Start with a fiercely proud town. Fold in a generous quantity of quirkiness. Stir in ample amounts of annoyance and
sarcasm. Add a pinch of frustration and angst. Spice with righteous indignation. Allow mixture to marinate for a week.
Serve medium well the Monday after the Taste of Durango.
That pretty much describes the recipe for this edition of Action Line.
If you remember, last week's column solicited nominations for a Seven Wonders of Durango" list. And boy oh boy, did
you folks mix up some spicy opinions for this half-baked column. Bon appetite!
I have a few 'Wonders' of Durango," writes Deana Kirby.
I've wondered about the Drive-In in The Sky. Those panels up on Perins Peak have always baffled me. Are they
movie screens? They don't look like satellite dishes," she muses.
I've also wondered why Florida Road is pronounced Flo-REE-da, and not like the southern sunny state.
And I've often wondered about the secret tunnels under Main Street and why they haven't been turned into a tourist
attraction? Is this due to the fact that we have enough tourist attractions?"
J.L. from Durango offers a potential Seven Wonders addition from the Animas Valley: I would like to nominate the new
roof on the north side of the clubhouse at Dalton Ranch. Check it out! It's the only thing in Durango that can be seen
from space. All they need now are a few cows and goats grazing outside to complete the picture.
A reader who asked to be called Name Concealed (for legal protection and other obvious reasons," he claims) offers two
Wonders recommendations: Clearly, No. 1 on the list must be Brainstorm's Internet upgrade, the technical marvel of the
21st century," the provocateur proffers.
In the architectural/real estate division, the prize must go to La Campenella. What else made us forget the pink
As a parting shot, Name Concealed adds: And have you ever heard of any new dwelling where the real estate agent
could not tell you how you are supposed to change a light bulb? (The bulbs are at the top of the 15-foot tasteful
tower in each unit.)"
Another anonymous wag suggested adding the post office to the list of the Seven Wonders of Durango.
They shut down the satellite offices south and north of town and now have only two clerks behind the post office
counter serving the entire population of Durango and beyond. Sheesh."
The prize for the most prolific nominator goes to the sensible and tidy Susan E. Smith, who has five excellent
candidates for our dubious roll call: First, I'd like to nominate the city's strict historic-preservation ordinances
for upgrading homes on East Third Avenue while having no say about the lovely upholstered indoor furniture on the lawn
of the rental across the street," she says.
Next, the code allowing pole signage on North Main to be considered 'grandfathered-in' and remain vacant and looking
very unsightly. Use it or lose it," she adds.
Susan also nominates the Royal Motel on North Main as one of the Seven Wonders of Durango. Is this really a
motel? It has been run down for years. I'm not sure what it is."
Also on her list: The parking lot at Rite Aid and South City Market. I avoid this location like the plague."
And finally, Susan concludes with this observation: Does anyone notice the sign at the Nehemiah Building near Pizza
Hut on North Main? Slap on a coat of paint," she advises.
I know some of these may not be appropriate or apply to the Seven Wonders, but I sure feel better now!"
Keep those nominations coming. First prize will be a dozen of Mrs. Action Line's nummy chocolate-chip cookies. When it
comes to cookies, no one can outbake Mrs. Action Line.
Honorable mention will be a Herald coffee mug. There might be one buried under the pile of papers on the City Desk.
With a good soak and some formidable detergent, that mug will be good as new.
And if Action Line could score some Participant" ribbons, everyone could be a winner! E-mail questions to
firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Action Line, The Durango Herald, 1275 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301. You
can request anonymity if you find that there's something a bit peculiar about our town.