McKibbin’s Scribblins: My windows on the world are brighter
Things look a lot brighter to me these days. Maybe it’s the warmer weather. Probably because I washed the windows of my office. Amazing what getting rid of dirt and grime can do to improve an outlook and help keep spirits high.
There are also some things around Rifle that seem to be looking better, as well.
For starters, the old Sno-White Linen lot on Railroad Avenue is much easier on the eyes, thanks to the work of city crews and volunteers during the recent downtown cleanup day. It’s a much more attractive greeting for motorists entering the city, despite the for sale sign. But I can live with that.
I’m looking forward to a summer full of fun events at the site. Should also help boost what seems to be ever-lagging sales tax revenue for the city. That means things are still tough for most Rifle businesses, too.
But this is an upbeat column, so we won’t get into that.
And how about all the new restaurants to choose from? Great to have more choices, with more on the way, perhaps.
Mother Nature has also done a great job greening things up, too. All that early spring rain really did something getting rid of the drab remnants of winter.
Although I did wish my lawn hadn’t grown so long when I went to mow it with my push reel mower last weekend. But, again looking on the positive side, I gained a real good workout.
My cat loves the weather, too, and it’s a kick just to watch him investigate the backyard. If he just wouldn’t pick fights with the neighborhood cats. Fixing his cuts and bites can get expensive, you know.
Pretty soon, school will be out for the summer. That means kids will be out and about, doing kid stuff. That always helps keep things fun.
In the sports world, the Broncos are back in camp, even if it’s voluntary. Even in the offseason, Colorado is Broncos country. So that makes me eager to hear how they’re doing.
The Colorado Rockies are playing better than many expected. Yes, it’s early, but it’s still great to see, and I look forward to watching or listening to some of the games. Might even go see them, or maybe the Grand Junction Rockies, this summer.
Spending time with family and friends can also help improve your outlook. Well, OK, maybe SOME family and friends. Mine are all great, so Mother’s Day (minus one) with my mom was a great time. Had a good walk, watched “42” (another great baseball movie, BTW) and a nice lunch. Priceless.
Missed a chance to see a good friend last weekend, but another friend plans to stop in Rifle in a few months. So there’s more good times ahead.
Bring ’em on, summer.
Guess I’m going to have to wash my windows more often, right?
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.
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A work crew has closed in on its final days of razing the dilapidated Carquest Auto Parts building on Railroad Avenue.