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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:35 am 
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Since we seem to have quite a few members from the Colorado area, I was wondering if anyone could post their thoughts on Arvada?

Is it a suburb of Denver, or a seperate city?
Any Irish music stuff going on there?
Is it expensive?

Thanks for any info!

-Brett


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2004 11:05 am 
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As I remember ARvada is fine. The Denver area is
a very nice place to live; was there for a decade,
and the proximity of the mountains is well,....


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It's a subburb Northwest of Denver. There is lots of
sunlight; Arvada itself isn't so much what matters,
probably, but the area, which is one of the
more desirable places in the USA.
Denver has a strong Hispanic culture
which I really liked, too. I lived in Boulder
as well, yuppies, bean sprouts, no ugly
people, nobody over 25, they shoot
bagladies at the frontier...Best


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Jim,

If you haven't been to the Denver/Boulder area in the last 8 years or so......well, it's totally different than it used to be, especially from how it was 20+ years ago.

Nothing interesting in the Arvada area IMO, just about everything around Denver is subdivisions and strip malls now.

Loren


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I've been a fair amount. My sister lives in CO. Yes a lot
has changed.
Would gladly live there, still. If Arvada was
in the middle of Kansas I wouldn't
want to live there. By all means, Bretton,
take a look, other opinions; obviously what I like may not
be what you do.


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Sounds like the name of a musical group! :D

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jim stone wrote:
I lived in Boulder
as well, yuppies, bean sprouts, no ugly
people, nobody over 25, they shoot
bagladies at the frontier...


Well, among other things that are wrong in the above, Boulder has a new, 160-bed shelter for the homeless. How does that compare to where you choose to live now, Jim?

50 and not exactly trim,
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Yeah well, that new shelter was Waaaaay overdue - I take it you've seen the old one? What a hole that place was........ and not enough beds to boot.

Loren


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Arvada is, as someone else has said, a suburb NW of Denver, and mostly SouthEase of Boulder.

There's not a whole lot distinctive about it. Just about every kind of national chain has an outlet there. Nothing really wrong with the place either, just kind of mid-America bland. Most of Colorado is really the midwest, not so much the west until you get off the plains.

The weather here is pretty nice. Lots of sun. But we're getting snow right now, heavy at times, but at this moment, it seems like most if the snowflakes I see are floating up, not falling down.

This is a nice enough area to live. Commute time gets nasty in some areas, rarely bad in others. Expensive? I don't know. It probably depends where you're coming from. Cheaper than San Francisco. Cheaper than Boulder. More expensive than Topeka. I know that doesn't help much. Take a look at the Denver Post online, and find the real-estate ads.

There's a little Irish music going on in mostly Boulder and Denver. Bluegrass seems more popular for the traditional music of choice.


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I've lived in Denver for all of my short 37 years. Its a great town with great weather. Plenty of sunshine. Fairly mild winters and summers. No humidity. 14,000 peaks less than 2 hours away. Some of the best skiing a short jaunt. Sorry no ocean. I will say that there are too many chain type restaurants and bars. In general the west and east coast have the food beat no contest. Traffic really isn't all that bad. I'm rarely stuck in traffic. I really don't know about expensive, but they say that our real estate values are some of the highest in the nation.

The Irish music scene is pretty good. Although I base this opinion mainly on the comments others have made over the years and my trip to Boston last year. There are three main sessions. Conor O'Neills in Boulder every Sunday night. Its starts out with the older folks playing the old standards around 7 until about 9 when some of the younger people show up and throw the session into warp speed. The whole thing ends sometimes well after midnight. Fado in downtown Denver has two sessions: a small Sunday night gathering anchored by a group that has played together for years. Our own Dave Migoya is a regular here. He is an awesome flute player and he's been a great resource for me as far as helpful hints and tips. He also is a wealth of knowledge on the history of flutes, the world IR scene, and just some great tales. The Monday night Fado session is more of a beginner/intermediate session and definitely the friendliest of the bunch. A great group of people that I've become great friends with over the last year. That's probably too much detail, but there you go.


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Thanks for all your replies! :)


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csharpd wrote:
jim stone wrote:
I lived in Boulder
as well, yuppies, bean sprouts, no ugly
people, nobody over 25, they shoot
bagladies at the frontier...


Well, among other things that are wrong in the above, Boulder has a new, 160-bed shelter for the homeless. How does that compare to where you choose to live now, Jim?

50 and not exactly trim,
C#/D


I forgot to mention that some people who live
in Boulder check their sense of humor at the
border. There's a tendency to take the
place a bit seriously;also to look down on Denver.

To answer your question, I don't know what our facilities
for the homeless amount to. I spend a lot of time
on the street; we seem to be doing alright. Best


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