Small town, great atmosphere

We live in Colorado outside Denver. We love exploring new places and finding fun shops to visit and great restaurants to try. This past weekend, we visited Louisville Co.

This historic downtown area is a blast. We walked around the town on a perfect, sunny Saturday and visited the shops, restaurants and Art Galleries.  Our Favorite Gallery was the Walnut Gallery at 915 Walnut St. The owner was a pleasure to meet and he showed us several pieces we really enjoyed. We also enjoyed Creative Framing Art Gallery and Dona Laurita’s Gallery  – both on Main Street.

Some of the shops we enjoyed included Gifts at Coopers Corner, Little Horse Vintage and Books and Old Friends.

We tried two different restaurants and enjoyed both!  We had a pitcher of Margaritas with chips, salsa and guacamole at Pica’s Taqueria on Front Street. Great friendly service with good guacamole and salsa. The Margaritas went down very easily and were enjoyed by our party of four.

We really enjoyed our dinner at Zucca Italian Ristorante. The wait staff was friendly, helpful and very good at what they do. The food was fresh, hot and tasty. We sat outside and enjoyed the very pleasant evening with good friends.

This is the life! Hope your weekend was as nice.


Not much choice

There has been a lot of discussion about the two candidates and the general feeling of hopelessness that many voters feel. I am one of those that feel like we are in for a tough 4 years.

Donald Trump is scary to me:

Taxes – I dont think he is a genius because he (apparently!) hasn’t paid taxes for the past 18 years. I think he used the tax code to his benefit. We all do it and that’s ok. But if there were no issues, why not release them for view? Is he afraid that others might view him in a different light?

His off the cuff mockery of a disabled journalist –  What does it say about a presidential candidate that mocks someone with a physical handicap while on a podium in front of a large crowd? Clearly not the sort of person that I want to be our next president.

His attacks are personal –  He has a history of being a bully when criticized and I fear that he will alienate other world leaders. I fear that we as a country will suffer if Trump pisses off a foreign leader. War? I don’t know,  but I don’t feel he is stable when it comes to his decisions when he doesn’t get his way.

I don’t trust Hillary Clinton:

She is untrustworthy

I believe that she lied about the attack in Benghazi and I believe that she hid emails that were received on her private email server. Apparently there are over 30,000 missing emails. What happened to them? Why did she feel it was important to take a hammer to her smart phones that may have provided more details?

So, I really don’t trust either candidate as president.

For me, it comes down to who (and which political party) do I want to select the next Supreme Court Justice’s? Both Ginsburg and Kennedy are in their 80’s and Breyer is 78. And we still haven’t replaced Scalia. We could have 4 new justices within the next four years.

It’s been a while! or … key tip for “Loginizer”!

Hi all,

It’s been a while since i posted here. I had a bit of an issue getting back into my account. I was getting notice of all these attempted brute force attacks so I set my controls to lock out after two attempts and then lock them out for over 15 days. Ha! I forgot my password and locked myself out! Took me a while to get back in and reset my security! The Loginizer plugin works great but dont forget to whitelist your own IP address?

Who Needs an E-Bike?

Have you seen some of the new E-Bikes? They are awesome! Have had one for over 7 years  and need an upgrade. Look at kick starter and search e-bike. Also search e-bike with Google. These types of bikes are a blast to ride, get you outdoors and give you some exercise.

I live in Colorado and we have so many great bike paths. These are permitted on all of them as long as you are respectful of the other riders.  What does respectful mean? Well, try not to pass sweaty folks in bike shorts and colorful jerseys riding carbon framed bikes while wearing blue jeans and flip flops (and not peddling)! ha ha.

We’re Back!

It doesn’t seem to matter where we travel – and we love to travel –  it is always great to be home.

We spent 8 great days in the Southern California beach area – exploring from LA to San Diego. We loved checking out the coastal towns and beaches. We have two favorites; Pacific beach and Laguna beach.

We love the restaurants and shops of Laguna Beach. The variety is endless and upscale. We had a great meal while sitting on the Ces’t la vie’s heated patio while watching the surfers. Top notch service and really good food for a reasonable price. Ask for James and tell him we sent you. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Pacific beach is close to San Diego and has variety to spare. We loved this beach because it is a mini Venice Beach. Lots of variety to the shops but not as crazy and crowded. We had some great drinks and food at the Pacific Beach Ale house. Service was very good. We tried the Firehouse restaurant and found the service and atmosphere to be lacking.

We stayed in Del Mar for 5 nights. Del Mar is pricey and a bit snobbish. Heck, we’re just regular folks like you and we enjoy finding small restaurants in out of the way places. one treasure was a restaurant in Encinitas called Blue Ribbon Pizzeria. No hard alcohol but the beer was cold, the wine devine and the Pizza is out of this world. They make their own sausage!

Have a favorite Southern California spot you enjoyed? Post a reply and let us know!


Everyone needs a vacation!

So Dianna and I are taking an 8 day vacation. That’s tricky if you own your own business. It is especially tricky if you own a standard brick and mortar business. We own a commercial glass company with 47 employees. So getting any time away can cause stress. Here’s how we do it:

A –  designate one person to be in charge. We choose our Director of Operations. He is a director and check signor so he has significant authority to make decisions on our behalf.

B –  Check in often. I set it up that so that if I am needed, everyone feels comfortable to call, but only if really needed. At the same time, I make a point of calling in to see if there are any issues at least every other day.

C –  It’s a brave new world out there. I monitor all my accounts and email daily from my laptop.

D –  Trust those in charge. Obviously you need to do some time spent with prep work here but it pays dividends to develop a great team that you can trust.

…. and we are off to San Diego and Del Mar.


See you soon.

Life is good and we’re busy, but I still recommend that you don’t buy a Lennar home!

Well it’s been almost two months since we moved into our new Lennar home. The frustration continues. Service is poor at best!. The person that was in charge of warranty has moved on so now I’m asked to log into a webpage to request a warranty service. The fact is that almost all my concerns have to do with the initial construction. The person that i was dealing with on some of the original repairs has asked me to use email for all fu

Here are some highlights: The wall next to the refrigerator is almost 2 1/2 inches out of plumb. The repair will affect the wall framing, the hardwood floor, the electrical switches, drywall, texture and paint.

The entire driveway has to be replaced. It has chips, cracks and is flaking off. When they poured the driveway, they either neglected to install a pipe under it to allow the irrigation pipes to meet the irrigation header (or it was damaged during construction). this means that my entire irrigation system runs around the back of my house, adding at least 75′ of additional hose. The pressure will be significantly less.

Irrigation system doesnt work. See above. When the driveway is repaired, the landscapers will have to come back and run new tubing to the irrigation header. This means they will rip up my front yard, back yard and the landscaping along the side of the driveway.

Still have two banister posts that are unpainted.

This is all still waiting to be fixed – Two months after closing.

I think that Lennar home builders are terrible!!

Don’t buy from Lennar!


Really? A new 30 year mortgage at age 63?

My wife and I closed on our new home last week and finally got moved in.

As we begin this new chapter in our life, we contemplate the idea of taking on a mortgage of 30 years. I will be 63 in less than a month and my first payment is due on my birthday. 30 years from now, I will be 93. Sure hope I’m around to make that payment but odds are that I won’t be. Are we crazy?

What are our choices. Live in an apartment for the rest of our lives? Should we have stayed in our two bedroom condo that was not paid off?

It’s crazy to think about it sometimes.