I was bitterly disappointed at Wednesday night’s game 7 loss by the Colorado Avalanche - for about ten seconds. Then I was immediately overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude. Patrick Roy and this young Avs team gave us a gift that we haven’t had here in 4 years. Pride in our hockey team. And while so many of us are “Colorado Proud” it never hurts to have a team of young warriors backing that cause. No one thought this team was going to be any good this year. No one! Because great players don’t make great coaches. They just don’t! Ask Wayne Gretzky, Isaiah Thomas and so many more. But now I’m happy to eat those words. And a lot of people who know way more about hockey than I do (there are many) can eat their words too, happy or not. Patrick Roy has put that narrative on hold for the time being. It’s been 4 years since people have worn their Avs jerseys to work in April and high fived in the break room. It’s been that long since Avs fans have packed bars and spilled drinks and tipped over bar stools cheering and at a goal or an almost goal. It’s been an eternity since Beth and I have screamed at the television in our home in April because of a great scoring chance and sent our cats scrambling from the room in terror. That’s a gift! We got to watch a now proven NHL coach turn a group of young men into hockey players. And at the same time bring back something the rocky mountain west really needed. Something to be excited about in April. And for that coach Roy and this group of young men deserve our gratitude. GO AVALANCHE!
p.s. Walt Weiss was a “great player” too. Just sayin’.
Hey it’s Mark Andrew. Ok, ok we rode an amusement park ride. But Bo and I were the first to do it! And that’s history right? I’m talking about the new Brain Drain thrill ride at Elitch Gardens. Thanks to the 50 or so Mix 100 listeners who were there with us. You gotta check it out. It’s a looping ride that goes 7 stories tall. Click the video.
The freakiest part of being on the Brain Drain is that is slows down and nearly pauses when you’re completely inverted. To make the effect even more interesting, turn your head to the west and look at the upside down mountains and the cars racing by on I-25 that appear to be driving on the ceiling. There are some Elitch’s rides I just can’t do. Tower of Doom and the Excellerator come to mind. But this ride I will be on every time I visit Elitch’s. Just enough fun and just enough thrill. Plus I have to remember to get a picture of the inverted Rockies on my next ride. One tip: hold on to your sunglasses. Or put them away. ;)
Is Denver traffic getting worse? How can you see and advanced screening of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and what are the deets on tonight's Avs viewing party? Mark Andrew has all that in today's Mile High Mix Fix!
Denver Zoo is celebrating the birth of two clouded leopard cubs which were born March 14, the first births of their species at the Zoo. The unnamed cubs, a male and a female, are doing well now after zookeepers began steps to hand-raise them. Their mother, Lisu (LEE-soo), gave birth to the cubs in a private birthing stall inside Toyota Elephant Passage, but did not then tend to them. Zookeepers believe this is because first time mother Lisu was hand-raised herself and lacks the experience to rear her own cubs. After a few hours, zookeepers moved the cubs to another building and began a protocol to provide food and medicine every three hours for the time being. The cubs will remain behind-the-scenes until they grow older. Check out the video!
Project Angel Heart is a wonderful organization. Their mission is simple. They deliver meals to people with life threatening illnesses. Some of these people have no one else watching out for them and lack the strength to get out and get themselves a healthy meaI. For some, Project Angel Heart is all they have. I know several people who have worked for and donated time to their important cause. I myself have been an ambassador in years past on Dine Out For Life Night. I also know people who have benefitted from their services. One particular friend started her career in non-profits working at Project Angel Heart because she was so touched by their cause. Little did she know that years later she would be diagnosed with cancer and would be become a client of the organization she had worked so hard for. She had multiple surgeries and a long difficult recovery during which she benefitted from free healthy meals delivered right to her home. Today I am happy to say she is doing much better and will be an ambassador at one of the participating restaurants for Dine Out for Life tonight!
When you eat out tonight at a participating restaurant, 25% of your bill will be donated to Project Angel Heart. Please gather all your friends and get out to eat and enjoy yourself while supporting my friend and the many many Coloradans who count on this service every day to sustain them.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie picked on the wrong state. He has a slew of misconceptions about us. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper came to the defense of his state today. Mark Andrew tells you about it The Mile High Mix Fix.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's assertion that Colorado's marijuana laws define our quality of life here are absurd. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper adequately outlines why in this 7News report.
Tomorrow morning at 7, Dom and Jane are taking your calls about the ONE NICE THING you can say about your man. My fiance Beth decided to play along. She could probably go on all day but she narrowed it down to one:
"Whether it’s been a tough day, or I’m sick or in pain, you always find a way to cheer me up and help me feel better."
Awwwwww! What's the one nice thing you can say about your man? Dom and Jane take your calls tomorrow morning at 7.
The amazing fantastic full moon on Monday night and Tuesday morning has me thinking about some of the greatest moon songs of all time. Here's my top 10. Please comment if you think I missed any. But I didn't!
10. Pink Floyd – Brain Damage: People so often say “Dark Side of the Moon” when rattling off songs about the moon. Dark Side of the Moon is the album! Brain Damage is the song that famously croons “I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.. ahhh ahhh..” It’s side 2, cut 4 on the album, or if you’re a child of the 80s, cut 9 on the CD.
9. Van Morrison – Moon Dance: When this song comes on I imagine a hayride in late October on a cool evening under a harvest moon. A ton a friends along for the ride and a flask of whiskey making the rounds. It should probably be way higher on the list, but I’m too tired to cut and paste at this late hour.
8. Police – Walking On The Moon: Best baseline of any song on the list. So dang catchy.
7. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon: Oh you’re not leaving Frank off the list. You’re just not.
6. Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon: It nails that rampant, out of out of control, anarchistic feeling a full moon can gives everyone! Or me anyway. Great rock n roll tune!
5. Alan Jackson – Neon Moon: Oh please don’t accuse me of naming this one just to squeeze in at least one country song. I actually truly and honestly looooove this song! Ok you got me. I was just trying to squeeze in one country song.
4. CCR – Bad Moon Rising: My dad made me love this song when I was a kid on vacation in Sandbridge Beach, Virginia. Or was it that first ever sip of beer that made me love the song? CCR baby! A must for any moon song list.
3. Dean Martin – That’s Amore: “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore!” Oh don’t be cynical. Anyone who ever had a first kiss on a summer night under the moon can’t resist this one. Go Dean.
2. Bruno Mars – Talking To The Moon:This song makes the list in a feable attempt to prove that not all great moon songs are from half a century ago. That’s all. Ok maybe it shouldn't be on the list.
1. Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do): It’s not just the number one moon song, it’s quite possibly the greatest love song of all time. It’s timeless. When I hear it today I still ache for Dudley Moore to get himself together and figure out a way to make it happen with Liza Minnelli. I also crave for Liza to just give the guy a shot. Or a should I say a chance? From the first piano notes you immediately feel something or more than likely remember someone. Uh huh. Remember that person? That my friends is just pure song writing genius.
I can't stand the shuttle lots or the off-site lots. The people working there do an okay job, but the thought of standing on the crowded shuttle bus after a trip when you're tired is brutal. Can't do it. And if I'm late for a flight going out bound and stuck on a bus? I would want to subject all those innocent people to my mood.
So this past weekend my fiancé Beth and I tried DIA's reserved parking for our trip to Atlanta and we are now true believers. It costs 4 dollars a day to park as close as 20 feet from the terminal door! You still have to pay the 23 dollars a day for the garage parking, but for a quick weekend getaway it amounts to about the same cost as dinner out. No brainer.
The website, diareservedparking.com, was easy to navigate and the sign-up was quick. They take your license plate number, charge your credit card then send you a confirmation e-mail. When we arrived at the airport, we were relieved we did it because the economy lot looked packed. We immediately saw a temporary looking sign directing us to reserved parking. I'm sure a permanent sign will be up soon. We pulled into the garage and quickly saw the well marked signs for reserved parking and parked 20 feet from the sliding door entrance to the terminal. There's no attendant though. So I felt a little unsure at first about leaving my car there. How do they know we're legit? "They have your license plate," Beth reminded me. That works but I probably would have liked to have had a little plackart or something to put on my dash.
We were able to reserve a spot the night before we travelled and there were ton of empty spots. But I bet as its popularity grows you'll need to reserve further in advance. 4 bucks is cheap too, but I'm guessing that will go up in time once the secret gets out and everyone starts using it. Enjoy it now!
It was also great not to have to wipe snow off our car when we got back, but the best part is that I'm emailing Guinness today to tell them I broke the record for the fastest time between exiting the plane and driving on to Pena blvd. 10 minutes baby! I bet the Rockies can't even top that.
For short trips in the near future, we will be utilizing the reserved parking at DIA. Unless, of course, we can bribe one of our friends to drop us off and pick us up. Which, as you know, can't possibly be beat.
James Blunt is coming to The Ogden on Monday May 12th. Thursday morning he spoke with Mark Andrew and talked about how much he loves playing the Ogden. He also talked about Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and some of his favorite memories of Denver. Click to listen to the full interview.
Wash Park residents are complaining about excessive litter, public urination and fights in and around the park. Some of them want alcohol banned in the Park. Denver Parks and Rec will hear arguments at a meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in theDenver Baha'I Center at 225 E. Bayaud Ave. What's your opinion?
This is me a few summers ago cruising down Speer Blvd without a care in the world. Little did I know the city of Denver was kind enough to capture the moment and send me a picture. If I had known I would have smiled! Photo radar and red light cameras are a controversial topic in the State Legislature right now. They could be banned. What's your take?