Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Kicking Ass

Another day, another Denver story in the national news. But at least the news was good early this morning — as opposed to yesterday's prediction of another snowstorm snarling the country's travel, and Sunday's report of an avalanche at Berthoud Pass. As ABC wrapped up its news reports just before 5 a.m., right after the big story about Prince Andrew's girlfriend, it showed a clip of the annual Stock Show parade heading through downtown Denver.

Yee haw. Boosters may hate Denver's cowtown image, but it sure beats looking like a city snowed under by the challenge of a blizzard.

BTW, the timing of that Stock Show parade collided with the inaugural. And despite the fact that it was officially "Dress Western Day," only three cowboy hats (not counting those weird Colorado State Patrol hats) were spotted in the crowd standing outside the state Capitol. But at least new governor Bill Ritter was in his trademark cowboy boots.

That kicked ass.-- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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