Mountain Home Do’s and Don’ts

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Welcome one and all to our new piece of paradise in the Rocky Mountains. It’s a bit different from living in suburbia, so we felt it necessary to compose a list of rules we all need to follow to keep everything… flowing.

Now, I love rules, but I also want to know the reasons behind them. I bristle against bureaucracy for the sake of power or paperwork. So I have compiled a brief list of do’s and don’ts for guests to our mountain home, with the reasoning behind each request, broken down by whether you are a Democrat or Republican. If independent (and good for you!) read both and choose your own favorite justifications.

Democratic friends:

Welcome. As you know, we now live in a delicate, yet almost pristine mountain environment, and it is important for us all to do our best to conserve and protect our world.

  1. We recycle everything possible. There is a bin outside our garage door for all mixed items: bottles, cans, paper, aluminum, plastic … Unsure if it can be recycled? Just ask us. It is imperative we all work together to try and create environmental sustainability.
  2. Water is a precious commodity, especially here in the West. Please do not run water unnecessarily, such as while brushing teeth or shaving. Brief showers are appreciated. We must all do our part to help Colorado and all neighboring states combat the problems of drought from urban encroachment and global warming.
  3. We are on our own septic system. Please deposit only natural waste and a modest amount of toilet paper down the commode. No tissues, wipes, feminine products or anything else weird should be flushed. It is a natural, contained sewage system that helps keep our environment clean.
  4. We live in a wildlife area. Please do not leave food, drinks, or any trash outside. It attracts bears and other animals, and it could be detrimental to their health if they start depending on humans for food.

Republican friends:

Welcome. As you know, we live in a wonderful mountain vacation area, and it is important to maintain the value of our investment, as well as protect the area for future generations.

  1. We recycle everything possible. There is a bin outside our garage door for all mixed items: bottles, cans, paper, aluminum, plastic … Unsure if it can be recycled? Just ask us. The Estes Park Transfer Station (locals accurately call it the dump) charges $8 to toss a trash bag, but all recycling is free. We can save a chunk of change by recycling everything possible.
  2.  Please do not run water unnecessarily, such as while brushing teeth or shaving. Brief showers are appreciated. We are on our own well system, and if it runs dry, it will cost us thousands to re-drill.
  3. We are on our own septic system. Please deposit only natural waste and a modest amount of toilet paper down the commode. No tissues, wipes, feminine products or anything else weird should be flushed. If we have to do any septic repair, it will cost us, dare I say, a crapload of money to fix.
  4. We live in a wildlife area. Please do not leave food, drinks, or any trash outside. Bears and other animals can be very destructive, and cause expensive damage. Plus, we would hate to have to shoot one.
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