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Make it 11!

Monday, October 24, 2005 9:12 AM

Last night at Invesco Field, my high school band won the Colorado Bandmaster's Association 5A State Championship for the 11th time in the past 12 years.  The streak started in my sophomore year, 1994, and the only blemish is a 2nd place finish in the 1997 competition.  The Pomona program, "Piano Forte from middle C on....." beat out a stronger than expected challenge from Arapahoe High School to claim the title.  Congratulations to the state champion Pomona High School Marching Band!
 
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Western New York

Thursday, October 20, 2005 10:54 PM

This past weekend I went to visit Andrea in Buffalo.  On Saturday we slept in because I had arrived so late on Friday night and then we drove to Rochester to tour the Susan B. Anthony House.  After the tour, we drove back to Buffalo and had dinner before going to see Wallace and Gromit.  Sunday we got up early and then went on the Chautauqua Wine Trail tour through western New York and northeast Pennsylvania.  After we finished the wine trail, we drove up NY-5 back to Buffalo which was a gorgeous drive along Lake Erie with the leaves turning.  We had dinner at Scotch-n-Sirloin before returning to her apartment and spending the rest of the night hanging out with her roommate and her roommate's friends.  Monday we got up and Andrea made quiche and then we just relaxed before I had to go back to the airport for my trip back.  I only made it halfway because my flight from Philadelphia to Denver was overbooked by 30 people, so I took their free round trip offer and stayed overnight before returning to Denver on Tuesday morning.  It was a good trip and we both enjoyed the visit.  Photos from the weekend are on my Photo Page.
 
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Happy 85th Birthday Grandma Church!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:11 PM

Today my Grandma Church turned 85.  She is truly an incredible woman and  I am blessed to be her grandson.  Happy Birthday Grandma Church!
 
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Weapons to Wildlife

Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:58 AM

Rocky Flats 1998-2006

The Rocky Mountain News has an article this morning talking about the final stages of the cleanup at Rocky Flats.  Kaiser-Hill will declare physical completion any day now, beginning the process of inspections by the DOE and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.  When I started working there in 1998, there were nearly 800 buildings still standing along with all of the support infrastructure of a small city, and now the site has returned to the prairie from which it was built.  By the time I left in August of this year, there were only 6 buildings left and the vast majority of the site had been returned to prairie.  With the closure, Rocky Flats will carry the distinction of being the first nuclear weapons facility in the world to be completely cleaned up and demolished.  Read more in today's Rocky Mountain News.

Update: The Denver Post is reporting that Kaiser-Hill has declared physical completion of the Rocky Flats cleanup today.  At this point the DOE has 90 days to formally accept the project and ask Kaiser-Hill to address any concerns. 

 
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Photo Map

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:24 PM

I've published my new Photo Map.  The map uses Google Maps to show all of the places I've been and the photos I took there.  Click on any of the camera icons to see an example photo and category name.  The green icons indicate new pictures within the past 30 days.  Check it out!
 
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Last Radioactive Shipment Leaves Rocky Flats

Saturday, October 8, 2005 10:55 AM

Yesterday, the last of more than 62,000 shipments of radioactive waste left Rocky Flats, signaling another milestone in the closure.  Within the next 2 weeks, the reseeding and regrading operations should be complete, finishing the cleanup and closure project and marking the end of an era for the Denver metro area.  Read more at the Rocky Mountain News.

 
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  • Suzie 10/12/200511:42 PM It's great that the RADIOACTIVE WASTE is leaving Rocky Flats!  My question is, where is it going? (Not my neighborhood, I hope.)

Hockey's Back!

Wednesday, October 5, 2005 2:25 PM

Colorado Avalanche 10th Anniversary Hockey's finally back!  The lockout is over and it's time to get back to playing games that matter.  Tonight at 8 PM Mountain, the Colorado Avalanche will drop the puck on their 10th season in Denver versus the Edmonton Oilers.  It will be interesting to see if the supposed crackdown on obstruction continues.  I, for one, won't be convinced until I see them call the penalties in the final minute of a playoff game, but for now it's time to enjoy hockey again.  Go Avs!
 
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Austin

Tuesday, October 4, 2005 10:59 AM

This past weekend I travelled to Austin, TX for the first time to visit my best friend, Greg.  Despite airline delays on both ends of the weekend, it was a good, relaxing weekend.  We spent most of the time playing NCAA Football 06, Civilization 3, and NHL 2K6.  On Saturday, Greg also took me on a brief tour of Austin where we went to the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas campus.  On the tour I was struck by how amazingly bad the traffic is in this city that is half the size of Denver, though it is much more spread out, and also the sheer number of bronze statues scattered through downtown and the UT campus.   All in all it was a good relaxing weekend and we had a good time just hanging out.  Photos from the weekend are on my photo page.

 
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