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Patty’s Ponderings-The View From Pueblo

Flickr photo of Tumbleweed pile

Is this a  picture I took on Christmas vacation in Pueblo, Colorado? No, but it could have been.

I just found no reason to take pictures of the plethora of tumbling weeds with burrs and stickers. They clog up backyards and highways and parking lots. They lodge under vehicles and their stickers end up hobbling your pets, when they get stuck in their paws, and you, when they jab into the soles of your feet! The villainous burrs and stickers from these dried out sagebrush plants also ruin jeans, coats, shoes, slippers, towels, sheets- – -you get the idea.

As I look out the window at the softly falling snow here in Sioux Falls, I’ve never loved this place more! The trees and green grass are dormant now, but I know they’ll be back.The flora in Pueblo will always be limited to sorrowful patches of brown grass, a scant number of trees, (with the exception of the city parks) and a bumper crop of tumbleweeds. I have learned that brown and dry are not for me. I would hate every day of an existence there! Sadly, so do my sister and brother-in-law and they have to stay there for a while due to his job.

The natural environment in Pueblo, as it turns out, is the least of their worries. Almost everyday, that I was there, the beautiful bookstore which my brother-in-law manages, was robbed!

People drive like maniacs! Forget 41st & Louise on Saturday at noon! That is nothing compared to the highway between Pueblo and Pueblo West, (where my family now lives). The speed limit is 65, but you will often come upon someone driving 40 or under in either lane and not be able to get around them, because another chucklehead is doing the same thing in the other lane!

Many of the people there are lovely caring creatures, but they are quite choosy about who they care about. For a city of its size, the crime rate is high, median income low, homelessness there is formidable, especially among the population upon which Pueblo prides itself- -veterans. The city refers to itself as the “Home of Heroes”, even though the number of heroes minus homes is voluminous.

While doing my CheapOair review of my trip, I inquired if I could give Pueblo less than one star, but they wouldn’t allow it. Consider yourself warned!

 

 

 

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