A Boulder view, part one

Chautauqua open space, Boulder

After just two months living in Boulder I can’t help sharing some observations on life in this pleasantly quirky town. There are plenty of statistics that speak volumes on their own. Like the fact that the city often snow plows the bike paths before it gets to the streets, or that seven out of ten residents own at least one bicycle. There are more used book stores per capita than any other city in the country, and Boulder has a higher percentage of bachelor degree holding residents than any other U.S. city over 50,000.

And as fascinating as those stats may or may not be, it’s the little things I see everyday that are truly entertaining. The first thing I noticed after moving here is that I can’t tell homeless people apart from almost anyone else. In New York or LA the small business owner in his Armani suit or her Jimmy Choo pumps is probably not going to be mistaken for part of the “transient population.” But in Boulder, the owner of the yoga studio downtown may very well have the same thrift store threads and month old dreads as the guy on the corner with a cardboard sign.

snowflakes on my mailbox

Please don’t get me wrong- I have absolutely no problem with this at all. In fact, it has a way of being strangely refreshing. I even ventured to the grocery store the other day without makeup on. Crazy, I know. And I bought a pair of Rock & Republic jeans at a consignment store for a fraction of what I would have paid at Bluefly.com. Score!

Stopped at a light downtown a few weeks ago, I saw a twenty-something year old girl on the corner holding a cardboard sign. All it said was “hope” in huge sharpie letters. Was she advocating and trying to inspire hope? Was she out and needing more- in the form of cash or pot or both? Was she promoting hope in general or protesting all forms of it? Absolutley no idea.

I probably have more hope than cash at the moment. Definitely more of either than pot. And two bicycles keep my consignment store jeans company. With several degrees- bachelors and beyond- and no actual job currently, I have no fingers to point. Just a little humor in the day to day. And that’s ok.

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9 thoughts on “A Boulder view, part one

  1. Such a brave woman for bringing big change into your life! It would be (terrifying) for me if I were to be a full time student again (I don’t know how you do it!) not in the least that as a qualified physician you already hold (a number of degrees) as you’d stated and are simply doing this for the passion!Thank you for the insight to your town πŸ™‚

    • I was trying to tell from your profile… are you in culinary school as well? Thank you so much for following and for your comments! And I can’t get over how much I love the photos on your site! Do you do all of your photography? Maybe the costume design background has given you such a talented eye… πŸ™‚

      • I’m studying part time and only just in my first year! A very willing home cook but eventually I would love to have the skills to work in a recipe test kitchen or style food. I’m a good few years off that yet, but I enjoy playing around, cooking, photography etc! I’m so glad you like photos, when I read back on the posts, I’m like oooo…. I was so hungry that day lol πŸ™‚

    • Amy, thank you so, so much!! You have absolutely no idea how much I appreciate your feedback. Writing is such a strange new venture. It’s so much easier to do a math problem- you instantly know it’s right or wrong. This is completely different! I hope you are doing well, and it’s always nice to hear from you-

  2. Really enjoying your blog! So proud of you! You are doing what you love and I am inspired by that! Keep it up, have fun, enjoy every moment! I miss you, but will survive since you are having fun! : )

    • Taya, you are so awesome! Thank you thank you. And I miss you too! Maybe you need a blog to post all the gorgeous things you’ve been making lately- love the purse! We will get together sometime soon.

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