The weekend before the DNC: Denver International Airport

"Howdy folks."

As (bad) luck would have it, my son, Nick, was scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C. to begin his second year at the Catholic University of America early on Sunday morning, during the very weekend that thousands of Washingtonians were fleeing their fair city to come to Denver. As a political junkie, he couldn't have been more frustrated by the timing -- but at least he got a chance to see the way in which Denver International Airport is greeting visitors before he departed. Banners touting local attractions were everywhere, although the one that saluted "Inspiring Pike's Peak" left me a little confused. Are we somehow inspiring Pike's Peak? Or is Pike's Peak inspiring? And is the guy in the Kinks song "Lola" glad he's a man? Or is Lola the man? Great mysteries, both.

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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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