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Thirteen Things about Why Audra Loves Colorado

1. Our Family lives there 2. It cools off at night 3. Starbucks 4. Summer 5.Church in the Wildwood 6.Patsy’s Candies 7. It’s an 85 minute flight from AZ 8.Visiting at Christmas 9. The Denver Broncos 10. The Farmer’s Market 11. Our boys were all born in Denver 12. Real Mountains 13. Oh, Starbucks again!

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Class of 1988

I’m in Colorado for my 20th High School Reunion.  I wish I could post pictures, but I’m not on my computer.

We have had so much fun and the changes in some people have been surprising. Today there was a picnic and we got to meet everyone’s kids.  There were beautiful children there and some great lookin significant other’s too!

It’s great to be out of the 109 degree heat. I was literally cold last night, as we had an extended happy hour on the deck of our local bar.  I also can’t breathe at this altitude, something about it is so embarrassing.  I’ll come up from the basement at my mom’s house and I have to stop, lean over and put my hands on my knees, gasping for breath.  Maybe it’s not quite that bad, but it takes me about 30 seconds to get my breath and be able to have a full conversation. 

Why is it embarrassing that I live at sea level and am not used to the altitude?  No idea….just the implication that I’m so out of shape is almost funny to me.  Almost. 

What’s really embarrassing is that a beautiful woman and I had on the exact same shirt from White House Black Market at the happy hour last night.  This wasn’t a huge gathering mind you, we had a small graduating class of 99 people and about half showed up. She and I just made the best of it….what else could we do.  It sure brought back the memories of Prom’s, graduations and dances, where two girls were wearing the same thing. So actually I think it was more of a great catalyst than an embarrassment.

Beach Time

Last week in Arizona it was 108.  It was miserable.  Yesterday and today it was in the 60s.  We are all freezing, but loving getting the sweatshirts and pants back out for one more weekend.  We drove to San Diego today and at some points, the outdoor temps read 52 degrees.  It is raining and really cold here, but there isn’t much that can bother me when I am at the beach.  The really weird thing though, is that EVERYONE keeps apologizing for the weather.  Like they are all taking personal responsibility for it.  Everyone pities us and gives us a sad look,apologizes repeatedly, like they know a secret we don’t.  Maybe it’s never, ever going to clear up here.

That reminds me of another misguided sympathy situation I encountered on Wednesday.  I took my new phone, which shall remain nameless, suffice it to say it’s not an iPhone, and tried to return it because it kept freezing up.  Since I was two days past the 30 day mark, they have to send me a new one, not just switch it out.  Whatever.  Glad I made that trip.  Anyway, the gentleman helping me looked at my phone with pity in his eyes.  "You don’t text, answer the phone and be on the Internet at the same time, do you?" he asked.  I said I do, and he said that no phone could possibly handle that kind of stress.  He then looked at my phone sadly and I really thought he was going to take it in his arms, pat it, and tell it the bad lady wouldn’t be hurting it anymore. It was pathetic. 

I then informed him that I was quite sure an iPhone could handle everything I’ve got, and then some. He just winked. 


Monday_moments Kia Check out this little bad boy.  It’s a mini station wagon.  RocktheDesert and I got crazy and are tooling around Nashville in one of these wild machines.  It’s only ours for a couple more days though…..Ours doesn’t really look like a taxi, in that it’s blue and we don’t want anyone to notice us in it. At the car rental place, the woman asked if an "Akiarrando" would be okay with us.  We both said "What?"  And then agreed to our unknown little Spanish mobile.  Turns out she was saying a "KIA Rondo."  Didn’t know they still made Kia’s.  Looking forward to driving my HondaRondo when I get back home.

We are having a great time in Franklin, Tennessee.  Met several of our fellow conference attendees tonight and had an awesome dinner at Pueblo Viejo.  Some of the best tacquitos I have had in a long time, and don’t even get me started on the Mango Margarita.  Incredible.

Tomorrow it’s Lifework 2.0 – translation, I plan to rock my clients and fans digital world in the next few weeks.

Hang on, because I promise it will be wilder than your best ride in an Akiarondo.

This post is part of Monday Moments (MoMo) with Marty Holman.  Check out other true stories here.

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