I said my goodbye's to my classmates this evening and headed off to the hotel. I met up with the instructor, our host and a few others at a country club at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain. In case you've never heard of Cheyenne Mountain, it's the mountain into which the North American Areospace Defense Command (NORAD) is built....it's probably the number one target for a nuclear attack on the planet. So there I was sitting within a mile or so of ground zero sipping a nice red Australian wine and talking about politics, gun control, religion and the flagrant disrespect for the law regarding the use of turn signals. Conversations can run deep when a good Merlot is involved.
The folks here have been gracious and kind. They have been very hospitable. I think they are a socially conscience people because the streets and highways have very little litter, the air is fresh and clean....you can see forever. There are bicycle lanes and walking tracks everywhere. I saw very few police, but people on the road were driving about the posted speed limit. They wouldn't make it to Graysville on highway 78 before someone ran them off the road and talked bad about their lineage.
So on my last night here I would say I'm glad I came. The only thing that would have made the experience more enjoyment is if my wife Jilda and my dog Buddy could have joined me.