24 December 2009

Lost, but not gone...

...forever, anyway. I'm gonna start writing again soon. I need the outlet. I need an inlet. Right now, I need a scotch.

13 June 2009

Bitchin'. Thanks, G


26 April 2009


I hear them every day, loving on the pansies on the deck.

Me no blog so good more...but now that summer is coming, the soon-to-be husband is on the way to Colorado, and Spencer is almost done with school, I will get my bearings back and start tellin' it like it is (or should be)!!

20 April 2009

BG News, 4-20-09

This is an actual police blotter item:

3:45 A.M.
Complainant reported a male subject pooped in a subject’s yard on Main and Ridge Street.

07 April 2009

Email exchange

RE: getting a booth at the Denver Black Arts Festival this summer...

On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 2:26 PM, co-worker wrote:

"This is something that maybe C.L. should be involved in. He sets up booths at events like this a lot. And I be happy to help."

On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 2:28 PM, Cynthia wrote:

"I be happy to help." Nice use of Ebonics. :-)

On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 2:35 PM, co-worker wrote:

"I always suspected that there was a secret in the family tree. It must have just come out when I saw a chance to hang with my people ;} "

06 April 2009


I have been so busy Facebooking that I have seriously neglected this blog. Not that I ever had anything important to say, but *sometimes* I tried. Heading to Ohio in May, and upon return will certainly have fun and festive pictures of the 31st Annual St Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast party extravaganza. Hopefully something fun and festive will happen before then, also, and I will take some pictures. [Unless pubic nudity is involved, in which case I will end up rocking in the corner at the mental ward suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which runs rampant in my brain cells this time of year (the fattest time of year, in other words).]
The month of March was very stressful and I'm hoping that April will be less dramatic - and much more SOBER.

18 March 2009


Have you ever had one of those nights where your stomach is all funky and making weird noises and it hurts, and you go to bed thinking, "man, if I have to poop, I sure hope I wake up first."

Well, I've had one of those weeks.

16 March 2009

Spencer quote

Me: "Take a shower, your hair is greasy!"

Spencer: "Fine, but it's only going to be a two minute shower!"


Spencer: "Mom, I'm being green AND fuel efficient."

Me: "Shit, can't argue there."

13 March 2009

Memorial Service

Gregory E. Franta, Boulder, CO

Gregory E. Franta of Boulder, CO passed away Monday, February 9, 2009 in Jefferson County, CO. He was 58 years old. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, March 16, 2009, 4:00 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus, 2312 14th Street, Boulder, CO. Crist Mortuary of Boulder is handling arrangements.

11 March 2009

So sad....

Officials: Missing Boulder architect Greg Franta found dead in ravine

By Heath Urie
Originally published 06:40 a.m., March 11, 2009
Updated 08:15 a.m., March 11, 2009

BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder architect who’s been missing since Feb. 9 has been found dead, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The body of Greg Franta, 58, was discovered inside his car at the bottom of a ravine between Golden and Boulder on Tuesday afternoon, in what appears to have been an accident.

Trooper David Hall said Franta's 2006 Honda Civic hybrid apparently went off the road while driving south along Colo. 93 at the 4.9 mile marker in Jefferson County.

Hall said evidence points to an accident in which Franta tried to steer the car back onto the road when it started to slide onto the shoulder. The car went 363 feet off the road, rotated once, rolled into two trees and slid down the ravine and landed on its roof.

The car was not visible from the roadway, Hall said. Based on the condition of the body, and the fact that Franta was last seen alive during the early morning hours Feb. 9, investigators think the accident happened about that time.

Franta was found wearing his seat belt, and investigators do not suspect alcohol or drugs were involved.

"He could have fallen asleep, he could have had a heart attack," Hall said. "We may never know what the cause of the accident was."

Hall said the body was recovered at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday after a passer-by reported seeing the car. The case remains open and under investigation.

A Boulder police spokesperson was not immediately available. Jefferson County Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp confirmed her office has Franta's body, but a ruling on Franta's cause and manner of death is pending the return of toxicology tests.

Franta was last seen headed south on Federal Boulevard toward Denver. Police officials have said surveillance cameras captured his last location on the 6700 block of Federal Boulevard, but would not elaborate on what business provided the footage. That area is home to a radiator repair shop, a restaurant and a strip club.

Franta had dinner with a family member and did not show up at work the next day at Boulder’s Rocky Mountain Institute, where he was a senior vice president.

Last month, a digital billboard at I-25 and Colorado Boulevard in south Denver began flashing a message asking for help finding Franta.

Boulder police have been leading the investigation into Franta’s disappearance — despite the fact that he was last seen in unincorporated Adams County headed toward Denver — because he lived in Boulder.

Franta’s interest in environmentally friendly building was sparked at the beginning of his career, according to a co-worker at the Rocky Mountain Institute, which develops renewable and energy-efficient building strategies.

Llewellyn Wells, vice president of communications at the company, said Franta will be missed for his work and his kind nature.

“Greg was a rare human being,” Wells said. “He had more life and spirit than a room full of people would normally have. He was passionate about people and he was passionate about his work. He will be dearly missed.”

Franta was named the Colorado architect of the year in 1998 and also worked with President Bill Clinton to make the White House more energy-efficient, according to his biography on RMI’s Web site.

He also led the projects for the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law building and Fort Collins’ Fossil Ridge High School, built with sustainable design guidelines in 2004.

03 March 2009

Paranoia, the destroyer...

8:58 A.M.

Complainant reported subject walking around the hill and pond by Lot 5 acting suspicious. Subject was just looking at the ducks.

13 February 2009


BOULDER, Colo. — A day after police issued a public plea for help finding a prominent Boulder architect who went missing Monday, detectives say no tips about his possible whereabouts have come in.

Greg Franta, 58, was last seen in the 6700 block of Federal Boulevard at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to video obtained by police from business surveillance cameras in that area. Franta had dinner with a family member Sunday night and did not show up at work Monday morning at Boulder’s Rocky Mountain Institute, where he is a senior vice president. His family reported him missing Tuesday.

Police officials on Friday said no one has called to report seeing Franta, or the 2006 white Honda Civic hybrid he was last seen driving.

The car had a ski rack on top and a yellow or orange sticker across the back that says, “hybrid electric.” The vehicle has a Colorado license plate number of 997GKH.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 303-441-3333. Tips can also be submitted to Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or www.crimeshurt.com.

08 February 2009


bumpersticker on a dazzling circa 1989 Geo Prizm: "WITCHES' PARKING ONLY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE TOAD."

I wish I'd been able to take a picture, but I was driving on the highway.

18 January 2009


The whole thing happened very quickly, so as of Feb 1 - 15, Spencer and I will be relocating - back to the duplex where we lived several years ago. It's TINY, but at the base of Flagstaff, with a gorgeous front deck and a big backyard, and there's no need to spend much time indoors when you have all of that right out the front door. I'm going to need to figure out how to get rid of a bunch of furniture and clothes, and fast! When we lived there before, we shared the space with the woman who had just moved out. She needed a place in Boulder from which to teach her individual and group language classes. We lasted there for 2.5 years, but the situation was not ideal, as this woman had no sense of boundaries and was there all the time (she gave me $100 a month, and took up a whole corner of the living room with her desk, not to mention the enormous burden of invading our emotional and personal space). Anyhoo, she's gone now, and the people who currently live there want to move downstairs - perfect. They have painted every room a different color, and it's all very ambient and copacetic. But SO SMALL. I guess we'll get used to it; we dealt with it before, and that was with a constant stream of people traipsing in and out. I'm going to need help from those of you who have better decorating creativity than I (it's minimal, sadly)!! Photos to follow...maybe not until I get the deck looking beautiful again....MAN OH MAN, I'm going to miss what I have done with this yard over the past three summers!! I might have to do some transplanting before I go...stealing my own flowers, is that legal?

14 January 2009

The OPD, Hard at Work!

And I thought the Boulder police were bad...

Vacant house check uncovers unclaimed water bong

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Oxford police performing a vacant house check during the holiday break wound up discovering a colorful, yet illegal decoration.

Officers reported finding the front window of a South Campus Avenue house unlocked on Jan. 2, entering the residence to secure the window and ensure no criminal activity was taking place inside. During a routine search of the home, police said they found an orange water bong sitting in plain view in an upstairs closet.

The bong, which reportedly contained what appeared to be marijuana residue, was confiscated after officers finished checking the remainder of the house for signs of burglary.

An officer returned to the residence on Jan. 11 in an attempt to find the bong's owner, but report a resident said he was unsure who it might have belonged to in the house. A police investigation into the owner of the bong continues.