Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Red Hot Summer Excitement

Time once again for Mama Kat's Writer's Challenge. This week the prompts are:
1.) Who made you red hot this week?

2.) A day in your life...recap.
(inspired by Jennifer from Toddler Tirade)

3.) What decision are you having a hard time making?
(inspired by Evansmom from Just Sayin')

4.) How will you enjoy your last days of freedom (aka summer)?
(inspired by Heather from A Day In The Life)

5.)List your 7 most favorite summer items!
(inspired by Summer from Le Musings of Moi)

To which I respond:

#1 - No one. I tend not to get red hot. I always figure that it is not worth the wear and tear on me and my glucose control to get really mad. Besides, getting even is so much more rewarding. {*grin*} The few times in my life I have gotten really mad have resulted in people getting hurt, usually the ones I am mad at. So I am happy it happens so rarely that i do get mad.

#2 - I give you Tuesday:
5:45 - get up
6:00 - shave and shower and get ready
7:00 - do some e-mail
7:30 - grab a ride with the city manager and director of public works to Denver CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment) office
9:30 - arrive at the CDPHE offices in Denver
9:35 - have a cup of coffee
10:00 - begin meeting
12:00 - end meeting
12:15 - go to eat at Chili's with our water engineering firm (from meeting)
1:30 - start the drive back here
3:45 - arrive back here
4:00 - prepare notes for city council meeting tonight
4:45 - read paper and have supper
6:30 - head for city council meeting
7:00 - convene city council meeting
9:30 - adjourn city council meeting
9:35 - discuss misc. things in the parking lot
10:00 - call L in return of her call during the meeting (on the way home)
10:30 - get home and give the dog her chewie
11:00 - do some housework (like dishes, etc.)
11:30 - decide to wuss out on blog post for tonight
11:45 - make a few notes for the radio show in the morning
12:00 - go to bed
12:05 - realize I didn't check the mailbox, get up and go get the mail
12:10 - go to bed for real
6:00 - start all over again

#3 - The answer could be any of several things. One of the more interesting is whether to enter partisan politics. I am term limited out of being mayor come November. One of the things I have enjoyed about being mayor is that it is a non-partisan office (no political parties involved). But I have been approached by several people about running as a party candidate for a partisan office next November. If I am going to do it, I need to answer in the next few months. I believe I could and would win, so the question in my mind is do I want to badly enough to put up with partisan politics and party lines. So I continue to wage the internal debate with myself.  (And am I deluding myself in the belief I could win?)

#4 - About the same way I have enjoyed most of the summer. (I'm really more of a spring/fall kind of guy.) So that will include mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, harvesting the garden, and walking in the bright sunshine. This year I haven't been golfing at all for a combination of reasons. In a normal year I'd say I'd look forward to those hot days on the golf course where nothing hurts. Just not this year.

#5 - My favorite summer items are all versions of fresh grown produce. In no particular order, I give you
Melons - cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon
Beans - fresh picked green  beans
Onions - fresh onions straight from the garden
Peppers - both red and green bell peppers
Squash - zucchini, acorn, butternut, etc.
Tomatoes - fresh picked.
I'm not a big tomato fan in general since I react badly to the acid in them. But a bit of tomato in a salad or on a sandwich cannot be beat. I like to stir fry chopped peppers, onions, zucchini, and sometimes even beans and potatoes. The rest are self explanatory.


  1. I bet you would win! You would shake up all those partisan players. However, I hope those guys don't make you "red hot" again!! Like your summer produce list. I'm getting hungry:)

  2. Wow that's some schedule. With LOTS of driving involved.

  3. You would win my. You are the one and only honest politician. At least I think you are honest. At least true to self. BTW...your link went to an old post. Love fresh summer fruit and veggies!

  4. Wow! You wrote to all of the prompts! Impressive! I'm visiting from Mama Kat's and I'll have to take a look around your blog!

  5. I see you didn't pencil in anytime to draw goofy pictures of council members during the meeting. Sounds like a busy day.

    If you never try you'll never know if you could have won. So whats worse to WIN or to WONDER if you would have.

  6. You are fascinating : ) And WOW oh WOW does your day sound busy. I don't think I could do all of that. I know that I couldn't!

    I hope you have peace aout whatever you decide for the political campaign. If I lived in your community, you know you would have my vote! Democrat OR Republican : )


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