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Cyndi McCoy: Stop and smell the poinsettias

by Cyndi McCoy
A Face in the Crowd
Grand County, Colorado

Everyone’s moving along, and at such a quick pace these days. Aren’t all these time-saving, technological advances supposed to be doing just the opposite?

Turkeys and their fixin’s are quickly being stuffed aside from the center of the family table, turned into turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole and turkey-Lord-only-knows what ” sounds like Bubba’s shrimp options from “Forrest Gump.”

People seem to be moving into the Christmas holiday extra quick this year. Stopping into grocery stores immediately following Thanksgiving, some even before that, one is inundated with seasonal songs and aisles upon isles of shiny green, red, and gold merchandise.

It’s all stuff. But is it stuff for the understuffed, I’m not too sure.

What was up with the crowd who fatally trampled the doorman/security guard ” at Wal-mart none the less? I don’t know about you, but I’m still full from Thanksgiving and could use a little down time to digest what’s leftover. Forget how many days are left to shop until Christmas and live in the now.

A wise man (of which I hope there are more than three) once said you have to lose your mind to come to your senses. And on that note, I encourage everyone to stop and take in the beautiful smells of pine and wood-burning stoves, the feather-like fall of snowflakes (yeah!), the joyous laughter of kids dressed up like the kid who cried “Wait for me” in “A Christmas Story” movie.

Also, take your time out on those roads. An extra five minutes to thoroughly scrape off ice on your car windows might save you time (frustration, maybe even a life) later on.

While you are out and about, make sure to check out the following movers and shakers:

– O2 Creative has just finished the new Grand Futures Web site: and hopes to encourage kids to visit the site as much as possible. The site now features a new, fun design with broader appeal to youth.

– Cindy Kleh, the Snow Goddess who reports the snow conditions from Winter Park base each day, is looking for snowboard words, terms, phrases and idioms for a new book she’s working on. As a multi-year snowboarding champion, she knows quite a few, but figures there are still some out there she hasn’t heard. She said, funny is best but really anything that hasn’t made it into the general lexicon and maybe should be will work. Send words (used in a sentence a plus) and definitions to and I’ll forward them on. Sources used will be cited.

– Silver Mountain Jewelry has opened a new second location at the old Metal Stone Jewelry spot at Cooper Creek Square. The owners hope to host a Christmas open house soon.

– The Waconda in Grand Lake is open for breakfast every day, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– The Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake is re-opening today, Dec. 5 and offers a new a la carte winter menu. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays through Dec. 17 and then will be open for dinner every day through the holidays. Reservations are advised, especially for New Year’s Eve.

– The Bears Den in Grand Lake is offering $5 meals for senior citizens noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

On a blues note: Mark your calendars for the Shawn Kellerman concert Dec. 13, and a special Jimmy Hall performance for a New Year’s Eve dinner and/or show, presented by the Grand County Blues Society.

Food for thought: “Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.” – Jane Austen.

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