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Monday, September 22, 2014

Old School Hardwood Floor – ReSource

Location: 6400 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80303, USA
The reclaimed wood floor adds character to the room
A few years ago, I seized the opportunity to reclaim a hardwood floor. It was the old performance stage from Broomfield Heights Middle School. The contractor was cutting the floor along with the plywood sub-floor and stacking it up outside. I asked the Project Manager and Job Superintendent if I could take the material, so that they didn't have to pay to haul it off. They said that they wouldn't do any extra work to preserve any of it, but I was welcome to take it after their shift was over so that I wouldn't bother the workers, which were on a tight schedule. I agreed.

For the next three years, this whim of an idea, gradually evolved into a hobby, then became an obsession, ultimately occupying much of my free time as a driven mission, until it was complete.

First, I hauled it up to my home in five trips using the back of a Jeep Wrangler. They were large squares roughly one meter on each side. I felt good about rescuing this beautiful old material from the landfill. But then, it sat stacked-up on the side of my garage for several months before I took the time to address what to do with it. Every now and then, I would grab a square and carefully pry the oak plank away from the plywood backing. Then pull out each nail individually. This took about a year, but each square meter was randomly done in my spare time, so it didn't seem like work that took away from my lifestyle.

Friday, August 22, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Grandpa Bredo Morstel and Mayor Joe Gierlach
The fundraising campaign for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," has gone viral. [click here to make your contribution] This publicity technique is particularly ripe for mayors. 

Being a mayor inherently implies that within your first term in office, someone will ask that you have a pie thrown at you, tape you to a wall, or dump ice water on your head in the name of charity. I sat in for the dunk tank at last year's Nederland Miner's Days event.

Mayor Mike Waid from Parker, Colorado has embraced this aspect of mayorship completely, and he has shaved his head, and dyed his hair purple for charity. He challenged all the 41 Mayors in the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [click here for the video]

Today, the Boulder County Commissioners challenged all the Mayors in Boulder County for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [click here for their video on Facebook] Certainly more entertaining than my video, but because we have a winter festival each year celebrating our cryogenically frozen resident, I expect that it can't be worse than the Polar Plunge.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Art at the Center – Nederland Community Center

Location: 750 Colorado 72, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Art at the Center curators Tracy Brewer and Annie Thayer
with Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach 
The Peak to Peak region in and around Nederland attracts the most talented artist residents, and the Nederland Community Center has plenty of wall space. Therefore, since 2009, the Nederland Community Center Foundation Board has hosted a wine and hors d'oeuvres art opening called "Art at the Center" three times per year to feature new works of art by local artists at the Community Center.

The event has blossomed into a community extravaganza focused on the Nederland Area art scene. Details about how this art exhibition works can be found on the Community Center website.

The next Art at the Center opening is:
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm
at the Nederland Community Center
750 Highway 72 North, Nederland CO, 80466

Co-curators, Tracy Brewer and Annie Thayer, have both lived in the Greater Nederland Area for more than two decades each. Annie said that back then, Nederland kept coming up randomly in peculiar ways, drawing her to the area. Both curators were willing to exchange a few inconveniences of living at high altitude, for the love of a small quiet mountain town among nature and wildlife. They recognize that many of the exhibiting artists and photographers are inspired by the protected open space surrounding Nederland.