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You Know You’re From Colorado If…

Twice now I’ve had the privilege to move to Colorado—Colorado Springs, specifically—and in case you have forgotten it or just need a little reminder, this place is pretty incredible. From all the coffee shops and microbreweries, the bazillions of trails, our amazing neighborhood zoo, and those views! You get that Rocky Mountain high just staring out your window. Well, that might actually be from your neighbors…
 
But since I’ve had the opportunity to live in the great state of Colorado, and then elsewhere, and then back here, I’ve noticed a few things about those of you who call Colorado your home. Things that I feel are very specific to living in Colorado.

You know you’re from Colorado if…

YOUR CAR IS A SUBARU. 

I get it, Subaru is practically the state car of Colorado. But that is exactly my point, because outside of the Colorful State, no one drives a Subaru. Okay, okay that might not be true. But there are fewer people driving Subaru in most other states.  There are so many Subarus here, if you happen to be one of the two people who own a Tesla around the Springs, you look awfully showy climbing into your space machine. Because Colorado people buy Subarus. 

YOU WEAR BIRKENSTOCKS ON A DATE NIGHT. 

Colorado is pretty much the only state where the ladies can be seen rocking a pair of Birks on a date. And this goes for all the other outdoor shoes too; I’m looking at you Chacos and Tevas. What is it about that brisk mountain air that fills ladies’ heads into thinking that Birks are the perfect pairing for a Pikes Peak IPA and a date with your favorite person. And don’t think that that I’m not a fan, I am. I wear Birkenstocks all the days… just not on a date. You Coloradans, however, do. But clearly it’s because you’ve just come from some sort of outdoor activity, right? 

YOU WEAR ATHLETIC CLOTHES LIKE REGULAR CLOTHES. 

Speaking of outdoor activity, that’s what athletic apparel was made for—not drinks with a girl friend. And this is coming from someone who loves the whole athleisure trend! Still, showing up for a glass of wine in your athletic apparel basically only happens in Colorado. Have you been anywhere in the South? You can’t put gas in your car without a full-on styling job. So grabbing a glass of Pinot with your girl friends in yoga clothes, at night… only in Colorado. I’m sure you did lunges into the restaurant, so it’s totally okay.

YOU ACTIVELY TRY TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR YOURSELF TO BREATHE.

I’m looking at you, Incline Runners. This higher elevation makes it hard for me to walk up the stairs in my house. True story: I had to get an IV after I moved here (the first time) because I was dehydrated… Gotta drink that water here! But there’s something about you Coloradans that you just have to run up the side of a mountain. In under thirty minutes. Really the only sane thing here is grabbing a brew when you reach the bottom, if you reach the bottom. 


You know you’re from Colorado if…
 
I happen to hit three out of four and my boys bear Colorado mountain names, so I’m pretty sure I can claim Coloradan. How about you

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