Shane 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.”
The 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.” [Read more…] about 25th and Dayton Intersection “Fix” Producing Slightly Less Accidents Than Expected
The 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.” ]]>
Slightly 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.” [Read more…] about Man Finally Getting Used to Not Flirting with Waitresses at Stanley Beer Hall
Greg 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?”
Summer 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.
The 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. Rachel and Tom Wells have been married for eight years and despite numerous couple friends filing for divorce, relentless peer pressure to divorce… especially for Rachle from her yogi/wine club friends, not to mention their reported miserable relationship, they have decided to stay married. Tom stated, “it’s become impossible to maintain consistent couple friends because everyone is getting divorced. It’d be nice to have couple friends who actually get along with their spouse, it really makes for awkward nights out and Sunday brunch at the Berk. Rachel and I absolutely hate each other and rarely agree on anything, but we’re sticking things out, more for financial reasons than anything else, I mean who can afford to sell and re-purchase in Stapleton?” Rachel scoffed at the financial reasoning. She stated, “I’d be happy downsizing to a flat closer to Quebec Square, and I totally could afford it with my side hustle juicing business. Part of me just likes the idea of being miserable with my husband and pretending to be happily married in front of my divorced friends.” Tom concluded, “listen, marriage is tough, don’t get me wrong, but the social scene in Stapleton is what really provides me with satisfaction. I know of one couple where a wife ran off with her husband’s best friend. The husband was unphased, even said he missed his best friend more than his wife. It’s hard to know what the right decision is, but for now, we’re committed to being miserable together and that’s good enough for us.”
The 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:
- 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.