My Life Upgrade

I just moved from Fort Collins To Boulder. I have tens of miles of open space trails starting 100 feet from the front door of my apartment. I love Boulder, it is an incredible place for hiking, cycling, eating and good living.

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When in Maryland, I’m now staying near Sugarloaf mountain, which is also an incredible place for all of the same things I mentioned about Boulder. Plus it is very close to DC.

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All these moves have been a huge amount of work, but I am finally settled as of this evening. I couldn’t ask for nicer places to live.

I got rid of 97% of my stuff this week, and found my classical guitar I used 40 years ago.

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21 Responses to My Life Upgrade

  1. kentclizbe says:

    Health, home and happiness!

  2. omanuel says:

    Congratulation, Steven, on your success on maintaining contact with the beautiful, bountiful, benevolent Nature that is our birthright.

  3. Sugarloaf Mountain is a fun hiking area. The graffiti at the top is a shame.

  4. Marsh says:

    After all that spent energy ; those trails may have to wait a week or two…

  5. oz4caster says:

    Hope it works out well. I had a great time in Colorado recently and I’m glad the Rio Grande didn’t turn red like the Animas thanks to EPA.
    Rocky river view

  6. AndrewS says:

    Excellent that you found your guitar!

  7. Robertv says:

    Big Oil finally paid the bill .

  8. rah says:

    “I got rid of 97% of my stuff this week, and found my classical guitar I used 40 years ago.”

    Amazing how we accumulate “stuff”. Some stuff you know why you kept it. But plenty of other stuff is just there because that was the easiest thing to do with it at the time. My attic is full of it as is the storage space above the garage. That is going to change. I figure it will take at least two pickup loads to the Goodwill box.

    • Ernest Bush says:

      We downsized when we moved from Ft. Worth to Yuma, AZ, in 1989. It was amazing what we had to leave behind and we still filled the largest U-haul we could rent and pulling an 8-foot trailer. Of course, I had a wife and a teen age boy. When my son moved out 4 years later I claimed the smallest bedroom as my project room and accumulated more stuff. In 2005 we mutually agreed that we would not move a cubic foot in without moving a cubic foot out. Three years ago we finally got rid of a lot of stuff and the house stopped looking cluttered.

      My son’s family noticed our storage space and the grandchildren’s stuff has been slowly creeping in as they spend time with us. It’s a disease and we seem to have infected even them.

      • Ernest Bush says:

        Boulder is really a great place to visit. I couldn’t find an excuse to be there this summer, but I will next year. Hope you have many rich memories to share while you are there, Tony. I am fortunate to have friends who summer in the mountains directly west of you (south of Nederland). Being invited to spend time there in the summer prompted me to lose over 50 pounds and get in shape to once again be out in nature.

    • Alan Poirier says:

      Read somewhere that we really live in only 300 sq. ft. of our homes and all the rest is just for storage. 🙂

      • gator69 says:

        Where I come from living without storage is called “homeless”, or “communist”. 😉

        • rah says:

          Storage is necessary. I have all my first granddaughters toys and those have been saved for the use of my new granddaughter. But we have everything from Christmas and other Holiday decorations, to books, to luggage, to rugs and drapes, to nick naks, to stereo speakers and other old audio equipment, to a couple of cheap exercise machines that we’ll never use again up in that attic. All that stuff just makes finding the stuff you do use on occassion harder to find and access. So this fall when it’s cool enough to work up there and up in the rafters of the garge comfortably is the time to sort and organize and then dump the crap that we will no longer use while I’m still in the physical shape to do so.

        • Marsh says:

          rah ,, that storage looks reasonably normal to me… don’t lose sleep over it.

      • Ernest Bush says:

        My wife and I live in 1430 sq. ft. We very actively occupy 1000 feet of it daily. In Yuma, 9 months of the year is spent outdoors on our patio and covered side porch if the weather permits, which is 95 percent of the time. The grandkids go wild out on our 1/4 acre lawn because there is not room for all five of them inside for more than a few hours before the walls begin to suffer. So we use way more than that 1000 square feet most of the year.

        • rah says:

          My 1,400 sq. ft. house and 1 1/2 car detached garage and two sheds, sit on .99 acres. I spend a fair amount of my time just taking care of the yard but it’s worth it. I get a great feeling of satisfaction looking out over a well groomed lawn and past properly trimmed trees and hedges onto the farm fields and pastures.

          Moles are my biggest problem this year. I’ve tried chemical warfare, I’ve tried the traps, I’ve tried smoking them out, and I’ve even stood and waited to see them digging a new feeding tunnel to dig them up and kill them. I’ve gotten a couple that way. But the little bastards are multiplying faster than I get them. I don’t want to get thumpers and run them off to my neighbors yards. I want to kill them. But they are winning.

        • gator69 says:

          Rah, you need more coyotes and black snakes! My moles were mostly kept in check by the coyotes in my area, until I had someone build on the property next to me and move in with a large outdoor dog. The dog intimidated the coyotes, and then the moles moved in. I have used traps, water, poison, an axe, and my 12 ga to kill moles, and I must say the 12 ga is the most satisfying method by far. Last year the neighbor’s dog, who was a regular visitor at my house, moved away with her family and I no longer have mole problems.

  9. Michael 2 says:

    Vicinity of Tantra Lake with NCAR in the background. Boulder is very pretty, but expensive and a bit too yuppi for me to live there but I love to visit such places.

  10. Hugh K says:

    So glad you found your guitar…..gives me hope that climate scammers may at long last find a conscience.

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