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Cyndi Palmer: I’ve got mail

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

Catalogs. I don’t know about you but my mailbox is full of them. So full, in fact, that I just can’t seem to go to the post office without getting a yellow card saying I have “too much mail.”

Believe it or not, I make a point to go through every single one and have done so for many years.

My husband reminds me about this time every year, that, if I didn’t order from them, I wouldn’t receive so many catalogs. But between them and the local stores, I’ve saved myself many a trip over the hill to the big, clustered city and all of its holiday hooey.

I’m the kind of person that may buy a Christmas gift during the summer. If I see something that makes me smile and think of a person close to me, I’ll grab it then and store it for the remaining months until the holidays. I am also on a constant search for new, limited edition, or down-right eyebrow-raising items to entertain me. And I have seen some of the most interesting things through those quirky catalogs.

This year, I’ve spotted a device that makes a rainbow arch right in your room, a lamp in the design of a satellite and a bidet-type spray for “ze bum.” Yes, some of these items I wouldn’t purchase for the world, but they’re worth every minute it takes to spot them for a good chuckle.

During those winter nights when there isn’t too much going on, I find myself eager to do a puzzle or play a game and I’m always looking for new board games to challenge me. New board games to check out include Blokus, which has multi-shaped pieces like Tetris, and my favorite so far has been Kings Cribbage, which plays on a board with tiles similar to Scrabble, except the tiles have numbers from a deck of cards and the sixes can be turned around to become nines. Last year, we bought a laser game that has players move mirrored pieces around and it has been a hit with my father-in-law. A new game this year, also similar to Scrabble, is Take a Letter, which lets players barter to trade tiles before their turn.

What I’ve found too, through the plethora of glossy pages, is that New! tasty items can also be found just about everywhere in Grand County. Hot spots to check out new items, especially from candy companies, include the local 7-Eleven stores, the Granby Barn Store and Alco.

City Market is also featuring several new lines of chips made of fruit and I can attest that they are worth a try. A co-worker tried out some of the peach mango chips I brought into work and was pleased to find that her picky son actually cheered when she packed them in his lunch.

When I’m not searching around for things to do in the county or new items out on local shelves, I can usually be found playing some type of cribbage and I was pleased to see a good group of people show up at the Gateway Inn’s cribbage tournament sign-up. Double-elimination tournament play is scheduled for 9 a.m., this Saturday, at the hotel, located at the entrance to Grand Lake, and additional players are encouraged to come by. All that is required is a knack for the game, $20, and as an inside joke, shoes and socks.

Other events for the week worth a mention include several visits by the jolly fat man throughout the county, the library book sale, the Delicious Dishes benefit, and Granby Library’s showing of “Tuck Everlasting.”

While you’re out and about, if you see a coffee pot that’s programmable and brews into a single travel mug, let me know. Until then, I’ll see you at Smokin’ Moe’s for the Grand County Blues show.

Food for thought: “Every really new idea looks crazy at first” – Alfred North Whitehead.

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