Something from an animated (well sort of) cartoon, the name of which is not important, has circulated back around to our little page. In this (ahem) cartoon they label Greeley as "the opposite of Hawaii" and I think, in many ways, that's true. They ment this in a negative way, of course, but I see it as a possitive.
You see I have a friend who moved to Greeley from Hawaii many years ago. He likes the fact that we enjoy more sunny days than (yes) even Hawaii (it rains a lot there) guess that's why their College football team is called the Rainbows. He attended UNC where their football team is called the Bears. He is a Loyal Greeleyite and enjoys the Broncos and the Rockies (baseball team), which reminds me, we are only a stones trow away form the Rocky Mountains (Which he also loves).
From my perspective however, I think Greeley is without a doubt the most centered small city in the country (and I don't just mean geographically speaking). I believe that , as goes Greeley, so goes the Nation. By this I mean, the feelings and opinions of the average Greeleyite match those of average American. Our foundations and principles are the same as those that define the Nation.
Sure we've had a rough go of it lately. We've taken it on the chin (financially speaking) but so has the rest of the Nation. Yet we still visit our local houses of worship together. We campaign and vote in our elections together and, we usually reflect the National average in our voting returns.
More than any of these things though, we are not just another expensive tourist trap on some ones "Bucket List" (as Hawaii is). You can still stay here for reasonable rates and get great (large) meals for a very low cost. Again, don't forget those mountains.
Yet with all these things going for us, we don't live under crowded or congested conditions and we enjoy the pace of our little city. In short, we wouldn't be Hawaii for all the tourists in the world. If you think all of this is silly, you'd love that cartoon, if not you'd hate it.
That's my opinion and you're entitled to it.