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Dressing up my life with a new place to live

April in GlenwoodApril E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I’m already homesick. And I haven’t even left yet.For those who don’t know, and those who might care, I’m relocating to Arizona. Leaving Glenwood Springs is going to be tough I’ve made so many great friends here.But I need the change.I’ll put a piggy bank at my desk.I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a nomad. Mostly because I’m not following seasonal wild game and plants to survive.But I liken my attention span in my 30s to what it was when I was in kindergarten. Except this time I’m not being sent to the corner for talking too much and not paying attention to the teacher.Like a little 5-year-old April, I’m looking to learn more about myself. My friends and family joke I must not like them because I keep moving farther west from Indiana.

Don’t take it personally a move is just what my internal therapist ordered. In this new chapter of my life, I’ll administer the High/Scope Learning approach to my autodidacticism (big word translation: self-education). According to Wikipedia, this learning style is used in many U.S. kindergartens and incorporates a “plan, do, review” approach.Basically I’ll be brushing up on my creative dancing skills, playing a little more dress-up and finger painting.Maybe I’ll even try a brush.The best aspect of this approach is I’ll take time to review what I’ve learned. This will be my time to reflect, even if it is with complete and utter embarrassment.Some things will never change. And why would they?

In the past, there may or may not have been a little shame involved with my creative-dance exploration. Of course that mostly involved a Running Man dance-off with Rob Tramazzo at our holiday party in Rifle. And a shameless spin or two around the brass poles at the Roxie that I will blame on a little fruity drink called the Roxie.Mom, just in case you’re wondering, the Roxie is not a strip club. Although I have seen some dancer-esque fashion run rampant on a Friday or Saturday night.I’ve found dressing up for various celebratory occasions whether it’s been as a fairy, ’70s disco diva, wench, schoolgirl, Kid Rock helps me express my inner self. Learning and growing, in my own special role-playing kind of way. And I may hit the pinnacle of playing dress-up the first weekend I settle in Flagstaff.New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, described as “a ballyhoo of bikes & beer,” takes place Saturday, Oct. 6. Each year, Flagstaff hosts the largest Tour de Fat of the multi-state tour. It even beats out the party people in Colorado, where the brewery is based.Maybe next year, Fort Collins.Last year in Flagstaff, 1,200 bike riders rode in the parade, 187 kegs were tapped and drunk, and 8,000 people attended.

That’s some serious planning, doing and reviewing for adults.The event promotes sustainability and riding bikes instead of driving cars. And it benefits the Flagstaff Biking Organization and the Northern Arizona Pride Association.And I think I can play dress-up.I’m in for a big surprise.April E. Clark will still write her column but it will undergo a name change. This week, she can be reached at aclark@postindependent. com and 945-8515, ext. 16601.

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