Thursday, November 20, 2014



I'm still here, but yet I'm gone
I don't play guitar or sing my songs
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you 'til the end

You're the last person I will love
You're the last face I will recall
And best of all, I'm not gonna miss you
Not gonna miss you

I'm never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You're never gonna see it in my eyes
It's not gonna hurt me when you cry

I'm never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains

I'm not gonna miss you
I'm not gonna miss you

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


All of those four fingers raised by members of the CU Men's Cross Country Team signify their fourth straight PAC-12 Championship!  The success of Coach Mark Wetmore's teams over the years rivals that of the legendary John Wooden.  And for such outstanding accomplishments, the Boulder Daily Camera devoted a very short blurb with no pictures, no names, not much of anything - you will be reading a lot more here than in the local paper.  And an equally egregious irritation is the ridiculous amount of ink given to the CU Football team that is win less in the PAC-12, and with a grand total of 2 overall wins this season and no hope for another.

Here are some clips from the PAC-12 coverage of the Championship:

OAKLAND, Calif. – With all five of their scoring runners crossing the finish line in the top eight, the top-ranked COLORADO men captured their fourth-consecutive Pac-12 Men’s Cross Country title in Oakland on Friday morning at the Metropolitan Golf Links.

The defending NCAA and Pac-12 Champion Buffs scored 30 points to win the league crown. Colorado has been ranked the No. 1 team in the country all season, receiving all first-place votes each week. It is the first time since STANFORD won six in a row from 2000-05 a team has claimed four-straight league titles.

“I’ve been at this long time and we’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of good things happen to us,” said Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore said. “It feels great, but I always put it in big perspective and know that we have more work to do in the next couple of weeks … They had a great run and I'm really happy with them.”

The top-two individual men’s finishers were Ducks, with Eric Jenkins crossing in second place with a time of 23:34, behind Cheserek’s winning time of 23:23. The Cardinal’s Joe Rosa was third with a time of 23:37, and the next five runners were Buffs: Blake Theroux (4th, 23:42), Connor Winter (5th, 23:44), Ammar Moussa (6th, 23:49), Pierce Murphy (7th, 23:53) and Ben Saarel (8th, 23:54). Stanford’s Maxim Korolev (23:56) and Cal’s Chris Walden (23:57) rounded out the top 10, placing ninth and 10th, respectively.


1. Colorado 30
2. Oregon 57
3. Stanford 60
4. Washington 87
5. UCLA 168
6. Arizona State 182
7. California 189
8. Arizona 206
9. Washington State 224

1. Edward Cheserek, ORE 23:23
2. Eric Jenkins, ORE 23:34
3. Joe Rosa, STAN 23:37
4. Blake Theroux, COLO 23:42
5. Connor Winter, COLO 23:44
6. Ammar Moussa, COLO 23:49
7. Pierce Murphy, COLO 23:53
8. Ben Saarel, COLO 23:54
9. Maxim Korolev, STAN 23:56
10. Chris Walden, CAL 23:57

Sunday, November 09, 2014


I turned off the TV before half-time of Friday night's game versus Cleveland and LeBron.  The Nuggies were down by 20 and headed for another loss.  Admittedly the season is young, but I will bet dollars to donuts that the Nuggets will win even fewer games than they did last year.  Here is a major reason why: 

It's coach Brian Shaw telling Ty Lawson what to do - got it backwards in my opinion.  I have written previously about the woes of the Nuggets so won't repeat myself here because my views have not changed, particularly about the ownership.  Another prediction - Shaw will be gone before the end of the season.  I certainly hope that George Karl is enjoying some Schadenfreude.   

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

BILL VIELEHR 1945-2014
Among the lesser known facts about West Boulder is that Bill had his workshop and foundry behind the old Arapahoe Motors place on West Pearl Street.  We happened upon the place while walking the dog, and visited several times to see what new was going on.  We had the good fortune to chat with Bill just a few weeks before his untimely death.  A very nice article about Bill can be found here in Westword, so I will not repeat what has already been written.  Below are a few pictures of Bill's work which can be found around town and around the country.

Park Pieces


A typical wall hanging - some are quite large, 4 feet square

 Bill made the awards that were given out at the Boulder International Film Festival

 A typical day at his workshop

Godspeed Bill

Saturday, October 25, 2014


I had not thought of this song for quite a while, but for some reason it popped into my head this morning.  Kenbob and I used to play it now and then - enjoy.

Yellow is the color of my true love's hair
In the mornin', when we rise
In the mornin', when we rise
That's the time, that's the time
I love the best

Blue's the color of the sky
In the mornin', when we rise
In the mornin', when we rise
That's the time, that's the time
I love the best

Green's the color of the sparklin' corn
In the mornin', when we rise
In the mornin', when we rise
That's the time, that's the time
I love the best

Mellow is the feelin' that I get
When I see her, mm hmm
When I see her, uh huh
That's the time, that's the time
I love the best

Freedom is a word I rarely use
Without thinkin', mm hmm
Without thinkin', uh huh
Of the time, of the time
When I've been loved

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Been a while since there has been some curmudeontary here, so let's have at it!!

1.  When did it become 'cool' [and pseudo-intellectual] to pronounce news as noose?  And similarly other _ews words? Seems to be an affliction of the liberal left - hear it on NPR but not on Fox [oops, I rarely watch Fox, but when I do.....]

2.  When did reach out become the 'cool' replacement for the much simpler and more accurate ask, question, contact, etc.?  Maybe it makes the user feel more compassionate, intellectual, who knows....

3.  When will the lunatic right stop blaming Obama for everything that goes bad?  Surely there is enough to blame him for without resorting to idiotic conspiracy claims such as Obama creating ISIS and that Obama created Ebola to destroy Christians.  {I know, the latter is a parody, but not too far off of the mark}

4.  When will the lunatic left stop blaming everything on the vast right-wing conspiracy?

5.  When will CU, and perhaps other Division I universities, finally realize that college football is a farce and a huge waste of resources?  CU's football program fulfills Einstein's quote on insanity.

6.  When will the Nuggets and the Rockies figure out that their problems are not with the players but with the owners and management?

7.  Why doesn't the US fix all of the problems at home rather than trying to fix everyone else's problems?  The cost of a couple of war planes would greatly improve the abysmal conditions of schools on many Native American reservations.

8.  Why is it that some folks reject every aspect of evolution but are outspokenly certain that the eboloa virus will change [evolve] into an airborne pathogen?

9.  Why do many drivers confuse the high-occupancy lane for a high-speed lane?  Same folks seem compelled to give hand gestures to those who abide by the speed limit.

And on and on.....chime in please!

Addendum -  for those of you who may not know Andy Rooney [as referenced in FHorTG's comment], here is Andy Rooney, a true curmudgeon who looked the part!!