I was recently in Hobe Sound, Florida for a few weeks visiting family. Something caught my attention, a lack of scooters! It’s Florida, and a resort/retirement community…what the heck?!
The problem it seemed was speed limit (most roads have a speed limit of 45 or you had to take a highway) and age. Now I can’t argue what they vote in as speed limits, however I have my opinion. SLOW DOWN!, enjoy the scenery, take your time and for goodness sake, if most of the drivers are over the age of 65, why on earth does it need to be so fast?
But let’s address the real issue: AGE. In case you haven’t noticed, 65 is the new 50. We are living longer, we are more active and more aware of our environment than ever before. So, why shouldn’t we be riding scooters when we retire? What a perfect means of transportation for someone wanting to slow down a bit, but still have a great time.
I had two customers here in beautiful Wheat Ridge Colorado this summer both over the age of 75! Saving money on gas and not having to park so far away are also great reasons to ride a scooter when you are a bit older. Don’t let age be a factor in fun…go out and enjoy life!
Todays Thoughts: What are you waiting for? Don’t wait until your body tells you it can’t do things anymore (and believe me, it will)..go and do things that make you smile and appreciate this beautiful place we call home…Denver Colorado! Come on…”Age ain’t nothing but a number!”
I opened my business in April of 2014 here in Wheat Ridge Colorado!
Many people ask me, why Wheat Ridge? Easy…have you seen it? It’s an up an coming town that borders with the Highlands, is an EASY direct drive into downtown Denver, and it is an EASY and direct drive into downtown Golden. Yet, it has a small town feel. The people are friendly the streets are clean and it’s growing and growing into a very desirable town.
Here’s a little history on Wheat Ridge:
“Although Wheat Ridge is a relatively young incorporated city, it has a rich history based on agriculture and the community’s location along regional travel routes. It grew from a popular rest stop for travelers during the Gold Rush of the late 1850s to a thriving agricultural and suburban community known as the “Carnation City” in the mid 1900s. As the residential areas of unincorporated Jefferson County grew to provide housing to the Denver workforce during the 1950s, the major transportation corridors extending from Denver developed with commercial services. During that era, the formation of numerous utility and fire protection districts provided these unincorporated areas with urban services.”
I don’t think I could have picked a more ideal spot for C.C. Rider Rental than Wheat Ridge. The section of town I am in is called “The Ridge @38”. It is filled with things like an Art Studio (Teller St. Gallery), Florists (Posie Girl Flowers), Antiques and Jewlery (Peter Damian), great cycling (Wheat Ridge Cycle)…if you have stumbled upon us yet…What are you waiting for?!
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!
Whether you married, dating or just met…choosing what to do can be a chore sometimes.
When I was married we used to take turns choosing an activity or destination. The goal was to make it fun, affordable and something different.
What is a perfect date activity? Scooter Rental www.ccriderrental.com around Denver or Golden! Grab a sweatshirt and a pair of good shoes and hit the open road! Maybe a Saturday morning Breakfast date in LoDo or a picnic around Sloans Lake. The #1 destination for most of my customers is a drive into Golden and lunch by the river.
Have you ever done the tour of Coors? Just because you live here doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out! Or a ride into Morrison. I love that ride!
Todays Thoughts: Keep your relationship alive! Don’t let a good thing go stale because no one is putting effort into it. Dating is tough enough without wondering what to do. Explore where you live, frequent local businesses and put a smile on your face!
How do you make a difference?
It doesn’t have to be drastic, but let’s be clear…every little bit DOES make a difference.
Adopt energy-saving habits
- Keep thermostat relatively low in winter and ease up on the air conditioning in summer. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended to keep the A/C operating at peak efficiency.
- Unplug your electronics when not in use. To make it easier, use a power strip. Even when turned off, items like your television, computer, and cellphone charger still sip power.
- Dry your clothes outside whenever possible.
- Make minimal use of power equipment when landscaping.
- Defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly.
- Choose green electricity. Many utilities give you the option to purchase electricity generated by wind and solar power for a small rate surcharge.
- Purchase carbon offsets to make up for the energy use you can’t eliminate.
These aren’t rocket science, but we tend to forget to do them. And what about HOW WE GET AROUND DENVER?
We can’t all afford the cool Hybrid or Electric cars (but someday we will!), so what is another way to make a difference?
SCOOTERS!!!! Depending on what you choose, you can get up to 130 mpg on a scooter (Honda Metros).
Go out and make a difference, even if it seems small. We have so much power as humans to impact this world in a positive way. Let’s see what we can do!
For more information check out: http://www.myfootprint.org/en/take_action/reduce_your_footprint/
Who would have thought that my favorite part of owning a business here in Wheat Ridge Colorado, was the people I would meet?! O.k., fair enough…if you know me than you would be saying “Of course it is!”
I have been thinking about some of the interesting, amazing and beautiful people who have walked thru my doors. Ever since I opened, I have been nothing but impressed by the world. I won’t give names or too much detail, but here are some examples:
- A group of 20-30 something’s from New Mexico who graduated from college and are working on a huge sustainable housing project. Intelligent, giving and a great example of our future.
- A 91 year old man who had his motorcycle license (not his car) taken away and just wanted to sit on “2 wheels again”.
- 2 Religious young men in town for a camp. So full of smiles and kindness!
- An art teacher from New York who showed me how strong and capable a single woman can be!
- Denver Musicians, Artists, Computer Repair, Business Owners…the list goes on!
I have made new friends, business acquaintances and learned about things I knew nothing of before. My head is getting fuller and my heart is growing bigger.
People really are awesome. Yeah, you will meet a few who suck in this world, but let’s be honest with ourselves…most are absolutely amazing. Next time your in the grocery store or standing in line for coffee, I challenge you to start up a conversation with the person next to you. You may walk away with just a bit more knowledge then you had when you woke up today. Go and make a new friend, or be a mentor to a new business…I can’t tell you how much it is appreciated.
Ok, I get whiny just like everyone else when I catch a cold in the summer. It’s never fun.
But it got me wondering…how common is the common cold?
On average an adult will have 2 -4 colds a year and a child 3-8. Wow, I guess I feel lucky this is my first cold of the year. And it also makes me appreciate having all my kids grown and out of the house!
So what are some “uncommon” cures for the common cold? I came across a few
- Lizard Soup- Yep, it really exists and I think I will pass!
- Wet Socks- Get your feet really warm, then add cold wet socks and go to bed. For some reason I feel like this one is similar to “how to get someone to wet the bed”!
- Snail Syrup- as if the mucus coming out of your body isn’t enough?! ewww
Oh the list goes on and on. And the common cold has been around since before the 16th century (which btw is whey we call in a cold..they often attributed the illness to the cold weather), and we still can’t “cure” it. Do you have your favorite rituals or cures?
I like to drink Sprite or 7-up and cranberry juice. I put a little Vicks Vapor Rub on my chest and drink a little whiskey and honey (not sure if that works, but it sure makes me sleep good!).
You can run, but you can’t hide from day to day things like a cold. You can plan for the future and have all your ducks in a row, but the rug can be pulled out with a simple…ACHOO! Go take good care of yourself, pay attention to how much sleep you get and how much water you drink. Don’t beat yourself up if you get struck down…just pamper yourself with your best family remedy and if all else fails…Call you Mother and whine!