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Friday, January 14, 2011

BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD (PART 29: #7 Denver)

First, some photos from the SONY Open:

Jim Furyk in a threesome with Ernie Els and Jonathan Byrd:

The finishing 18th hole at Waialae:

The following continues the serialization of the final chapter from SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity:

#7: Denver

Indians are recorded to have inhabited this region from before 10,000 BC. Partly through the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and also from the Mexican Cession of 1848, Colorado was formed and became a state in 1876. The population then was in the range of 100,000. Today, the state is approaching 5 million, with the greater Denver/Boulder area at around 3 million.

The lowest point in the State of Colorado is higher than 1000 meters (1010 meters or 3314 feet), and there are more than 500 mountain peaks exceeding 4,000 meters (13,123 feet). Most of the population occupies the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains (51 peaks higher than 14,000 feet), where Denver is located.

 
There are sound reasons for living in Colorado, for there are the Rockies (mountain range and World Series baseball team), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, museums, the outdoor lifestyle and a special high. Colorado ranks last for obesity (Mississippi is #1, and the top eight are from the South), which is good.

Denver was selected to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, but the voters declined to provide financial support. So the games went to Innsbruck. While the weather is fickle, and generally too cold, and there is that prevalent brown cloud over the city, the views are still magnificent and the way of life sterling.


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The Dow Jones Industrials closed well for the week, +55 to 11,787, while world markets were mixed.  Gold dropped $14/toz to $1361, with the NYMEX petroleum at $91.50/barrel and the London Brent Spot at $98/barrel.  Getting close to $100.  The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has oil only at $97/barrel in December of 2019.  Can you believe this?

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