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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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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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.

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

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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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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A Photo Visit to the Historic Hover Farm

Out behind the Hoverhome at 1303 Hover Rd in Longmont is the preserved historic Hover Farm. The farm was originally built in 1893 by George Beckwith but was bought in 1902 by Charles Hover. Charles Hover was not only a community leader but was also one of driving forces in Longmont agriculture in the early to mid-1900’s.

The farm is a historic reminder of Longmont’s rich agricultural heritage. 

The farm as well as the Hoverhome are owned and operated by the St. Vrain Historical Society and is used as an event center.

Information on the farm is courtesy of the St. Vrain Historic Society.

Photography by Al Milligan.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

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Longmont Represented at Women’s March in Denver

During the presidential campaign of 2016 Donald Trump promised that he would unite the people of the United States. On Saturday, January 21st, that promise came true. He united not only the U.S. but the rest of the world, to stand together in a unifying global Women’s March to support human rights.

A group e traveled by bus from Longmont to The Women’s March on Denver to be part of that global proclamation that violation of anyone’s human rights will not be tolerated.

The Women’s March was an effort to send a message of peace, love, and unity to all that would listen. In Denver, it’s estimated that over 100,000 people participated in the peaceful march. WomensMarch.com estimates that over four million women, children, and men took part in peaceful marches across all 7 continents.

The marches in the U.S. were part of a global change that began yesterday. Some are calling it the start of a revolution but everyone is saying that it’s time for people to join together and fight for human rights for everyone.

Women, men, children, immigrants, Native Americans, Muslims, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and members of the LGBT community, and people of all ages and classes came together peacefully and loudly stating that they’ve had enough — they’re going to fight for everyone’s human rights.

Story by Denise Milligan.

Photography by Al Milligan.

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Super Duper Good Treasures & Fun Junk

It’s billed as the Super Duper Garage Sale, and this annual sale certainly is, as it draws hundreds of antique sellers and buyers from distances near and far.  From corner to corner, they fill the Boulder Fairgrounds Exhibit Building with great treasures. And the crowds came out in droves on Saturday to search their wares.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Jammin’ & Singin’ at 300 Suns

I AM BOULDER BUSINESS | 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave., Unit C · Longmont, CO · 720.442.8292

There are a lot of guitars and other acoustic instruments filling the room with musical tones.  Ukuleles, mandolins, drums, banjos, an old brown jug, even a washtub bass, which was remarkably well played!

300 Suns Brewing hosts the jam every Wednesday night at 6pm, and dropping in is encouraged and musicians are welcome to jump up to the mic and host a song.  And do they ever.   Last night, they had the joint tapping feet and a room full of smiles as they covered Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak, and many traditional favorites.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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