Boys and their Toys. Or, Your system is STUPID

9 08 2008

After ranting about how sleepy and quiet this place is on Sundays, and most days in general I thought it would be important to note another extremely surprising (to me) fact of life here in Canon City, Colorado.

Car stereo systems, in particular the mega-disturbance of the peace causing-bass machines. No matter how small the town, no one is safe from the blaring, teeth-rattling, mind-numbing sound of a young male’s (typically) car stereo system on steroids. Even at 2am you can hear the Thudddd, thuddd, thuddd of that sound system thrown in the back of some teenagers trunk. Earth to male species, the rattling sound means it’s not properly installed or it’s of poor Qua-li-ty! Besides, shouldn’t you be spending your money on something more productive?

But wait, I need to back up here and note that in reality the majority of offending car stereo systems actually belong to people who are probably too old for this sort of behavior. I mean, it is THREE A.M. in perhaps the most boring town on the planet, don’t you have a job? Shouldn’t you be sleeping? Or if unemployed, shouldn’t you at least be getting loaded with your buddies in some sort of canyon somewhere far far away from town? I know you are 27, but where are your PARENTS!?!?!

Okay, I know on some level I am completely overlooking some mythical relationship that guys have with their cars. There is some primal urge, much like a peacocks feathers, to soup up your car, make other men jealous and attract females. I get it, but whatever happened to drag racing and paint jobs??? I’m JUST trying to sleep.

Sometimes it just makes me wanna....

Sometimes it just makes me wanna....

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

7 08 2008

One of the unexpected (for me) consequences of moving to a small town is how early things close. Especially on Sundays when everything is shuttered and locked by 3pm. Although I don’t actually find this surprising it is one of the many things which I neglected to consider when relocating. It also requires a complete overhaul of your typical city-girl mentality.

If you drive down the main drag (US 50) or Main Street on a Sunday afternoon you will see hardly anyone. You might see the occasional converted school bus preparing to take a group of rafters out to the river for some whitewater rafting, but that’s about it, and only before noon. Although just a few weeks ago the State of Colorado repealed an old “blue law” from the 1930’s banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays, most liquor stores remain closed on Sundays regardless. Don’t assume that this is a big problem for me, just a simple observation. 🙂

I used to complain that places closed at 9pm on Sundays in Louisville, but that is laughable now. If a place is even open on Sunday at all it closes by 3pm, except Office Depot which shuts down at 6pm. And of course there is the 24/7 Wal-mart, thank Jeebus.

I recently discovered that soon many stores will begin closing early (or simply closed) on many weekdays. Something to do with the summer ending and the tourists. Webb has explained to me that this problem is easy to overcome thanks to the gifts of the internet. Now I may have been born at an age where reliance on the internet is a given, BUT I like to try on things or hold them in my hand before I fork over my information to some whack-o on the internet. Maybe my fear is a little over stated, but I can’t help it. I guess I’ll have to get over that too.

I’m sure by the time I come to appreciate this trend it will be time to leave town for good.