The Pole
Ear to the ground
“Why do they keep those ramshackle barns up? They should just tear them down.”
– Visitor commenting on what us Westerners like to think of as “scenery”

Don’t miss the Horse
Many fair-weathered riders may be putting their two-wheeled steeds up for the winter, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the Iron Horse. Relax, we said “thinking.” Yes, the race is still slated for May 26, 2012, a full six months away. But registration for the 41st running of the fabled race of man and woman vs.machine opens today, Dec. 1.

Last year, 4,000 cyclists representing 44 states, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Germany signed up for the various festivities.  However, last year’s tour and race to Silverton, with a cap of 2,500 riders, sold out by Feb. 15, with many of the other race categories selling out by Dec. 10.

To secure your spot at the start line, log on to  As for your spot at the finish line, that’s up to you. However, we do recommend hitting the road sometime before May 26.

Paris. Madrid. Denver?
While not necessarily a city associated with haute couture, the Mile High City will soon become the temporary home to one of the biggest names in fashion design.

The internationally acclaimed exhibit “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” will make its only North American stop at the Denver Art Museum from March 25 – July 8. This sweeping retrospective of the designer’s 40 years features a selection of 200 ensembles along with photographs, drawings and film clips on Saint Laurent’s iconic style, which was favored by everyone from royalty to rappers.

Organized thematically, the presentation "melds design and art to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career," from his first days at Dior in 1958 through his final runway collection in 2002.

Highlights include: “The Gender Revolution galleries,” where visitors will see how Saint Laurent bent (and sometimes broke) the rules of what women wore; “The Yves Saint Laurent and Women” section, including the clothing of the legendary women who wore Saint Laurent, including Catherine Deneuve, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Paloma Picasso; “The Last Ball,” featuring exquisite evening gowns complete with a red carpet; and the “Colors of Yves Saint Laurent gallery,” a veritable petting zoo of chic, where guests can enjoy hundreds of fabric samples.

No word on whether there will be a “Spot the YSL Knock-Off” section.