I was in Steamboat Springs Thursday evening and missed the Bronco game but understand that our pseudo team played well for a win. Can’t wait to see the real team on the field but they will not have had the experience of real play. I find the pre-seasons games a waste of time and ticket money. Play the practice games but quit charging the ticket holders for those four practice games.
Didn’t attend the CU/CSU game on Friday night. Being CSU alumni, Gerri and I were cheering for the green and gold. But we have a son and daughter who graduated from CU, so we have a financial stake in that great University. Also, two other daughters we attended CSU. I have mixed feelings about the two teams squaring off every year and tagging one or the other school with a loss. That means no undefeated seasons for one or the other teams. Not that we may ever face that situation, but I hate to see either team lose. I’ve advocated for years that CSU should be in the Big 12, filling the gap when CU went to the PAC 12.
Why do we have Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, all of the Midwest “state” schools, but not Colorado State. Instead we play a widespread schedule of Mountain West teams that usually are not top contenders. CSU now has the stadium and should move to Big 12.
My impression of the game Friday night is that these are two fine teams that will have good winning seasons.
For many years I would go to CSU and CU games with George Wafer, a CSU alum who graduated from East High School. He attended CSU and was an SAE fraternity member. Took a break from “Aggies” and joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served a tour as a military police officer. He returned to CSU, then had a successful Denver career in commercial real estate. His son Mike followed in his footsteps.
George and his wife Susan raised though bred horses and raced them at Centennial race track with Susan still racing the horses after George’s passed away several years ago.
One fall we drove to Ft. Collins in a cold blizzard day and sat through an icy game and then drove down to Boulder for another chilly game, two in one day in freezing weather. Mike rode shotgun with these two old football fools. I miss George a lot!
I’m still putting together a unique experience of attending a 21st birthday party for Vickie Dow’s horse out South of Parker on a horse ranch with other horse owners also celebrating their equine horse’s birthdays. These are pampered horses that are spoiled rotten by their female owners.
I enjoyed playing a family game of poker at the Saddle Rock golf course Tuesday night. I joined several family members in the free, prize only play and had my two kings beat by two pair to send me home early. Poker is kind of like life, you never know what the next card will be dealt, good or bad.
Saturday night we attended a “Strawberry” party at the home of vivacious Diane Bartlett who knows how to round up her friends and throw a backyard potluck scrumptious dinner. Enjoyed visiting with Ed Novak who is one of Denver’s icons in the restaurant business. He and his wife Gayle Novak and son Zane, own and operate Zane’s Italian Bistro in Marina Square. The best place in the world to feast on Italian cuisine. Ed relates that chicken parmesan is the number one selling dish on his menu.
His former Summit Steak house was sold to other owners several years back and will now become a Kum and Go service station on that former well-known steakhouse site.
We talked about all of the new restaurants opening every day. How long with this trend last? Zane’s is doing fabulous with Ed, Gayle and Zane providing quality Italian food with bargain prices.
Also had a good chat with Dave Weisberg who is teaching a class on computer history. He knows the history as an MIT graduate and technical writer and corporate executive. We wonder what is coming next in the world of computers and smart phones.
Labor Day is a salute to our labor force in America who are the men and women who have toiled to make the free enterprise system successful. Without the hard work of labor, America would still be in the dark ages. A fitting day to honor those who work at all jobs to make our nation great.
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