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April 30th, 2010


Estes Park, Colorado...another of my favorite small towns:

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In 2001, I spent 6 months in Estes Park. While there, I took a job as The Ghostess (ghost tour guide) at The Stanley Hotel...the inspiration for Stephen King's, The Shining. Yes, there are ghosts. Generally friendly...and lots of them!

One night, I stopped the tour in front of the gift shop. It was closed, locked and dark. As I related how the ghosts liked to turn lights on and off, the lights in the gift shop came on and began to flicker.

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Elk come into town regularly. They hang out on the main street, wandering among the shops, restaurants and traffic. Below, they've taken over the local golf course.


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The view from the back deck of my efficiency cottage on the Big Thompson River:


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I drove out from NJ, needing to get away from everything. Through sheer serendipity, I met a woman from Wisconsin who had come for the same reason. We're still friends. Me (on the left) and Kathy...on the Dream Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park:


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If this has been self-indulgent, I apologize. But it's a beautiful area I wanted to share. If you go there, you won't be disappointed. If you've already been there, tell us about it. grin



Today in History:

1812 - Louisiana became the 18th state to enter the United States of America. Named in honor of Louis XIV of France, the capital ois Baton Rouge, the magnolia is its flower, the pelican is the state bird and the state tree is the bald cypress. You are My Sunshine is Louisiana’s state song. The state motto is: Union, justice and confidence.




1889 - The first national holiday in the United States was celebrated...the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration.

1900 - Train engineer Casey Jones was killed when trying to save the Cannonball Express as it barreled its way through Vaughn, MS.

1903 - Victor Records made its first Red Seal recording this day. The premiere disk featured Ada Crossley, an opera contralto.

1939 - The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was the General Pershing Zephyr.

1939- Baseball’s ‘Iron Horse,’ Lou Gehrig, played his last game with the New York Yankees.

1939 - Public Television began. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first chief executive to appear on TV. Roosevelt spoke at the opening ceremonies of the New York World’s Fair in Flushing, NY on WNBT in New York.

1940 - Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials to be the first American woman prize-fight referee.

1944 - The New York Giants whipped the Brooklyn Dodgers 26-8, which set a major-league record for runs driven in by a team in a single game.

1945 - Queen for a Day, hosted by Jack Bailey, was first heard on Mutual radio. The first Queen was Mrs. Evelyn Lane. Years later Bailey would take the show to TV for a long, popular run.

1945 - Arthur Godfrey began his CBS radio morning show. Godfrey’s show was different in that he used live talent and not records.

1947 - Boulder Dam was changed back to its original name, Hoover Dam.

1964 - The FCC stated that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF (channels 2-13) and the new UHF (channels 14-83).

1975 - Saigon fell into communist hands this day, the unofficial end of the Vietnam War.

1985 - The National Basketball Association set an all-time season attendance record as 19,506,355 fans attended games in arenas around the league.

1987 - Three more compact discs of music by The Beatles went on sale for the first time. The discs were Help!, Rubber Soul and Revolver. All became hits again for the Fab Four.


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AN~I really enjoy your Travelogue intros. since I like to travel so much myself. I say Keep 'em coming! ThumbsUp


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...as if you're above the fray. rolleyes


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Originally Posted by california rick
...as if you're above the fray. rolleyes

never said I was* - which is why I posted it here in the roundtable to have a bit of a laugh about it instead of directing it at any particular individuals so you may withdraw your rolling eyes!

*but i like to think im reasonably fact based and dont just "look at the boobies". Full disclosure i do look at boobies


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Here in Western NY we aren't much affected by the great threat posed by people who speak a different language swarming across our borders, from the north or the south (unless you count Pennsylvanians, who speak in a tongue not always readily understood in Buffalo, dere). What does pose a huge problem, however, are the rampant red-light and stop-sign runners. What if we posted sharpshooters at the most dangerous intersections to systematically pick off those dangerous drivers? Maybe we could get some cell phone users and the dreaded texters the same way. Or would that be profiling?


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AN~I really enjoy your Travelogue intros. since I like to travel so much myself. I say Keep 'em coming!
Thanks, Scout! grin If you ever feel like featuring some of the places you've been to that you liked...that would be fun, too!


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Women are whizzes at reading, and even predicting, emotion in others. And they often expect their partners to be, too. Scientists, however, have joined the men's side, saying such expectations are unreasonable for the male kind.

A nasal spray that works like a performance enhancer for empathy brain circuits could render the bickering unnecessary, a new study suggests.
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Originally Posted by Schlack
*but i like to think im reasonably fact based and dont just "look at the boobies".
...so you're trying to tell us that you look a women in the eyes as you speak to her.

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