Archives for: February 2009


Permalink 11:30:24 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, 93 words   English (US)

Saying Goodbye to Rocky Mountain News

After 150 years in publication, The Rocky Mountain News is closing shop today. I'm very sad about this because the RMN has been our daily paper for years, several people lost their job today, and it's another sign of the times. I'm grateful to those who have thoughtfully, and with great integrity, covered the day-to-day news of the business community, the triumphs and tragedies of Colorado and the world. Here's a photograph of what Denver looked like around the time the RMN got started by Williams Byers.

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society


Permalink 02:11:30 pm, Categories: Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, 148 words   English (US)

Restaurant Week Review

Little India Restaurant (1533 Champa St, Downtown Denver)

Chris and I really enjoy Indian food, so we thought we would give this a try for restaurant week. The restaurant was not available on Open Table for reservations, so we decided to wing it. We went around 7ish and did not have any problems getting a table. We weren't hungry enough to both participate in the $52.80 menu, so I selected items of off the 5280 menu (for $26.40) and Chris got his own entree. We started with the Vegetable Pakora, which was very tasty when dipped in the sweet and sour sauce; by itself, it was quite bland. I selected the Lamb Saag, Chris ordered a chicken dish. The Lamb Saag was very rich and very good. We had plenty to take home. Little India is a great choice for any night, maybe not the best value for a 5280 night. (**1/2) out of 5


Permalink 09:50:52 pm, Categories: Background, Kirstan's Ramblings, 178 words   English (US)

Restaurant Week Review

The Palm Restaurant (1201 16th St, Downtown Denver)

This is how it started...We invited another couple to dinner who did not have a good experience at a Palm Restaurant in Atlanta, therefore they declined in joining us. This was our first notion of the evening, but we were glad to find out that it definitely did not disappoint. We were seated for our reservation immediately. After studying the menu, we soon learned that a Wednesday reservation would have been a little better than our Monday reservation because Wednesday is 1/2 price wine night. The menu selection was a great value. Chris and I both ordered the Sirlon Oscar (steak w/ crab meat and hollandaise sauce) as the main entree. It was prepared exactly as we ordered it. I enjoyed the wine that I chose, however, Chris did not. The service was superb, as we never felt rushed (unlike the feeling we had a few times last year during restaurant week). We will enjoy this restaurant together again, in other words, it was not nixed from Chris' list). **** (out of 5)

Permalink 12:41:17 pm, Categories: Kirstan's Ramblings, Humor, 54 words   English (US)

A Few Good Quotes Stolen From an Email


I have kleptomania,
but when it gets bad,
I take something for it.

Except that one where you're naked in church.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Happy Birthday Mom! (in case you happen to be stopping by the blog today.)


Permalink 11:39:54 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, 49 words   English (US)

Have You Wondered How the Economic Stimulus Bill Will Affect You?

Here are a few articles that share the impacts of the stimulus bill:

Stimulus package: A Colorado breakdown (From Denver Business Journal)

What’s in the stimulus package for your small business? (From Colorado Biz Magazine)

An Ongoing Tally of How the Money Will be Spent (Government Recovery Website)


Permalink 09:25:02 am, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 145 words   English (US)

Highlights of REVISED Tax Credit for First Time Homebuyers

* Maximum credit increased to $8,000.

* To qualify, purchase must be made before December 1, 2009.

* May be used for the purchase of any single family residence (including homes, condos, coops, townhouses) that will be used as a principal residence.

* Income Limit - Full amount of credit available for individuals with adjusted gross income of no more than $75,000 ($150,000 on a joint return). Phases out above those caps ($95,000 and $170,000).

* First Time Home Buyers Only - Purchaser (and purchaser’s spouse) may not have owned a principal residence in 3 years previous to purchase.

* Credit does not have to be repaid unless home is sold within three years of purchase; upon sale, entire amount of credit is recaptured (repaid).

Be sure to contact your tax accountant and/or CPA to see how you may benefit from the tax credit specifically. Tell your friends, family, anyone who might benefit from purchasing a home right now!


Permalink 10:43:13 am, Categories: Kirstan's Ramblings, Humor, 338 words   English (US)

The Stimulus Bill

Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics professor and says, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you explain it to me?"

The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed.

At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor's house. The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool.

They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said, "First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you can." The student did as he was instructed.

The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told.

The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.

The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?"

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper.

The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he would find out the real story soon enough.

However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone mad. The student finally replied, "All we're doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all you'll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been truly productive action!"

The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile, "Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."


Permalink 12:49:28 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, 77 words   English (US)

Free Networking Lunch

It's that time of year for our annual lunch and business expo. I hope that you might be able to stop by to network and enjoy lunch on us. Our event this year will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. It's on 1600 Pierce Street, behind Casa Bonita. We look forward to seeing you.

Please RSVP to Kim Lagrow at or 303-670-2657.

CWCC 2009 Business Expo


Permalink 12:42:23 pm, Categories: Announcements & Events [A], News, Background, Real Estate, 107 words   English (US)

Here's some Economic Stimulus for you...

Home Buyer Tax Credit (Hopefully) Increases to $15K

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved an amendment to the economic stimulus bill that will give a $15,000 tax credit to home buyers purchasing their PRIMARY home. Supposedly, this tax credit will not have an income limit or need to be repaid . This amendment is a part of the stimulus package that we are still waiting on Congress to approve.

When the stimulus plan is approved, it would be best to talk to your CPA about the specific details of how this tax credit will affect you.

Click here for more answers to common questions about this amendment >


Permalink 08:34:56 am, Categories: Kirstan's Ramblings, Humor, 18 words   English (US)

Quote for the Day

Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
-- Norman Vincent Peale

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Passionately Urban

Welcome to my journey. My name is Kirstan Borne and I'm an active community member, a Denver Realtor, RE investor, property manager, appraiser in training and a business owner. I moved from the suburbs to the city of Denver over 12 years ago. I'm passionate about intelligent and prosperous growth of Denver and state of Colorado. Location Innovators, Llc.

Kirstan Denver Realtor

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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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