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Colfax on the Rocks

Although I’d had enough scotch to get me through last night, a Brazilian friend of mine and I decided we’d check out Sancho’s Broken Arrow for one last drink. We were cutting through an alley at Colfax and Humboldt when we heard a ruckus -- after which a young woman told us that two guys out in the street were launching boulders at cars. Since I live in the neighborhood, I ran in the direction of the disturbance to see firsthand what was really going down. Before I made it to the street, I saw a very large man with a 25-pound boulder high overhead.

“Are you guys smashing cars?” I asked.

“No man, we’re just bowling, like the Flintstones. Bedrock,” he said as he hurled the boulder down the alley, sparks shooting off the pavement.

I called bullshit.

Impulsively, I ran away, then cut around a tattoo shop and doubled back to see what kind of damage they were causing. By the time I got back to the alley, though, a Denver cop already had the boulder bowler in ‘cuffs.

My friend and I proceeded to Sancho’s, which was boring, so we went across the street to Good Times for a burger. We were still discussing the drama when a car rolled up and a dude in a wife-beater got out and asked if he could sit down and join us. We welcomed him and his story as he lit up a smoke.

Turns out he was born in Romania but raised (by Mafiosos, he claimed) in Houston. He was up in Denver for work, because some piece-of-shit that owed his family money wasn’t paying up. Said-piece-of-shit was in Sancho’s, and the Romanian sat and chilled with us until the person he was after came out of the bar, along with a female.

Then the Romanian flicked out his cigarette and jumped back in his car, taking off after the couple.

Just another night on the rocks on Colfax.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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