As most of you already know, Boulder and Colorado were very affected by the recent flooding and unprecedented rainfall. Many people were evacuated and had basements flooded. I personally spent an entire weekend taking drywall out of my parent’s basement in North Boulder. Needless to say, I had a great time hanging out with my three younger brothers as we were sweeping water into a pump and sawing off drywall. Looking back on that weekend, we actually had it pretty well off. My parents had four young guys to help take care of the house and we had no major damage. My heart goes out to those families who were evacuated and still not able to return to their homes as well as those who are not fortunate to receive the help they needed during the flood.
This brings me to the main focus of this post, the Boulder Rural Fire Departments Annual Spaghetti Dinner. This year, all of the proceeds go to helping Boulder firefighters who were impacted by the flood. My fellow Student Ambassador and friend was in charge of organizing and putting on this event, so myself and a group of friends went to the dinner in hopes of eating a lot of pasta, helping flood victims, and exploring the fire trucks. It was a phenomenal event and we accomplished all three of our goals. We ate a ton of pasta. (I will admit I went back for seconds, and then had a double serving of dessert) We were all able to hang out in the big fire engine. I think we had more fun than the 5 year olds who were among us. Those trucks are really something else. I have a lot of respect for whoever has to drive them, it looks like a plane cockpit with how many controls and switches there are. I was even able to snag my own red plastic fireman’s hat and Junior firefighter sticker.
All in all, it was a really great event. They raised a lot of money for flood victims, I was able to eat to my heart’s content for only $7 and we had a great time exploring the fire trucks. While Boulder is still recovering from the flood and some people are still putting their lives back together, it is events like this one that make the recovery possible.
In other news, the football team is 2-1 and we look forward to beating #2 Oregon next week on Folsom Field.
Us at the Spaghetti Dinner!
In the Fire Truck with my fireman's hat