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A Pic A Day 22

Resting in bed with the French doors open as another day comes to life. It’s hard to believe snow was falling two days ago. That’s life in Colorado.

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A Non-Event

The snow was a non-event for my part of town. The snow mostly melted when it hit the ground. When it wasn’t snowing it was raining. The high country was pounded with snow. One town received forty inches. Today the sun is shining and sky is a beautiful shade of blue.

I skipped the art tour last night. I just wasn’t feeling it. The other usual suspects had other plans and I didn’t feel like going out by myself.

Faced with spending the evening at home, I watched Deepwater Horizon on demand last night. It’s the move about the horrific offshore oil rig disaster in 2010. It probably wasn’t the best choice of a movie to watch before going to bed.

When I woke up this morning I remembered dreaming that I worked at J.Crew. Is the universe trying to tell me something? Is it time to get a part-time job to help mitigate the financial drain on my emergency fund?

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Snow, In May?

I woke up to snow falling this morning. After quickly dressing, I dashed outside to cover up the peonies, ferns, hostas and sea kale. The weather forecast calls for more snow late tonight into Friday. Parts of the high country are expecting up to three feet while the city may only get six inches. Yes, it’s late May but Mother Nature doesn’t want winter to end in Colorado.

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The country is in the midst of what some are calling a constitutional crisis. This is nothing compared to the issues discussed at the recent homeowners meeting.

Neighbors of man who has a seven-bedroom house are furious that he is renting six of the bedrooms on Airbnb. The man has obtained the proper permits and is complying with the city’s short-term rental regulations. The neighbors want the covenants revised to forbid short-term rentals like Airbnb.

A real estate investor purchased a four-bedroom house which he turned into a rooming house. At times, there are eight cars, all with Oregon license plates, at the house. The house is not zoned for multiple long-term tenants. The executive board has turned this issue over to the law firm representing the neighborhood.

A woman who bought a two-story red-brick colonial presented plans to the architectural committee to replace the brick with stone. The surrounding neighbors are opposed to the plans because there are no all-stone houses in the neighborhood. The architectural bylaws do not allow manufactured stone so this will be a very expensive renovation.

The neighbors whose houses are adjacent to the six acre property owned by the rich guys are fed up with the endless renovations. To date, the guys have spent $75m renovating their 33,000 sq. ft. mansion and grounds. The latest project involves moving the in-ground swimming pool three inches because it’s not centered.

Two houses were recently burglarized. Small electronics were stolen at both homes. Neither owner had turned on their security system. One woman, whose house was burglarized, checked into a hotel for a week because she didn’t feel safe in her home. Say it with me, bitch please! Turn on your security system.

As you can see, a constitutional crises pales in comparison to the first world problems in my neighborhood

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A Pic A Day 14

Helmut Lang on sale at Nordstrom Rack. I really shouldn’t be shopping without a job. Did I buy it?

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A New Rack

There’s a couple who work out at my gym I refer to as the Dolls. As in Barbie and Ken. She’s a tall lean blond who always manages to incorporate blue into her outfit. He’s a few inches taller than his wife and is handsome, hairy and hyper masculine.

I hadn’t seen the dolls for a while. They reappeared this week. Mrs. Doll got new titties. She used to have a small bust that seemed perfectly proportioned for her lean body. Being a gay man, I’m far from an expert on bra sizes, but now, I’m guessing she’s a full C possibly a D cup.

Mrs. Doll always wears form fitting clothes which show off her slim toned body. Now, all I seem to notice is her bust. I generally am not focused on the women’s breasts at the gym. I think her new rack may be too big for her body. I realize it’s her body and she is free to make any adjustments she deems necessary. I suspect the straight guys at the gym are loving her new look along with her husband.

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Saturday night was the closing party for Pirate Contemporary Art at their Navajo Street location. The gallery was founded in 1979 by nine art students who had recently graduated from art school. Unable to show in established galleries, the students formed Pirate Contemporary Art. Pirate, along with Spark and Edge, were the pioneering galleries responsible for establishing the cooperative art movement in Denver. The gallery has been located on Navajo Street for 35 years. Many local successful artists have started their careers at Pirate before moving to commercial galleries. Pirate has been known for incubating talent along with supporting avant-garde and experimental art in Denver.

The party was a lot of fun. The crowd spilled onto the sidewalk outside of the gallery. Impromptu speeches were given. One member described how art school taught him how to create art, but Pirate taught him how to be an artist. Many former gallery members attended and told stories of escapades and openings. Members of the other local co-ops stopped by to show their support.

T-shirts and photographs were sold to raise money to help finish the new space in Lakewood. Monetary donations were also accepted. It was a festive scene. A few tears were shed, but overall, the crowd was excited to see so many people show support for one of the crown jewels of the local art scene.

It’s was the end of an era but it was also the dawn of a new chapter in the Pirate voyage. Pirate will continue to support alternative artists and will be the foundation for young artists to build their careers upon.

It’s sad that Denver lost this incredible art institution. The good news is the Pirate ship will dock in Lakewood in June. The opening party should be as much fun as the closing celebration. This is one ship that will not sink.

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