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Moving Back to Colorado

Old Apr 27, 21, 10:07 pm
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Moving Back to Colorado

After 5 years in Southern California, we're joining the mass exodus and leaving... for us heading back to Denver. Orange County was wonderful... except for the fact that is in California. Our OC home was under contract within 48 hours so I'm off for a quick one day trip to Denver to check out some houses that we liked, at least online. With a 3am wake-up call and a 5:30am flight, there was no way Mrs. SFO777 was making this trip. With no traffic on the 405, I made the 60 miles drive to LAX in 45 minutes. OMG, lots of other crazy people taking this flight.

Los Angeles LAX-Denver DEN
United 1037
757-300
5:30a-8:45a
March 7, 2021









Gorgeous sunrise over SoCal.







Breakfast, United First Class style...





Deconstructed...



Beautiful scenery on the way.











Downtown Denver.





Lining up for Starbucks. Really?





With SFO777Jr scheduled to pick me up at 10am, I headed off to the try out the new Centurion Lounge in the C concourse.

























And breakfast with wakesetter93 and his GF on their way back to Dallas after a weekend of skiing.













The fabulous Centurion Lounge French Toast.



And then off to meet SFO777Jr.



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Old Apr 27, 21, 10:15 pm
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I met SFO777Jr just outside door 612 on the departures level, and then headed out down Pena and E-470 south to Parker. While I had hoped to see four homes today, the Denver real estate market is as hot as if not hotter than Orange County as three of the four on our list were under contract by the time I landed. Yikes.



Nevertheless, it was good to see an area of the metro that we were not very famiiar with.





There are some beautiful homes here but just not sure about the massive amount of ongoing construction. Some of the homes we liked, all under contract, but willing to take back up offers. Seriously?









After a few hours of exploring, we decided to stop for lunch. OK, now we're talking.









OMG, the smells were amazing.





And back home at Jr's place, our crazy platter.



At around 4:30pm, we headed out for the 25 minute drive to DIA where I made the mistake of heading for the North Security Checkpoint. Ugh.



After security, time for a quick stop at the Delta Sky Club.











The Sky Club has a much better selection of food than typical Admirals Clubs offerings.









While the main areas of the SkyClub were crowded, the room to the right of the main entrance was pleasantly empty.





The adjacent Admirals Club... not even open.





At T-45, I headed down to our gate.



Denver DEN to Los Angeles LAX
Delta DL 1005
737-800
6:32p-8:00p
March 7, 2021

While United has the earliest LAX-DEN flight, Delta offered the best option on my return, reasonably priced and seat blocking gets me an empty seat next to me.





Ancient 738 means actual padded seats, unlike the newer slim line seats.



But with small seat back video screens. But Good Morning?? LOL.



I sincerely hope not.



And the ridiculous new DL safety video with full frontal masking. Sheesh.



Beautiful night in Denver.



Delta's pathetic First Class domestic service consists of a back of water, Goldfish and Clif Bar, the same baggie handed out to all passengers . Fortunately, I was not hungry after my BBQ feast.







Delta doesn't even serve soft drinks on board, so I took an extra can from the SkyClub to enjoy in flight in my DIY tumbler. And the ice was a special order from the galley as DL doesn't even offer ice to passengers.



With an on time arrival, I was home in South County by 9pm. Great to see SFO777Jr and family but not a very productive house-hunting trip today.

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Old Apr 28, 21, 5:28 am
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Always enjoy your picturesque TRs SFO777. Best of luck on home hunting and move to Denver.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 10:05 am
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Just showed your report to Mrs. Glasman. We are jealous!

With SB419 being a potential job killer here, the red hot real estate market, Miss Glasman CO based and the thought of keeping 7-9% of our money by Colorado’s decreased state income rate of 4.55% opposite California’s ridiculous double digit tier program - we are not far behind.

BTW, did you get any splinters with those Delta wood utensils?
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Old Apr 28, 21, 11:52 am
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Welcome back to CO. You'll find every Californian and their mother is buying up real estate over asking left and right with straight cash. All the best on the search.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by mileageking View Post
Always enjoy your picturesque TRs SFO777. Best of luck on home hunting and move to Denver.
Thank you very much mileageking.

Originally Posted by glasman19 View Post
Just showed your report to Mrs. Glasman. We are jealous! With SB419 being a potential job killer here, the red hot real estate market, Miss Glasman CO based and the thought of keeping 7-9% of our money by Colorado’s decreased state income rate of 4.55% opposite California’s ridiculous double digit tier program - we are not far behind. BTW, did you get any splinters with those Delta wood utensils?
Thanks glasman19. Totally agree. We figured what that we may as well cash out now while we can and escape. LOL on the wooden utensils. Those were actually Amex CL utensils. No utensils on DL since DL doesn't even serve meals.

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Welcome back to CO. You'll find every Californian and their mother is buying up real estate over asking left and right with straight cash. All the best on the search.
Thanks so much safari ari. Yeah, that's what we're worried about. Hey ex-Californians, you're leaving for a reason. Don't bring that California crap with you.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 12:31 pm
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I think your style is called ‚country lodge deluxe‘ or so

Good luck
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Old Apr 28, 21, 3:14 pm
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Wasn't sure if this was going to make it in a TR or not. Was great getting to see you for breakfast in the Centurion Lounge! Sorry to hear your house hunting wasn't successful on day 1.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 4:01 pm
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I was gonna ask how Amex let you in as an arriving passenger, but then I saw you were doing a day trip. And maybe they’re not strict about it anymore with Covid. Nice BBQ spread.
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Old Apr 28, 21, 7:57 pm
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SFO. so glad you're providing some travel, meals, and apartment and house hunting, too. Looking forward to more of this.
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Old Apr 29, 21, 3:51 am
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Oh wow. I'm on Orange County as well and bailing for Colorado in September as well. But I'm looking more out in the burbs than in Denver metro.
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Old Apr 29, 21, 6:14 am
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I have a few friends and a cousin who’ve left SoCal in the past year. Reasons being just wanted a new place to call home, job change, and tired of the lifestyle. I’d love to trade CLE for warmer weather, but looking at moving to Utah, Nevada, or Montana in the next year. Why? Retirement is the best reason I can give now. Sort of leaning towards the Las Vegas area. I very much enjoy your trip reports. Hope you find a place you can call HOME.
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Old Apr 29, 21, 7:18 am
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Originally Posted by Duck1981 View Post
I think your style is called 'country lodge deluxe‘ or so Good luck
Thank you Duck1981.

Originally Posted by wakesetter93 View Post
Wasn't sure if this was going to make it in a TR or not. Was great getting to see you for breakfast in the Centurion Lounge! Sorry to hear your house hunting wasn't successful on day 1.
Yeah it took a while. Thanks wakesetter93. Good to meet you in the CL. How many times have you returned to ski?

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I was gonna ask how Amex let you in as an arriving passenger, but then I saw you were doing a day trip. And maybe they’re not strict about it anymore with Covid. Nice BBQ spread.
Yeah, that BBQ spread was pretty outrageous.

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SFO. so glad you're providing some travel, meals, and apartment and house hunting, too. Looking forward to more of this.
Thanks very much HawaiiFlyerDC8.

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Oh wow. I'm on Orange County as well and bailing for Colorado in September as well. But I'm looking more out in the burbs than in Denver metro.
We're ultimately going to wind up in the burbs, but figured that we'd rent in the city while we decided where and what.

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I have a few friends and a cousin who’ve left SoCal in the past year. Reasons being just wanted a new place to call home, job change, and tired of the lifestyle. I’d love to trade CLE for warmer weather, but looking at moving to Utah, Nevada, or Montana in the next year. Why? Retirement is the best reason I can give now. Sort of leaning towards the Las Vegas area. I very much enjoy your trip reports. Hope you find a place you can call HOME.
Thank you CosmosHuman. We lived in Cleveland (east burbs) in the late 80's and 90's and really enjoyed it... everything but the weather that is.
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Old Apr 29, 21, 7:52 am
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Yeah it took a while. Thanks wakesetter93. Good to meet you in the CL. How many times have you returned to ski?
I think we only went back once after we saw you. The weather got warmer down here so we've been in full on boating mode on the weekends. I think the GF will be back up there next weekend for one more run and to return our rental skis.
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Old Apr 29, 21, 8:16 am
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Back to Denver Round 2

Our first sale contract fell thru when the buyer's bank preapproval turned out to be not worth the paper it was printed on. We immediately went back into contract with a more solid buyer and all contingencies have been removed, so this one looks like it might be a go. So Mrs. SFO777 and I are headed back to Denver, this time to look for an apartment to rent for a year, while we figure where we want to buy or build, and for the market to cool down or crash. With only few ridiculously priced SNA-DEN flights ($1,000+ one way First... LOL), we're off to LAX where competition produces many more flights at reasonble $200 one way First prices. Unlike a few weeks ago, today LAX was overrun with passengers as Garages 3, 4 and 5 were full or at least advertised as full.





Today we are flying Delta departing from Gate 141 in the Bradley Terminal. Still pretty dead here.





No one ahead of us in the PreCheck lanes.



One of the benefits of departing from TBIT is the Amex Centurion Lounge.



Unforunately, it was still closed but offering a grab and go food bag.



Then off to our gate in a dead TBIT.








Los Angeles LAX to Denver DEN
Delta 425
737-800
1:32p-4:45p
April 17, 2021
Seats 3C and 3B with Seats 3A and 3F blocked





Mrs. SFO777 across the aisle in her two seat "suite". While Covid-era Delta doesn't serve any real food on domestic flights, they do block the seat next to you if you wish.



And despite four other couple in First, apparently we were the only ones that knew this or at least took advantage of it.















Delta's lunch offering today... sparing no expense for First Class passengers.



All of the US3 have gone cheap and serve only plastic disposal cups. Apparently environmental wokeness takes a back seat to saving pennies. Older and occasionally wiser, I now travel with a DIY tumbler.



On the other hand, so glad we stopped at the Centurion Lounge for our Amex grab-and-go lunch.





Mrs. SFO777 enjoyed the crispy chicken wrap, while I tried the sweet potato wrap. It was actually OK.



We both agreed that the Amex grab-and-go cookies were fablous.



More pretty scenery on the way to Denver.





And back on the ground, arriving 20 minutes early in the A concourse.







So much for social distancing.



And lovely DIA construction.



Since it was downright frigid (by SoCal standards), I offered to take the bus to our rental car and come back to pick up the Princess.



Not bad for $28 a day with my Presidents Club upgrade.

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