May 2012
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Summer Travel 2012

This year, instead of one big trip, we are taking several mini-trips throughout the summer. We didn’t exactly plan it that way, it just worked out this way. And the way things are going, I expect more to be added on before all is said and done.

What are you up to this summer?

Here is where we are headed:

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Seattle Space Needle

Our lovely next-door neighbors (the ones that are not Mr. Lady) moved away last year and we miss them. And their dog Newman. And Eurovision. Which we used to watch together religiously. So, we are heading west to see them and that wacky European singing contest. And, of course, Seattle.

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ESTES PARK, COLORADO

Estes Park Colorado

We have always heard what a fun place the YMCA in Estes Park was, so we are excited to head up there with other Mile High Mamas to check it out. Dex is slightly too young for their zipline, and I am slightly too accident-prone… but all three of us will try our hand at archery.

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BLACK MOUNTAIN DUDE RANCH, COLORADO

Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch

We visited Black Mountain last year, and did the full-scale dude ranch thing. We are so thrilled to go back for a long weekend this August, with a friend of Declan’s in tow no less. I am expecting to get more horse roping photos and to NOT break my finger this time.

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MARYLAND (?)

Maryland Crabs

Before my family gets all excited about this one – it’s still up in the air. Bryan’s 25th high school reunion is in September and he actually wants to go. I want to wait and see if his fever passes before I buy tickets, since he has never once wanted to go before. But I am on board to catch up with family and eat some Maryland blue crabs on a dock!

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Suggestions for other places that
should be on our short list?

Mar 2012
30

Sonoda’s Sushi is Spamming Denver on Twitter

Usually I just ignore Twitter spam. But I got an “at” message from Sonoda’s Sushi in Denver and Aurora, Colorado, right after I gave thumbs up on Twitter to Dyson for GOOD social listening – so I assumed they were trying to reach out in a GOOD way.

Nope.

They were spamming me, meaning calling out to me with some message meant to draw attention to their sushi and seafood restaurant, without any reall interactions between us. Even worse, as I looked at their stream, they were spamming everyone in town… including the Denver Broncos, Larimer Square (the shopping district!) and a ton of people I know from Denver, Boulder and the Front Range.

So, I commented on this to my friends… and we had fun talking about spammers (and the food, SPAM) for a good while yesterday. Sonoda’s Sushi has YET to notice. Below are screen caps of our conversation and what was happening on the Sonoda Twitter account at the same time.

Clearly Sonoda Sushi has an automated bot working their Twitter. Or has things pre-loaded to auto-tweet, seeing as some of the messages are actually somewhat targeted… (Some new messages started today, like “Welcome to the NCAA Women’s Final Four” – which is happening in Denver this weekend.) I am honestly not that familiar with these tactics as I never use them, for myself or my clients.

Why? Because they had a ton of people in Denver talking poorly of them yesterday. People who will never go to their restaurant, will tell people not to go there, and now have blocked them on Twitter as well as reported them as spam.

Was that really worth it, Sonoda’s Sushi?

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Jan 2012
11

Ice Castles in Silverthorne are AMAZING!

Isn’t it weird when you find out there are amazing things right in your backyard? Well, not literally your back yard – in this case I mean a quick drive up the hill to Silverthorne – but here in Colorado – that is our backyard – right?

The Ice Castles (the place, not the movie) contacted Mile High Mamas (who is running a contest for tickets through the 26th, by the way) and while I have been a bad little Mile High Mama lately with all my life craziness, I still love being part of the group and jumped up and down at the chance to go see THIS in person:

Ice Castles Silverthorne

We happened to go on a 50 degree day, when the sun was melting the ice like crazy, and I was able to walk around in just a fleece. But that made for some good photography time.

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And good OH MY GAWD time.

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And good Declan wants to play with chunks of ice time.

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And good “Is this actually real?” time.

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But, while the day was spectacular – the night was INSANE.

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Where walking through the different sections was totally different from the morning.

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Well worth the return trip.

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Well worth ANY trip.

And since the Ice Castles change all winter long – while the crew builds them icicle by icicle and Mother Nature adjusts their texture and form with every weather pattern – we’ll be back for sure.

Full Flickr set is here!

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Blogger Disclosure: My entrance and accommodations were covered by Ice Castles and Keystone Resort. All thoughts, words, and images are mine.

Oct 2011
31

Denver Zombie Crawl – Our Annual Halloween Treat

I know I blather on about this every year, but every year it gets more awesome.

DENVER ZOMBIE CRAWL IS AWESOME.

My friend Danny started this crazy thing six years ago and it’s grown exponentially. 2010 made us the Guinness World Champs with 7,300 zombies. Portland briefly held the record, but the application has been sent for 2011 – which looks to contain about 16,000 crawlers attacking the 16th Street Mall.

Early estimates were placing it closer to 25,000, and there were issues with sound early in the night, making people disperse quicker than they have in the past – so I am not surprised by that huge number. I have NEVER seen THAT MANY PEOPLE downtown on the mall in all 18 years we have lived in Denver.

Here is a sample of the craziness we got goin’ on.

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OK. So only 364 days till next Halloween, right???

P.S. Here are my Denver Zombie Crawl photos from all years.

Sep 2011
04

Gimme The Gig : Bop Skizzum

Yeah, it’s clear that I love our local bands, right? Several of our friends are participating in a competition from Ford called Gimme The Gig, where they could win a producing session with Don Was. (Any of you old enough to remember Walk the Dinosaur? He went on to be one of the biggest producers eh-verr.)

This is a totally UNsponsored post, and has nothing to do with my previous adventures with Ford. It has everything to do with voting for, and supporting great music.

You can vote for bands at GimmeTheGig.com.

My suggestions are:

Rob Drabkin

Petals of Spain

Churchill

And yes, my very favorite, close friend Andy and his band Bop Skizzum: