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Got back yesterday from a three-day trip to Denver, where I saw the Women’s Final Four.

This was the first time I spent any considerable time in Denver, and I was impressed. I was all over the downtown area Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, from the land of tall buildings — office buildings, hotels, banks, etc. — to the distinctive LoDo area (lower downtown), with its bars, restaurants and storefront businesses.

One thing that makes downtown so accessible is that there is an abundance of street parking, with thousands of metered spots where you can park any time of night or day. There’s none of this “no parking 7-9 and 4-6,” like we’ve got here. In addition, paying is as easy as sliding your credit card into a slot and paying $1 an hour, maximum of two hours in most places.

I think the city makes a tremendous amount of money on parking violations, too. I saw several yellow envelopes containing citations under windshield wipers…In fact, two of those yellow envelopes ended up under the wiper of my rental car. (Not even grudgingly, I’ll make my $50 contribution to a city where parking is hassle free.)

Anyway, take a look at my latest travelogue…

The Pepsi Center

Baylor warming up before Sunday's semifinal game against Stanford. Brittney Griner, who ended up being the tournament's most valuable player, is at top center.

Pat Summitt, whose Tennessee Volunteers were not in the Final Four, drew more attention than anyone except Griner

Out on the streets...a snowy 16th Street Mall on Tuesday morning

The first part of customer service...

The Brown Palace Hotel, the second-oldest operating hotel in Denver (built, 1892). Harry Truman liked the Hotel Muehlebach but he also stayed at the Brown Palace.

The City and County Building (not City Hall, mostly courts)

A nice cigar store, Palma Cigars, in LoDo...Clay Carlton, proprietor and roller

I spent an hour on that couch, smoking a Don Pepin

Back to the action...The Sheraton lobby was the place to see and be seen Tuesday afternoon.

These ladies weren't in the Final Four, but they were my favorite trio by far...From left, Erika of Northwest Florida State, Stacey of New Mexico State and Lauren of Arizona State.

Baylor fans had a lot to cheer about in the championship game against Notre Dame.

I managed to talk a very nice usher into letting me sit in the lower-level, even though I had a third-floor ticket. My reward, besides getting a great view of the game, was to sit in front of these two ladies from Houston -- Heather (left) and Denise.

Baylor celebrates the 80-61 win over the Irish. (Coach Kim Mulkey is at left center.)

After the game, after the fans disperse, LoDo goes quiet. If there's a celebration, it isn't around here.

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Just to show Smartman that I also take photos of the beautiful woman who makes my life joyful and fulfilling, here’s Patty…

Central California coast, 2011

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I got back home Wednesday from a trip “back East,” where I visited relatives and friends in my hometown of Louisville and attended the Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.

I’ve admitted, unabashedly, to being a big fan of women in long shorts, and the Final Four exceeded my expectations.

For one thing, I sure didn’t expect Texas A&M and Notre Dame to be playing in the championship game. Like almost everyone else, I thought it would be Stanford and Connecticut. But Notre Dame dumped UConn by nine on Sunday, and, in Sunday’s other game, Kansas City’s Tyra White made a driving lay-up with three seconds left to give Texas A&M a one-point victory over Stanford.

In Tuesday’s finale, White and another Kansas City girl, Danielle Adams, combined for 48 points, and the Aggies prevailed by six points.

One of the joys of the trip was stumbling upon the Irish’s beachhead — the Ram Restaurant & Brewery on Illinois Street in downtown Indianapolis.

From the Ram and also from Conseco Fieldhouse, then, here are some scenes from tournament weekend.

Sunday, pre-game "warmup"

Is that a "hook-em" signal? Nah, must be some secret Irish sign.

What a beautiful eye

 

Carrying the team on her back

Outside Conseco Fieldhouse

The Program

Nice hat

Arriving for Tuesday's championship game

Texas-sized presentation of the colors

Just another green-and-gold-clad fan -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

How will it end?

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