Where did the soda/pop/coke can go???

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Last night I went to the grocery store.  Something I do a few times a week.  (I know this is frequent, and perhaps one day I’ll explain why this is, but I digress.)  I had a simply mission:  Buy bananas and a six-pack of diet coke cans.  bananas, easy, check, done.

Siz cans of coke?  Not so easy!  In fact, downright impossible!  I guess I had noticed this before, but I never gave it much thought.  Now though, I am here to tell you – you can no longer buy a six-pack of regular sized cans of coke!?!  They have extra short cans, they have plastic bottles of many sizes, and they have regular cans in a twelve pack, but not six packs of regular sized cans!  Why is this?  It isn’t across the board!  In fact many of the off-brand cheaper varieties of soda (pop, coke, etc) offer the regular size can in six packs still?!  I know you can buy six packs of beer in regular sized can.  Argh.

Weird.  And probably not worth my frustration.  But I like that the can is more recyclable than the bottles.  The small can isnt enough for my massive lunch thirst.  I dont have room in my fridge to constantly cool 12 cans of soda… >:/  Whats a guy to do???  Who is responsible for this???

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Feeling down…

I think of myself as a mostly positive person.  I am not sure if this is naturally how I am, but it is how I choose to be.  I think it is healthier to choose to be happy than let yourself get down.  I also think (in my eternal effort to understand how people work) that people prefer to be around happy people.  I almost always answer the question, “How are you doing?” with a positive response.  When people ask me how I like Denver (or wherever I most recently moved) I always tell them it is “Great!” with much enthusiasm.  I guess part of this is because I don’t want to admit that things might not be going 100% perfectly… I dont know…

Anyway, I am in a funk right now.  A lot of it has to do with relationships.  A relationship fell apart, which is not terrible because I wasn’t tremendously excited about it.  But I feel another relationship that is (was) amazing starting to slip away.  And then there is Chicago.  (My friend and former relationship I visited there.)   That relationship also seems to be going a bit sour – and this one is entirely because of me…  :/  Ugh.  I’m also not feeling so hot about my friend situation.  I’ve only made two really good friends here in 9 months and that is not enough.  Friendships are tough.  Relationships are tough. 

I just want to find someone here in Denver that is as excited about me and I am about them.  Know anyone??  Lol

I’m also open to hearing suggestions for how to get out of a depressing funk…

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Denver Weather: Snow!!

Denver Snow WeatherYesterday it started snowing in Denver, and I couldn’t be happier.  It continued snowing through the evening and stopped sometime before morning.  I would guess there is about 4-5 inches in my neighborhood in Capitol Hill.  It isn’t as much as I would like (6-8 inches is really fun!) but I will take it none-the-less.  I think this is the first real snow we’ve had in the city since I moved here.  I think we’re something like 20-30 inches short of where we’re are supposed to be!

My first two experiences with snow in Denver were the day I came to interview out here and the day I was supposed to be offered the job.  The day I came to interview was a legit snowstorm.  I rented a honda civic hybrid – not a snow car!  And drove to my now-office.  After lunch we got back to the office and within a couple of hours they decided to send everyone home.  It was the best day-long-turned-four-hour interview ever! :)  I ended up staying at the Burnsley Hotel that night and at dinner at the bar at Bennie’s.  Randomly, I now live very close to both of these places.  Anyway, it was an interesting first experience with Denver snow.  The second time, just a week later was when I received an email on the day I was told my company would be making a hiring decision that read, “Paul, we are closing the office again today for snow and will be in touch with you tomorrow.”  TORTURE!  Anyway, needless to say the next day they called and offered me the job.

Running in the snow from the Denver PostAnd now just 9 (!) months later here I am enjoying my third snow day of snow in my new city.  I love it!  And I cant wait to see what the Western Sky is going to look like tonight!

(Btw, I restarted working out last night.  Looking forward to starting to run in a week.  I have tremendous respect for this guy!)

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New Music Fridays

In case you were wondering, I am going to try to post on Fridays about music that I am currently listening to.  Maybe it will all be music you already know (I wouldn’t say I am particularly plugged into new ‘indie’ music, but I try).  Hopefully though, you’ll give some of the music a chance and find something new you like.  My tastes are pretty broad, so bare with me if you don’t love it all.

“Too Late” by Emily Deloach:  http://www.emilydeloach.com/store/

“Animal” by Neon Trees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY–Yu4kzz0

“Raise your Glass” by P!nk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjVNlG5cZyQ

“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJqUN9TClM

I am not going to link these songs in itunes, but if you like them, please buy them.  *Particularly the no-name musicians*:)

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Oatmeal Festival!

One thing I didn’t include in my New Year’s resolutions that I want to do, is to start advertising events in Denver & CO that deserve attention.  I have already seen some great events that haven’t gotten the attention they deserve so I am going to do my part to right that wrong!

Last night, I came across the first that I’d like to call out – The Quicker Quaker Oatmeal 5k Run and Festival in Lafayette, CO:  http://www.lafayettecolorado.com/oatmealfolder/oatmeal2011/2011quakeroatmealfestival.html

I had some amazing Oatmeal while I was in Chicago over the holidays, and to combine “the world’s largest Oatmeal topping bar” with a 5K Run, an awesome tee-shirt, and the Bolder Humane Society seems like a great combination for an event.  (It reminds me of a great Pumpkin Beer 5K Run that happens in Saint Louis every fall.)

If you know of other great events around Denver or CO be sure to let me know, and maybe I’ll see you at the Quicker Quaker this weekend!

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Difficult pill to swallow

So I haven’t been good about blogging since I got back to Denver.  (Cut me some slack – I got back at 1:30am on Sunday night!)  But I have intended to write more by now.  Some of the topics I have written on my blog-topic-post-it include:  New Years Resolutions, Travel, My weekend in Chicago, Relationships, Movie Review for Toy Story, and Following your Passion.  I promise each and every one of these will be filled in with more detail soon. 

In the meantime, my only explanation is that I am sick.  AGAIN!  I have gotten sick now both times I traveled home to Saint Louis (sign??)  I have also gotten sick several times following visitors.  I have a constant philosophical struggle about taking medicine.  I constantly hear that there is no cure for the cold.  It can be caused by one of literally thousands of… cold bugs?  Anyway, all the medicine does that they sell at Walgreens is help deal with the symptoms.  So for this reason, I was currently on a no-medicine kick.  I want to know when I am feeling sick so I know when I am feeling better.  Plus, I think there might be something to ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.

All this tough talk however, went out the window yesterday.  After several days of coughing, running nose, sneezing, and headaches I broke down and bought a 40-pill box of DayQuil.  Hopefully this will help me feel better faster?  And back to writing you and interesting blog…

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Movie Review: The King’s Speech

During my trip to Chicago I saw the movie, The King’s Speech.  I hadn’t heard much about it, and I hadn’t seen any advertising.  But I ended up really liking it.  The actors (Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush) were all great.  They acted well and the characters were unpredictable.  Colin Firth was particularly good – I don’t know how you act like you have a speech impediment, when you’re actually such a good speaker!?

I also recommend it because you might learn a little bit of history.  I certainly did.  It was nice to see that the British Royal family is not always as proper and perfect as they portray themselves.  (At the same time the film managed to reveal this without it ripping on the monarchy.)  Overall, I’d recommend the movie and give it a high B+.

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