Friday, October 24, 2014

A visit with Jane

Saturday, just afternoon, I found myself in the park behind Boulder High School.  The Maple trees were holding onto their yellow, orange and red colors.  It was cool and overcast with a chance of rain in the forecast.  Walking on the creek path, going in the opposite direction, was my Sunshine neighbor, Jane.  She was wearing a light jacket and had her brunette hair tied back in a pony tail.  She had a rather strange look on her face.
            I asked her what she had been up to lately.  She said she had been fighting the computer system at the State Department of Transportation.  She had recently applied for a new driver’s license that had to be mailed to her.  When it arrived she looked at it for a quick review.  Jane told me that the giant electronic wizard, the know-it-all IBM master computer; the savior of the massive amounts of data that the state holds on us made a small mistake.  Her license had her date of birth correct, had her hair and eye color correct; even her weight and height correct.  Everything was correct except her name.  Her license called her John instead of Jane.

She immediately called the Department of Transportation and informed them of the mistake.  The person on the other end of the phone said she had the correct form to deal with the issue and would promptly mail it to Jane.  It arrived the next day.  Jane completed the form and returned it.  Two days later an envelope arrived.  Enclosed was a sticker to be attached to the back of the driver’s license.  It states that, in the eyes of the state, her name has officially been changed from John to Jane.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunshine Arts & Craft Show

The Sunshine Schoolhouse

Annual Arts & Crafts Show

Featuring the work of local residents!

Date:   Saturday, October 18,  and
              Sunday, October 19, 2014

              Free Admission & Refreshments!

Time:   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days

Place:   Historical SUNSHINE SCHOOL  

387 County Road 83
Sunshine Canyon
Boulder, Colorado 80302

·        At Mapleton Ave. & 4th St.  proceed up into Sunshine Canyon approximately 5 ½ miles, turn right on to County Road 83, proceed straight ahead for about ½ mile, schoolhouse will be on your left.  You can’t miss it! 
For inquiries contact:                                 
Janice Wheeler    303.442.0657
Dee Spencer       303.443.0121

          10% of all sales will go to the Sunshine School & Cemetery Fund.

Cash & Checks only, please.

Monday, October 6, 2014

2014 Great American Beer Festival

Congratulations to our Sunshine neighbors, Jean and Paul for another Superb Beer Festival.  Danny Williams is smiling down upon us.

This is from my post of

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday House Warming

For those of you who have followed my journal for the last four or five years know that our community of Sunshine was, at one time, a booming gold mine town. The Gold played out and the war came along. The Gold Mines shut down. The shafts and tunnels are still here. So what does one do with an abandoned mine tunnel? Our friend Danny stores his beer in there. The temperature is a constant 54 degrees, summer and winter. Danny is a well known beerconnoisseur. This picture was published some time ago in the New York Times. An article about him showed up in an Australian news paper declaring his as a "popular bloat". Danny loves his beer. He even has an attachment to his small pick-up truck that he takes to local functions. The attachment holds 3 kegs of beer, all on tap.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Visiting John

I ran up to Cheyenne this evening.  My brother, John, is back in the hospital.  His heart again.  Anyway, I had one of those "OMG" moments while driving north on I-25, just south of the Wyoming, Colorado border.  The countryside is rather barren.  Mostly gentle rolling hills covered with prairie grass.  No trees, no houses, no people, nothing, just grass, wind and blue skies.  Sometimes you will see antelope and a few cattle, mostly white face herefords.  This evening, just as the sun was setting, I saw something I had only dreamt about.  You would think it would be an everyday thing.  Growing up in Wyoming,you would think this event would not surprise me. But it did.  It was very common in the western plains before the white man moved in.  It was a herd of buffalo grazing for their evening meal.  I had seen paintings, even movies of this event.  But, for the 1st time in my life, there it was.  A large herd of buffalo,  They are a majestic animal.
Please pray for John.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Mayor's doing well

Here's Chris, the mayor (on the right), and some Sunshine residents enjoying an evening.  His by-pass was very successful.  He went home two days after the surgery.  He must have been felling good enough to start telling I believe they kicked him out.  We're happy all went well.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Mayor

I received news yesterday that Sunshine's mayor, Chris was taken to the hospital and had quadruple by-pass surgery.  He is much loved.  The surgery went well and he should be going home in the next few days.  As the mayor, Chris has, for years, hosted an informal Friday Afternoon Club at his humble little cottage.  Neighbors just stop in every Friday for stories, comradery  and, maybe just a little booze.  Chris loves to make others feel at home, so much so that, after taking him to the hospital the group of them (20 to 30) returned to Chris' and continued the FAC.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Walkie Talkies

The fire may have taken away our houses but it didn't take away our neighborhood.  Almost every morning a group of women can be found walking along County Road 83.  Some days the group is relatively small, others days, very large (especially if some of the husbands join).  The topics of conversation can vary, and yes, they do talk politics.  They call themselves the "Walkie Talkies" and for a good reason.  Once the conversation starts, it doesn't stop.  Join in?..... not if you're a man.  I have first hand knowledge, I tried once.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

After three and a half years, it's time to rebuild.