Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Thoughts on a Road Trip Continued

Denver is a beautiful city. If you haven't gone before, you should definitely make plans to do so. Its uncanny how clean the city is for how big it is. On our first day in Denver, Stace-Ghost and I went to the 16th street mall, which is an outside mall in downtown Denver. Even though there are only a few cool shops (Virgin Store, Nike Store) the best thing about being at the mall is just being downtown and seeing all the cool buildings and skyscrapers. We ate at the Cheesecake Factory for lunch (they do serve food other than cheesecake-to be honest, they actually had the biggest menu I have ever seen) and for dessert we split a slice of Fresh Banana Cream cheesecake, which is still the best cheesecake I've ever tasted. We then went to the Capital building and then the art museum. All of the art was amazing until we got to the contemporary art, which made me a little angry with the things they try to pass off as art (a giant ash tray with hundreds of used cigarettes and discarded cigarette boxes? Designer chairs? 4 halogen light bulbs in a box? Come on). Not all contemporary art is bad though, especially one painting called Release Your Plans that was painted in 2001 (see below).
We took the light rail home, which is kind of like a subway except it doesn't go underground and I was surprised at how clean it was for being a main source of public transportation. It wasn't without some crazies though as we quickly found out when a woman started yelling, "God Bless America! Go ahead and smile. Life ain't all that bad. You know, I died under this bridge and was reincarnated in this body so it ain't all that bad." She got off the train shortly after and everyone including myself breathed a sigh of relief when she did. But after having the day that I had, I couldn't help agreeing with the crazy lady. Life ain't all that bad.

Release Your Plans


Amber said...

it sounds like ya'll had a good time - I can't wait to see Denver for myself! :) I love crazy people like that reminds me of Life is Beautiful!

Stace-Ghost said...

Yeah our trip to Denver was pretty awesome! I really enjoyed the art museum and I will agree that the contemporary art was lame.