Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Boulder This Very Minute (and Lousy Names)

It is 75 degrees outside. This is one of the big misconceptions about Boulder: that the weather is harsh. It's a gorgeous Spring day. Yesterday was glorious, and the buskers were out in force on Pearl Street Mall. The cyclists are everywhere. I went for a massage yesterday and the place was packed, on a Sunday afternoon, because people are thinking about the Boulder Bolder (or is it the Bolder Boulder?) race coming up.

Boulder is great, but there's a serious shortage of creative brainpower here. The Boulder Bolder/Bolder Boulder race name is a perfect example. Geez! How trite and boring can you get? There is another race called the Boulder Dash - okay, that's kind of cute. But there's Bolder Staffing and Bolder This and Bolder That. Enough. Great town, horrible names.

Boulder Creek, Boulder Canyon, Boulder Falls. South Boulder Creek. There are three Rec Centers called North Boulder, East Boulder and South Boulder Rec Centers. I mean, please. One of the less-exciting (but perfectly nice) areas of town has one of the most evocative names: Gunbarrel. Left Hand Canyon is a great name. That's pretty much it as far as place names go. It's all downhill from there. But it's a great town, regardless.