It's no surprise that I really enjoy where I live. Boulder is the number one search term on this blog (thank you Lijit stats) and I've posted before about how much I like this town. Even before I was chosen as a Boulder ambassador, I considered myself an outspoken evangelist for living here. So when my friend Elaine Ellis approached me about writing a post about why Boulder rocks for the Boulder.me project, it was a no-brainer. In true acrostic form, I present my ode to Boulder.
B is for beer. Seriously. We live in a microbrew heaven with more than 6 different local beers to enjoy. Granted I'm a former beer snob, but living in this town makes it easy to never drink crap beer. Not to mention that we always have fantastic sponsors for the different tech events!
O is for outdoor activities. There are so many to choose from, you have no excuse. Hiking, backpacking, skiing, running, ultimate frisbee and cycling are just some of my favorites and I can do them all, easily, because I live here.
U is for unique weather. We live in an interesting meterological place, as my friend and favorite weatherman Josh Larson can attest. Both NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) are based here for a reason. Our winters are mild, the summers are warm, and the wind...well, let's just say when there is a wind "event", everyone knows it.
L is for the laid-back lifestyle. My Denver friends joke about how Boulder people are in our own time zone...meaning that we're normally not rushed, often run late, and never get that dressed up for anything. All of this makes it extremely easy to take it easy.
D is for dining. Whether you're looking for organic, vegan or a good burger, Boulder has it all and does it well. I'm married to a foodie and it's made me realize how lucky we are to live in a place littered with other foodies because it means lots of good restaurants. And let's not forget Hosea, okay? If a Top Chef winner resides and works here, that's proof positive to me.
E is for extreme dedication. Whether you're an athlete or an entrepreneur, there is always going to be someone faster, smarter or better than you. This may be true in any town, but here, the extreme dedication that people put into their passions is put on display daily. In my first triathlon, we had to write our age on the back of our calves. Nothing makes you want to work harder than getting passed by a seventy-year old...and knowing it. (My friend Andrew Hyde has a great post about this very topic.)
R is for real community. One of my 2008 resolutions was to get more involved in the Boulder tech scene. Fortunately, with so many events and so many welcoming smiles, that resolution was an easy one to accomplish. Whether it's meeting up for beers or events where we learn from each other, I've never felt as part of something as I do here in Boulder.