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I Accept That My Husband Has Other Lovers

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Comedy
Aimee Heckel

My husband must be a masochist. Both his mistresses are needy, expensive and abusive. They are reliable only in that they will always let him down. Donna regularly steals him from me for weeks at a time. And more than half the year, I am a football widow.

State of the Art: The Installation Begins

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

On November 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the Museum's opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.

Would You Live With Mannequins (or Marry One?)

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

Tilly is my fourth mannequin. My house is getting full. So stop asking me if I'm going to have another kid. We're totally at capacity over here with our only child, two dogs, four fake people and all the roly-polies my daughter sticks in her pockets.

Xcel Energy: Swiftboating for Solar

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.01.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Like many other corporations looking to make hay out of the environmental movement, Xcel has been greenwashing with gusto. The new image comes replete with chirpy narration, crisp graphics and opaque accolades.

It Ain't Easy Being Tall (Or So I Hear)

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My husband is tall. Without heels, I don't reach his chest. That's right. He's lanky and has exceptionally and borderline-disproportionately long monkey arms, and no buttocks whatsoever. Just a flat leg-back connector. He's not big and tall. Just tall.

Proof That You Can Return Anything to Wal-Mart (But Should You?)

Aimee Heckel | Posted 06.26.2014 | Comedy
Aimee Heckel

I tried --unsuccessfully -- to join the cult of the beturners, folks who buy something with the explicit intention of using it one time and returning it. It's part stealing, part retail-borrowing, and pure evil. We all know about beturning, but no one likes to talk about it.

Never Wear Spandex on Your Bike Again

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Style
Aimee Heckel

My bike's name is Cerise -- French, of course, meaning cherry red. I call Cerise my "moving meditation," with no distractions, no radio, no cell phones or passengers or coffee cups balancing on the console. Just me, Cerise and my skirt.

The Future of Public Power

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

If utilities continue to rely on their comfortable monopolies, more and more consumers are going to demand a change.

Surely, This Is What the Buddha Meant by Beauty, Right?

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My first encounter with this object was in the kitchen. For some reason, it was drying on the stovetop: a shiny silver one-foot-tall statue of a flying hotdog on a triangular podium. So many thoughts raced through my mind. Oh, so many.

Ex-Cop Who Sparked Uproar By Killing Elk Is Convicted

AP | Posted 06.03.2014 | Crime

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A former police officer who killed a trophy elk last year was convicted Tuesday of nine charges including illegal hunting. Fo...

Why I Hate the Bus and the Bus Hates Me

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.02.2014 | Denver
Aimee Heckel

Sometimes, I ride the bus. Although this helps secure me a seat in EcoHeaven, I loathe the bus. It's boring and smelly and cold, and it takes twice as long as driving.

Dexter Payne's Beautiful Brazilian Music CD Has a Great Backstory

Sharon Glassman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Sharon Glassman

Dexter Payne's new CD, Pra Vocè ("For You"), delights listeners with the swing-powered sounds of Brazilian choro and baião. But the Colorado clarinetist's sound started with a more Manhattan muse: Clarabell the Clown, from Howdy-Doody.

The Tale of the 34-Year-Long Birthday Prank

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

In this story, it's a real-life competition to defy death. Because the punishment of knocking off first will mark the culmination of a nearly four-decade-long practical joke -- quite possibly the longest ongoing joke in the history of prank-manship.

A Surprising Encounter At A Thrift Store

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

I'm kind of cynical. So I figured I'd been had. The old man walked out with the antique lamp. And the clerk looked at me to pay for it. How did I end up in this mess? I guess it started with stress.

Sometimes It's Okay to Call Your Daughter Beautiful

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Aimee Heckel

Strength in her own unique beauty. That is what I wish for my daughter. And that does not minimize or objectify her any more than it diminishes the ocean to admire its surging waves.

I Look Like Katy Perry, and it Sucks

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.02.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My friends now like to sneak in my name in karaoke with "I Kissed a Girl." If I protest, it becomes a big deal and draws attention. But the one time I went along with it, the DJ complimented my "impersonation."

Disturbing Confessions of a Costume Hoarder

Aimee Heckel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My husband grabbed the neckline of his top, which was kind of simultaneously the waistline, too, and he pulled -- Hulk-like -- and ripped it down the middle. I felt my heart rip with it. He wadded it up and smashed it into the large trash bag that stood, brimming full, between us

Are You Living In The Funniest City In America?

The Frisky | Posted 04.23.2014 | Weird News

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Humor Research Lab (yes, that’s an actual thing) has created a Humor Algorithm to determine which cities in A...

A Grown-Up Easter Hunt Yields the Weirdest Repurposed Furniture

Aimee Heckel | Posted 06.19.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

This Easter, I'm transcending egg trauma and reclaiming the hunt. In honor of the tradition, I decided to conduct my own grown-up Easter treasure hunt along east Pearl Street in Boulder, CO.

New Jewish Camp to Teach Entrepreneurship to Teens

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

You know it's a good idea when parents lament that they wish there was something like this when they were teens. That seems to be the general consensu...

Why I Got a Group Tattoo with 221 Complete Strangers

Aimee Heckel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Denver
Aimee Heckel

So here's the tale of why I got a group tattoo with 221 complete strangers, and, inadvertently, one old friend.

From Teeth to Dog Hair Sweaters to Nose Necklaces: Unique Ways To Memorialize Your Pets

Aimee Heckel | Posted 05.07.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

For a few hundred dollars, you can mold your pet's nose and turn it into a sterling silver necklace.

Should Venture Capitalists Dance?  An Interview With Foundry Group's Jason Mendelson

Phil Simon | Posted 03.15.2014 | Technology
Phil Simon

While Foundry Group has made a reputation as a nationally-focused early-stage venture firm, they are also known for having a lot of fun. In 2011, they...

Bowled Over by Boulder: Part One of a Series

Sally Fay | Posted 03.04.2014 | Denver
Sally Fay

Is there a cosmic Bubble around Boulder or is it some sort of American Shangri-La?

Cold Boulder, Warm Dog

Rich Wolf | Posted 02.11.2014 | Denver
Rich Wolf

Dogs deserve our envy, not our pity, in the cold.