Saturday, November 30, 2013


Photographing my beautiful wife, Jenn during Death Valley's "Superbloom" - Photo Credit: Greg Manthei

What originally started as a forum for ideas of politics, religion and all things controversial (see my introduction to the blog six years ago here) has since become much more (or less?). In April of 2016, I decided the disparity between the original intent of the blog and what it currently was had grown too great, and changed the title from the rambling and controversy evoking What You Can't Talk About at the Dinner Table to the sufficiently brief and vague title of Vida Colorado (for those dying for more context on this change, here is the post which introduced Vida Colorado).

The origins of the blog were no doubt rooted in the fact that I just love to write, which hasn't changed. Vida Colorado now brings in a few new dimensions, including my photo blog, Westward, and some nifty interactive data visualizations.

A study of blogs from 2013 (which consequently didn't reveal its methodology, but I'll just roll with it) estimates the number of blogs on the internet to be around 152 million, with millions of new posts being written each day. So why should you read mine?

Well, I'll fully admit: I am going to try to sell you something. I'll try to sell you on my perspective; on the notion that being a globally rooted person teaches you things that can't be learned elsewhere. I'll try to sell you on the belief that life is often not black and white, and how it can sometimes be poisonous to think it so. So if you care to hear my pitch.... go ahead and sign up for my email list and keep an eye on what goes on here. And if not, I guess this will just be another one of the 152+ million that you don't read.

What Do I Write About These Days?
  • Travel (mostly)
  • History
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Religion
  • Art
The "Bucket List" Project

As I explain in this blog post, after a few years of inactivity, my blog recently took on new life. I embarked on a project of memorializing my travels around the world through a series I called the bucket list. This project was due in part to a tool i just made for fun one day with Tableau data visualization software, which basically allows anyone to come up with a top 10 countries list by playing with a few sliders.

Who Am I?

If you'd like to judge me by my cover, some works/authors that have influenced me in these areas are:
  • Travel/the world: James Michener: really anything he writes. This guy can paint a picture with his words and make you imagine you are in Hawaii, the Rockies, Spain, Poland... you name it.
  • Politics: I generally stay away from political books. But generally I try to get my news/political commentary from the Economist, BBC, or CNN. When I want to be entertained by non-sense I read Huffington Post or anything Paul Krugman. 
  • Economics: F.A. Hayek. The Road to Serfdom. Enough said. Now you really know me.
  • Religion: Well... aside from the Bible: C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity.
  • Art: If forced:
    • Author: Hemingway
    • Painter: Wyeth
    • Architect: Palladio
    • Actor: Hanks

Enjoy. And if you like (or don't like) what you are seeing, feel free to comment, contact me (kurtgrimes1 at and/or follow me by signing up for my email list up top (you'll only get updates if there is new content... which these days is a few times a month.)

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