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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Fishing, S'mores & Chocolate... Why?


I think I have a bridge to sell these good folks...

Colorado Has Song in Its Heart, and Not Drugs on Its Mind
New York Times: March 14, 2007

DENVER, March 13 — The Colorado General Assembly wants to be quite clear on this point: When the singer-songwriter John Denver praised the joys of Colorado and sang about “friends around the campfire, and everybody’s high,” in 1972, he was not referring to illicit drugs. Definitely not. Don’t even think it. The high in question, lawmakers say, is really about nature and the great outdoors — the tingly feeling you get after a nice hike, perhaps.

“A high is medically the releasing of endorphins in the brain — yes, drugs cause it, but so do lots of other things,” said State Senator Bob Hagedorn, a Democrat from the suburbs of Denver who successfully led the drive on Monday to make Mr. Denver’s anthem “Rocky Mountain High” Colorado’s second state song. The tune will have joint status with “Where the Columbines Grow,” which pretty much everyone agrees is about flowers.

“We could be talking about guys who’ve been fishing all day, or kids pigging out on s’mores, with the chocolate,” Senator Hagedorn said, referring to other endorphin-producing activities. “If I thought there was anything in that song about the use of drugs or encouraging the use of drugs, I would never have run the resolution.”


12 comments:

Phoebe Fay said...

Hey! We ain't got no drugs here in Kollyrado! We only got us good upstanding Christians like Ted Hagg...

Never mind.

Colonel Colonel said...

Phoebe- I believe it. This story reminds me of the 1970s Doonesbury cartoon where Zonker exclaims "You know me, officer, I just get HIGH ON LIFE!!!"

Cissy Strutt said...

Wasn't Denver's last song "Rocky Mountain
Not Quite High Enough" ?

Colonel Colonel said...

Cissy- ooohhhhh, that's mean.

I thought it was "Poems, Prayers, and... Parachute???"

Joey Polanski said...

Oh, YEAH, Mr Hagedorn. RIGHT!

An I sppose when Congress passes a joint resolution, it aint got NOTHIN t do wit reefr!

Colonel Colonel said...

Joey- My God, you're right! No wonder Republicans hate bi-partisanship. Whenever they got together with the Democrats they'd always end up passing joints.

I've got to start keeping a list here, or I'll get confused.

1. Oppose all bipartisanship, because it just leads to drug use.

2. Eat meat or the Terrorists Win.

3. Buy new underwear.

4. Never shower again.

Joey Polanski said...

HAHAHAHAHA!

Mike said...

Yeah, John wasn't referring to drugs.

And the colorado rocky mountain high

Ive seen it rainin fire in the sky

You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply...

If that guy ain't high, I don't know who is.

catalyst said...

I think ol' Bobby "With a Bullet" Hagedorn has been consorting with his gal friend, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds again.

Colonel Colonel said...

Joey- you laugh now. About a week from now, when I'm really smelling ripe, my wife will be calling you.

Mike-

Sunshine on my shoulders,
makes me happy,
makes me smile...


should have been the clue.

Also, "almost heaven, West Virginia". I mean, has he ever been to West Virginia??? No offense to our WV friends, but, I mean, you know...

Catalyst- or possibly the good man needs to consult Puff, the Magic Dragon...

Mike said...

I think he already Puffed The Magic Dragon.

Colonel Colonel said...

Joey- crap, I mis-read your post yesterday. I should have said "shower every day".

Never mind who I thought Romeo was having a phone conversation with...

Mike- Maybe if more politicians would Puff the Magic Dragon the world would be a better place.