Monday, June 24, 2013


UPDATE - Yesterday there was an Open House at Haertling's Menkick House, so I walked over to check it out. The first thing to note is that there has been a $1,000,000 price reduction! I do believe that there will be a million dollars of work needed to restore the place to its original glory. It is indeed a spectacular place with many unique features, but it needs a fair amount of work to update and to replace worn out materials. I don't think that they will get $5.5 M - worth about 3 in my opinion :-)  Realty companies have change from the original post - so here's a new link and another here.

Just a couple of blocks from our home in Boulder [obviously we are on the 'other side of the tracks'] is this spectacular home, nestled tight against a natural rock formation.  I snapped this picture a while back while walking along Green Rock Drive, which is a part of our route to access Boulder's Sanitas Park.  Just a few days ago, I noted the Fuller-Sotheby For Sale Sign in front, and now you have the opportunity to own one of Boulder's most famous homes - if you have several million dollars burning a hole in your pocket.

The Fuller-Sotheby link above tells us this:

Charles Haertling's Mid-century modern masterpiece, The Menkick House (1970), is attainable for the first time in nearly 30 years. More than a home, this iconic structure is a work of art and arguably Boulder's most important piece of architecture. The design of the four story home flows from the site and it's imposing backdrop of Gyp Rock (Green Rock). The home is located in Boulder's exclusive Knollwood Estates. Just a short walk along the wooded path from the end of the cul-de-sac leads to the heart of Pearl Street and all that Boulder has to offer. Stunning views of the Flatirons, Mt Sanitas, and Red Rock from the Master suite. Three additional bedroom suites cascade down the rock from the main level. Additionally features a family room, media room and art studio/office. Built in the late sixties, the home received a design citation award from the Colorado Society of the American Institute of Architects in 1971. The rock has three separate peaks of different heights, and the homes three stone masses emulate the rock. Each corresponds in size to the peak behind. According to Haertling, horizontal lines were used for the rest of the house to give prominence to the rock. The formal side of the house to the south is joined to the more casual side to the north by a long corridor and the exterior is meant to look as natural as the site using rough lumber and stone. Remodeled in the early 80's by the current owner it has been meticulously maintained since. This is truly a once in a generation opportunity to own an architectural work of art and Boulder's most famous home.

Charles Haertling is probably Boulder's most renowned architect, and details of his life and prolific career can be found here.  Also, click on the Sotheby link to get more information about the place, more pictures, details of the interior and exterior spaces, and oh, the price as well - $6,500,000.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


I was mildly rooting for the Spurs to prevail in the NBA Championship series, but was also thinking that it would be nice if Chris Andersen, the Birdman, could get a ring. Andersen is not a starter in the NBA, but he brings a tremendous amount of energy to the game, especially as a shot-blocker.  He destroys the adage that white men can't jump.  As you can read in this bio, the Bird has been through a lot - I don't know if he is a nice fellow or not, but given his previous circumstances, I felt it was a nice ending to an otherwise very trying year for the Birdman. Kudos to Chris.

Friday, June 21, 2013



I could not find an image of a Subaru with one headlamp out, which is a bit surprising since in this neck of the woods, about half of the cars on the road with one headlamp burned out are Subarus.   A Google search on the subject does not yield too much information, but I am convinced that there is either an engineering or a manufacturing flaw in the lamp.  I brought this up to the local dealership, and the service tech acted surprised - am I really the only person who has noticed this phenomenon??  I have had to replace at least one bulb per year, and recently had to replace the right headlamp housing [to the tune of $438.02] because a shorted wire fried the whole assembly.   Perhaps other Subaru owners can chime in.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Not our pictures, but the best representations I could find. Actual colors except where noted.

"Baby Bess" was Painted in Old English style letters on Glove Compartment

Lost Some Teeth in the Steering Wheel of the Chevy

Our Blazer had a Black Top -  Much Cooler!!
Our Beast was White

Our International was Orange

Not this Nice!  Bought at Los Alamos Lab Surplus Auction 


Otis Spunkmeyer had a White Topper
2007 Impreza 2.5i Wagon - Garnet Red Pearl / Anthracite Black photo #14

Well, not a car, but it is my faithful Buddy 125.