen them all. I came out here in ’83 from our Order’s home in Leavenworth. They gave me two dollars and a train ticket for the trip."

Super Moon

As explained by Denver Channel Nine News:The second full moon of January passed through Earth's shadow in a Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse today (Jan. 31), a rare lunar sight visible to millions of observers around the world. Today's lunar eclipse was the first to coincide with a Blue Moon last observed one hundred and fifty-two years ago.. ..


<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:59:25 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts2978586Update
Weekend storms predicted meaning the best skiing conditions of the year. This year the northern and central mountains are getting the most snow. Southern mountains, Wolf Creek, Telluride, and Crested Butte, have ski-able trails open, but are lagging behind Steamboat, Breckenridge, and Vail.

Colorado's Poet Laureate

Lines from poems by Colorado Poet Laureate, Joseph Hutchison:

thousands of stars have faded
like deserted flowers in the thin
light washing up in the distance,
flooding the snowy mountains
bluff by bluff.

A crow’s cackle gets through the noise,
but the hummingbird’s whir’s drowned out.

Joseph Hutchison 

The Poet Laureate of Colorado is a native of Denver. Joseph Hutchison grew up in Northwest Denver and graduated from North High School. His father worked for Public Service of Colorado, the primary utility company of Denver at that time.

Hutchison says of his youth, “For whatever reason, when I was very young I picked up a volume of Edgar Allen Poe and that got me started. It wasn’t a book of Poe’s poems, but his short stories.He became a voracious reader, and credits terrific teachers along the way with cultivating his passion for literature.

He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972. Hutchison earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia two years later. He went to work as a marketing writer for United Banks of Colorado, penning brochures and video scripts.

 Hutchison was appointed Poet Laureate by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2010.. Hutchison's philosophy of poetry can be summarized thus:: In the all the years of my writing life, I’ve responded to and aspired to a quality in poetry that I can only call “clarity.” Not that I’m interested in clarity at the expense of honest complexity;

Give me some time and I'll make up a rhyme

An ambitious young fellow named Matt,
Tried to parachute using his hat.
As he started to fall,
Folks below looked so small,
Then got bigger and bigger and then SPLAT

One Saturday morning at three,
A cheese monger's shop in Paree.
Collapsed to the ground,
With a thunderous sound,
Leaving only a pile of de brie

In Denver’s early years the city depended on water from the South Platte river..Multiple water companies fought, collapsed and merged trying to provide water to the boom town.. But nobody stayed for long. That was until 1918, when residents voted to establish Denver Water, supplying the city “with water for all uses and purposes.”

That step let to some pretty impressive engineer feats:in our past: The longest underground tunnel in the world,and  the tallest dam in the world. Congratulation to Denver Water Department on their 100th Anniversary.

Colorado Avalanche won their 10th game in a row. Now they continue out on the road with a game in Montreal. Backup Goalie Jonathan Bernier has won nine straight in this winning streak. The team has scored the first goal in all ten of the games.
<![CDATA[My Thoughts]]>Sat, 13 Jan 2018 19:53:47 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts8168529Update
This weekend Poets from around the West and around the world (even Australia) will gather for a weekend of swapping poems about the West. Horses, cattle, cowboys, and the lonesome trail will be praised in song and verse at the 29th, Colorado Cowboys' Poetry Gathering. Often humorous and always authentic these poets will delight sold-out audiences Friday-Sunday at the Mountain Club Center in Golden Colorado.
Space exploration promised us alien life, lucrative planetary mining, and fabulous lunar colonies. News flash, ladies and gents: Space is nearly empty. It's a sterile vacuum, filled mostly with the junk we put up there. Graham Hawkes

I am very much against weapons in space. And I wish we could be spearheading that program to come to some kind of international agreement so that doesn't happen. That is my only - fear - in further space exploration like always, we hope it doesn't get abused. Scott Bakula

Geez, all that money we waste on space exploration; just think how many bombs that would buy!
Craig Bruce

Anything that stimulates the public's imagination about the nobility and the importance of space exploration is something that I'm very excited to be a part of. Ron Howard

Orion Project
The Apollo Program put man on the moon, but that program has become outdated and replaced by the Orion Project.The mission of Orion is to establish the Deep Space Gateway,  a hub on the other side of the moon, that would serve as a rest stop for astronauts during the three year journey to and from Mars. An Orion spacecraft will both ferry supplies and astronauts to the hub and be the vehicle to explore deep space.

Many of the problems involved have not been researched yet. It will take 22 minutes for voice communications to go from Earth to a Mars location.and the same for Mars to contact Earth. Apollo Astronauts had almost instantaneous contact with ground controllers. Also at these distances and the time involved astronauts may experience muscle or bone loss, excessive radiation, or become addicted to weightlessness.

As previously reported in My Thoughts blogs NASA astronaut Nicole Mann is touring several of the over 200 Colorado facilities that are designing, building, and testing parts and programs for the Orion project. She was speaking at SEAKR of Centennial where engineers are designing equipment that saves images taken in deep space and sends them back to Earth. She said, "You're not building some box. You're not just building some computer board. You're building a part that's critical to space travel."

Colorado has the second-largest space economy in the country with a total 400 aerospace companies and over 188,200 jobs related to aerospace programs.

Far out
 A light-year is the same as a regular year, but with less calories.
They've discovered insects on the moon, A tick on the moon is called a luna tick.
Aliens don't eat clowns because they taste funny.
The alien said to the cat, "Take me to your litter."
People do not like the restaurant on the moon, there was no atmosphere.

Herding Dogs
 Stock Dog Trials (Intermediate Sheep Competition) @ Stadium Arena January 21, 1:00 PM. A popular favorite is the herding dog trials to get the flock in a pen so the handler can close the gate to the pen,
<![CDATA[My Th´╗┐oughts]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:38:42 GMThttp://garyesmith-author.net/weekly-blog/my-thoughts6572818 Denver Becomes Cow Town Every January

The historical National Western Stock Show has been held annually every January at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado since 1906. The show has been held every January thereafter with the exception of 1915, when a serious outbreak of hoof and mouth disease in other states caused its cancellation. The first show opened on Monday January 29,1906 and ran for six days. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, 23 cents over the market price!

The first three years the stock show was held in a circus tent borrowed from the circus. With the coming of the railroads, stock yards were built and an office building was added for buyers and sellers to conduct their business. Eventually more office buildings, three major packing plants, and an arena competed the complex. 

The 25th National Western presented the first Rodeo in 1931 in conjunction with the Livestock and Horse Show..The rodeo is now considered one of the biggest indoor rodeos in the country. By 1981, the show had increased to 12 days and included 21 Rodeo performances.The stock show set a still-standing record of $301,000 paid for a Hereford bull.in auction. As memory serves, the bull was sold to a restaurant which sold steaks from the Grand Champion for the rest of the year (or their steaks were labeled as such.)

On the 100th anniversary, attendance had grown from 15,000 to over 700,000 for the 16 day run of the show. The 2017 show tallied 684,580 visitors, the third highest number of visitors.

Many events have been added and almost everyone finds some attraction of interest. The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo is great family entertainment and a trip back to the old west.

Snow Conditions

Resort  New Snow Base Depth Weather
Howelsen Hill
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA 4" 20" 26°F

Ski Granby Ranch
Granby, Colorado, USA 3" 10" 19°F

Beaver Creek
Eagle Vail, Colorado, USA 1" 25" 17°F

Eagle Vail, Colorado, USA 1" 29" 15°F

Winter Park Resort
Winter Park, Colorado, USA 3" 47" 5°F

Telluride, Colorado, USA Snow last 48 hrs 2":  base 25" lifts open 11/18

Wolf Creek Pass
Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA
Snow last 48 hrs:0" base 27" lifts open 8/9

The southern maintains and resorts remain snow challenged'

New snow Means Better Skiing
Speaking of better skiing, Mikaela Shiffrin won the Woman's Giant Slalom Saturday in Slovenia. Shiffrin is running away in the overall standings in the World Cup professional ski tour. She has double the number of points of second place Viktoria Rebenburg from Germany. Sunday, Shiffrin won the Slalom giving her 39 first place finishes in her career. That is exactly half the number of Lindsey Vonn, also from Vail, Colorado,
who is number one on the list of career first place finishers.

Gone But Not Forgotten (2017)


        Jerry Lewis


                                                "Fats" Domino        



      Jim Nabors

Dick Enberg

                                                                         Hugh Hefner