Why did the city install a new street sign, Mamets Way, at Seventh Street and Main Avenue at the Diamond Belle saloon? Ron LeBlanc, city manager
No, this isnt the city manager asking Action Line whats happening at the city hes supposed to manage.
Instead, it was a Rons blatant attempt to hijack the column by asking and answering his own question, for which Action Line is eternally grateful.
You see, winters coming and the Action Line House needs a coat of paint. This is most upsetting to Mrs. Action Line.
When Mrs. Action Line isnt happy, nobodys happy.
So when Rons question appeared unsolicited in the email box, followed by a witty answer, it was a godsend.
Not only can Action Line totally skate this week, but Mrs. Action Line gains several bonus hours of indentured servitude from yours truly.
Every minute you dont spend writing is another minute you can use to paint the house, she suggested gently, er, pointedly. Make that firmly.
So what was the question again? Oh, yeah. Mamets Way.
Heres the scoop: The city hosted the annual conference of Downtown Colorado Inc. last week, from Sept. 21-23.
Many of the attendees are most impressed with Durango and its splendid downtown, writes Ron, adding that the Mamets Way sign appeared mysteriously on Thursday morning and disappeared just as mysteriously Friday afternoon.
We will now let our city manager take over the column:
City staffers are investigating, and there are several possible explanations.
Sam Mamet, the pre-eminent executive director of the Colorado Municipal League, was in town for the conference. So, the most logical explanation for the sign is to honor him and recognize his presence in our fair city.
However, municipal league staff, speaking anonymously, shared a copy of their personnel rules that clearly state: Mamets Way or the Highway.
The Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed that many legislators have worked with Sam in the past, and they know full well that its Mamets Way or the Highway.
Durango Mayor Christina Rinderle, who sits on the leagues executive board, concurs.
Sam usually gets his way, Christina said. But the mayor thought Mamets Way referred to his reputation with the Diamond Belle saloon girls.
One of the befeathered beauties cheerfully acknowledged Sam has a way about him.
Sam is in here enough that all the saloon girls know what he likes! she said.
Sam was unavailable for comment.
Decades ago, when I lived in metro Chicago, I hosted many real cocktail parties in my home, wore hostess gowns, put out guest towels in bathrooms, etc. Then my family moved out here because we liked the casual cowboy town that Durango used to be. Anyway, when I have company over, I put out paper guest towels next to the sink (yes, they are printed with guest on them). But no one around here ever uses the guest towels. Not to be hoity-toity, but is this a Durango thing? I really dont like people outside of the family using the regular towels. Anita Hermosillo
Action Line applauds your sense of hospitality.
Nevertheless, in a casual cowboy town, many buckaroos might not know etiquettes finer points.
Upon encountering a towel that says guest, a cowboy might be thusly perplexed:
At this party, they had fancy towels, includin ones that said guest. I didnt know which one to use, so I guest it was the cloth ones. I hope I guest right.
It would be wise to remove your regular towels prior to any shindig. Limiting hand-drying options will reduce further fabric faux pas.
Of course, when faced with only guest towels, some simple folks might be tempted to dry their hands on the bathroom curtains or wipe them on their pants.
Therefore, prior to future parties, you might also want to remove any window treatments from the bathroom and drape a pair of Wranglers on the towel rack.
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