February 19 — Kiteley neighborhood

North of 9th, west of railroad tracks, south of Mountain View, east of Main

Today I walked another older neighborhood.  It looks to  me like the house on the Kiteley Neighborhood is based on the house pictured below it.  Jennifer always loves this house… but I always tell her I picture it might be a maintenance headache.

The picture yet below that is what Jennifer has always told me is a Frank Lloyd Wright house.  Note the ‘W’ in the brick.  But we looked it up, and found somewhere that said it is merely styled after Wright’s architecture.

today's neighborhood

today’s neighborhood

 

View from the south

View from the south

Kiteley house?

Kiteley house ===  view from the west

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

 

I can’t say I’m a huge cat person, but I really like this cat web site….

Cat lover web site..

in the catbird seat

in the catbird seat

I covered a fairly large area today, but there were a fair number of business areas and a few parks that took up some of the walking area.  I thought I might be missing some alleys or something because my map had some large areas west of the houses on Collyer between 11th and Mountain View.  But it turns out that these are some houses with really spacious back yards.

I was the grassy area south of Spangler Park was just an extension of that park, but it turns out that it’s actually a private area owned by The Meadows, a housing community I wasn’t familiar with.

The Meadows

The Meadows

 

Marian B. had told me that there was another ‘ski fence’ in this area, so I was excited when I found it.       See my January 27 post for the other ‘ski fence’.

Ski Fence # 2

Ski Fence # 2

In my January 19 post, I have a photo of ‘Alice Cooper’ inscribed into the sidewalk.  Today I found “Insane Clown Posse’ in the cement.  I don’t know much about them, except that they wear pretty crazy make-up.  And I always thought it was a group of 5 or 6 people, but  looking it up today it appears it’s just two people.

What causes teenage boys to feel the need to immortalize their favorite band by writing their names in concrete?  And why do you never see Barry Manilow or Phoebe Snow getting the same respect??!?

Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

Strangely enough, the VERY FIRST picture I took today had a dental chair in it — and it looks like it’s in pretty good shape.  And I didn’t even realize until I got home and looked at my pictures that it was there.  I took it because of the KISS RD and other signs.

Back yard dental office

Back yard dental office

I found a cool puzzle in the sidewalk by Athletic Field Park, right east of the Boulder County Courthouse at 11th and Main.  Never knew it was there before.  If you’re interested in solving it, and you get stuck, there’s a hint at the very end of this blog.  Then I will  put the solution (a solution) on a ‘digression’ post on February 24.

In case you’re having trouble reading all the numbers in the 7 x 7 grid, here they are, top to bottom:

6 2 5 2 5 5 2     1 5 1 4 3 3 4   6 2 3 3 3 5 5   5 4 4 0 4 4 4   6 2 1 4 4 2 2   4 3 3 5 3 3 2   6 2 1 6 1 5 5

Sidewallk  puzzle

Sidewallk puzzle

Puzzle instructions

Puzzle instructions

Angel in the Window

Angel in the Window

Neighborhood garden/park

Neighborhood garden/park

 

In the park; tepee

In the park; tepee

 

Everybody off the train.... this is the end of the line!

Everybody off the train…. this is the end of the line!

 

An old kiln? or barbecue grill?

An old kiln? or smokehouse??

 

wooden gate

wooden gate

 

a huge tree

a huge tree

 

a little bird told me

a little bird told me

church architecture

church architecture

 

old brick shed

old brick shed

 

intertwined tree trunks

intertwined tree trunks

 

Artistic composting

Artistic composting

 

Fanciest kid's playhouse I've ever seen!

Fanciest kid’s playhouse I’ve ever seen!

 

Bubble rock wall

Bubble rock wall

 

Old Longmont Jail across Main

Old Longmont Jail across Main

 

 

This dog looked the size of a small pony

This dog looked the size of a small pony

 

Car cut in half --- and a working green light

Car cut in half — and a working green light

 

I wouldn't want to walk down this alley after midnight

I wouldn’t want to walk down this alley after midnight

 

Portal  of the day

Portal of the day

 

Old barn

Old barn

 

Jennifer came by to say 'hi' near the end of my walk

Jennifer came by to say ‘hi’ near the end of my walk

 

Total for today:  21,170 steps, 4:02 time

HINT for sidewalk number problem.  This is a pretty difficult problem if you try it in a straightforward approach.  But this one of those cases where if you work backwards from your goal, it is much easier.

SPOILER ALERT:  I will go into a little more detail about the hint here.  If you don’t want that, avert your eyes.

You want to end up on the zero in the middle.  If you look a little while, you will notice that there is only one square which will take you to the zero.  Then, if you look at that square, you will see that there is also only one square that will take you there.

Complete solution is given on the February 24 post ‘Diversion — sidewalk math puzzle’

 

 

4 thoughts on “February 19 — Kiteley neighborhood

  1. Thanks for the hint of working backwards with the number challenge. That does work MUCH better! I do want to mention that just as I pulled over, when I found you, our son, NIck, called. So I wasn’t actually driving and talking on a cell phone at the same time!

  2. Mark – my favorite pic on this post is of the ski fence – reminds me on a recent HGTV show they had Adirondack chairs (one of my favorite things) where the backs were made out of cut down skis, very cute & perfect for CO ski country! Also enjoyed your thought provoking comments on why Barry Manilow is never memorialized in concrete, may have to mull that one over for a while – RMc

  3. i did not know the town of Longmont was so cool. I loved all the photos and enjoyed your writings. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in March.

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