Hey! These stories are delightful! (In case you like being delighted!)

I put together a few delightful Denverite stories from 2016 … just, you know, so you have the option.

Francis Fontonia in her house of flowers. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)rose house; logan; residential; speer; odd spots; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Francis Fontonia in her house of flowers. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) rose house; logan; residential; speer; odd spots; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Francis Fontonia in her house of flowers. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Enough people have been throwing the phrase “F— 2016” around that I’ve been very seriously considering writing a “F— 2017” post both because it seems like a more accurate title for a lot of the specific things people are concerned about and because I like to get out ahead of the crowd.

But before I managed to execute that very good idea, I put together a few delightful Denverite stories from 2016 … just, you know, so you have the option.

Places we didn’t think we’d end up

Megan’s investigation of the conspicuous rose house of Alameda and Logan — and its delightful owner.

That time Andy spent a few minutes in a Prius with Madeleine Albright and she told him about every place she lived in Denver.

In a house with the legal maximum number of cats.

Kammie in her Denver home, where she lives with five indoor cats and four feral cats. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Kammie in her Denver home, where she lives with five indoor cats and four feral cats. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Fame in 2016

Andy’s absurd and eventually touching quest to meet a Colorado Springs YouTube star and his most loyal teenage fans.

When Christian talked to a guy who said that making music about the Broncos helped him kick depression and start enjoying sex again.

Diegosaurs
Diegosaurs at Park Meadows Mall (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
Look at this stuff

Kevin’s seasonal chill-out Denver Zoo Lights video.

This gorgeous Denver neon signage.

The day Christian and Kevin got up-close-and-personal with Ralphie, the bison mascot of the University of Colorado Buffaloes.

The video Kevin made featuring Charles Burrell, often referred to as “the Jackie Robinson of music,” who opened the door for many black musicians to follow in his footsteps, including his cousin — the accomplished jazz bandleader Purnell Steen.

Need to move part of a museum? Just hoist it up on some wheels and roll it down the street.

Vance Kirkland's studio rolls past the Capitol on Nov. 6, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) kirkland museum of fine and decorative art; capitol hill; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver;
Vance Kirkland’s studio rolls past the Capitol on Nov. 6, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Also…

The Denver Nuggets’ Jusuf Nurkic thought Denver traffic was awful, so he got a huge, custom bike.

Searching for Be Love, the purple-people painter of Denver.

A careful cataloguing of basically every kind of pizza you can get in Denver.

The story of the houses along Denver’s Bail Bonds Row.

Bail Bonds Row on Delaware Street. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
Bail Bonds Row on Delaware Street. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
Dave Burdick

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Dave Burdick is the editor-in-chief of Denverite, after stints at the Denver Post, Boulder Camera, Huffington Post and GOOD. He was born in Boulder, grew up in Los Angeles and south suburban Denver, and lives in central Denver with his family.