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Old 09-05-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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Yes, actually, but my hobbies are also my career. I'm a gunsmith and a heavy equipment mechanic. I'm not being facetious, I actually want to know what hot air balloons are for. Do they now, or did they at one time serve an actual economic purpose?
Sure they do, people like to see them, travel to the events, spend money while there and while going to/from. I hear it's a big deal to the motorcoach operators who bring in tour groups. It's just as logical as spending money on ammo to shoot at paper targets down at the range, i.e., it's all about what a person likes to do/see/attend.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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At one time people thought they would be useful for transportation, think crossing the English Channel, the Hindenburg, etc.
Nowadays they are sometimes used for advertising, some people like them for the romance aspect.
I like them because they are spectacular when they fill the sky with a rainbow of colors. Like someone else pointed out, they are like fireworks and don't need to serve any real purpose other than entertainment.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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I wish I had that kind of money to blow.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, CO
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You could ask the same thing about anyone and their hobby. I don't get it either but, boy, are they ever beautiful to look at scattered about the sky.

Hot-air balloons, hunting, painting, running . . . Even though I don't do any of those activities I don't judge or complain about people who do.

I guess I follow the old saying "To each their own".
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I love it! I enjoy watching the balloon glow and seeing the gorgeous balloons. I think it is neat watching the balloons fly, I saw 20+ from the back deck this morning.

Since this event boosts our economy I'm all for it!
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Centennial State
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I wish I had that kind of money to blow.
=P Careful what you wish for. It might actually be that you're physically blowing on the money, not using it. Like having it in a hot air balloon with the wind blowing on the money making it fly away. I wonder how much it costs to actually fund the entire operation. I mean, how many people ACTUALLY get distracted depending on the advertisements?
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Balloons!
SLIDESHOW: Here Come the Balloons - Photos - KRDO Colorado Springs
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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I think kids really like to see the bright colors in the sky, so it could be a good family outing.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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What a thrill to get up early in the morning to see the launch. I love the balloons when they land on prospect lake. Flight, what a delight...beautiful colors in the sky.

Some joys are just there; where is your sense of child like wonder? I don't know, a baby, a puppy, a wildflower, a sunset, sunrise, shooting stars, a rescue, a penquin loved for being there. Open your heart, there are lots of wonderful things in this old world.

Too much violence; lets have some happiness....why you ask? Oh and family and sharing and goodies. And a drum roll.....................FREE FUN for everyone.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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What a thrill to get up early in the morning to see the launch. I love the balloons when they land on prospect lake. Flight, what a delight...beautiful colors in the sky.

Some joys are just there; where is your sense of child like wonder? I don't know, a baby, a puppy, a wildflower, a sunset, sunrise, shooting stars, a rescue, a penquin loved for being there. Open your heart, there are lots of wonderful things in this old world.

Too much violence; lets have some happiness....why you ask? Oh and family and sharing and goodies. And a drum roll.....................FREE FUN for everyone.
I love puppies! babies, not so much....
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