Monthly Archives: September 2014

Scooter Curious….Full Moon

drinking moon

On October 8th we will be honored with another Full Moon.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I love full moons!  I just love they way the look and how bright the night sky get’s.  But many people have all sorts of reasons why they like or don’t like a Full Moon.  Here are just a few of them:

  • The honeymoon is named after the full moon in June. As it fell between
    the planting and harvesting of crops this was traditionally the best month
    to get married.
  • According to superstition a male child is more likely to be conceived at
    full moon.
  • The pull of a full moon is so strong that it causes tree sap to rise inside the trees. In certain areas, full moon harvests are avoided because the increased sap flow attracts insects.
  • A German study found that people are more likely to binge drink when there is a full moon

And a few famous Moon quotes for you:

  • “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
    Mark Twain
  • “She didn’t quite know what the relationship was between lunatics and the moon, but it must be a strong one, if they used a word like that to describe the insane.”
    Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
  • “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  • “One of these days Alice, Pow! Straight to the Moon!”_ Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners

Interesting isn’t it?  There are Myths and Legends going back to the beginning of time regarding the moon.  We tend to take that big ol’ object in the sky for granted.

Todays Thoughts:  Look up.  Pay attention to what guides and directs you in life.  Don’t take for granted things that just always seem to be there. Embrace the power that is around you everyday!

Scooter Curious….Parking Reality

parked

I had to drive into Denver the other day in my car and was quickly reminded why I prefer to ride my scooter downtown…PARKING!

Don’t get me wrong..I love our city!, but let’s be honest, parking is a pain no matter what city you live in.  Between driving up and down streets looking for an open meter, to then running back out of my meeting to pay for another hour on the meter, I was over it!

Most cities struggle with parking issues.  Between the cost, the convenience and the stress, scooters just look better and better.

Now, don’t think you can just forget about the rules either.  Fines are very hefty if you have an expired meter or you get a parking violation.

Last year, the city issued 683,884 citations for meter violations, parking in tow-away zones (including on sweeping days), license-plate violations, exceeding two-hour limits and dozens of other infractions.

So, Todays Thoughts:

Plan ahead!  Take a little extra time when you drive downtown so you can reduce the stress of trying to find a parking spot.  Keep change in your car for meters (or use your credit card) so you are prepared.  Pay your fines…on time!  Or, get yourself a scooter and avoid so many of these issues!

Scooter Curious….How’s your Aspen?

fallcolors

When I first moved to Colorado from Michigan, the two most noticeable differences was the loss of water and the lack of variety in the trees.  I thought I would miss the fall season of Michigan and all the color changes…until I saw the Aspen!

Granted, it does not compare in variety, but it makes up for it in boldness.  Have you seen the side of a mountain splashed with gold paint?  How about the sunshine in the early morning and the way it makes the aspen look like they are on fire?  It is truly a spectacular site.

So I thought I would share a few Aspen facts with you today:

In the U.S. Aspen are located in: 

Alaska, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Maine, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Dakota and Wyoming.

The wood is used for: Paper, Matches, Packing material, Oars and Paddles.

Uses: Native Americans used the Aspen leaves for swollen joints, headaches and burns. The bark was used for stomach ailments.

Weapons: Aspen stakes were used in Eastern Slovenia to ward off werewolves and vampires, in fact they still plant them near their homes so they can make a quick stake if ever needed!

Sound: Have you ever heard a grove of Aspen whistle or speak in the wind? Some cultures believe it is the voice of beyond talking to them.

Todays Thoughts:  The group of Aspens in Utah called Pando, are considered one of the largest living organisms.  They grow quickly and they grow high, and some how are all connected through an amazing root system.  This sounds like people to me. We are all connected, we need each other to grow and thrive.  And when we all stand together (like this grove), we are beautiful!

Scooter Curious….Best Time of Year!!

fallcolors

The early mornings are a bit brisk, you can sometimes see your breath.  You grab a favorite sweater or sweatshirt and step outside. Maybe there is a little mist on the grass and a smell of moisture in the air.  By the time you get to your destination the sun has warmed the pavement and your body.  You peel of the layers of clothing and you are down to a t-shirt.  The sky seems bluer than it has been all summer.  You can smell the fresh cut grass and the colors in front of you are breathtaking.

I LOVE FALL!!  Denver and Golden, Arvada or Wheat Ridge…it just doesn’t get much better than exploring these places on a scooter in the fall.  Farmers Markets are abundant with fresh grown goodies. If you have been thinking about this all summer, but the timing wasn’t just right….now is the time!

Todays Thoughts:  Fall means change. Something new is coming around the corner. It’s a time for growth and opportunities. It’s a season of preparation for what’s to come. Clear your head and embrace the change, look forward to what’s to come!