Not having been to Denver for quite a few years, I was naturally curious about how things might have changed since the new “law” was put into place. I’m relatively certain that if you have not been in a coma the past couple of years, you most likely know the ‘law’ to which I’m referring.
I’m not sure what I expected. Well, yes I did have a picture in my mind: The airport would look much like Las Vegas, but put your coins into machines and out comes a green leafy treat – then off to ‘smoking rooms’ complete with black lights and snack bowls filled with goldfish and peanuts.
Passing other cars on the way home, I look over and see the other driver giving me a slow constant nod with a smile on his face, and a big thumbs up.
Strangely, the dog in the back seat also has a smile.
Then, strolling about the neighborhoods one might find nice-looking men dressed in suits – but focus your gaze downward and they’re wearing sandals with no socks and long toe nails, and they’re sporting a single dreadlock trailing down their backs – which they can quickly tuck in should the need arise.
Then, during the workshop, I imagined trying to explain a technique to some bleary-eyed gals that would exclaim either, “Like ya man, I can feel it. OR perhaps, “I’m stressed! Lucy, grab my backpack and meet me out back for a quick toke.”
BACK TO REALITY
But, as things often go, I arrived in Denver and things did not live up to my expectations. My hosts were absolutely fabulous. They neither drooled nor left the room for unexplained periods of time only to return dragging a strange odor behind them. And they dressed perfectly normal by Midwestern standards.
We did, however, get into a rather spirited discussion during class and I found out just how little I know about the wide world of pot smoking. Did you know that not only are there many different kinds and strengths of the stuff, but they some have very welcoming names, too – like Heavenly Hash, Mama’s Comfort Or Fly Me to the Moon (okay, I made that last one up). There are hookahs and pipes, and Edibles and Salves. Evidently, there has been a lot of success with an oil that eases arthritis pain. After a few minutes of all discussing this with the gals in class, I must admit I was ready to be taken down to the corner Specialty Shoppe and get oiled up, top to bottom, were it not for the thought of what might happen if I ran into a pack of drug-sniffing dogs back home at the Dayton airport.
That was it for the discussion. We went on to our lunch break.
What a FABULOUS Bundt cake they served – a sinful concoction from Southern Living magazine (see below for recipe). WOW, was this ever good. Truly yummy, and why was I craving more? Was it because I’m a little piggie when it comes to sweets (no comment from the peanut gallery), or could it be that something a bit different had been oh-so-lovingly baked into its dense creamy center? That thought suddenly hit me and I turned to ask what was in the recipe…and there they all sat. Big ole pearly white smiles on their faces. Here’s a link to that recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/apple-cream-cheese-bundt-cake#
ANOTHER TIP FROM THE GIRLS
Here is something that I think many of you might use and I want to pass it on to you. It is a little device that adheres to the back of your cell phone. It folds flat and doesn’t weigh anything, and you can slip your finger thru it. I’m a bit of a klutz and seem to drop my phone quite often, so I’ve already ordered one of these. You can also use this thing as a little stand for your phone.
Here’s a direct link to them on Amazon: Kickstand; Original, Genuine, Authentic ” i&PLUS BUNKER RING Essentials ” Cell Phone and Tablets Anti Drop Ring for iPhone 6 plus iPad mini iPad2 iPad iPod Samsung GALAXY NOTE S5 Universal Mobile Devices (Gold)
DON’T BOGART THAT BUNDT, MY FRIEND. And thanks so very much for reading.
If you ever decide to give up the painting game (perish the thought), you could make a very nice living as a humor writer! Hope to see you one of these days.
Great laughs first thing in the morning. Too bad you could only attach the cake recipe and not samples to go with our coffee.
Love it all! I have an awesome friend (who will remain anonymous) who lives in the south. She spends random afternoons flitting around her garden and smiling at the flowers. Spring has arrived for her so she has been in “bloom” for awhile now. She just took up painting this year and last week she did a painting that she named “Connie’s Wildflowers”. She hasn’t unveiled it yet, but soon!
Happy Tuesday, Kathie.!
Well, I almost blew coffee out my nose reading your blog today!!! I agree with one of the above comments, that if you ever should leave the art world, (HEAVEN HELP US ALL!), you could easily pick up as a comedy writer! I always look forward to your posts! They are always entertaining but packed with good tips! I bought the acrylic board and used it when I taught my workshop in Indiana. I passed along your name and your information to a group of very interested artists! Now I need the attachment for the back of my iPhone! Thanks! We need to chat when you have a breather, to anchor our dates for 2017. Carry on!
Hope you have saved all your blogs. Would definitely buy the book when you decide to put them all in print. Hugs! 🙂
Good idea to eventually include the blogs in a book.
Kathie, we (I especially ) had a wonderful time while you were in Denver and we didn’t even need any of that expensive green stuff. Thanks for all of your sharing. ( I bet if it was that other stuff, you won’t share ). So it goes. Remember FROG for your sister. Love you Pat
Kathie: thanks for the humerous blog. You are so funny.
Do we get to see what you did on Denver? So glad you got to meet Camille Scott, another awesome artist and teacher and friend.
So glad you’re back. You make me smile! xoxo
Love your comments and, yes, I have imagined Denver exactly as you described. You always make painting fun so who needs anything else?
Helloooooo all and thanks so much for your comments. You all give me a lot of laughs in return…..but I have yet to blow coffee out my nose, Jennifer.
Sue, I met wonderful Camille and I’ll try to post what we did on FB this week. Thanks to all of you for reading!
Kathie, What a hoot! Love your blog and how you always bring a smile or a laugh out loud, like today brought. Happy painting, Christie
Oh no, I missed you in Denver? How long were you here? I live an hour up the Mountain in Silverthorne.
Wonderful as always to hear from you. By the way does he still have the beard?
I have to say that you would make a great comic! How amusing are our minds! Haha Sending big hugs!
Oi ve! Yum yum. Can’t wait to try the apple cake.
With two children living “a mile high”, I was concerned there would be lots of wild and crazy activity when that law passed. Seems they are no more wild and crazy than when they were growing up!
It was a wonderful workshop– it was so great to meet you and get to work with the “Master”!! Hope to to it again real soon!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas– I have already made 6 “art journals” and am waiting for the silk scarves to arrive so I can play with those as well!! To say nothing of the batiks and collages I have in my head!! You are a very special teacher– your love shows through everything you do!! Thank You!!
Well, mah deah, I do think you must come to the South for a visit ( and, of course a workshop!) We Southern girls ( for we are always girls, no matter our age!) would love to have you. And we promise more sugah than in Grandmutha’s sweet tea!