Sunday, October 08, 2006


Homecoming Parade (Oct. 7th)

Near Colorado State Campus
Fort Collins, CO 80521

***3 out of 5 stars***

Not having been to a parade in what feels like years, I forgot how much fun they can be and how long they can become. We arrived on Laurel street just as the parade was heading down the street. There was a decent sized crowd grouped on both sides of the street.

There was all kinds of floats and participants in this parade. Of course, you had lots and lots of schools marching. This ranged from Pre-School to College groups and there was lots of Marching Bands. There was even a Marching Band from South Dakota! There were also horses, women doing Jazzersize, and people dressed in scary costumes that scared the kids. There was a nice array of beautiful classic cars going all the way back to the Ford Model T. Most of the floats were giving away candy, although the free stuff ranged from calanders to magnets to balloons. Most of the free stuff went to the kids who were thrilled with it. We were near the College of Business and that is where the annoncers were. My only complaint about the parade itself is that it was 3 hours long! I wish it could have went faster and been less long.

My biggest complaint came with the end of the parade. This is when the political groups walk. First was the democrats. They had a lot of people and everyone was cheering. Angie Paccione was there walking and would come over and say hi to people. This is the second time I've seen her at an event like this. Then came the Republicans. They were less in number, and not passing anything out that I saw. Marilyn Mussgrave had a crew and she was not present. This caused the crowd to boo including my party. Apparently angry at our booing, one member of the Musgrave party turned to us and flipped us off. We had children with us, and were shocked that she would do this. If I may be political - this just shows how far the Musgrave party will go to win. So please vote for Angie Paccione.

This free and overall fun event is worth a visit every year! And the best part? CSU defeated UNLV 28-7!


Egg and I (Oct. 7th)

(970) 223-5271
2809 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525

One of my favirote breakfast locales, Egg and I proved it was as good as ever. Having a large party because of the Homecoming Parade (a total of 12) we found that it did not take too long for us to be seated. However, we did have to sit at two seperate tables next to each other.

Most of my friends will usually make fun of me when eating breakfast. I usually have such a hard time that I will just order the daily Special. Yesterday, it was the Longs Peak Frittata. A frittata is an open faced omlette and it had chicken, artichokes, asparagus, and mushrooms and was topped with swiss cheese. It came with their famously delicious ranch pototes. Everyone else had everything from Mac and Cheese for the kids to a sandwhich and soup type lunch. Overall I had no complaints and never heard anyone else have one either.

Egg and I is a must for breakfast in Fort Collins! They are sometimes busy, and you will have to wait - but the wait is worth it. Try the special is you are having a hard time deciding with their large menu!


Vault (Oct 6th)

(970) 484-0995
146 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

*1 out of 5 stars*

For a hip, modern bar located in Fort Collins, Colorado - the Vault has potential that it just cannot deliver. The bar is housed in an old bank building, centered by the main vault of the bank. Thus, you can now see why it is called Vault. The bar is relatively dark, with large ceiling and a historic feeling. The walls are constantly changing, as modern art adorns the walls as if it is an art gallery and not a bar. I do like the atmosphere.

However, it was incredibly hot in there on Friday night. To the point that we had to hang out back with the smokers. It was misserable. The other problem was that it was taking forever to get a drink at their tiny bar - which people were packed around desperate to get a drink and contributing to the heat situation. The drinks weren't great and there was not any good specials. It took over 15 mins for one friend of mine to receive her tab.

The bathroom situation is also a mess. There are always lines for both men and women and lie in a tiny hallway that leads to the back area. So there is always a traffic jam. This is because the bathrooms are far too tiny for a bar that size. The owners really need to address this issue and maybe get rid of the game room to make room for acceptable sized bathrooms!

I would suggest skipping the Vault. There is plenty of cool and cheap bars in the downtown area that Vault is not necessary to visit. If you are interested in the art, go during the day when it will be less hot and you will pay less for a drink.

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