Auction Guest Stunned After Realizing Event was “For the Kids”

Stuned AudienceShane Campbell had been looking forward to the party High Tech Elementary was throwing for a month. “It was an opportunity to meet new people that have kids at our school, and an excuse to get us out of the house for a while,” said Shane. “We already know lots of people there, so we were going to have a dinner party beforehand, and kind of cut loose for the night.” The Campbells had a sitter all set to go for the event, and were very excited to get away from the kids and have an evening for themselves with their friends.

According to Shane, the night started off great. “We met up with friends at Punch Bowl Social and did some bowling, some eating, and some drinking,” said Shane. “It was a blast. And we were just getting going.” The couples then headed off to the Hangar for the school auction. “We knew we were going to see more friends, and drink more booze,” said Shane. “So, as good as it was, things were going to get better.”

Shane and his party arrived at the auction casually late, and a little buzzed. “We saw lots of parents we see at the school, but never get a chance to speak with,” said Shane. “I was looking forward to doing some socializing.” Shane grabbed his wife a wine and himself a craft beer, and they began walking around. “We started mingling, meeting people, really having a great time. It was so much fun.” Shane was on top of the world, when suddenly the principal walked to the front of the room by a large projection screen. “So, she asks for our attention, and we see a PowerPoint presentation up on the screen,” said Shane. “No good party has ever included a PowerPoint presentation. I was freaking out.”

Things got worse before they got better. “Three slides in I find out this whole thing was for the kids,” said Shane. “I was shocked. I came to meet with people and get a night out away from my kids, and I come to find out this entire thing was for the kids? It was really a buzz kill. We sat there through a 20 minute presentation and learned that schools need funding, and they need our help…you know, for the kids.” Shane says that he will be more careful next time when deciding to go to an event without a complete understanding as to what it’s about. “Hey, buyer beware, I guess. Won’t make that mistake again.”

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25th and Dayton Intersection “Fix” Producing Slightly Less Accidents Than Expected

20190610_093116The intersection at 25th and Dayton St. had become too dangerous. Drivers on Dayton St. were not seeing their stop sign, and drivers on 25th were stopping for signs that were not there. There were several confusing interactions between drivers at this intersection, and of course, many accidents as well. Mohamed Mouaddine, owner of Amina Auto Repair and Services, has seen several of these accidents. “We do body work, so it’s good for us,” said Mohamed. “But, unfortunately, the intersection was also putting our clients at risk. And the constant crashing sound and police presence was really distracting to our employees.”
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Stapleton Homeowners Get HELOC to Improve Value of Home So They Can Get Another HELOC

Beautiful living room with hardwood floors, fireplace and couch in new luxury homeThe Eichorn’s have lived in Stapleton for eleven years now, and they decided they wanted to make some upgrades. “There are just some things around here that we wanted to change,” said Rudy. “We needed paint on the exterior and interior, and there are other things we are considering as well.” Rudy’s wife Nicci is leading the charge for the changes. “I just see some of the cool things my neighbors are doing, and yes, I am definitely trying to ‘keep up with the jones’s.’”

Because the Eichorns have lived in their place so long and Stapleton property values continue to increase, they have built up a decent amount of equity in their home. “We decided instead of pilfering our savings, we would get a HELOC,” said Rudy. “There are all sorts of great offers going on right now, and we knew we have some real good equity in this place.” The Eichorns were hesitant to state the actual amount they are getting, but admitted they will be able to do some of the projects they are hoping to complete. “We look forward to getting these things done so we can start having people over,” said Nicci.

Nicci confesses there is another benefit to completing some of these projects. “We think with the things we are doing, it could add another 20 to 30 thousand dollars of value to our house,” said Nicci. “Which means we may be able to get another HELOC and do even more projects to impress our neighbors. It’s really an exciting time.” Rudy isn’t sure if they will try to take advantage of these possibilities, but is excited to say the least. “I’m not saying we are going to do it, but man, there are a lot of possibilities to really impress our neighbors.”

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Man Finally Getting Used to Not Flirting with Waitresses at Stanley Beer Hall

flirting at Stanley Beer HallSlightly over a year ago, the Stanley Beer Hall changed it’s layout so that customers must pour their own drinks, which includes several great options. Of course, for those who don’t handle change well, it was a tough transition. “The idea of having to get my own drinks was just not something I was used to in my bar experience,” said local patron Tim Jensen. “At first I thought it would take something away from the social experience. After going there several times, I would bitch less and less, and pretty soon, I realized I actually liked it.” Jensen wasn’t alone in his slow acceptance of the concept. “No one carried a drink over to me,” said barfly Marc Graham. “I had to get up, walk over and get my own drinks. That walk always seemed so long. Eventually, I realized that not only was I able to get my drinks faster, I was also getting my steps in. It was win-win.”
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Resident Beginning to Feel Less Trashy When Buying Beer at King Soopers

beer at King SoopersGreg Campbell has lived in Stapleton for over 10 years, and in Colorado for about 20. During almost all of that time, he would have to purchase his beer at a liquor store, which he wasn’t used to from his home state of Iowa. “In Iowa, you can get your groceries and grab your beer all in one stop,” said Campbell. “When I moved to Colorado, I had to get used to making two stops. Then, of course, they used to have that ridiculous Sunday thing.” Campbell didn’t immediately switch to buying all his beer from the grocery store. “At first, it was something I only did late at night, like I was ashamed of it,” said Campbell. “Then, as their selection improved, I started being a little more brash about it. Buying it before 5PM, walking out with four to five six packs, and so on. It’s getting a little easier.”

Campbell admits he still feels stigmatized when walking out of King Soopers with beer in his hand. “I definitely feel like I get some looks. Which is weird, because if you walk out of a liquor store any time of day, no one cares. I guess it’s the same thing as drinking at a pool. Someone sees you drinking at an outdoor pool, they assume you’re having a relaxing, fun day. If you’re spotted drinking at an indoor pool, you’re an alcoholic.” For Campbell’s position, he’s getting more comfortable. “Part of it is just the time and money of it. One stop, great deals, it’s close by. Just makes it easy.” Campbell says he is not done going to liquor stores, however. “I still need to get my whiskey and wine,” says Campbell. So, when I need to stock up or have company coming, I still go to Colorado Beverage Company. They still have the biggest selection and best deals on beers. But, if it’s nine o’clock on a Monday night, and the beer fridge is empty, there’s no shame in heading to King Soopers…right?”

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Stapleton Parents Uncertain of Last Time Kids Showered

kids not showeredSummer can often be as hectic or more than the school year for working parents. Kids have camps, play dates, short vacations, long vacations, and pool days. Ohhhh the pool days. Without the daily structure that school provides, parents can lose track of all sorts of things. What did they have for breakfast? Did they eat lunch? Have they brushed their teeth? Have they left the couch today? What day of the week is it?

The Tisdales are such a family. “We have so much going on,” said Jason Tisdale. “We both work from home and we try to arrange things so that we don’t have to have a nanny,” said Jason. “It seems busier than the school year, and we certainly get less work done.” Wife Amy agrees. “We are running around daily trying to figure out how to keep them busy if they aren’t at a camp,” said Amy. “It’s just crazy. And then, because it’s summer, they end up staying up later. Which means to get things done, we stay up later. Honestly, I’m exhausted talking about it. Is it mid-August yet?”

One thing the Tisdales are struggling with is remembering the last time the kids showered. “They go to the pool so often, and they take showers at the pool, I think,” guessed Jason. “Not sure if there is soap or they bring soap, however.” Amy thinks she remembers them showering yesterday. “Pretty sure they showered yesterday, because that is when we had the Montgomery kids over for a play date. Wait, we had them over a week ago too. Was it last week that they showered? I honestly can’t remember.” The Tisdales say they are definitely going to make sure the kids shower tomorrow. If they can remember, anyway.

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Central Park West Couple Bucking Trend, Staying Married

couple not divorcingThe national divorce rate has steadily been dropping since 1996, due to a number of variables, fewer marriages for people under the age of 30 and millennials waiting to be more economically stable before getting married. Yet there is still a divorce occurring every 36 seconds, equating to 2,400 divorces per day, and roughly 876,000 a year. 41% of first marriages end in divorce. Colorado ranks 9th in divorce rates, at 4.4 divorces per 1,000 residents. However, in Stapleton, sometimes referred to as the bubble, the rate is over double at 9.1 divorces per 1,000.
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When it Comes to the name “Stapleton”, Hindsight is 20/20

MCA-Sample-ballot-WEB2The MCA sent out ballots in late June to Stapleton homeowners (10,563 eligible votes) in regards to beginning the process of a name change. When looking at the situation we are in as a community, it’s much easier to view it in hindsight. So, I am going to take the position of hindsight in this one. If we could go back, here are some things we could do better:

  1. The Airport was named “Stapleton” in 1944 after former mayor Ben Stapleton who spearheaded the project. Mayor Stapleton had been a member of the klan up until 1925 when he was banished by the klan. In a small way, doesn’t it seem like keeping the name “Stapleton” is a stick in the eye to the klan? Regardless, Stapleton was a politician. Politician’s lie to get elected to get power. Moving forward, and in this case looking back, maybe it’s never a great idea to name something after a politician.

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Co-Ed Volleyball Coming to Stanley Marketplace Fields!

VolleyballStapleton All Sports (or what we are dubbing Stapleton “OLD” Sports) is partnering with Stanley Marketplace and beginning an adult, 6×6 co-ed, grass court volleyball league. Coming this summer (July 11th to August 22nd), games will be on Thursday nights (plus 1 M, T or W game) at the Stanley Fields from 6:00 to 8:00. There is not a set roster, but players must be over the age of 21, and during games, each team must have a minimum of three women on the court at one time. Each night, teams may play a total of six games against three different teams. Program will run for 7 weeks. The games are BYOB, but please pick up after yourselves, and after (or during, or in between) games, head to the fine establishments at Stanley for food and additional refreshments. This is a great opportunity to socialize and compete with friends and neighbors at a fantastic venue. Bring the kids, as there is plenty of open space for them to run around! $450/team. For more information and to register, go to www.stapletonallsports.com.

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