Delegating Denver #14 of 56: Guam
Total Number of Delegates: 9
How to Recognize a Guam Delegate: Guamanians are gorgeous. Their exotic mix of Malay, Chamorro, Filipino, Spanish, Asian, and American ancestry has produced people who are extremely easy on the eyes. Although the Pacific island is a part of Micronesia, don't expect to see delegates running around Denver in grass skirts and coconut-shell bras. Guam is the westernmost outpost of the United States of Discount and Fashion Mall Shopping, and every store is duty-free! Guamanians are as trend-savvy and fashionable as any mainland MySpace suburbanite, and they dress the part. Otherwise, telltale signs of the Guam delegate will include the need for a down coat whenever the temperature dips below 86 degrees Fahrenheit and the wearing of zoris. Zoris — or flip-flops, as they are called on the mainland — are worn all day long, with any outfit, by either sex. They are only removed during daylight hours one at a time, to emphasize a point during a zori attack — or political debate, as it is called on the mainland.
Air America co-founder Evan Montvel Cohen; Discovery Health Channel anti-guru Dan Ho; NBC early-morning news reader Ann Curry; Toronto Blue Jays infielder John Hattig; and star of Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues (and cousin to General George Patton) Donovan Patton
Famous Guam Democrats:
America's highest-ranking (out) gay judge, Guam Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cruz; former governor of Guam (1995-2003) Carl T.C. Gutierrez; and U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo
Famous Guamanians With Denver Connections:
A taxidermied version of the extinct-in-the-wild Guam Koko bird that is on display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; MySpace musician Santiago the Artist; and comedian Robby Wagner
Territory Nickname: Where America's Day Begins, Hub of the Pacific (official); World's Biggest K-mart (Unofficial)
Population: 171,019 Racial Distribution: 7% white, 3% black, 27% Filipino, 7% Asian, 41% Native Chamorro, 6% Hispanic, 9% mixed
Per Capita Personal Income: $12,768
Recommendations For The Guam Delegation
Most Guamanian Denver Neighborhood: Jefferson Park
Most Guamanian Bar:
214 South Federal Boulevard
Guam's economy is fueled by Japanese businessmen and the U.S. military. Strip clubs outnumber McDonald's franchises 2 to 1.
Most Guamanian Restaurant:
12203 East Iliff Avenue
The Philippines are to Guam what Mexico is to the USA, and filipino chicken adobo is to Guamanians what burritos are to Americans.
Best Day Trip: World's Largest Rocking Chair, Penrose
Guam sits on a 212-square-mile island that holds over 163,00 residents and 7,000 soldiers stationed at five U.S. military installations. (The U.S. government is closing a base in Okinawa and moving an additional 7,000 marines to Guam in early 2008.) Guam is equal in size to Fort Carson, where 14,000 soldiers are stationed; the base is a Colorado must-see for any Guamanian concerned about military land use. While the drive through Colorado Springs, with its abundance of conservative Christian churches and retired military officers, may feel familiar to a Guamanian, the exit onto Colorado 115 will provide a whole new lesson in the gargantuan greed of military need. The road hugs the base of Cheyenne Mountain, the completely hollowed hill that houses America's top-secret doomsday devices, then follows the western boundary of Fort Carson for twenty miles. The vastness of the military reservation has forced neighbors to super-size. Don't miss the sixteen-foot-tall Herculean Beetle at 710 Rock Creek Road or the 21-foot-tall rocking chair near the highway’s end. Both of these roadside colossi make for perfect rest stops on the road to military build-up.