Daily Archives: April 8, 2012

Grinds my Gears: Wind

You know what really grinds my gears?
The wind.

When it’s not blowing the weed smell from Boulder, the smog from Denver, or smoke from a wildfire, it’s busy blowing me around. Chicago claims that it is the windy city, but I would venture to say that it is Golden. There are numerous canyons that seem to funnel the wind right to wherever I am. At my dwelling, my windows can be completely closed, and when the wind reaches its peak velocity, my blinds actually move with gusts. This is truly ridiculous. The only people that actually benefit from the mighty rushing wind are those parasailers that launch off of Lookout Mountain. Heck, even they sometimes get negatively impacted. I have seen one over by Colorado Mills and one about a mile north on Highway 93, both on their cell phones calling for one of their buddies to come pick them up. The unpredictable wind had obviously taken them far away from their preferred landing zone.

This Week in Colorado History: A dramatic weekend

This week in 1878, Golden fell victim to two devastating fires. On a Thursday, the fire-alarms sounded for “Jarvis Hall, the Episcopal School for boys, located one mile south of town.” Though the fire department rushed to the school, they were able to do little but rescue valuables because of a lack of water near the building. The Everett Hook and Ladder Company did come to the scene in an attempt to fight the fire, but by then it was too late to save the building. Members of the Everett Hook and Ladder Company with members of the Excelsior Fire and Hose Company instead worked to protect Matthews Hall and the School of Mines from the fire. Though the exact cause of the fire was unknown, supposition was that the fire had been caused by a defective flue.


Geek of the Week: Christine Geier, Sophomore, Physics

It’s hard to deny that everybody at Mines is at least little bit crazy. Some geeks have learned to hide their nuttiness well. Others have learned to embrace their insanity and have fun with it. Nobody is quite sure which camp Christine Geier falls into, since no one can seem to get her to give a straight answer to any Rorschach tests. Regardless of her reactions to ink blots, Geier sat down with “The Oredigger” for a few moments as this week’s Geek of the Week.

Alara: Chapter 9

In the hologram beside Alara appeared one of the creatures she had dreamed about. It looked like it was in a room similar to the one she was in. It had the same bleak black walls and a single light hanging overhead. The table and chairs were toppled over and only barely visible at the edge of the hologram. The thing itself was curled into a ball on the ground, staring intently at the ground. 


Community Spotlight: 5th Ring Coffee House

Across from Golden High School, a unique atmosphere is brewed at the 5th Ring Coffee House. While the shop may not be the largest coffee house around, 5th Ring ensures top quality on everything they serve. Every cup of drip coffee is made to order with new grounds at a small stand right next to the register. A nearby table provides any add-ins a customer would want, including cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, creamer, and milk to list a few. 5th Ring also serves a lineup of lattes, cappuccinos, Italian sodas, and a few specialty drinks created by the staff.

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