|That's what I'm talkin bout, Denver.|
|Walking bridge over somewhere that's named something designed by someone...|
Most normal people like to vacation by going to the beach and doing nothing or hanging out in a cabin and doing nothing but not me! Being lazy is already my way of life so when I vacation I want to do shit UP. (spoiler alert: I don't do shit UP anywhere)
Living in the bumfuck buckle of the bible belt (say that three times fast) makes me reeeaaally want to see a city where hanging out in the parking lot of Applebee's isn't considered a rousing Friday night. And a real city too, not like Atlanta which is just a clusterfuck of neighborhoods and makes urban planners want to commit mass suicide Heaven's Gate style.
|Click to make pics bigger because I know you want to see mortuary goodness up close.|
I like Denver - you can be as glamorous or as hippie as you want. Or even AT THE SAME TIME. It's a beautiful city, the people are super nice (probably because they're high all the time) and no one made condescending remarks about my accent.
I felt like a real urban dweller when I could look out the window and see shopping and bars and restaurants and not the Baptist parade that normally runs down my street. You spoil me, Big City, with your super liberals and modern conveniences. One day I will get to live with you and we will have a deliciously salacious long term affair. Until then it's these brief encounters that leave us both wanting more.
|*insert night picture to indicate partying is getting ready to take place place*|
Is this what a real city looks like at night???!
I can't show any of those partying pictures so use this lame substitute I don't even remember taking for the happy hour hopping montage that's playing in my head right now.
|Yarn art by Fred Sandback|
Unfortunately, due to weather I didn't get to go outside of the city and get my Rocky Mountain goodness on. I was rather ok with this since I just saw 127 Hours the day before I left and I had to admit to myself that even though I could totally saw through my pasty angel skin, I could not break my own bones should I get in a sticky situation. A sticky situation at Buffalo Bill's grave and gift shop which is probably the only kind of roughing it on top of a mountain I can handle.
And I already did that on my last visit.
And I already did that on my last visit.
But on top of the art museum there was this:
This totally counts as roughing it, right?!
This could be in the mountains - you don't know!!
Just in case you are intimidated by the fabulosity of sleeping on a couch, bar photos, farmer's markets, brunching and art museum cavorting I assure you my whole trip wasn't so glamorous.
Because I'm a nerd I also did nerd things on vacation like help my historic preservationist host document endangered buildings around the city. But not just any historic buildings - THESE historic buildings!
Well hello, former convenience store chain known as Big Top Circus now home to Asian markets, dry cleaners and multiple Cricket phone and lotto centers around the city. Be still my heart! I must be easily amused because I had a pretty awesome day driving around to every ghetto in the city finding these suckers.
But wait - it gets better!
And by better I mean worse. Much, much worse.
Sweet baby jeebus in the manger, that's glass blocks AND an oak door! We need a Jerry Lewis/Madame Sunday telethon to save this retro fabulosity from shitty remodels.
I seriously couldn't get enough of these guys.
Slightly obsessed with the tips of these beams...
|I didn't Photoshop that - that's what the sky looked like. Also, I don't know how.|
You didn't want to see any more pictures of the city did you? Good because I didn't document half of what we did but I took 1200 pictures of these. Normal, right?
Ok just one more...
But even though I'm home the party ain't over yet. Wednesday the 21st is my birthday which means I'm just going to keep on partying Denver style through the weekend. Hell, I may do it the rest of the month.