Boulder gentrification to make space for upper upper-middle class whites

While many Boulder residents are welcoming downtown urban renewal projects with excitement, some are worried about what rising home prices will do to the character of neighborhoods. “We value having residents who shop at Alfalfas, but also having residents who shop at Whole Foods,” said downtown Boulder neighborhood association member Nick Healy.  ”The question is, how can we attract upper upper-middle class residents without forcing out the middle-upper class?”

NCAR scientists get loose Dec27

NCAR scientists get loose

When four scientists slipped out from behind their triple screen monitors Tuesday, most of their co-workers thought they were going to the cafeteria for coffee, or maybe a plastic container of instant pudding.”I never would have imagined that they would just walk out of the building like that, in broad daylight, no NCAR mini-bus in sight,” said Hal Shephard, Deputy Lead Project Manager with the Department of Atmospheric Science. “I just hope that they take advantage of this break to have a good time, get some drinks and maybe do a little shopping at the wizard store.”

Release of “The Interview” has Americans asking themselves if they value freedom of speech enough to sit through James Franco movie

While millions of Americans applauded Sony’s decision to release “The Interview” into theaters, it put most of them in the awkward position of feeling like now they had an obligation to watch the film. ”My desire not to see James Franco act or speak on camera is competing with my sense of patriotic duty right now,” said Boulder’s Pete Edgar on Friday. “It’s the classic Phantom Menace dilemma: can I still call myself an American without actually watching this movie?”        

Woman dropped during spin class Dec14

Woman dropped during spin class

Just when Fran Spalanker thought spin class couldn’t get any closer to simulating a group ride, she got dropped Tuesday by the rest of class. “It was a zone 3 & 4 day” explained the instructor. “We don’t like to drop anyone in spin, but Fran was having trouble keeping up. I think the problem was that when everyone else was making quarter turns to the right, Fran was making 1/6 of a turn to the right. She didn’t think anyone would notice, but she was wrong.”

Homeless man and Amy Poehler agree that “taking risks and making choices is what makes life so exciting” Dec02

Homeless man and Amy Poehler agree that “taking risks and making choices is what makes life so exciting”

Amy Poehler writes in her new book Yes, Please! that taking risks and making choices is what makes life so exciting. “These are words to live by” said James Riehner, a local alcoholic drug addict. “I couldn’t have said it better myself. Anyone who tells you to  play by the rules and take the predictable, reliable route in life hasn’t seen the excitement of a knife fight under a bridge at 4am in 20 degree weather conducted entirely with shards of glass.”

Another Black Friday lost to ebay bidding war over used Rapha bibs

James Rogers breathed a sigh of relief today as he put in the last and final bid for a pair of used Rapha bibs.  ”Did I spend a little more than I wanted to on a used chamois? Maybe.Were there other things I could have been doing with 7 hours? Probably. Is a 100% wool chamois impractical? Possibly,” said Rogers. “But when you see something you want in life, you have to go after it. That’s how I felt about my wife, and that’s how I feel about these slightly broken in bibs. I have to say that bidding against so many other committed cyclists today brought out my competitive gotta-get-out-in-front spirit, the same spirit that makes me the right person to ride around in Rapha chamois hoping someone notices the logo.”    

Seventeen short years later, Habitat for Humanity home nears completion Nov28

Seventeen short years later, Habitat for Humanity home nears completion

Just seventeen years after breaking ground in the Holiday neighborhood, Habitat for Humanity has nearly completed the home they set out to build in 1997 for the Cory family.  ”We are thrilled to be putting a nearly final coat of hunter green paint on this close-to-finished home today,” said Habitat representative Judy Mallory in a statement Friday. “We spared nothing to make this house a home.  Design features include wall-to-wall white carpeting,  oak cabinetry and a whirlpool tub shaped like a dolphin.” She added that the Corys, who have since retired and moved to Scottsdale, would probably have loved the home.