Rambling through Colorado with several stops to see 12 family members in three cities, two friends in two cities and just back in time to ramble in Santa Fe's mountains where the aspens are just starting to turn here. In Colorado I had ample time to hike in the aspens, rambling along a familiar trail, and amble through four cities and various mountains for photographing opportunities and admiring architecture and development. I was in the clouds, literally and figuratively. Doing the corporate hustle through stints in Atlanta and NYC while raising teens never allowed for this sort of "me" time.
Economic jitters continue, even though things are at the brink, they've been tempered graphically, except for Palin threatening we could be facing a Depression. It had to get political, didn't it? But I played with the Depression graphic last week. Durable goods orders are down, the worst holiday shopping in over 20 years is projected and...
Houston friends are reporting thousands of trees down and property damage in the area where we used to live and electricity coming back on slowly (but a million in Harris County still without power) and every hotel booked in the process. One Houston friend had coffee with me in Salida, Co.; she had escaped Houston when the cool spell ended. Another friend lost a home on Bolivar Penninsuala. Nothing is there. Nada.
Living with Extended Families & Closer Inter-Generational Relationships: The number of parents, siblings and other relatives who live with adult heads of households grew 42% from 2000 to 2007, according new stats from the U.S. Census Bureau. Biggest change: parents, up 67%, to 3.6 million (the trend is stronger in immigrant communities). Important shift: parent-child relationships are closer now (think: helicopter parents) with stronger ties between grown children and their parents. I have two relatives living multi-generationally with parents.
Cheers from the mountain trails where the aspens are starting to turn. The talk of the town is when they will
beek peak here.