Of the four guest columnists that contribute weekly to the Wednesday Business & Technology section of The Durango Herald, I drew the long straw and the last column of 2010.
With that privilege and responsibility, I pondered the many possibilities available for end-of the-year subject matter. Should I write humor or humbug? How about writing a yearly review of important issues or predictions for the future? Having too many choices, I decided not to write anything at all and let you write the column. Here is what we most frequently heard from you on the streets, in the bars and around the coffee shops.
What we do well
b Socializing. Usually done downtown with our preferred adult beverage in hand, unless free box wine is served with plastic cheese cubes at a fundraiser for one of our 200 nonprofits. Dont ever ask us to choose between whats good and whats free.
b Eating out. The abundance of really good restaurants in Durango has made us food snobs. Wait staff has been asked by toddlers in booster seats to have their bolognaise sauce served on the side. And we take our leftovers home for the dog. Excuse me Miss, could you ask that man if we can have his steakbone?
What we like to complain about
b Violations of our inalienable rights to free stuff like parking downtown anytime and anywhere we want or skiing on groomed slopes that our forefathers founded. Children ages 1 to 39 and seniors ages 40 to 100 should park and ski for free.
b Having more special events than the 100+ we now have, but also having less special events than the 100+ we now have. Lets just have the 100+ special events I like.
What we could improve on
b Were no Tidy Town. Theres too much paper trash, cigarette butts, wads of gum, spit and spittle, dog poop, puke, graffiti, dirty diapers and flowers ripped from planters. It certainly isnt us making the mess, so whoever is doing that nasty stuff, please stop it.
b Letters written to the newspaper editor are really lame. People who think they know everything are really annoying those of us who do. Thanks to everyone for including your name. Your dumb comments are better than the reading the funnies.
What we are proud to be known for
b Dressing for success. Its obvious isnt it? If fashion in Durango was a car, wed be a Yugo if it were luggage wed be a pillow case if it were jewelry, wed be pop beads, and it were fine china, wed be a paper plate. Hey, shopping the thrifty stores is way cool and helps the environment, man.
b Living local. We prefer our hometown coffee shops, local chocolate, locally brewed beer, our farmers market and our local musicians. Were into keepin it in the county, dude, except when we have to go to Farmington just for a few small items and little heavy traffic.
What we cherish
b Our bikes, kayaks, motorcycles, horses and any other recreational equipment that cost more than our car. Actually, I dont own a car. I drive an old truck with my adopted dog in my worn-out Carhartts.
b Weekends that start on Thursday and end the next Tuesday. How about next Wednesday we meet for a mid-morning coffee, do lunch out and sneak out a little early for an after-work cocktail?
Happy New Year, one and all.
firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Kunkel is special events and business coordinator for Durangos Central Business District.