May 10 — Northwest of 17th & Main

North of 17th, west of Main, south of 21st, east of Gay

Started out at 57 degrees…. was 62 when I finished up about 3 hours later.

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The streets in the southwest area of today’s walk deal with upper-class females… Queens, Princess, Duchess, and Countess.  The are all in the area of Gay Street, a coincidence which probably didn’t have the innuendos that may exist today.  It appears that the street was named after Sydney Howard Gay, a Chicago journalist that never actually lived in Longmont, but supported the early Chicago Colony.

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Sydney Howard Gay (Times-Call article on street names in Longmont)

Queen is one of my favorite rock groups of all times.  It was fronted by Freddie Mercury, who is one of the top rock vocalists of all time, and perhaps the top theatrical frontman for a group.  He was born on Zanzibar, off the east coast of Africa.

Brian May, the lead guitarist for Queen, later went on to get a PhD in astrophysics!

Queen wiki

Freddy Mercury wiki

Brian May wiki

Queen at Wembly Live Aid concert 1985 youtube (25 minutes long, but good)  (Mercury died of AIDS in 1991)

The Heroes monument is at Northridge Elementary.  I recognized the names of James Hamm and Stephen Day, of the Vietnam era, who have parks named after them which I have covered in previous  blogs.  ”Doc” Christopher Anderson was killed in Iraq, and I went to his funeral at Grace Evangelical Free Church a few years ago.   Vance Brand is still alive as of this writing… he is an astronaut who grew up in Longmont, and the auditorium at Skyline HS is named after him.

 

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This looks like it may have been influenced by Nepalese prayer flags…  or maybe there were just a lot of handkerchiefs in today’s laundry…

Nepal prayer flags wiki

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Some results of the roughly half-inch of rain we had just a day before…

Mushroom on display

Mushroom on display

 

and at the base of the stump

and at the base of the stump

it almost seems like these gutter earthworms are spelling something

it almost seems like these gutter earthworms are spelling something… perhaps in Arabic?!?

 

At the Longmont Museum…

Longmont Museum website

This is a bus stop...

This is a bus stop…

 

... and this is NOT a bus stop

… and this is NOT a bus stop

 

Several dental offices in today’s area, including Dental Aid…

but the Three Stooges poster (from inside Bingo Alley) is IN NO WAY indicative of the quality of dental care there…..

By the way, Bingo Alley has been remodeled since I’ve been in there, and seems like a very nice place… Jennifer & I thought we should go there sometime soon….

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Bingo Alley activities

Bingo Alley activities

 

Bingo Alley dental technique

Bingo Alley dental technique

I like this mailbox… and the owner was out doing garden work as I went by.  He said he built it himself (even though he is not a brick mason).  I would say he did a very good job!!

Mailbox of the Day

Mailbox of the Day

 

There seems to be something a little redundant with this Dairy Queen sign.. it’s either $5 lunch, or 5 buck lunch.   To be a $5 buck lunch just confuses me…

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Total for today:  17,200  steps, 3:09 time

No new state license plate… but one from Durango, Mexico!!!

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WayFM.com

WayFM.com

nice architecture

nice architecture

Dog on the loose...

Dog on the loose…

I think Josh is a last name... but maybe first

I think Josh is a last name… but maybe first

Longmont United Soccer at Northridge Elementary

Longmont United Soccer at Northridge Elementary

Garden Square

Garden Square

 

another Husker fan

another Husker fan

 

Free for the taking...

Free for the taking…

 

the dandelions are always yellower on the other side of the fence

the dandelions are always yellower on the other side of the fence

 

seems like there should be a window here...

seems like there should be a window here…

 

Portal  of the Day

Portal of the Day

 

A strange place for a fire hydrant

A strange place for a fire hydrant

 

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There was a 7-county Nebraska car parker outside... Nebraska is The Good Life

There was a 7-county Nebraska car parked outside… but Nebraska is The Good Life

 

Pennsylvania license plate... why???

Pennsylvania license plate… why???

 

Spring is here at last!!

Spring is here at last!!

 

 

my first penguin while walking Longmont

my first penguin while walking Longmont

 

Don't lose your head about it...

Don’t lose your head about it…

 

Cottage School (used to be Kindercare when my daughter went there)

Cottage School (used to be Kindercare when my daughter went there)

 

Lost pet

Lost pet

 

Longmont Florist North

Longmont Florist North

 

One thought on “May 10 — Northwest of 17th & Main

  1. It was fun to be able to join you for part of your walk today. You always make it interesting, even if it seems like a part of town that isn’t that colorful.

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