Thanks for the chuckles from This Week in History
I finally got my first car with the tire pressure gizmo you included for the 1932 entry in Walsenburg History! After almost 60 years of checking tires from the outside in all kinds of weather and it started there. Mine’s a ’17 Hyundai with a digital readout. My last car (’12 Hyundai) had a similar feature but didn’t tell you which tire was low.
Thanks for the chuckle! ~Doug Hargrove Evans, CO
Please keep your cows off my fence!
I am a property owner in the area of Lascar and Bennett Roads:
Over time I’ve noticed that cattle have been grazing on my property. In the interest of being a good neighbor I have not attempted to determine who owns the cattle or to complain. However, the cattle continue to damage the fencing on the property.
If you graze cattle in this area, please do your best to keep them on your property to prevent any further damage to my fence.
Thank you. Best Regards ~Douglas Rodriguez Huerfano
Cold shoulder from City Administrator
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Orr:
I would like you to know, I went to the Walsenburg City Hall yesterday in hopes of seeking some thoughts and guidance from the current City Administrator. Needless to say I have never ever experienced the abrupt treatment that was displayed by a government official. I had to stay out in the hallway. She came out from a locked security area, as you are apparently not permitted to enter the locked area. Our citizens used to come and talk to the City Clerk, who would then direct you to the person whom you would like to talk to. It certainly gives one a cold feeling, like you are entering a city jail.
I came to discuss a suggestion that one of our new members had offered, that would not only help alleviate some of the expense the city faces, in mailing out the utility bills to its customers. It was related to seeing if an announcement about our Wednesday Bingo game could be included in the bills. But no, all she as much as informed me was the postage costs somewhere around $800 and she wouldn’t be interested in the idea anyway. An offer was made, that our organization could even furnish the paper. But no, only the cold shoulder treatment was displayed by the City Administrator.
Knowing full well, remembering in the past, the City has worked with other non profits, thus developing a very close rapport with the citizens who volunteer in giving their time and effort to the community, I was taken aback. She never even offered or suggested any alternatives. Something seems to have gone amiss, with the method of communication happening here in our city and I sincerely urge the City Council to take note of what is going on.
I remain sincerely, ~Gordon W. Grogan Walsenburg, CO
What does your 20 year old mind tell your 50+ year old body?
I have always remembered what my Aunt told me when she grew old, “I still feel like I am 20 years old in my mind, but my body has other ideas”. Our minds want to do all the things we did when we were young, and we push ourselves to follow that path. It is disappointing when we can’t.
Recently, I had a conversation with a 38 year old guy who thought the guys he worked with back when he was in his 20’s, (in construction) who were in their late 30’s, were cry babies when their backs would get sore and they would complain about it. Now, he says, he gets it! Even at 38.
A while ago, I came up with a good analogy for the mind trying to tell the rest of the body what to do.
I told a friend that he should think of his body as a democracy, and not let his head be the dictator and expect everything below the neck to keep up with it’s wild demands and possible abuse.
Our bodies are a lot smarter than our minds much of the time and it will tell you all you need to know about what you are trying to do to it. It will revolt and all you have to do is listen to it. Kind of like telling the doctor “it hurts when I do that” … and he or she says… “then don’t do that!”
Although, not that simple to do or accept, but it is worth thinking about.
That is not to say that you shouldn’t do do as many things as you can, as long as they don’t hurt you.
As I get older, I find I am feeling like my body can’t always keep up with my mind since I am very active and want to do anything I set out to do. I did a lot of running in my life, and now I can’t and it is very frustrating.
All we have is the present, and it is a gift if we see it that way, and look for any little thing that makes our days happy and full. Just let your entire self, from head to toe have voice when you engage in life to its fullest. ~Marie Whitmarsh Walsenburg
I’ve Got the Power
No one ever said that living in rural Colorado would be easy. Those of us, who have spent the majority of our lives here, know that very well.
There are pros and cons. In the “Pro Column” is the natural beauty we are blessed with- the Spanish Peaks, wildlife, stunning views, gorgeous sunrises/sunsets and a slower pace of life. In the “Con Column”, we are pretty rural or rugged, which in turn means that it can be difficult for help to “get to you”. That’s about it for the cons, unless you want to talk about power outages.
City people have electricity on demand. If there is an outage, it can usually be rectified quickly. Here in rural southern Colorado a week to restore power is a norm.
It hasn’t always been that way. In my 48 years here, power outages were common, lasting usually less than three hours. We lose power in wind storms, snow storms and in rain storms, and when the guy down the street hit the pole trying to turn into his yard, so, we don’t freak out when the lights go out. Or at least we used to not freak out.
In the past few years when our power goes out it usually means days instead of hours. … As long as I can remember we have had heavy wet spring snows, but I don’t remember going days without power. So, if the weather hasn’t changed something with the lines or poles must have.
Are they old and weakened from all the years being abused by the high winds and blistering snows? But as I understand it, the poles are regularly checked and replaced. Are there more people on the grid in our area? People have been moving here, where there used to be one house on 2,000 acres now there are 10 or more.
Nevertheless, there has to be an explanation for these outages that are taking longer and longer to repair.
When 100 or more poles go down in a service area, it makes one wonder. I am very appreciative of the linemen and the crews, who have been working night and day to get power restored.
Many people here own 4 wheel drive vehicles or at a minimum all-wheel drive vehicles and we have an alternative form of heat. This past weekend I went to Big R for a generator, because “days without power” is the new norm and I cannot afford to lose my freezer or refrigerator again.
So, while snow brings a peacefulness to the world and sounds are muted especially if the power goes out… it now brings the hum of generators and the dash to get more gas before they close the highways. Happy second winter everyone and remember… you too can have the power… if you get a generator. ~Eva Benine Aguilar