Driving through construction on Florida Road, I noticed that the Red Thingy once located near Aspen Drive has been moved to higher ground across Florida Road to the south. What exactly is the Red Thingy? Why not get it into the Durango Discovery Museum? Maybe the kids can find out what it is. Red Thingy Lover
It was 9:15 a.m. Saturday when Mrs. Action Line intervened. Where are you going? she asked, looking a bit concerned.
I have to check out the Red Thingy.
What Red Thingy? she asked. And why is this not a Whatchamacallit or a Doohickey?
Then Mrs. Action Line shrugged her shoulders and went back to the morning chores.
Mrs. Action Line has better things to do on a sunny Saturday morning than track down a Red Thingy.
But the task was simple. Just bop over to Florida and Aspen. And there it was. The mysterious object about 50 yards south of the intersection.
As Action Line was admiring its faded magnificence, a nice foreman came by to see what an investigative columnist was doing in a construction zone without a hard hat and fluorescent vest.
Just checking out the Red Thingy, Action Line replied.
Oh that, he said with a laugh. Its owned by the fella that lives over there, the foreman said, pointing to a house. You should ask him about it.
So Action Line went up to the door like a desperate politician or early trick-or-treater and rang the bell.
A nice guy opened the door. His name is Jim Brinkerhoff, and the Red Thingy is a Schramm heavy-duty portable air compressor.
Jims dad, J.W. (Jack) Brinkerhoff, purchased the compressor after World War II from a mining firm. He used the compressor to power machines that pulled spikes from sections of railroad track that needed maintenance.
Dad used to work for the Rio Grande Railroad, and he accumulated a lot of equipment, Jim said with a chuckle.
Jim has no immediate plans for the compressor, so its bound to become a quirky local landmark, like the giant eagle next to Dairy Queen, the Toh-Atin chief or the roadside pine in the Animas Valley that gets decorated anonymously every Christmas.
Despite dire warnings earlier this decade of becoming a faux town, Durango can be proud of its character, the latest one bearing a weathered shade of red.
Bobby Lieb supporters parked some mobile signs near the county clerks office. While these political signs are probably outside the 100-foot limit, they can easily be seen from the polling place, which just happens to be the clerks office (leased from Bob Lieb Sr.) Seems to be pushing the envelope just a bit, wouldnt you say? Denise Bohemier
Denise included some photos with her question, and yes, indeedy, the campaign signs are very visible from a polling place.
But one candidates pushing the envelope is anothers smart deployment of resources. And whether you like it or not, Bobby Liebs signs are well within the law.
We started getting angry calls immediately after the signs appeared, said a worker at the county clerks office in Bodo Park. So we went out and measured the distance. It was 172 feet from the front door.
Thats well outside the 100-foot limit on campaigning outside polling places.
But lets put this in perspective. Its a passionate and divisive election. But this is no worse than candidates waving along busy intersections.
Just ignore it all. Vote your choice on Tuesday and call it good for another couple of years.
Except for Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. Each deserves a big, fat no and their proponents should be ashamed for not having the guts to come forward.
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