Archives for: October 2008

10/31/08

Permalink 11:46:42 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 74 words   English (US)

LoDo Block Party Tomorrow, November 1

Come join us at the Lodo Block Party & Bake Sale this Saturday, November 1st from 1 - 5pm, on Wynkoop between 15th and the Creek. Admissions is free and proceeds benefit the Lodo Lights Art Project. There will be a full bar, food, fun and live entertainment featuring the Bob Montgomery Quintet. Hope to see you there.

Sponsored by: LodoNA, DDRO, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Wazee Supper Club, Chipotle, & SKYY SPIRITS (A GRUPPO CAMPARI COMPANY)

10/30/08

Permalink 09:19:22 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], Kirstan's Ramblings, 156 words   English (US)

Vote, Vote, Vote!

I voted yesterday and it was such a great feeling. It only took about 10 minutes; which was nothing compared to the last major election where I stood in line for over 3 hours. Early voting and mail-in ballots is the way to go. Although, I can't help to wonder what's going to happen with this election. The news seem to report a cluster f*&# of activity around the mail-in ballots, provisional ballots, etc. I'm a little concerned that votes are going to get lost somewhere in the shuffle. The Rocky Mountain News reported that over 1 million votes have been cast in Colorado so far. My choice is now in the hands of the powers that be...

If you live in Denver County and want to vote early (up until 7 p.m. on October 31st), visit the Denver Election Division for a listing of early voting polls.

For more information, visit the New York Times electoral map.

10/27/08

Permalink 11:00:46 am, Categories: News, Kirstan's Ramblings, 580 words   English (US)

Why is Daylight Savings Time Longer?

On November 2nd, set your clocks back before you hit the sack!

In case you hadn't noticed, Daylight Saving Time began earlier last spring and ran longer into this fall. Last year, I was a little miffed when my phone, my electronic calender, etc. were out of sorts because of the new Daylight Savings Time arrangement. It's interesting how reliant I am on technology and how it can affect my life when it doesn't do what it's supposed to do automatically.

Now, I've grown to like the Daylight Savings Time (DST) extension. There is simply more sunlight in the evenings to enjoy the outdoors and get things done. And since I'm a sun freak, there are emotional benefits, as I always feel better with more daylight.

The extra month that we enjoyed was actually the result of the Energy Policy Act, which was enacted by Congress back in 2005 and first went into effect last year. Originally, the bill was written to extend Daylight Saving by two months, but some very verbal opponents fought the change. Farmers say that DST has a negative impact on their livestock in general--as it is tough for them to adapt to the time change, and they consequently produce less milk, eggs, etc. Because DST is not followed uniformly around the world, airlines claim that it might mean many missed international flight connections. Additionally, TV and Cable stations argued that they would lose viewers and advertising revenue, simply due to less time spent in front of the television because of more time spent outdoors in daylight.

So a compromise of one additional month of DST was reached. However, Congress did retain the right to revert back to the old dates if the change proves to be widely unpopular, or if the energy savings aren't significant.

Some great advantages are that additional hours of daylight can help save energy on a national scale. Less electricity is needed, as fewer lights are turned on as early in the evening...and with energy costs so high, even a small amount of savings is very welcome.

And brighter is safer - studies have shown that the DST shift reduces traffic accidents. An increase in accidents in the dark mornings is more than offset by the evening decrease in accidents, due to the increased visibility gained with more sunlight. Halloween is also arguably safer. Child pedestrian deaths are four times higher on Halloween than any other night of the year. By extending Daylight Saving Time, however, trick-or-treaters are able to spend an extra hour gathering treats while it's still light out. Candy manufacturers are happy too, as they've lobbied for years to have DST extended through Halloween.

A study by the US Law Enforcement Admin also determined that crime is consistently lower during DST, with violent crimes down as much as 10% to 13%. For many crimes, like mugging, darkness is a factor--so more light in the evening hours reduces these types of crimes.

So as we turn back the hands of time this weekend, you'll want to double-check all of your electronic devices and confirm that the time is correct. Although you may be accustomed to your computer and maybe even your digital clock in your car automatically updating, the recent change of dates for Daylight Saving Time may require that these devices be manually changed, as they now may NOT be ready to update to the correct time on the correct date. Most importantly, enjoy the extra hour this weekend!

10/25/08

Permalink 07:44:05 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Real Estate, 151 words   English (US)

Denver Housing Market is Not So Grim According to Smart Money

If you really want to know what is going on in the real estate realm, it's important to look at it locally. In general, the media focuses on the national scale, which often shows declining prices and rising inventories. While Denver has seen some of this locally, it hasn't been to the extent of other markets such as Florida, California, Nevada, Arizona, etc.

Last week, Smartmoney.com released their list of the top 25 housing markets that are in the best shape for a rebound. Denver was among the top 7 highlighted in the article. The cities highlighted as quick rebounders: Seattle, Des Moines, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Birmingham, and Denver. Disparity exists from neighborhood to neighborhood throughout the metro area, so contact me if you want to know more about what's going on.

Here's the rest of the story in case you are interested...Home Prices: Now for the Good News.

10/23/08

Permalink 11:50:50 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 70 words   English (US)

Soapbox Races Are Back in Style

On Saturday, October 25th, Red Rocks Park will host the Red Bull Soapbox Race. Forty teams of auto amateurs were chosen earlier this year to race their homemade human-powered soapbox carts down Trading Post Road. The weather is supposed to be great this weekend and this event is free to the public. Racers start lining up at 10 a.m., race starts at noon, and awards are presented around 3:30 p.m.

10/22/08

Permalink 10:54:44 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Kirstan's Ramblings, 303 words   English (US)

If I Were a Kid...

The funnest time of year for kids is upon us and there's tons of options. If I were a kid, I would have to check out Boo at the Zoo. There are also a couple of fun events in the Highland neighborhood this weekend.

Halloween on 32nd
Saturday, October 25th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The 1st Annual Halloween on 32nd will happen Saturday, October 25th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on 32nd Avenue from Clay to Zuni Streets. Children will enjoy a Treasure Hunt, Costume Walk, and Pumpkin Carving.

Pick up a treasure map at Red Trolley Ice Cream (2639 W. 32nd Avenue) anytime between 1:00pm and 3:00pm to begin. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Please contact Amy Berglund at 720-560-6674 or aberglund@rmpro.net if you have any questions.

Participating merchants:
Pasquini's
Duo
Patzcuaros
Panaderia Rosales
Red Trolley Ice Cream
An's Lemongrass Grille
Revolution Cleaners

Pumpkin Carving
Sunday, October 26th at Hirshorn Park
Highland United Neighbors, Inc., Little Man Ice Cream, The Tamburello Team, Bothwell Davis George Architecture, and J Design are sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Sunday, October 26th at Hirshorn Park. (In case of inclement weather meet at the Asbury Events Center: 3011 Vallejo St.)

What to Bring: Your own pumpkin and carving/painting supplies, a finger snack to share with your neighbors, one canned food item to be donated to the Bienvenidos Food Bank and your imagination!
What to Wear: Costumes are encouraged but not necessary.
Who is Invited? All children between the ages of 3 and ???
Hot dogs, drinks, trash cans, tables and music will be provided. 40 Gallon Still will be playing live bluegrass! Winners will be awarded at 4:00 p.m. and the top three pumpkins will be on display at Little Man Ice Cream every day until Halloween.

For more information please contact Erin Weber-Hansen at 303-991-6204.

Ahhhhhhhh, to be a kid again!

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Passionately Urban

Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Borne (formerly Kirstan Marks) and I'm an active community member, a Denver Realtor, and business owner who moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver, nearly 10 years ago. It's a change of pace, a change of lifestyle, and a definite move for the better! I have great knowledge and experience in residential, commercial and investment real estate since 2001. Currently, I specialize in commercial real estate sales and leasing with my firm Location Innovators, Llc.

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Disclaimer: Regarding information throughout this blog that may appear to be advice - be sure to consult with your own qualified CPA and/or attorney concerning any legal matter.

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