A Christmas Day to forget


By Max R. Weller

Read the report of high winds yesterday in the Daily Camera: Thousands lose power in Boulder County as Christmas wind gusts top 90 mph. Excerpt follows:

High winds knocked down this tree on Boulder’s University Hill Sunday afternoon, causing a road closure along Aurora Avenue between 11th and 12th

High winds knocked down this tree on Boulder’s University Hill Sunday afternoon, causing a road closure along Aurora Avenue between 11th and 12th streets. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

The Boulder area traded a white Christmas for a windy one.

Winds held steady above 60 mph throughout the city up until Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service, with gusts near or above 90 mph recorded in multiple foothills locations, including NCAR, Gold Hill and Rocky Flats.

The winds downed power lines and caused thousands of outages throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties, with more than 3,000 losing power Sunday afternoon in south Boulder, and another 1,500 losing power in the area of downtown Louisville.

About 1,000 were also without power over the afternoon in the area of the Broomfield Industrial Center.

Other smaller outages were reported elsewhere in Boulder, including along Baseline Road and 28th Street.

Many of the outages were resolved by the early evening, but some customers, including in south Boulder and in Louisville, weren’t expected to regain power until close to midnight.

In addition to downed power lines, fallen trees and swirling debris were also reported in pockets of the city of Boulder, in Niwot, Erie, Lafayette and unincorporated county neighborhoods. 

At my campsite in north Boulder, near the intersection of N. Broadway & U.S. 36, I retreated into my burrow by 9AM when it seemed that the forecast snow had arrived; only a dusting appeared. Settling in to read the Lincoln biography I received as a Christmas present from one of my Dakota Ridge neighbors,  “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, it was only a brief time before the wind was howling — and it kept up for hours. Despite being in a somewhat sheltered location, I feared my tarp would be swept away along with all of my camping gear and me with it . . .

To make matters worse, I’ve been remiss by not drinking enough water to avoid the most unsettling symptom of dehydration: dizziness. I almost passed out when I crawled out of my hole last night after the wind had died down. This will not do; I might die of exposure with warmth just a few feet away. Then (horrors!), the do-gooders would use my passing to raise more money for the almost exclusive benefit of the worst-behaved transients. I’ll be damn sure to drink at least a couple of liters of water daily from this day forward.

BTW, I want to thank Todd Root of Boulder for his commentary published in the DC’s print edition on Saturday: Addressing homelessness, what about substance abuse? It’s encouraging to see that not everyone is foolish enough to accept at face value what Greg Harms and others running our local homeless shelter / services industry are putting out there:


Do NOT buy a used car from this man! 

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