Things our sports intern will miss about Colorado |

Things our sports intern will miss about Colorado

Dan Kelley
Summit Daily/Ryan Slabaugh Dan Kelley left the Summit Daily News this week after spending the second semester of his junior year interning in the sports department.Along the way, we made him model for a graphic in our Avalanche Series.

Thursday was my last day of work at the Summit Daily. After a couple of days of playing around, I’ll head home to the Midwest. There are many things that I’ll miss about Colorado. Here’s a partial list:

* The mountains. This is an obvious one. Hiking on them, skiing on them, riding on them, or just looking at them, the mountains simply seem to inspire. It’s going to be weird going from 9,000 feet to 800 feet above sea level.

* Not smelling like I just escaped a burning Lolliard factory every time I go to a bar. Say what you will about the smoking ban; as an outsider, it’s a wonderful thing.

* Drivers that (for the most part) are respectful of cyclists on the roads. I haven’t had any problems riding my bike around here; while riding at home in Cincinnati, I’ve had epithets shouted at me, drinks thrown at me, and drivers swerve toward me. I’m not looking forward to cycling in that unfriendly environment.

* Being annoyed while being informed by Roger on RSN when I check the snow reports in the morning. Man, he’s cheery.

* Passing (and being passed by) other cyclists when I’m out riding.

* Dogs in the workplace. People in the Midwest don’t understand the value of having a well-behaved dog around. They decrease stress, and they’re just fun to play with.

* Being in a place where EVERYONE does something active.

* Dealing with people who don’t mind being made fun of in print (ahem*Annie Black*ahem)

* Having a lot of really good beer in really close proximity. There aren’t too many microbreweries in Ohio.

* The staff of the Summit Daily News. Thanks for giving me this great opportunity, and thanks for putting up with me.

Well, that’s all, folks. It’s been fun, and I hope to make an appearance out here again some day. Thanks for reading.

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