Thank you! I had a great time…

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday.

I was offline for a couple of days to enjoy some mountain air with my lovely bride and was overwhelmed by the greetings and well wishes when we got back today. We were in Georgetown, CO and had a very good time, staying at our favorite place in Georgetown, the Hotel Chateau Chamonix.

Here’s the view from their parking lot this morning:

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We visited three different museums yesterday. Unfortunately all three were closed for the season, so all we really got to do was press our noses up against the windows. Despite the closed museums, we got a nice walking tour of downtown Georgetown and ate extremely well. I even had a $20 plate of mac and cheese (with lots of other yummy things) that was completely worth it. It was especially worth it since I took half home and that was lunch today.

We drove a good way toward Guanella Pass as well and I grabbed this shot of Georgetown just before sunset:

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I really couldn’t have asked for a better birthday (or a better wife!) and I know I can’t ask for better friends and family. Thank you all again. I look forward to my next year of growth.

 

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Eleven score and seventeen years ago, a bunch of brave and rebellious men declared independence from an oppressive and tyrannical king. The king started a war against the rebelling colony, which due to a lot of good luck, tenacity and strong will, won its independence. This fledgling nation had a lot of help from other countries, especially France, in its early days. Against the odds, it managed not only to survive, but to thrive. Over the next two hundred years or so, the United States of America became the greatest, most powerful, wealthiest nation on Earth. America was the envy of the world.

I was lucky enough to be born in America. The opportunities before me are not available to most people. Despite an oppressive, overbearing and intrusive government that is nothing like what the founding fathers would have imagined or tolerated, America is still the best country on Earth. This isn’t a criticism of our current administration, but our government in general. Members of Congress, the President, and an activist Judiciary have been gobbling up power and usurping the will of the people for decades, all while forcing those people to pay for it. It’s a gradual problem and we, the people, have let it happen. And we, the people will have to make a great effort to turn it around.

Even though I don’t like our current President and most of Congress, I respect the offices they represent. In spite of them, I am a proud American. I look at who we are as a nation of people, rather than our so-called leaders who resemble a dictatorial aristocracy more and more. When I look at the American people, I am proud. Many of us are still innovative, hard-working and honest as we have been for 237 years and more. We manage to persevere even with the government intruding into every facet of our lives, both personal and professional.

The Americans who “just get it” and keep on in spite of the challenges set before them are the people I salute and admire today. I also salute the Americans like them who came before us, expecting nothing but giving everything. They all embody the spirit of what John F. Kennedy said when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Let’s all take a few moments today and figure out how we can help America regain what it once had. Let’s take a moment to remind Congress and all leaders that they represent us; they don’t own us. Let’s take a moment to reflect on those who have sacrificed before us and let us thank them.

Thank you, America. Long may you live. Long may you prosper. Happy Birthday.

Facebook is curious…

… so there’s the answer.

When I log onto Facebook, it wants to know various things. Today’s question is “How are you feeling, Chris?”

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Well today I feel older. Not much. Only a year. But age has definitely crept up on me.

I enjoyed being 42. It’s a famous number, especially to Douglas Adams fans. 43? Not so much. But 43 has its own appeal. It’s a prime number, so I guess I can consider myself in the prime of my life.Gotta find that positive spin, you know?

Regardless of the number assigned to my age, I’m looking forward to the coming year and all the adventures, love, fun, learning, and other good things life offers that ahead of me.

Thanks for asking, Facebook. I’m feeling fine.

Farmer’s Insurance has a weird way of drumming up business

A couple of nights ago we went to the Mall to do a little shopping. It wasn’t holiday shopping since we had finished that a while back. The mall offers free $10 gift cards in the month of your birthday and I wasn’t about to pass that up. I was there to collect.

I got my card and used it to purchase some Happy Socks at JC Penney.  I love Happy Socks. They’re a little goofy and fun. But I digress.

We eventually left the mall around 7:00pm. It was dark. Cars had their headlights on. Well except for one drive. We saw a white Ford Fusion (didn’t write down the plate number or I’d share it) driving without any tail lights. The did have headlights on though. I could see them ahead of the car. Apparently it was the curse of the Daytime Running Lights, illuminating enough street that the driver  didn’t realize the real headlights weren’t on. I guess the lack of instrument lighting inside the car went unnoticed, unless Ford has daytime instrument lights as well. (I know my Flex doesn’t have them.)

Normally I’d figure it’s just another forgetful civilian puttering along in blissful motorized ignorance but when we got directly behind the car it had “farmers.com” in big friendly vinyl letters and an 800 number (which I also didn’t write down and didn’t think to call until just this minute). This car was owned, or at least endorsed, by an insurance company. And it was driving very unsafely. I will say that the brake lights worked, but once the driver’s foot left that pedal, the rear of that car was once again in stealth mode.

At first, I thought maybe it was a forgetful driver, insurance company car and all. I mentally started to write it off. I wear many hats and one of them must be tinfoil. I suddenly thought it was a conspiracy of some sort and perhaps driving with no lights is a weird way for Farmer’s to cause accidents and try to get new clients. Or maybe they’re looking to have the customers of other insurance companies cause accidents forcing those companies to pay claims, putting them out of business. I’m really not sure, but it just seemed weird.

I thought about alerting the driver somehow, but there wasn’t really a good way short of honking flashing lights, but I wasn’t driving; we were in Sheri’s car and I didn’t want to bug her with this. I could have also gotten out of the car and gone up to the other car, but that’s dangerous and slightly creepy. The signal turned green, the Fusion turned left, and we went straight, so I’m not sure what happened after that.

I like to think that the driver found the headlight switch and fixed the error of his ways, but I’m not too sure. This has me worried now. What if other businesses start doing neglectful and dangerous things in the name of business? I can’t think of any potential things that are equivalent right now, but I’m keeping my eyes open. Especially on Burger King. I’m not sure why I’m worried about Burger King, but they’re been acting suspicious and my Spidey Sense is tingling…

Birthday party: 12/29/2012

For my birthday, we are going to Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks and you are invited to join us. Anyone who wants to come is welcome, but please RSVP by 12/10/2012 and let us know how many are coming in your party so that we can make the appropriate reservation.

Time & Date

5:30 PM, Saturday December 29, 2012

Location

Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks
1585 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO 80202

(There is a parking lot in the building.)

http://www.williegs.com/denver/

No gifts, please. Your presence will be my presents. And you’ll be paying for your own dinner anyway. 🙂

Sheri and I hope you can make it. If you have any questions, shoot me an email.