Oct 24, 2011

Denver, I Sing of Thee!

Denver is ... outstanding.

There is so much about this town that blows my mind, and it makes me remember my kind, patient, and thankful Nebraska roots. People here are unbelievably polite, friendly, and will talk to you about just about anything, but not in that creepy big-city way. No, people here are normal. Really normal. Laid-back normal, and I love it.

As I have gotten to know the Jewish community here, I've learned how tight-knit and proud they are to live in Denver. Yes, we might only have a deli, a pizza place, and a bakery, but it's all good. They make do. In fact, there are FroYo places and even an ice cream place that are kosher. And for me, it's beyond easy to find all of my favorite gluten-free products.

Here, I want for nothing.

I'm very tossed about my hair-covering, but I'm growing it out right now and it's growing rapidly, so hopefully, within no time, I'll have hair with which to re-do. I have two jobs -- I'm the Social Media Manager for Jewster.com, an awesome Jewish dating site that you can read about (and comment please) here, as well as work for two local Jewish agencies. So I have parnassah.

I've found my favorite coffee shops, figured out where the Target, Lane Bryant, Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond are, and of course I've located the library (which is a quick walk from my apartment). My mirpeset (balcony) is still empty of lawn furniture, but with snow coming on Wednesday, I think I'll survive.

Did I mention that even when it's cold here it's still hot? The sun is quite close.

When I get up and leave my apartment each day (after all, who can work at home), I see the mountains -- the beautiful mountains, often snow-capped. I say to no one in particular, "Eizeh yofi!" And imagine HaShem laying down a large blanket over the ridges and bumps of land because that is what I conjure up.

I'm happy, excited, and feeling at home for the first time in a long time. Stay tuned for a video of the new digs. I can't help but let you all in on my new life!


Bevotee said...

This makes me happy for you, Chavi. Welcome home.

violarulz/ducksandbooks said...

yey! I'm glad you're home (and in an apartment where you won't have to shovel snow anywhere other than off your car)

don't forget "Kosher Kings" by the JCC, it's a helpful resource too.

frum single female said...

glad you are happy. i visited denver years ago . its a really nice city as i remember. enjoy.

Ms. Minister of the Interior said...

Hurray! It is so great to hear such peace in your "voice." Enjoy your new place!!

Anonymous said...

This paternal fifth generation Denverite is mamash KVELLING from your post!

May the happiness/excitement/homeiness only continue and expand!


Mordechai Y. Scher said...

Well, given that we down here look to Denver as our 'big city resource' (what does *that* tell ya?!), I'm very happy to see how happy you are there. Really good people to be sure.

Have to see if the wife wants to do a road trip. Haven't had an ESKD sandwich in years it seems.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to jump in here...

I will second what everyone says about Denver (and Rabbi Scher's comment about ESKD). My wife and I spent part of a trip about four years ago visiting one of my wife's former classmates in Denver. I love the mountains, but the prospect of the winters would deter me from living there. Hopefully I will visit there again.

Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com said...

I'm so happy that you're so happy. <3

Shades of Grey said...

Ditto that you're finding happiness in Denver. I spent the 3 weeks there once (bein hametzarim), and it was a wonderful experience and a great community!

Chaviva Gordon-Bennett said...

Y'all should come visit me now. Seriously. Come, meet my hamster and eat my food. :)

Thank you for the continued support and love!

Chelle said...

I love Denver. I went to middle and high school there, though I went to college in the Springs. I wanted to go to med school in Denver, but they didn't like me, so I had to translocate to the other side of the continent. But I do hope to go back. I miss the mountains so much.

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