This week, Dabble had the opportunity to catch up with one of our awesome Dabble Denver teachers, Timothy Whalin. He is a well known designer and popular Tweetaholic in Denver and we are lucky to have him share his expertise with us! Sign up for his Twitter for Beginners and Pros class coming up July 10.
D: Describe who you are in 10 words or less.
T: Genuine introvert loving life with a passion for design. (Fun challenge! It depends on what context I’m describing myself and about what. I would sell/describe myself different as “me” than I would as a designer.)
D: Why do you love using Twitter?
T: Twitter is such an amazing resource that has opened career opportunities and allowed me to connect with some amazing people around the world. It keeps me up to speed on what’s happening both in the world, with technology, and in my industry. I’ve discovered the value of having a personal brand and Twitter has really helped me define my brand online. Its been a great way to receive feedback on my design work and get question on design or user experience.
D: What do you currently Dabble in?
T: Besides all the facets of my career in the design field, I dabble in social media (obviously), continuously learning more about social networking and meeting others. In addition to that, I also play the piano and write poetry on occasion. I’m also known to snowboard and enjoy both the cold and hot weather of Colorado.
D: What would you like to Dabble in?
T: There’s been a number of things I’ve wanted to learn over the years from how to fly a plane, learn Russian, and water skiing. Most recently, I’ve had a strong desire to learn wood working and pottery, though haven’t gotten plugged into taking a class on either. I also would love to Dabble more in wine tasting.
D: What’s your favorite thing about Denver?
T: Best things about Denver…are free. There are lots of free things to do in Denver. From first Friday art-walks to farmers markets and festivals, Denver is never boring if you’re up for an adventure. There are plenty of hiking and walking trails to get you outside enjoying the weather as well as lots of free days to places like museums or the zoo. I also really enjoy the beautiful sunsets and how close we are to the mountains.
by Jess Lybeck
It’s true. I will officially become a Denver resident in 3 weeks and counting. While I’ve dipped my toes in Colorado-obsessed waters, I have yet to drink the kool-aid (as I don’t officially live there … yet).
I’d like to take this opportunity to share an outsider’s point of view on 10 reasons why I think Denver rocks.
Without further ado …
#10 Work / Life Balance
Coming from a hotbed of workaholicism (yep, that’s a word) in Chicago, I find it refreshing to find a population who works hard, plays hard and finds time to explore the great outdoors. Basically, Denverites have their shit together. I’m excited to surround myself with people who want the best life has to offer - much of it well beyond the 9 to 5.
#9 The Food
Green chile sauce. Need I say more? I am straight up astounded by the plethora of great eats to explore in Denver. My fiance & I already hit up Steubens, Root Down, Olivea & The Hornet on visits … while I know these will turn into favorites, I can’t wait to see what other culinary tricks Denver has up its sleeve. Sushi Den anyone?
#8 Getting a Dog
Apparently this is a borderline requirement to live in Denver. I plan to oblige with said requirement under my own free will. Within 30 seconds of arrival to Denver I’ll be looking into getting a puppy from a local shelter. Yes, I know it’ll be a huge responsibility. Yes, I’ll chat with you at the dog park. Yes, I realize there will be shit & piss everywhere … but underneath it all you’ll see smiles of utter joy.
#7 Art … Everywhere
Everywhere you look in Denver there are tasteful, sometimes hilarious, awe-inspiring pieces of art - blue bears, lazy bulls and rogue knitted accoutrements are the everyday norm. It’s WONDERFUL. I have yet to hit RiNO or Santa Fe on First Fridays. Don’t worry - it is on my list.
#6 Denver Cruisers
Are you kidding me? Two of my favorite things in the world (themed costumes + bike) come together into a winning weekly concoction? While I haven’t participated yet, I want to make a shrine for whomever came up with the concept. You’ll see me cruising July 25th as either a rainbow, fairy or unicorn. Yahtzee.
#5 The Weather
Coming from the land of frigid Chicago winters where the only outdoor “activity” during 6 months of the year is waiting for the train in freezing rain, Denver is a breath of fresh air. Sunshine for 300+ days a year, mild-ish winters and an abundance of outdoor retreats make it slightly ridiculous that more people don’t live in Denver. I’m in and ready to say goodbye to SAD.
#4 Startup Scene
I love what I do and meeting other passionate entrepreneurs makes me happy. Sometimes it’s to compare notes, sometimes it’s to connect with someone who is just as crazy as you are (we are ALL crazy). Either way, I’m excited to jump into the startup / tech scene in Denver with both feet. I’ve already checked out Startup Denver, the Denver Founders Network at Uncubed & DOCC … many more will be on my list.
#3 The Mountains
If you live in Denver, you are living in your very own adult “choose your own adventure” story. Every. Single. Weekend. You ask yourself … Should I go kayaking? How about hiking? Maybe skiing? Naw, rock climbing? Forget that, let’s just go mountain biking. I’m so excited to hit all the trails and hidden hideaways … P.S. I’m looking for must-visit destinations if anyone has any tips.
Oh, the good stuff. This shouldn’t be a surprise. You already know that Denver is the promised land for craft beer - but I had no idea. I’ve already had the pleasure of sipping a cool Una Mas at Renegade Brewery and enjoying a lunchtime brew with PJ of Denver Off the Wagon, but I’ve barely scratched the barley-laden surface of what this town has to offer. Please, tell me where I can find the IPAs I’ve been dreaming of?
#1. Friendliest Damn People on Earth
Holy shit. Do you realize how amazing you people are? I’ve bumped into only the most genuine, whole-hearted people in my travels to Denver thus far. This includes striking up random conversations at coffee shops, meeting non-creeps at bars (who knew this was possible?!?) and getting help from utter strangers. At this rate, it leaves me teary eyed to think of the friends I will make, the barbecues that will be had and the laughter that has yet to come.
In short … I’d like to say bring it on, Denver. I’m ready.
Note: This is a biased, horribly over-generalized first impression of a city that I KNOW is more complex. But that’s what makes it fun. I hope you’ll challenge me or chime in within the comments.
Know more “nice folks” in Denver? I’d love to meet them, send em’ my email address at firstname.lastname@example.org … better yet, share on facebook! You can also check out upcoming classes in Denver or find out more about Dabble.