There’s No Place Like Home | Boulder, CO
5430 Feet Above Reality
Welcome to the 40th Parallel
Beautiful Boulder, CO…the wonderful place I’ve been lucky enough to call home for the past 13 years. It’s a unique place, unlike many others. To Boulderites…it’s simply known as “The Bubble”. I’ve had the opportunity to visit other so called “bubbles” around the country such as Austin, TX and Ann Arbor, MI, but there’s not a place I’d rather call home. Okay, well, Chicago will always have my heart, but to say the least, Boulder has captured my soul. Don’t go jumping to conclusions. I’m not saying Boulder is the greatest place on the face of the earth, I’m not that lucky. Maybe it’s the Curse of Chief Niwot, maybe it’s something in the air (wink, wink), or maybe I just happen to…”feel at home”. It’s not a huge town. In 2016, it’s population was roughly 108,090 (that’s including the approximately 36,000 CU students that ebb and flow with the school year), so it’s not exactly tiny either. It’s home of the University of Colorado, Mork and Mindy, and often named the “happiest city” in America. Not everyone likes Boulder. I’ve met quite a few who couldn’t get out quick enough. Heck, not everyone in Colorado likes Boulder. I’ll never forget the first time I came to visit and a ten-year old told me I shouldn’t go to CU because Boulder was (and I quote) “nothing but a bunch of crack smoking hippies”. And this was before the legalization of marijuana. Anyway I chose CU over the University of Michigan and haven’t left since. Over the years I’ve witnessed Boulder and the Front Range grow..fast. It’s become a entrepreneur’s dream world, a petri dish of startups, and a budding tech hub (watch out silicon valley). Twitter and Google both have offices here and (fingers crossed) hopefully Amazon will soon be added to the list, albeit about 25 minutes south in Denver. We get 300 days of sunshine, as little precipitation as Southern California and everyone walks with a little swag in their step. There will always be one thing about Boulder that’s undeniable…it can get a little weird. Which brings me to the featured video. Released in early 2017, JP Sears hit the nail right on the head with this installation from his Awaken with JP series. The first time I watched it, I had to wipe the tears from my eyes I was laughing so hard. For anyone who has never been fortunate enough to visit this not-so- hidden valley nestled against the foothills of the Rockies, you may not get it, but laugh non the less!
Leave Me a Slice of Yours…Do you have an experience with Boulder? Know of a place that would fit JP’s description of Boulder? Leave us the low down in the comments below.