January 19 — Academia

I like this guy.. but he can  use some dental work!!

I like this guy.. but he can use some dental work!!

North of Mountain View, west of Harvard, south of 17th/Northwestern Rd., east of Airport Rd.

I wimped out today… was planning on walking everything between Hover and Airport Road, and Mountain View and 17th.  Instead, I covered west of Harvard, and south of 17th/Northwestern Rd.  I walked some of Longmont Supply Ditch, Elmhurst Drive, and Belmont, but I will save that for another  post.

My dear wife Jennifer met me at the end of my walk and drove me to Carl’s Jr. at 18th and Hover.  I may have been a little dehydrated at that point, so it was a nice break.

Why did I call this Academia??  Because the street names here were largely universities.  I don’t know IvyLeague 008

Petrified wood tree trunk?

Petrified wood tree trunk?

 

 

Face-off with a squirrel... the squirrel won!

Face-off with a squirrel… the squirrel won!

 

Student Art

Student Art

 

Underpass to Westview MS

Underpass to Westview MS

17th Ave. also has a nice "Mountain View"

17th Ave. also has a nice “Mountain View”

 

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

 

Halo of Flies youtube

A cool mailbox

A cool mailbox

 

Buddha?

Buddha?

 

Vegetation of the Day

Vegetation of the Day

 

three mega-trees

three mega-trees

stone fence posts ala Central Kansas

stone fence posts ala Central Kansas

 

Ever faithful

Ever faithful

I believe this is the oldest car I've met so far on my walks.

I believe this is the oldest car I’ve met so far on my walks.

Bumper sticker of the day  --- Good Advice!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Bumper sticker of the day — Good Advice!

if the subdivision itself actually has a name.  But the streets are Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Vassar, Columbia, Brown, Radcliffe, Stanford, etc,  Purdue, Grinnel and Bryn Mawr,  are south of Mountain View, which I will cover another day.   Baylor is also thrown in there, which seems to be a little out of the norm, geographically.

A weird little aside — a home near 17th and Airport Road has a street sign saying “Zlaten Drive” on it’s back porch. But Zlaten Drive is in south-east  Longmont… pretty much the polar opposite side of this side of town.

A sidewalk near Radcliffe had “Alice Cooper” engraved into the sidewalk.  I was a little surprised to see this, since I didn’t think Alice Cooper had been very big since the 1980′s.  Alice Cooper became the stage name for Vince Furnier, who eventually became a fairly conservative born-again Christian / golfer, who I believe lives in Phoenix, AZ, now.  I went to one or two of his concerts back in Lincoln, NE, during my college years.  Among his best-known songs are “School’s Out”, “Billion Dollar Baby”, and “Elected”.  My favorite was always “Halo of Flies”, which is one of my favorite rock anthems of all tie.  About 8 minutes long.  I never really knew what it was about… always vaguely reminded me of “Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding . Turns out it was kind of about espionage / James Bond kind of theme.  I always like the “Favorite Things” nod to “Sound of Music” thrown in to the middle of it.  Although I always thought the lyrics  were “I’ve got a watch that turns into a light bulb”. when I look it up today, I guess it is a lifeboat rather than a light bulb. Anyway, I still like the song.

There were two houses that had stone fence posts out front.  Jennifer’s grandma Isabelle had grown up in this area of central Kansas, and I know once we tried to retrieve one of these fence posts from her house.  I remember it was VERY heavy… I don’t remember what  happened to it.

As I was riding my bike home, someone yelled out to me from their car “Go, Longmont Streetwalker, go!!”.  I think it may have been J. Sierra, but I”m not sure.  It may be tough for me to handle the celebrity lifestyle!!?!

Total for today:  20,500 steps, 3:15 time —plus about 40 minutes biking

One thought on “January 19 — Academia

  1. You’ll always be a Rock Star to me, Mark! You didn’t mention that although I did pick you up and take you to Carl’s Jr for a late lunch, you insisted on going right back to where you’d parked your bicycle near Hover Home, and riding it home.

    And about that statue.. I’d be glad to do some free dental work if they want to bring it in to my office! Some plastic teeth to fill in the gaps?

    And I don’t think that walking for over four hours is “wimping out”

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