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waking up to a nice frosty 5:45am morning, tiff and i got ourselves around to head for the airport. we thanked katie for her generous hospitality, and then it was off to CMH to catch american airlines flight 4320. just outside of canal winchester, our first entry for the day ["suitcase house?" "er... i meant... suitcase college. no, i mean, closet community...!"] was added to the quotebook. the Official Colorado Trip Notebook started with a quote the night before ["sleepy eye?" "what? no... C-P-A!"], with katie, over weird hot smoothee concoctions at tim horton's. ah yes... as always, it would be a quote filled trip. i would expect nothing less.

our flight to o'hare found us sitting in seats 13A and 14A, whereby i could easily poke tiff in the head at any moment and for no apparent reason. which i'm certain she enjoyed just as much as i. we easily received seat reassignments on the remaining flight, and good ones at that: three seats for the price of two! tall travelers rejoice! i think a book was being read somewhere to the left of me, but as i was pretty much crashed out over most of the central and mountain time zones, i can't be sure. views out the window [once consciousness resumed] reminded me remarkably, but not surprisingly, of the land where i grew up: flat as far as the eye can see, in nice neat gridlike patterns everywhere. well, except for the circles. i don't get the circles. i almost expected to see mel and joaquin upon arrival at DIA.
instead, we met up with christopher, snagged our baggage, retrieved the rental car, and headed to chris's apartment. [note: tiffany is acquainted with an ungodly amount of people named "chris". for the record: christopher = fiancé, and chris = best friend]. we dropped off his car and then it was off to red rocks to while away the afternoon. christopher had been to three[!] dave matthews band concerts there in early september, and he proceeded to reminisce and identify all eighty-three spots where he had urinated during that three-day span. trust me, it was just as heartwarming as it sounds. also of great note: i bought a pink hat there. yeah. I KNOW. we decided against the quazillion step journey to the stage, finished our tour, and headed back to chris's.
i finally met chris's roommate angie: truly, a pleasure. chris then treated us to a fantastic meal of smothered burritos... mmmmmmm. colorado folks, they like their green chiles. christopher departed and us four gals popped a movie in shortly thereafter. i crashed out almost immediately, BUT NOT BEFORE ANNOUNCING that i was likely going to crash out almost immediately. at some point mid-movie i heard whispers through a fog. "i think she's sleeping." "is she asleep already?" i parted the waters of consciousness in order to point out that I DID IN FACT TELL YOU PEOPLE I WAS TIRED ["no one ever listens to me!"]. colorado, day one: lovely.

a perfectly slow friday morning, and then it was off to visit the newly located denver seminary. shiny and new and a little bit bizarre for the old school alum, tiff was as much the tourist as tour guide. we found angie's office, then proceeded to explore campus. after browsing the bookstore, tiff caught up with some old faces while i chose to wander outside, snapping some pictures in the amazing weather.

then it was off to beau jo's, an old waitressing haunt of tiff's. though the day's service was a little on the absent-minded side, the pizza was excellent. after some touring near the original campus and a little window shopping in the quaint area stores, it was back to the apartment. instead of going to a dueling piano bar, we went a little more low-key due to those in chiropractic pain ["can i rub you anywhere?"]. after testing a korean restaurant near chris and angie's, the consensus was that the restaurant was nothing spectacular, especially when compared to the korean cooking of angie's mother ["i like your mom's pepperiness"]. we picked up an oreo crust peanut butter pie on the way home and had a viewing of the denver parade of lights ["you know, if i had the proper ear protection, i think i would really enjoy playing the cymbals"], followed by spanglish. that evening, i managed to stay conscious later than 9:30pm. jetlag: 1, mdog: 1.

more to come. 
Posted on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 10:05PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments10 Comments

Reader Comments (10)

please spell it smoothEE
Dec 13, 2005 at 09:04AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
done. good eye, m'lady.
Dec 13, 2005 at 09:06AM | Registered Commentermdog
okay. did you really use the word "haunt"?

also, I understand the farm circles. or at least have a theory about them. basically, if there are no weird corners to deal with, it's a lot easier to harvest or plough or whatever, by just going in circles around the field. a much smoother ride. try it when you're mowing your lawn someday!
Dec 13, 2005 at 09:17AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
i really did use the word "haunt," folks.

you're really into "theories" lately. weren't you the one who mowed patterns into your mom's lawn?
Dec 13, 2005 at 09:19AM | Registered Commentermdog
I've heard, although I can't verify that this is true, that the crops are in circles because of the way they are irrigated. I suppose this means that there is some type of water delivery line that originates in the center and moves in a circular fashion like a clock. Even if this isn't the case, it sounds cool.
Dec 13, 2005 at 10:17AM | Unregistered Commenterjared
well done my friend! It's like I'm right there with you...wait, I was right there with you. You can really take me back.
Love the pictures! What a fun new toy!
Dec 13, 2005 at 10:43AM | Unregistered Commentertiff
jared's right...good call jared. look at the "circle" pictures again. look closely and you can actually see the irrigation system. it pivots in the middle, and it's just a long pipe that sprays water down on the crops with wheels at the far end, so it just goes around in circles watering the crops, which is why the crops in the circle are so green, while the ones in the corner are brown...because, if you'll notice (on closer inspection) the fields are actually square.
Dec 13, 2005 at 03:32PM | Unregistered Commentergeoff
I have always wondered about the circles too. And now I know.Thanks mdog and mdog readers!

Looking forward to the next installation.
Dec 13, 2005 at 03:46PM | Unregistered CommenterTB
A Hat? You didn't tell me about the hat. I've never seen you in a hat. I can't wait to see this.
Dec 13, 2005 at 08:39PM | Unregistered Commenterkt
never? really? huh. i'll fashion it for you someday... until then, just click the "pink hat" link and use your imagination. :)
Dec 13, 2005 at 09:10PM | Registered Commentermdog

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