By Max R. Weller

A cyclist rides down Iris Avenue in Boulder on Wednesday.

A cyclist rides down Iris Avenue in Boulder on Wednesday. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff photographer)

Daily Camera report: Boulder sees 5.1 inches of snow overnight as temperatures continue to drop. Indeed, the layer of snow kept me warm, although folks with even a hint of claustrophobia wouldn’t like the weight pressing them down. Strangely, I saw more traffic on the snow-covered streets as I rode the SKIP bus down to King Soopers on Table Mesa this morning than usual. I doubt it’s an illusion because everyone was driving slower as they should be; more likely it’s yet another example of the brilliance to be seen in all facets of life in America’s Smartest City. Hey, let’s drive in the snow! (Sarcasm.) I swear, people in Honolulu could cope better in a snowstorm than most Boulderites . . .

The DC today is also reporting the death, a probable suicide, of a prominent former CU football player. We frequently read about suicide in this part of the country, because it’s something occurring at a higher rate here than most in most other regions.

See Marijuana Legalization In Colorado: How Recreational Weed Is Attracting People, But Spiking The State’s Homeless Rate [PART ONE] from the International Business Times. Continuing the story: Pot Brings Poor People To Colorado, But What’s Being Done To Help Them? [PART TWO]. Why “help” them beyond providing a bus ticket back home and a sack lunch to-go? Really — isn’t it time we started what I’ll call Zero Sum Compassion? Every penny that nonprofits spend on transients should be justified, with first priority always going to local homeless men, women, and children.


Devin Butts smoking a joint at soup kitchen in Pueblo, CO — a common sight at the nonprofits in Boulder, as well. 

That’s all for today, except for thanking my friend from Longmont for the pair of sleeping bags she gave me yesterday — along with two McDonald’s double cheeseburgers and a large order of french fries. The food was cold by the time I’d rearranged my campsite to take advantage of more gear, but it was still DELICIOUS.


Health food for the common man 

‘Boulder weather: Up to 6 inches of snow overnight as cold front moves in’


Read the story in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Boulder could see up to 6 inches of snow and freezing temperatures over the next 24 hours as a cold front moves into the Front Range area, according to the National Weather Service.

“A cold front will move down the Front Range from Cheyenne to Colorado Springs and temperatures will fall and not likely reach above freezing again until late in the week,” said local meteorologist Matt Kelsch.

Today’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with a high of 27 and an overnight low of 6 with a windchill of -3. The snow is expected to start falling sometime after 5 p.m., with 2 to 4 inches expected tonight.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high of 14 with another 1 to 2 inches of snow falling before 11 a.m. The overnight low is expected to be near -3 with wind chill as low as -14.

“The snow should be the fluffy, low-moisture kind,” Kelsch said. “Snow is likely to begin in the late afternoon or early evening today. Although we might get through the evening commute without much problem, you should be prepared for a snowy drive Wednesday morning.”

Things should start to warm up a bit on Thursday, with the forecast calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 19 and an overnight low of 9.

“Temperatures should climb above freezing on Friday,” Kelsch added.

Thanks to a friend, I’m getting more camping gear to help stay warm at my campsite tonight; and in my experience, a layer of snow over the top of my tarp is very effective insulation, although the frosty condensation which forms inside from my breath does provide a rude awakening when it drops off in chunks during the nighttime hours.

If you can’t stay sober — go to Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO) and try to behave well enough that you won’t get kicked out of there. It’s your own damn fault if you die of hypothermia here in Boulder . . . There is more warm gear, clothing, footwear including wool-blend socks, and food to fuel your internal furnace for FREE in this city than anywhere else in America. Those too stupid to prepare themselves properly, and who are lucky enough to survive outside anyway, ought to be offered FREE vasectomies or tubal ligations, because we surely don’t need any more like ’em being born here.


An igloo would beat sleeping underneath a tarp bundled up in sleeping bags and blankets, but the Homeless Philosopher has no place to put one. You make do as best you can . . . 

Watch for Falling [Drunks]



Stock photo of homeless camper passed out

The last two nights, a drunken transient has come staggering through my campsite; this is a new guy who has been trying to “fly a sign” at the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 — with very little to show for it — and he couldn’t get into Boulder Shelter for the Homeless despite being picked in the lottery both nights because he was so intoxicated. He could easily have fallen out of his bunk and injured himself, so this is a sound policy.

Saturday night he wanted to sleep where I do, which I NEVER permit unless your name is Jessica Alba and you’re sober. Last night (Sunday), after I’d warned him to walk across the field to get to his spot and avoid the narrow and poorly-lit path along the barbed-wire fence, he stepped on top of me as I lay sleeping beneath my tarp, and then fell down onto my bad hip . . . I was NOT pleased, and I used a lot of foul language. It took this pickled idjit a good five minutes to get to his feet and move on the short distance to his own spot. As I’d pushed him off of me, he fell into the barbed-wire and started crying (I kid you not). I refused to assist him in any way.

Just that morning, the paramedics had taken him to the ER, after he told another homeless camper that his leg was broken. It wasn’t, so he was released and went back to drinking before showing up in this north Boulder neighborhood again last night.

What a stupid little wuss! This character needs to sober up, or go to a BOHO Warming Center at one of the local churches or a synagogue. (I understand they more readily accept drunkards than does BSH.)

We’ll see what happens tonight — but it’s turning bitterly cold and snow is forecast, so he might easily become a “bumsicle” if he doesn’t use more common sense.


Challenging weather on the way, and more


By Max R. Weller

See the National Weather Service forecast for Boulder, CO 80304. I believe I have enough gear to stay warm next week, but another sleeping bag I could place underneath the one I’m using would be greatly appreciated.

Most of the homeless people I’m seeing in Boulder Shelter for the Homeless every morning are from outside of Boulder County, CO and many of them from other states altogether. It’s ridiculous! They’re only here for so-called legal marijuana, and because our local do-gooders ENABLE them with free food, free shoes and winter clothing, free camping gear, free shelter, etc.


The undeniable facts are these: 1) Marijuana is available just as readily in the states and cities where these bums come from; and 2) It’s cheaper there than here in Boulder, where the cannabis industry has jacked up the prices to take advantage of tourists and transients alike.

“Marijuana makes people stupid,” as Mitt Romney has said, and the proof can be found by observing the chronic stoners in Boulder’s homeless population. Weed’s long-term effects on your brain are just like those of alcohol.

If current #1 Alabama plays #4 Washington, you’ll see how truly weak the Pac-12 is; when’s the last time a West Coast team was in contention for the National Championship in college football, anyway? See CU Buffs fall to Washington in Pac-12 title game in the Daily Camera. 

Be back soon . . .