David E. Steiner

Retired USAF, Teacher, Dad, Grandfather, Curmudgeon

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An Accident


You can’t drive on these roads very long without worrying about running into an animal. You see the reports in the police log all the time, but it’s one of those things that always happens to somebody else, right?

Well, not always.

Mary L. ran into a deer in downtown Lyons the other night, just opposite the Foothills Cafe. Ruined her day and her new Toyota wagon, too.

Fortunately Mary L. wasn’t hurt. The other part of this is what happens to the animal, and Officer Miller had to shoot the deer.  I’m not sure which Mary L. was more worried about, the car or the deer. She said she felt as though she had murdered Bambi’s mother. So I took the car to Boulder, driveable even with more than $1,000 in damage to the front end. You might say it took a licking and kept on ticking. I was impressed.

The guys at the body shop weren’t as fascinated.  Animal damage is routine, and I was treated to several horror stories of cars which had run into more than one deer at once, with animals flying through windshields and engines pushed through firewalls. Serious business. I also found out, by talking with my insurance company, that hitting an animal doesn’t come under the heading of collision, but under comprehensive, which means this isn’t going to cost me as much as I thought. Still, nobody likes to see their new car crunched.

On the way back, we ran into Officer Miller, and I asked him if it was true that Lyons was “Deer City,” as the men at the body shop had said.

“Actually,” he said, “this is the first time in the two years I’ve been here that somebody has hit a deer right downtown. But in this case the deer just ran into your wife’s car, which was only going about 25, and the deer didn’t look very healthy, so it may not have known what it was doing.

“But this has been a hard winter, and we have about 16 deer that hang around the downtown area, so it’s not too surprising one of them finally got hit.”

I asked him what had become of the deer. He said the wildlife people had picked it up.

People who commute to Longmont or Boulder or Loveland or even farther face the possibility of hitting a deer every morning and evening, and it’s something we all think about.

But in downtown Lyons?

One thing’s certain. It doesn’t always happen to the other guy.

Sometimes it happens to you.




© 1985 – 2003, David E. Steiner

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Peace and Quiet [1986]

Liberals & Conservatives

Going to the Movies

The Screened Porch

The Beginning of The Season

The Weather

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The Gift of Time

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Watching the Trees Grow

Postal Rates

Changes in Estes Park

Square Dancing at the Pow Wow

Back to the Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The Solstices

Bird Feeders


The Estes Park Hardware Store [1988]


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A Memorial Service

A Hummingbird


A Hiking Trip

The Estes Park Public Library

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A Motorcycle Trip

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Hotel Rates in the Old Days

The Price of Propane [1990]

The Front Range Almanac


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Miller Moths

My 50th Column

Modern Conveniences

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On the Death of Otto Walter, Postmaster

Otto’s Memorial Service

A Big Owl Pot-Luck Dinner

A Whine About Telephone Service [1991]

After the Persian Gulf War

Some Changes in the WIND

The Trip to the Mountains

The Mountains in the Summer


Of Dogs, Music, and Children

Muhlenburg County

To My Grandson

The Sale of Longs Peak Inn

World War II  [1992]

Murphy’s Law and the Computer

The South St. Vrain Canyon


The Hazards of Volunteering

Crime in Our Valley


On the Death of Charles Eagle Plume

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Lost Horizon [1993]


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More About Fences


The Visit of Pope John Paul II

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The Snow Pool

The Good Old Days [1994]

The WIND’s 20th Anniversary

The Bunce School

The Shooting Gallery

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Our Government

U.S. West Takes a Hit

The Year of the Hummingbirds

A New “Yield” Sign

Growth in Allenspark

Private Telephones?

The Salvation Army

Creation Science [1995]

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Domestic Terrorism

Old and New

Barney Graves

Life in the Wilderness

What’s In a Name?

Arthur C. Clarke


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How Old is Charles Eagle Plume?


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Tree Murder

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Mail Boxes

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An Accident

The Wild Cat

A July Reunion

A Visit to Baldpate Inn

Opening Cabins


The Times, They Have Changed

Death and Transfiguration

The Population Explosion

The March of Time

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Looking for Pitch

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