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Old 03-22-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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Most of that makes sense, but I seldom hear people say they do not like forests.
I grew up in Western NY. I like the forests, but they do have a problem. They are claustrophobic. You cannot see the sky, or the world around you.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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chessgeek wrote: Most of that makes sense, but I seldom hear people say they do not like forests.

You didn't hear it from me either. You made it up in your own mind. I never said that I don't like forests, just that I'm glad to be away from the humidity, the jungle like forests, and far away from the I-95 megalopolis.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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"What makes Colorado a great state?"

Nothing, anymore.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I grew up in Western NY. I like the forests, but they do have a problem. They are claustrophobic. You cannot see the sky, or the world around you.
I agree. I used to go to PA for work a lot and didn't like how you can't see very far. I've spent the past 20 years either in Denver or the L.A. area where you can see far off into the distance. I prefer that to thick forest. I also couldn't stand the humidity in PA, or anywhere east of CO.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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"what makes colorado a great state?"

nothing, anymore.
+1
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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Wink Lines on a map

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I saw a neat re-do of the U.S. by areas of influence and how the areas actually work economically and living patterns and all. I think it was called "The 13 States of America." For instance, New England was one state, with Boston as its capital. Western Mass. was assigned to the New York state, with NYC as the capital.
Many have mentioned politics or an overall culture in preferring a place. If certainly a factor, one always shifting in the whims of the day. Even within the same families of possibly long residence in Colorado, one generation may have different views from the former, perhaps little recognized by forebears maybe settling this state.

The mountains are more permanent. Unfortunately this landscape is rapidly changing due the machinations of mankind, although the rivers and much else that one might love yet remain. Other states have beautiful mountains. None have as many as high. Geographically Colorado is as an island of height in the continental United States. That certainly defines it.

As for lines on a map, those change. A good part of Colorado was once part of the Spanish territory that included Mexico. No idea what the Native Americans who have resided here for more than 13,000 years called it, although each tribe surely their own nomenclature. The Territory of New Mexico also once included portions of present day Colorado.

This is somewhat different than that referred to, in state boundaries drawn according to economic and cultural patterns. Artists Neil Freeman has drawn a hypothetical map of the United States according to population, each district with approximately 6.2 million residents. According to his system Colorado would be divided among three quite large states, geographically: Salt Lake, Shiprock, and Ogalalla. The better part of the Front Range, with the Front Range Mountains, would lie in Ogalalla. Pueblo would not, but reside in the state of Shiprock. Thus aside from the northeast plains, the better part of the state would be divided between Shiprock and Salt Lake along a north/south divide, running basically on a line of latitude just south of Colorado Springs (think, roughly US 50):

An Alternate Vision for the Fifty States | Bacon's Rebellion

All arbitrary, of course.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Corona
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1. Low humidity
2. Snow melts in 3 days
3. Reasonable cost of living
4. Relatively low crime
5. Great outdoor choices
6. People are pretty nice too.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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My skin thanks me daily for the humidity and the proximity to NYC, Philadelphia and DC cannot be beat.
Thanks for sharing Julian.

I found the proximity to those cities from Colorado to be wonderful I'm glad you're enjoying it out there though.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:02 PM
 
Location: high plains
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colorado is an oasis in the west that is fraying from decades-old political decisions.
it is having some difficulties accommodating all the new people who are lured by the
mile-high mirage. but behind the mirage there is still gold in them hills and opportunity
for renewal if you look carefully.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:11 PM
 
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Others, who would prefer Colorado to be Wyoming or Idaho or even South Carolina, would disagree, but I love Colorado because it has a degree of balance I have not experienced any other place. It is not entirely skewed rural, nor urban, left, nor right. It is not entirely flat, though it has expansive plains. It has places of such extreme natural beauty they leave me almost speechless, though it takes a good deal of effort to get there. It has seasons, though typically not extreme. One need not earn $250K/year to be borderline middle class in its cities, like some states/cities, though one has to hustle and work hard to get ahead. It's less educated/successful "natives" can be bitter and typically seek to blame the ubiquitous "other" for their problems, but the vast majority of long-term residents are decent, thoughtful folks who are just a pleasure to be around. Remember the porridge from Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Well, Colorado is the porridge that is "just right." For folks who prefer their porridge colder, the borders of Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, etc. are always open. For those who prefer their porridge hotter, many interstates lead to places like Florida, New York, California.

I know I'm just an old sap, that we're supposed to complain all the time about everything and everyone, but I for one am grateful for every day on this earth I'm alive and living in Colorado. With my Colorado spouse and Colorado kids no less!
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