Legal weed, Casa Bonita and other drops in the 2014 bucket list
As 2013 winds to a close, I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Not because it was a particularly bad year, though. Just the opposite: 2013 was the first year in a long time that wasn't marked by some kind of personal tragedy. It was a year of minor triumphs and general pleasantness, unmarred by the kind of grief, misery and despair that's all too common in our lives these days. I didn't lose a job or anyone close to me; my worst moments came in the form of a few lost nights of sleep thanks to a toddler and a few days sidelined by a stomach virus. I'd like to think I can get through 2014 the same way, which is why I'm eager to get on with it - and with some of the items on my bucket list. -- Cory Casciato
Aaron Thackeray Legal!
1. Buy (and smoke) some 100 percent legal weed
I've been smoking illegal (and gray market) weed on and off for more than two decades, and for a lot of that time, I figured I'd never see the day when I could do it legally (well, not without a medical condition, anyway). Come January 1, though, that's going to change, and I'm damn excited to walk in, slap my cash on the counter and say, "A bag of your finest weed, good sir!"
2. Take the whole family to Casa Bonita, because none of us has ever been
I've lived in Colorado for sixteen years, thirteen of those in Denver, and somehow I've never made it out to Casa Bonita. It's about time for a family trip, I think. My twenty-year-old daughter is probably too old to enjoy it, and my almost two-year-old is too young, but goddamn it, at least we can all say we've gone - and lived to tell the tale.
3. Get a high score on a game at 1Up and put my initials on it
I played plenty of arcade games as a kid, but I can count the number of times I managed to notch my initials on a high score on one hand, with enough fingers left over to make a number of obscene gestures. Now that classic arcade gaming is cool again, it's time I changed that. I'm making a pilgrimage to the 1Up (or the 2Up, its sibling on Colfax), selecting a game and dedicating myself to getting good enough to immortalize my initials in the top ten, even if it takes enough quarters to buy the damn machine.
4. See Peyton Manning QB the Broncos at a home game
I try to go to at least one Broncos game a year; in fact, between 2003 and 2012, I only missed one season. Then Peyton Manning came to town, coinciding with the addition of a baby to my household. Suddenly, I had no time and no money, and the damn tickets were even harder to get than they used to be. Well, fuck that. I'm going to see the future Hall of Famer play next year, even if I have to sell a kidney to do it. I'd like to bring my daughter, but something tells me a two-year-old isn't going to enjoy four hours in the stands, even if it is in the presence of one the game's all-time greats.
5. Ride the trifecta of sketchy bus lines in one day: 15, 16 and 0
I've ridden Denver's sketchiest bus lines -- the 15 and 16, which run along East and West Colfax, respectively, and the 0, which serves Broadway -- many times, and have seen everything from a spontaneous sing-along to a near riot. What I've never done is ride all three in one day. There's a good chance I'll be hit on, get stabbed or catch hepatitis before it's all over, but I'm still determined to do it. Hey, some people climb Fourteeners; I ride sketchy bus lines.