Things I miss from living in other states that I want in Colorado

March 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

Having lived in a variety of states (New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana) besides Colorado, I have always thought about and missed certain businesses, restaurants and foods from each of the states I have lived in. I thought it might be fun to compile my top ten list of things that I miss from other states where I have lived that I would love to see in Colorado Springs (or even just Colorado).

 

10. Ikea

A great furniture store! The good news is that there is now one in South Denver, so I can probably cross this one off my list.

 

9. Dinosaur BBQ

This BBQ joint in Syracuse, NY is still the best BBQ I have ever had.

 

8. Steak & Shake

Its not that it’s the best food in the world (although I do love it) but its just one of those places that you love because of the whole experience. I fell in love with Steak & Shake in Indiana. There is now one in South Denver with rumor that 3 are coming to Colorado Springs eventually, so this one should probably come off the list too.

 

7. O’ Charley’s

This Midwest restaurant is just wonderful. I miss it from my time in Indiana and they have the best loaded potato soup in the world!

 

6. Hoffman Hot Dogs

From New York, these are simply the best hot dogs in the world. They go great with #3 on the list!

 

5. Rita’s Water Ice

If you have been there, you know what I am talking about. Best shaved/Italian ice in the world. I miss this place a lot from my time living in Pennsylvania.

 

4. Yuengling Lager

This oldest microbrew in the US from Pennsylvania is by far my favorite beer. It is simply divine and I bump into many here in Colorado that wish we had it here. It has not made it any further west than Ohio from what I can tell.

 

3. Salt Potatoes

From upstate NY these tiny potatoes are a must eat item during the summer. I could have them soaked in butter every day if I could get my hands on them out here. They go great with #6 on the list.

 

2. Wegman’s

This is the very best grocery store in the universe. There is nothing quite like it even though I do like Kroeger. Their stores, products, prices and shopping experience is like no other. They are mostly in New York although they have started to spread south along the east coast.

 

1. WAWA!

There is no convenience store in the world like WAWA. Mostly in PA and NJ, I fell in love with these stores in college and make sure I get to one every chance I get when I am traveling out that way. In fact, every youth group I have taken to PA has also fallen in love with WAWA. Their iced tea products are simply amazing!

 

These are the big ones. There are other things I miss, but not as much as the ones listed here. I do of course always miss certain people and relationships that were formed while I lived in each of these places…but those people and relationships are too important for this list.

 

 


Break

March 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I am really looking forward to spring break. I don’t actually get time off nor am I taking vacation during that time, but I am still excited for spring break. It will give me a chance to work at home some, at the office some and to work on various projects related to work as well as other areas of life.  A week off from driving the kids to and from schools and various events will be nice as well. I will take it a bit easy and I know that almost everyone around me needs the break this coming week. I think we get used to these seasons and our time off. The change of pace is healthy and helpful and I know I could use a down week before we get ready for Holy Week and the services and celebrations that come with that week. I hope that everyone can enjoy (or have enjoyed) a break sometime during this season and that you find peace, rest and time with those you love!

Daylight Savings Time

March 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I hate Daylight Savings Time! I am sure that I have written about this before, and the truth is that my hatred for this day grows rather than shrinks. There is little I hate, but Daylight Savings makes the short list. Its not just the spring forward part that I hate (although losing an hour of sleep is much worse than the one that is gained when we fall back), but the whole notion of the time change. Its one of our worst ideas even though it creates a better balance with daylight and night. I do love the longer days of light, but I hate the disruption that comes with changing the time. No matter what I do, it always messes me up for at least a week. I have trouble sleeping and things just do not seem to go right. It might just be my issue, may be connected to my seasonal disorder or just my love for schedule. No matter what the issue is on my end, I hate Daylight Savings Time and wish we did not have it. When I lived in Indiana, they did not have Daylight Savings Time (they do now I believe) and it was glorious. Its something that really messes with me and I felt the need to rant about how I wish it did not exist.

News Cycle

March 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

Whether we like it or not, we are all subject to the daily news cycle that can dominate and rule our lives. Even if we are able to ignore the news it can be hard to not engage with the events of life. I am finding myself in that position today. There are two news items that I find myself dwelling on in this moment. Both items are incredibly superficial and have no real effect on the things that matter most; my faith, my family and my life in Christ. At the same time, it is a bittersweet day for me as I think about these two events. The bitter comes from the Colts (that is the ridiculous Jim Irsay) cutting Peyton Manning whom I like and respect. It has me questioning my loyalty to the Colts. The sweet part of the day is another announcement of a new product or two from Apple. I know that its silly to be excited about that, but I just happen to enjoy the Apple culture. So here I sit, thinking about two things that do not really matter and are incredibly superficial, but I will be watching it all today with emotion nonetheless.