It’s the Best Ice Cream Shop.

Imagine you live in the BEST TOWN EVER.
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And your town has what is most certainly the most amazing ice cream shop.

People all over the city admire this ice cream shop for it’s well known delicious creaminess.

And this little ice cream shop has a one of a kind flavor of ice cream they invented that leaves you feeling ohhh soo good and it’s creamy and delicious and you really really like it and YOU NEED this ice cream flavor but it’s, again, the ONLY ice cream shop that has it.

People notice.

Your little ice cream shop has suddenly become the most popular place in town. Walking to the ice cream shop used to be a quick ten minute joy and now…now it has lines around the block. Everyone knows about your ice cream shop. Shops around town want to have the flavor but they can’t. They’ve asked for it but the application process is long and tedious. So customers flock to yours and stand in line for hours. That’s how good it is. It’s worth the wait.

But oh the traffic. And the wait. And people are cranky. And it’s just not the same anymore. The magic seems to be…different.

We live in Colorado. One of the most beautiful states we have and in 2012 Colorado Amendment 64 passed and Marijuana was legalized.

We have the most beautiful amazing state and everyone is flocking to us so they, too, can partake of the riches we legally produce.  Am I that super grouchy Coloradan who says “don’t move here?”. No, twenty years ago we were transplants, too. But you know how before a lot of people moved here because we have art, culture, beautiful mountains to climb and great restaurants with amazing food? Now we have legal marijuana. We are nirvana. We have a LOT of people that have moved here since Amendment 64 passed in 2012. According to The Denver Post The population of Colorado in 2011 and 2012 was at 5.1 million. However, upon the passion of the amendment we grew to 5.2 million in 2013, 5.3 million in 2014 and in 2015 5.4 million. The second fastest growing state in the United States. I’d like to know what’s going on in North Dakota because they’re first. Hey….that’s a lot of people! So before you get all upset with me about not welcoming everyone with open arms, remember those people are on the roads, in the schools, in the grocery stores, climbing the mountains. It’s a lot of people.

Would I prefer it wasn’t legal? Probably. Is it because I’m an old fashioned Pollyanna who has no fun and I prefer everyone go to church? Nope. I mean, I like church but diversity is a good thing. People should celebrate their spirituality any way they choose.

I’m sure your asking at this point…what’s my stick-up-my-butt problem? My kids tell me all the time (eye roll Mom) “You DO know it’s legal now, right?”

Yes, yes I do. Please PLEASE stop being so condescending to me.

  • I would love to drive down the street and not see people smoking it while their driving. I see this so regularly I don’t even know how they can drive. And the smoke filled car is so blinding, how can they see the road?
  • I would love for the jokes about my amazing state to not be there. It’s such a great state. We have so much to offer. Why is that all we’re ever going to be known for. Colorado=marijuana. Admit it, that’s what you think.
  • People are continuously suggesting it to me as an option for my migraines. This is a legitimate option that I have totally considered. I am not blowing them off. But at this time I am not interested. If at a a later time I become interested I will look into it again but I just don’t think so right now. Just because the ice cream flavor is amazing to 95% of the world, 5% is completely turned off at even the suggestion and that’s okay and needs to be respected and not judged.
  • I would love to be able to go on a run and not smell it every.single.time. You would think with the fresh Colorado air I would smell…fresh Colorado mountain air, right? Nope. I’m smelling weed. Easily recognizable it makes me nauseous (I get it, the irony) and it’s frustrating for taking the joy out of the run. I run through it and hope it passes quickly. No matter the time of day or night, or the place. You can be counted on to smell it. Parking lot, passing backyards of homes, parks, you name it, someone is there smoking.

I’m not old and grouchy about weed. I just don’t want to play at your party. And I don’t want my state associated only with this one thing. We have a lot more to offer. I do appreciate the revenue and I totally appreciate the medical uses.

At this point though, I think the more realistic approach is to just legalize it everywhere so people don’t have to flock to our ice cream store. They can just get it at their own. And maybe, just maybe, the new and different will wear off a little and people won’t be so…~must smoke it every chance I get~EVERYWHERE. That would be great. Man that smell is gross.

I get it. I’m not popular. It’s okay. I never have been. I embrace the different. God still loves me.
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Yesterday I took the day and went hiking at Matthews/Winters Park at Red Rocks. Sean and I went a few weeks ago and I loved it. I think it would be great to run it but I have no actual strength and I wasn’t sure I could go that far so I just planned to hike it. Small children passed me* so I probably made a wise choice.

Actually it is a moderate trail and keeps you on your toes. I would say 50% of the people on the trail were running which did two things. One: it sent my self esteem the rest of the way down. And two: encouraged me to get my ass in gear and dress appropriately the next time I come out so I can run, too. It’s my favorite kind and I really like it. Twice now I haven’t completed it though because I don’t know how far it goes. I should…it’s not that hard. I just don’t bother to look. So I just did four miles. I’ll go back maybe tomorrow and give it another try. It was definitely worth it. Okay, I just looked it up and it’s 4.8 miles roundtrip so I don’t have that much further to go. I just don’t take chances like that. I had a lot to do yesterday.

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*this is a lie. I didn’t see any kids yesterday except a baby being carried. Oh. Well technically her mom did pass me.

I did a quick strength training workout so I could say I did and ran too many errands.

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For your enjoyment…this Buzzfeed of Kids who were Just Too Damn Smart

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I’m just going to head out for a run in my little neighborhood this morning. Nothing new and exciting. Pretty sure Sean gave me a cold. I’d say I got it from wherever but I haven’t associated with society in like a week so I blame Sean.  Or I have the world’s worst allergy attack.  The cough appears to be starting today. I’m going to run before it hits.
Maybe I”ll just lie down first.

Just for a minute…

But I definitely won’t close my eyes…

Train on the good days. Train even harder on the bad days.:

Run on…

2 Replies to “It’s the Best Ice Cream Shop.”

  1. I agree with you 100%. I live in the other beautiful state (Washington) and I long for clean air! My neighbor smokes it in his backyard and the odor drifts INTO my house. And yes, the smell gives me a headache and makes me nauseous- I’m glad I’m not the only one. And the smell is everywhere, people reek at the grocery store and the smell lingers in the aisle after they’ve left and I’ve had to change seats in the movie theater from the stench emitted from people. Also, it’s not something that’s talked about much, but the number of traffic accidents involving people driving under the influence of marijuana has increased significantly since legalization. Politicians don’t care as much about public safety as they do about money. Lucky for you, the politicians in other states are seeing the dollar signs and I believe 7? more states have legalization on the ballot this November and it won’t be long before it’s legal everywhere. How’s that for grumpy old person?

    I’ll just stick with my runner’s high, thank you very much.

    *I do believe in marijuana as medicine and know that in many cases it is the only thing to relieve a person’s suffering. I’m only annoyed at the recreational use.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad I’m not alone. I know this is a really REALLY controversial stance to take but it’s just so exhausting. And yes, I could have gone on and on about how you smell it everywhere. You’re right. You smell it on people at the theater, the grocery store, the coffee shop. It permeates. My friend said she doesn’t smell it as much anymore but man, I do. I keep waiting for the glitz to wear off so it won’t be so popular. And yep…the other states are definitely working on it and they are definitely protesting. But it’s going to pass. Because it’s popular and it makes a TON of money.

      I’l be grumpy with you. Runner’s high all the way. (we both clearly agree on just the recreational use. I couldn’t agree more on the exceptional need for the medicinal uses for it that have given people much deserved relief).

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