Earlier this week, I published an essay about moving to Denver from Los Angeles in my four-cylinder Kia Rio, and how I adapted to a new life as a transplant. My first year in Denver was filled with important lessons and discoveries, but I still have a ways to go before I’ll feel completely settled in Colorado. To help get there, I’ve compiled a list of New Year's resolutions and Colorado bucket-list items for 2016. Perhaps they'll resonate among some of the other 100,986 people who moved to Colorado in the past twelve months.
1. Sell the Kia Rio and get a Subaru.
2. Learn more John Denver lyrics. I’ve been told I’m seriously lacking in this area.
3. Hit every dive bar on Colfax.
4. Try out fried tacos, which I hear are a Denver creation.
5. Force myself to adapt to Colorado lingo, like saying “pop” instead of “soda,” and “sack” instead of “bag.”
6. Go “skinning” on a “hut trip,” because I guess that’s a thing here.
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9. Get a Colorado girlfriend (does not necessarily need to be from Colorado, but must live here. Interested readers, please e-mail the author.)
10. Explore more Denver places that are on my radar but I didn’t get to in 2015, like Rhinoceropolis, Comrade Brewing Company, and Wax Trax Records.
11. Make a birthday cake using blunts as candles. I’ve always wanted to do that.
12. Support and get to know more local bands and artists.