Do you want to meet a girl thatās as sweet as Colorado wild flowers?
When youāre at a racing message board learning about NASCAR it is nice to know someone who can be resourceful and kind to you. ‘Colorado NASCAR Fan’ is like that. She is always getting the important information that we need before anyone else.
She also has a great sense of humor.
After getting to know her you find that she is one of the nicest ladies in the world. She is good at posting good information fast and neatly.
Her personality is so great that she makes other people jealous (like CAW).
She is also excellent at games that we make up like our racing pick’ems. Sheās also good at our NASCAR Scrambles (please check them out on the cawsnjaws.com message board to see how she does). She has already won the 10ās game for the first half of the NASCAR season, and is leading the 8ās!
Lots of times she is one of the first ones to reply at our posts here.
When it comes down to it she is one of the best āinternet peopleā you could meet.
So if you want to learn about her then read her interview below.
Thanks for your patience in getting this, CNF.
What is life like in Colorado?
Colorado is a fun place to live. Weāve got the mountains and a lot of outdoor activities available to us. Weāve also got great football and hockey teams, Pikes Peak International Raceway and the largest 4th of July Rodeo in the country.
Ft. Collins? Where might I discover it?
Fort Collins is located about 45 miles south of the Wyoming/Colorado border west of I-25. We are a city of about 100,000 plus 25,000 college kids during the school year. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, which houses one of the top vet schools and vet hospitals in the country. We also have Horsetooth Reservoir, the Poudre River and Poudre Canyon, and are about 45 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. It has been named one of the best places to retire. The culture is very diverse with the University here.
Do you have to be in the military to live there?
Not any more. It was originally found as a military fort in 1864 and incorporated into a town in 1873. Hereās a link to the history of Fort Collins: http://www.ftcollins.com/Media%20Center%20Pages/history.htm
You have told me that your husband, Sheldn, works at a machine shop. My Dad does, too. What does Sheldn do? My Dad says that he pushes papers.
Sheldn actually runs a machine. Heās been there for 6 Ā½ years now. He just recently transferred to a new department so he is learning some new stuff.
Your Dad, Walt, works at that same machine shop. My Dad, Geary, works at a machine shop, and his name is spelled weird, too. And my Papās name is Walt. What do you think all that means?
I think it means weāve got great families that are hard working!
I also understand your mother, Debbie, works at the same school district as you do. Do you think itās a little crowded with all these family members working together?
Actually, itās not. My mom and I work in different buildings so we donāt see each other every day. We talk every day usually, but try to avoid talking work ā even though we usually ended up talking about something that is going on with the district.
What do you do at the school? CAW says that you are good with numbers. Do you work with numbers at the school? Do they grade you?
I donāt actually work in a school. I work for the Research & Development Center for the Advancement of Student Learning (aka the R&D Center.) We are a collaborative between the school district and Colorado State University. I am employed by the school district but do a lot of University stuff too.
We study the issues facing education today and how they are going to impact the schools. We also do a lot of work evaluating grants the district, the university and outside parties receive. We are currently working on projects that focus on State Mandated Testing and does it really work?, evaluating a grant that helps History teachers become better teachers, and a project that focuses on 4 elementary schools in Denver and their Early Childhood Education programs. We have a lot of other projects going on as well.
I do a lot of work entering survey results, keeping track of who is working on which project and general office stuff. All of this requires working with numbers. Some of our people are more number (quantitative) oriented and some are more word (qualitative) oriented.
Here is our website. Although, Iām not completely sure how up to date it is.
No grades involvedā¦thank goodness!
Does reading and working with numbers a lot hurt your eyes?
Some. I actually wear glasses when Iām at work since I am on the computer all the time. Iām suppose to wear them at home but I donāt always. They help some.
What kind of stuff do you like to read? I donāt really like to read anything.
My favorite authors are John Grisham, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. I did a lot of reading over the summer. But right now, I donāt have a lot of time because I am taking two classes this semester, Introduction to Business and Accounting Principles. They actually require quite a bit of reading and it puts me to sleep sometimes, so I read it at bedtime.
What sites do you visit when you are on your computer?
Well, the first site I generally visit is the Frontstretch. Then I checkout the Dale Jr. Pit Stop (http://dalejrpitstop.com/), Jayskiās, NOL and Thatās Racinā. From time to time, Iāll checkout Kevin Harvickās website and a few other racing related ones. My classes are online, so I have to visit them daily, plus I check the news sites, locally the 9 News website (http://www.9news.com/) and nationally, CNN.com. And if there is a trivia question is need of researching, Google is my friend! And of course, I have to check on my fantasy racing teams too. Although, I donāt seem to be doing very well with them. But this is my first year at trying this, so it doesnāt bother me. I also check out a couple wrestling related ones and my favorite soap operaās website too.
Do you put a āman blockā on the TV?
No. Sheldn stays up late on the weekends because of his work schedule and we all know what kind of stuff is on TV at that time of night. If I blocked anything, heād figure out how to block my favorite soap opera.
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