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Cloudy Friday

I snapped this picture of two cranes in Cherry Creek on my way to the galleries last night. They are hidden behind the utility poles and wires. It was a cloudy and rainy Friday. I saw some great art which I’ll share in the next post.

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The Lonely Crane

This is the view from Paddy’s salon in the suburb of Lone Tree. It looks pretty remote and desolate. What you can’t see are the hundreds of homes, apartments and retail establishments that face this undeveloped parcel of land. It’s only a matter of time before this view disappears.

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Pleased And Appalled

Back in February, my mother sent me a rather large check for my birthday. The check came in an envelope with my mother’s name on the return address sticker. A note was enclosed written on my mother’s stationery. My mother died eighteen months ago.

My father is a very frugal man. He doesn’t like to waste anything. He uses my late mother’s checking account. He signs her name to checks. The checks are processed because my father never notified the bank that my mother had passed. There no sense wasting perfectly good checks! My father has never had a checking account, and at age ninety, I doubt he ever will. He will continue to use my mother’s account until he dies.

So what does an unemployed man do when he suddenly receives an economic boost? One would think he would pay the utilities, stock the pantry and make a few house payments. Not this unemployed man. I bought a piece of art. I also made a sizeable charitable donation in the hope that I will soon have income, and will be able the use a charitable deduction on the 2017 taxes. There’s nothing like planning for the future. And being charitable hopefully brings me some good karma for the job search. But buying more art? I should be seeing an addiction therapist. Thankfully, I still have a large balance in my emergency fund which takes covers my expenses. I’m sure Suze Orman would be simultaneously pleased that I have an emergency fund and appalled I bought art.

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I hit the gym yesterday afternoon after networking with a woman about possible opportunities at her firm. When I returned to the locker room my locker was not locked. I immediately thought I forgot to lock my locker. But no, my lock had been cut off and my cash was stolen. Thankfully, the thief left my credit card, license, car key and parking garage ticket. Another member also had his lock cut off and his cash stolen. I called the police after talking with the gym manager. Sadly, this is the third week lockers have been robbed. The security video was reviewed and suspects were identified. A woman distracted the front desk attendant while a man entered without checking in.

The good news is I only lost forty dollars and suspects have been identified. I could have lost a credit card and my car.

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Abstract Easter Art

I not big on Easter. All those pastel colors drive me crazy. Give me strong colors. Instead of Easter eggs, I give you Easter art, my style. Space gallery is exhibiting paintings by Lewis McInnis. I love his color palate and subtle references to Diebenkorn.

Lewis McInnis, oil on canvas, 40″ x 48″, $4,500 each

Lewis McInnis, Loud Music, oil on canvas, 44″ x 44″, $4,500

Lewis McInnis, Shelves, oil on canvas, 54″ x 48″, $5,000

Lewis McInnis, Untitled, oil on canvas, 60″ x 48″, $5,500

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9 Cranes

I was driving south on I-25 on Sunday afternoon. Traffic came to a standstill as I approached downtown. I counted nine construction cranes in downtown Denver. The relentless building in Downtown, Cherry Creek and the Tech Center is only going to compound the city’s traffic issues.

The biggest and most expensive project is 1144 Fifteenth Street, which is being built by Hines, the international real estate firm based in Houston. The picture below shows the new 40-story Hines tower rising behind the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver. The $300 million office building has been pre-certified as LEED Gold. The building is scheduled to open in early 2018.

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