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U.S. Finds Highest, Lowest Marijuana Use (Boulder, CO & Boston, MA at top of list!)
AP/SF Chronicle ^ | 6/16/05 | KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 06/16/2005 5:33:59 PM PDT by TFFKAMM

Both college towns, Boston and Boulder, Colo., share another distinction: They lead the nation in marijuana use. Northwestern Iowa and southern Texas have the lowest use. For the first time, the government looked at the use of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol and various other substances, legal as well as illegal, by region rather than by state for a report Thursday.

Regions could be as specific as Riverside, Calif., or as broad as all of the state of New York (minus New York City). Federal officials say the information will help states decide where they should spend money for treatment and prevention programs.

For marijuana, 5.1 percent of people around the country reported using marijuana in the previous 30 days. In Boston, the home of Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern and several other colleges, 12.2 percent reported using marijuana in the previous 30 days.

In Boulder County, the home of the University of Colorado, 10.3 percent reported using marijuana during the same time period.

John Auerbach, executive director of the public health commission for the city of Boston, said the survey might not reflect current marijuana use in Boston because the data came from 1999-2001 national surveys.

"All that said, we're not surprised that substance abuse is a serious issue in the Boston area," Auerbach said. "The mayor and the health department have made the issue of substance abuse a top public health priority."

Auerbach also acknowledged that the data may reflect the city's significant 20-something population.

"College students in general have a more relaxed attitude about marijuana than other age groups. But in general, I don't think Boston has a markedly differently perspective on marijuana than other parts of the country."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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1 posted on 06/16/2005 5:34:00 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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I've been through Boulder a lot of time. You can just TELL the pot use was incredible.

Very digusting and depressing place.. Burned out hippy HQ.. Well, outside of the liberaltarians. Frankly I'd think they'd all want to move there.


2 posted on 06/16/2005 5:35:37 PM PDT by G32
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To: TFFKAMM

If I were represented by Kerry and Kennedy, I'd stay stoned too.


3 posted on 06/16/2005 5:35:57 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: G32

Hard to believe NE Iowa was amongst the least pot consumers. When I was at U of Iowa, you could score between classes.


4 posted on 06/16/2005 5:39:54 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: TFFKAMM
I've been to Boulder, Colorado meself several times, it's a different world, different mindset. Somehow it reminds me of Berkeley, California. Simply walk around Berkeley and you can smell pot everywhere.
5 posted on 06/16/2005 5:40:13 PM PDT by Random Nonsense
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To: G32
Boulder is a beutiful little town....quaint shops & nice eateries...street performers....seasonal flowers....and the FlatIron mountains in the background.

Yes, there are pockets of drifters, loafers, and panhandlers....

..but it's not the cesspool you described.

6 posted on 06/16/2005 5:41:29 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Random Nonsense

I've been to both, and Boulder's a LOT cleaner and safer. And if you think these are stoner towns, you need to visit Santa Cruz, CA, home of the UCSC "Banana Slugs"!


7 posted on 06/16/2005 5:41:35 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: TFFKAMM

boulder, tucson, austin, albuqueerque...anytime you see some college kid wearing a knitted hat in hot weather, you hafta wonder if he's stoned.


8 posted on 06/16/2005 5:43:55 PM PDT by ken21
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To: G32

When was the last time you were in Boulder?

The area near the campus is actually pretty nice, once you get past the students who smell like hippies and the professors who smell like hippies. I don't know about the rest of the town, but it generally seemed pretty liveable, even if it is a breeding ground for nanny-state politicans countrywide.

Now, you want a disgusting and depressing place, try Flint, MI. Mile after mile of boarded up, graffiti'ed row houses and shuttered factory buildings.


9 posted on 06/16/2005 5:44:14 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (<-- sick of faux-conservatives who want federal government intervention for 'conservative things.')
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Northwestern Iowa would be Sioux City, Spencer, etc., where marijuana is grown, widely used and easily avilable. The University of Okoboji is especially known for potheads ;-D


10 posted on 06/16/2005 5:45:53 PM PDT by hlmencken3 ("...politics is a religion substitute for liberals and they can't stand the competition")
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To: TFFKAMM
Northwestern Iowa and southern Texas have the lowest use.

But I'd be willing to bet that the volume of weed passing through South Texas ranks in the top two or three nationwide.

And I'm actually surprised that Madison WI wasn't mentioned at all. They've been decriminalized for close to three decades.

12 posted on 06/16/2005 5:50:40 PM PDT by Freebird Forever (Imagine if islam controlled the internet.)
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To: Moonwatcher

And how does a surfeit of bookstores make a town "disgusting and depressing"?


13 posted on 06/16/2005 5:52:40 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: hlmencken3
The University of Okoboji is especially known for potheads ;-D

Shame on them! ;^)

For marijuana, 5.1 percent of people around the country reported using marijuana in the previous 30 days.


14 posted on 06/16/2005 5:54:36 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Freebird Forever

I think you'd get double-digit marijuana-use stats in pretty much any college town. Madison, Boulder, Berkeley, Austin, Ann Arbor -- all of 'em are stoner strongholds.


15 posted on 06/16/2005 5:55:35 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: TFFKAMM

Just gotta wonder how many kids actually told the truth about their weed use.


16 posted on 06/16/2005 6:03:19 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: TFFKAMM
Also, Boulder is pretty much a pricey place, and I reckon they restrict new development, housing, etc.(I may be wrong, perhaps someone can check up on that) I am looking for a rural land up on the mountain, faraway from HOA, big cities, man-made noise, traffic. I was thinking about Maine, until I found out that it is not a tax friendly state. I am still looking for acres of land in New Hampshire, Wyoming, and Montana. A place that hasn't been californicated. A land with a small "Unabomber" cabin. :)
17 posted on 06/16/2005 6:04:02 PM PDT by Random Nonsense
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To: Random Nonsense

You should check out the area up in the mountains above Boulder, around Nederland. Lots of folks who've been priced out of the city live there.


18 posted on 06/16/2005 6:06:13 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: DumpsterDiver

Thank that 5% for helping perpetuate our border problem and the violence associated with it.

If you feel you have to do drugs be a patriot - buy American.


19 posted on 06/16/2005 6:06:34 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Random Nonsense

"Somehow it reminds me of Berkeley, California. Simply walk around Berkeley and you can smell pot everywhere."

Lots of old Berkeley hippies wound up in Boulder and Ward Colorado. I guess that's where their buses broke down. Only the tough hippies live in Ward being that it is 8000' ft. and gets a mite chilly in the winter.


20 posted on 06/16/2005 6:12:39 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: NewRomeTacitus
If you feel you have to do drugs be a patriot - buy American.

No "hecho en Mexico" for me. IF I feel that I have to smoke pot, I won't be buying it at all. I will, however, grow it in American soil, OK?

21 posted on 06/16/2005 6:13:56 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: NewRomeTacitus
LOL! Although various organized-crime groups have moved into domestic cultivation in a big way...

Personally, what I'd do is totally decriminalize the stuff for adult use so long as users grew their own. Any sale or transfer of pot would be a felony pop. This way, you allow sick folks or casual stoners to use cannabis privately, while keeping drug dealing illegal.

22 posted on 06/16/2005 6:14:00 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: TFFKAMM

"Nederland"

Frozen Dead Guy ping!


23 posted on 06/16/2005 6:14:27 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: DumpsterDiver
Oh, I thought you asked who grew hops... nevermind.
24 posted on 06/16/2005 6:17:56 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Guenevere

Boulder a cesspool? Yes a cesspool of stoned out of their minds liberalism I see it everyday.


25 posted on 06/16/2005 6:19:09 PM PDT by St.Mark
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To: TFFKAMM

For the first time, the government looked at the use of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol and various other substances, legal as well as illegal, by region rather than by state for a report Thursday.
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After carefully considering all of these important facts, I've come to the conclusion that the agency that completed this study should be abolished immediately.



26 posted on 06/16/2005 6:23:18 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/canadahealthcare.htm)
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To: kittymyrib

The last time a stranger on the street offered to sell me pot was in Boston, in 1993.


27 posted on 06/16/2005 6:23:56 PM PDT by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: kittymyrib
If I were represented by Kerry and Kennedy, I'd stay stoned too.

I would guess that the states with the biggest drug problems are the states with the most liberal senators. (Mass., Calif., Ore., Wash., etc.)

I don't know if they voted for them because they are stoned or they're stoned because they voted for them.

28 posted on 06/16/2005 6:31:57 PM PDT by oldbrowser (You lost the election.....get over it.)
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To: TFFKAMM; DumpsterDiver

Bingo for the sick folks. I was asked by a paraplegic Vietnam vet in the VA hospital if I minded helping him light and hold up what he couldn't. Noting that he was dealing with chemo on top of his other problems I didn't mind at all.


29 posted on 06/16/2005 6:37:21 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: TFFKAMM

On a related note, sales of Krispy Kreme and White Castle are up 50% in those same areas.


30 posted on 06/16/2005 6:42:21 PM PDT by Bones75
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To: traviskicks

"After carefully considering all of these important facts, I've come to the conclusion that the agency that completed this study should be abolished immediately. "

To be quite honest, the way things are going right now, most agencies that complete studies should be abolished immediately. You never get much good from government-related anything.


31 posted on 06/16/2005 6:44:03 PM PDT by Bones75
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To: TFFKAMM
you need to visit Santa Cruz,...

Santa Cruz, Berkeley, San Francisco; the Bermuda Triangle of common sense...

32 posted on 06/16/2005 6:44:12 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: TFFKAMM

They should have broken this down by county


34 posted on 06/16/2005 6:53:31 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691 (If you want Siegelman to win a 2nd term, by all means, vote for Roy Moore in the primary)
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To: LibertarianInExile
Now, you want a disgusting and depressing place, try Flint, MI. Mile after mile of boarded up, graffiti'ed row houses and shuttered factory buildings.

Birthplace of the UAW.

One time I actually drove an F150 with a 4X8 GOP sign in the back through part of the North end of Flint on my way to a campaign event. Yes I am crazy.

35 posted on 06/16/2005 6:53:38 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Defeat Stabenow in 06!!!!)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Santa Cruz, Berkeley, San Francisco; the Bermuda Triangle of common sense...

No doubt! So what is all of this Boulder/Boston nonsense? On behalf of Stoner-fornia, I demand a recount, dude! ...Sweet! ...Good call!

36 posted on 06/16/2005 6:57:48 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: TFFKAMM
"Substance abuser?"

That must be the PC term for being a pothead.

Glad to see we know where the incidence of substance abuse was greatest six years ago. Wonder where it is today?

Anybody know?

How about every college town with a student population above 10,000?

37 posted on 06/16/2005 7:02:30 PM PDT by logician2u
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To: TFFKAMM

No mention of Oregon? It's been a while but they were openly dealing on the main street of Bend in '97. Quantity too, not small bags. I stood just a few feet away from a young kid (18-20) and easily overheard the conversation.


38 posted on 06/16/2005 7:06:18 PM PDT by TigersEye (It's a Republic if you can keep it! - B. Franklin)
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To: TFFKAMM
You excerpted the AP article, but there shouldn't be any need to excerpt the actual taxpayer-funded government agency report -- and no, I didn't make up the title.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health Marijuana Use in Substate Areas
June 16, 2005

Marijuana Use in Substate Areas

In Brief

  • By combining three years of data from the NSDUH, substate estimates of substance use can be produced

  • In 1999 to 2001, past month use of marijuana varied from lows of 2.3 percent in Northwest Iowa and 2.6 percent in Southern Texas to highs of 12.2 percent in Boston, Massachusetts and 10.3 in Boulder, Colorado

  • Of the 15 substate areas with the highest rates of past month marijuana use in the United States, 5 were in Massachusetts, 3 were in California, and 2 were in Colorado

Use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes is known to vary across States.1 Estimates for these variations are derived from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which asks persons aged 12 or older to report on their use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs in the past year and in the past month. Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, hallucinogens, heroin, or prescription-type drugs used nonmedically. This issue of The NSDUH Report uses data from the combined 1999 to 2001 NSDUH surveys to present estimates of past month use of marijuana for 331 geographic areas within the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The marijuana data are extracted from a more extensive report that includes substate estimates of 12 substance use measures, Substate Estimates from the 1999-2001 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, available at http://oas.samhsa.gov/substate2k5/toc.htm.


Methodology

Estimates presented in this report and the full report are based on a small area estimation (SAE) procedure in which NSDUH data at the substate level are combined with local-area county and Census block group/tract-level data from the area to provide more precise estimates. The same methodology is used to produce State estimates from NSDUH.1 Substate areas were developed collaboratively between staff at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and State substance abuse treatment representatives, with the States making the final decision on the geographic boundaries. In most States, the substate areas are defined in terms of counties or groups of counties; in some States, the areas are defined in terms of Census tracts. For each of the 12 measures presented in the complete report, estimates for the substate areas were ranked from lowest to highest and grouped into seven categories.2

Figure 1. Marijuana Use in Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 1999, 2000, and 2001 NSDUH Data
Figure 1. Marijuana Use in Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 1999, 2000, and 2001 NSDUH Data

Marijuana Use at the Substate Level

Nationally, an average of 5.1 percent of persons aged 12 or older reported using marijuana in the past month from 1999 through 2001. Past month marijuana use ranged from a low of 2.3 percent in Northwest Iowa to a high of 12.2 percent in Boston, Massachusetts (Figure 1).3 Of the 15 substate areas with the highest rates of past month marijuana use in the United States, 5 were in Massachusetts, and 4 of the 15 areas with the lowest rates were in Iowa. Three areas in California and two areas in Colorado also ranked in the top 15. In some States, there was a large variation in the percentage using marijuana in the past month depending on the substate area. For example, rates in California ranged from a low of 4.9 percent in Region 14 (Orange County) and Region 11 (Los Angeles County) to a high of 9.2 percent in Region 4 (Marin, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties). Rates in Colorado ranged from 6.3 percent (Regions 1 and 4, covering 27 counties in the eastern part of the State) to 10.3 percent in Region 7 (Boulder County).


Complete Report

The full report with estimates for 12 measures of substance use is only available online at http://oas.samhsa.gov/substate2k5/toc.htm. In addition to past month marijuana use, estimates are presented for 11 other measures of substance use among persons aged 12 or older: past month use of any illicit drug, incidence rate of marijuana use, past month use of any illicit drug other than marijuana, past year use of cocaine, past month use of alcohol, past month binge use of alcohol, past month use of tobacco, past month use of cigarettes, perceptions of great risk of smoking marijuana once a month, perceptions of great risk of having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week, and perceptions of great risk of smoking one or more packs of cigarettes a day. Also included in the report are national maps for all 12 measures for the 331 substate areas, detailed tables for the substate areas, and definitions and population counts for the substate areas. The complete report gives a detailed description of the methodology used to generate the model-based estimates.


End Notes
  1. Wright, D., & Sathe, N. (2005). State estimates of substance use from the 2002-2003 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (DHHS Publication No. SMA 05-3989, NSDUH Series H-26). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies.

  2. In the national maps, substate areas are divided into thirds. The third with the lowest prevalence rates are presented in blue (ranging from dark to light blue), the third with the highest prevalence rates are in red (ranging from light to dark red), and the remainder (the middle third) are in white. The darkest shades represent the 15 areas with the lowest (dark blue) and highest (dark red) prevalence rates. The medium shades represent the next 30 lowest and highest areas, and the light shades designate the next 65 lowest and highest areas.

  3. The Boston substate area includes primarily Boston City, specifically all of Suffolk County and some tracts in Norfolk County. The 95 percent prediction interval for the substate area is from 9.3 to 15.7 percent.


Figure Notes

For definitions of substate regions, see section D at http://oas.samhsa.gov/substate2k5/toc.htm

Source: SAMHSA, 1999-2001 NSDUH.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to 2002, this survey was called the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. The 1999 to 2001 data are based on information obtained from 207,399 persons aged 12 or older. The survey collects data by administering questionnaires to a representative sample of the population through face-to-face interviews at their place of residence.

The NSDUH Report is prepared by the Office of Applied Studies (OAS), SAMHSA, and by RTI International in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. (RTI International is a trade name of Research Triangle Institute.)

Information and data for this issue are based on the following publication and statistics:

Office of Applied Studies. (2005). Substate estimates from the 1999-2001 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. [Available online at http://oas.samhsa.gov/substate2k5/toc.htm]

 

The NSDUH Report (formerly The NHSDA Report) is published periodically by the Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from SAMHSA. Additional copies of this report or other reports from the Office of Applied Studies are available on-line: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov. Citation of the source is appreciated. For questions about this report please e-mail: shortreports@samhsa.hhs.gov.

39 posted on 06/16/2005 7:14:46 PM PDT by TheMole
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To: AzaleaCity5691

Check the map in post #39.


40 posted on 06/16/2005 7:17:15 PM PDT by TheMole
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To: seamole
Boston metro area has about 200 collages & universities. Its also my favorite east coast city, history, food, people. But thats just me.
41 posted on 06/16/2005 7:25:24 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: seamole
Massachusetts has the #1 worst rate of Oxycontin and Heroin use in the country... 2002 Statistics

It was because of the Red Sox. Now that they've won the World Series, I'm sure the usage is way down...

42 posted on 06/16/2005 7:41:20 PM PDT by green iguana
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To: TFFKAMM

"Personally, what I'd do is totally decriminalize the stuff for adult use so long as users grew their own. Any sale or transfer of pot would be a felony pop. This way, you allow sick folks or casual stoners to use cannabis privately, while keeping drug dealing illegal."

I've heard this argument but my question is, how do you get the stuff to grow? Is there a huge government pot barn?

I'd rather just legalize it all, go back to the walk-up pharmacy selling whatever it wants to whoever wants it. Government 'promoting' health and safety through regulation has had nothing but crappy results.


43 posted on 06/16/2005 8:25:14 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (<-- sick of faux-conservatives who want federal government intervention for 'conservative things.')
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To: TFFKAMM
Real statistics compiled by real people!

They wish.

44 posted on 06/16/2005 8:37:16 PM PDT by metesky (President; The People's Committee Against People's Committees)
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To: TFFKAMM
In Boston, the home of Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern and several other colleges, 12.2 percent reported using marijuana in the previous 30 days.

Funny....... they didn't mention Harvard.

45 posted on 06/16/2005 9:28:49 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: TheMole

Greetings from completely crimson Northern California!


46 posted on 06/16/2005 10:14:07 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: TheMole

Thanks for the map! Always like a visual with such things...


47 posted on 06/16/2005 11:40:41 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: TFFKAMM

Boulder. *LOL* No surprise.


48 posted on 06/16/2005 11:42:44 PM PDT by k2blader (Was it wrong to kill Terri Shiavo? YES - 83.8%. FR Opinion Poll.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
NE Iowa would be UNI anyway.

When I was at U of Iowa, you could score between classes.

I'm not surprised, what with the endless streams of underwater basketweaving majors.

49 posted on 06/16/2005 11:45:46 PM PDT by AmishDude (Join the AmishDude fan club: "Bravo" -- EODTIM69; "Very good!" -- pepperdog)
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To: Guenevere

I thought Boulder a very nice area when passing through several years ago, although even back then it had a "party town" reputation among us college kids. We had stopped for lunch at The Salad Co. (such fresh, tasty stuff--I miss that place)..


50 posted on 06/16/2005 11:49:19 PM PDT by k2blader (Was it wrong to kill Terri Shiavo? YES - 83.8%. FR Opinion Poll.)
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