Same-Side Seating or Opposite Preferred

I came across this couple at Reuben’s Burger Bistro in Boulder, sharing a dessert from the same side of the table. I told them I once saw a 70-year-old couple at a restaurant seated together. (The older couple told me they’ve done it their whole life.)

Yet, I know other couples that feel odd, or embarrassed, to sit on one side.  Wondering which side most fall on.

[Kenneth Wajda Photographer]

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Every Picture Tells a Story

With street photography, while the goal is to find storytelling photos in public, sometimes it’s not clear what the story is.  As this photograph attests.  (See more street photographs.)

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Time Travel in Longmont

It’s true.  You can go back and experience the 1940s and 1950s and times before that, too.  At the Longmont Museum they have a permanent display that take you back to life in rural Boulder County in those days.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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A Grin and a Spark On the Street

Street Photography – the art of finding human stories in public and capturing them with a camera. I am a street photographer, a documentary photographer, a photojournalist.

When I photograph people in the street, sometimes I capture a look that says a little something.  I wonder what her she’s thinking. 

Street Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Get Your Lowrider Motor Runnin’

Did you know there is a lowrider car culture including 200 cars right in Longmont?

There is and it’s on display at the Longmont Museum through May 14 at the Lowriders: Cars & Culture exhibit.

It’s one of the first-ever exhibitions to showcase lowrider culture. Lowriders are customized cars with chassis that have been lowered so that they narrowly clear the ground, and are bountiful in Colorado and rich with history.  This exhibition gives visitors a behind-the-scenes view of how these rolling works of art are created.

The lowriding lifestyle began in the Latino ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the 1950s.  Lowrider cars have had their suspensions altered or use extra-small tires and wheel rims to place the car lower to the ground.  The lifestyle draws inspiration from Latino culture–the vehicles are a way for each owner to express their style and honor their culture.

Lowriders: Cars & Culture features cars, custom bicycles, pinstriping and upholstery examples, old-school military hydraulics, vintage posters, magazines and historic accessories all related to the lowrider scene.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Visitors to the exhibit take in Fred Perez’s 1948 Chevrolet Suburban

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Car window accessories

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Jesse Rodriguez’ 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport convertible

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Shaun Martinez’ Reaper Revenge lowrider bicycle

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Hydraulic suspension equipment

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A mirror shows the underside of this lowrider.

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Jose Carrillo’s 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Lowrider bikes and pedal cars.

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First Lambs of the Season at SkyPilot Farm

I Am Longmont Business | SkyPilot Farm | 10384 Airport Rd., Longmont | 970.581.0647

It’s that time of year again.  The babies are starting to arrive at SkyPilot Farm in Longmont.  So far this year, they’ve had 10 lambs with a lot more coming over the next few months.

Photography and Story by Al Milligan.

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SkyPilot Farm is owned by Craig Scariot and Chloe Johnson, and they got started in 2015.

“A few years ago we didn’t have a farm. We didn’t know whether you really needed a rooster to get eggs or not. We certainly didn’t know how to shear sheep. We lived in a loft, which we hated. At some point during our one-millionth trek up four flights of stairs to take our dog out to play, we realized that where we were wasn’t really where we wanted to be. We longed for the open spaces we had enjoyed as children in rural America, and for more space to play fetch with our Australian Shepherd, Charlie,” they explained.

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

“Where we ended-up next was more space than Charlie really needed, so we bought a couple backyard chickens. And then we bought a goat because he seemed nice, and then we got another because goats need friends, and then we figured that since we already had goats, it couldn’t hurt to have sheep, too. Pretty soon we had 30 chickens, 24 sheep, 4 dogs, a couple barn cats and a 128 Sq. ft. organic garden. And then we decided what we really needed was a farm.

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Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

“SkyPilot Farm & Creamery was previously the Haas Family Farm. The Hass family owned this farm for over 100 years. It was placed under a conservation easement in 1977 to preserve our local farmland. We are proud to carry on this tradition as the new owners and to provide our neighbors and local community, with healthier, safer and better tasting food.”

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

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Startup Meetup, VR Edition

I Am Boulder Business | StartUp Meetup | 1724 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

A room full of entrepreneurs.  Dreamers.  Visionaries.  And open to ideas on how to bring those ideas to fruition.  That’s the purpose of the StartUp Meetup.

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Bob Ottinger, owner of Reality Garage, speaks at the StartUp Meetup.

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The February StartUp Meetup, which happened on Wednesday night in Boulder, featured two pitch presentations, the first one by Bob Ottinger, who opened the Reality Garage last month at  1320 Pearl Street, downstairs off the Pearl Street Mall. Meaning you can go and experience virtual reality.  Like anytime (well, that they’re open.)

The business model has a three pronged approach of related activities and goals:

• VR Lounge / Experience Space: walk-in or by appointment, individuals or groups (e.g. team building, parties)

• VR Maker Space with equipment, software, workshops / boot camps, open collaboration.

• VR Production: Content and Applications: Documentaries, mixed computer model generated with 360+180 / 3d videos.

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GRAND OPENING THIS WEEKEND

The Reality Garage is open to the public and you can go visit and try out the VR experience, and there’s a Grand Opening Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11. More information: 720.598.2888 – Hours


The second presenter was Romain Vakilitabar, a filmmaker with a virtual reality film, My Beautiful Home, which will be screening during the Boulder International Film Festival, inside the VR Pavillion, March 2-5.

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Romain Vakilitabar introduces MY BEAUTIFUL HOME during his presentation.

Synopsis:  Kenya’s Kibera is Africa’s biggest slum, and one of the world’s poorest neighborhoods. Most of those living in Kibera live in absolute poverty – making less than a dollar a day. But they are not asking for sympathy, they are asking for admiration.

His company Pathos VR‘s goal is to create empathy based virtual reality experiences to accelerate global understanding.

Vakilitabar explained how we often see news photos of strife and suffering in other countries, but while we can imagine it, we haven’t experienced it, and we need both imagination and experience to create empathy for those faraway people.  His intention is to bring an experience via Virtual Reality, and to use it to work to solve world problems.

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Town Hall Forum Done Right

Lyons knows how to get a turnout for a Town Hall forum.  Bring State Representative Jonathan Singer and State Senator Steve Fenberg to the local pub, Oskar Blues in Lyons, and throw a bash, with live music and refreshments.

It was a packed house, with all ages in attendance, and residents could ask questions, and they did, from local issues to national politics.  The event was presented by the Lyons Economic Development Commission.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Colorado State Representative Jonathan Singer and State Senator Steve Fenberg on the Oskar Blues stage.

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Open mic for questions.

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Attendees of all ages listen to Representative Singer and Senator Fenberg.

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Decked Out in Red

The Lady (or perhaps Ladies) in Red!

Street Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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SimBLISSity, The Tiny Home Company

I AM BOULDER BUSINESS | SimBLISSity Tiny Homes on Wheels | Lyons CO | 303.885.5991

Byron Fears and his wife, Dot, just moved their tiny house construction business two weeks ago into the building where a boat company used to be, out on Highway 66, just east of the town of Lyons.  And already you can see the tiny houses are going up.

His crew is working on six houses at the moment, and Bryon said on average it takes about three months to complete a home, though one could be built in six weeks if they were only working on a single construction.

They are high-quality construction, and bigger than most of the tiny houses you see.  Byron said their 24-foot option sells for $65-85k, and they are comfortable for a couple, not just someone living alone.

“They’re movable, but they’re not RVs.  Most folks put them on a piece of land and stay put for a while,” Bryon said.  “I know someone who lived in one in Nova Scotia, Alaska and here in Colorado.”

The company has been featured on TV on Tiny House Hunters, and Tiny House, Big Living.  Perhaps they’re working on your next dream house that’s both comfortable (they have tiled bathrooms and propane fireplaces) and transportable.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Carpenters work on sheathing a house.

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Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity.

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Detail of the tile work in a tiny home bathroom.

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Construction materials still take up considerable space.

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Bryon working with an electrical engineer on a home.

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