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After a Drop of Eighty Degrees in 24 Hours.......

a busy day in Boulder the Damned

This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, May 01, 2013.

So! Happy May Day, one and all, as we celebrate the Spring with a half foot of wet snow after hitting 80 degrees Monday. Way to go Ma Nature! Puts me in just in the sparkling mood to visit Boulder the Damned's doin's today. And what doin's they be.

Barry Fey died. I was not a fan, but I was sad to hear that.

At midnight, it became legally allowable for the first time to have civil unions in Colorado, and the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's Office opened immediately when Wednesday began, allowing gay couples to become united in civil unions as they choose. Good. It's not quite married, but fair for everyone or fair for no one.

A young Boulder County clerk in the 1970's was confronted by two people who wanted to get married, she could find nothing in law to prevent it, neither could the Sheriff, so she allowed it, which brought down the wrath of idiots and governance. It's worth noting today that then County Clerk Clela Rorex, who left us and moved away but is now back where she belongs, was totally correct, since the new legislation concluded near the same as she but four decades later. There should be statues to that young woman, both in centers of gay life and in legal temples as well. She, no lawyer, read the law correctly and implemented it and stood her ground. Others read the law correctly and chickened out and or lied. Hail the courage, brains, and civility of Clela Rorex, once viewed as a mere bureaucrat gone mad with power, and now back with us again.

But my punishment is that the number of engagement photos and wedding photos will go up significantly in the local papers and I hate them all. I've never understood why the state has to have standing in romance. I understand when children are involved, but why two of either gender get tax breaks or tax penalties for living together strikes me as weak logic and bad law. Weddings gag me, anyway, so I've got my enthusiasm for this under control, but no doubt there are some happy folks today, and they have my best wishes.

Also, last night, the Boulder City Council declared they would be interested in applying for a 2014 stage of the Pro Bike Challenge here in Boulder. We hosted a day last year, were not in it this year, and want another go. It's now admitted, with reluctance, that the race was a financial loser, costing us a little less than $300k. I suspect it to be higher, but even that admitted loss is still enough to get attention.

As actually predicted, the social stratosphere of international events and concurrent media coverage beckons to politicians, and last night Councilman Ken Wilson emoted: "This is becoming an international event, and we don't want Boulder to be left out of that."

First, it was always an international event by participants alone and, secondly, so what? It's not yet as big as the Red Zinger and Coors Classic race of long ago that died a year after it left Boulder. That was international too. Second, this is the pattern that condemns the juvenile lust for fame and attention that fuels, say, the Olympics. Not the athletes, whose lusts are higher than that, but the idiots who catch the Olympics for their city. Brazil, for example, is already in trouble as it gets ready for its Olympics. It suddenly dawns that displacing millions of people from their homes in garbage dumps and slums is not just a question of doing it, but living with it and keeping the result from the prying eyes of cameras and world media.

Strictly speaking, I don't think a single Olympics, winter or summer, since World War Two has ever shown an actual profit or break even. A scarier example is Greece, which went broke putting on the Athens Olympics and has no ability to recover. None. That fact endangers the Euro and the EU as I type.

The race and Boulder's money in amount and proportion is much less, but politicians are thrilled hosting these things, so we're going to go for it again. We can only hope that the losses come out of the appropriate budget category, and the responsible parties own up to it. Unlikely, though.