Parks & Recreation Families
This page is written especially for practical suburbanites (in District 50) who have achieved their dream of home ownership – prudently and within their means. People in this group I’m calling “Parks & Recreation Families” tend to own older single-family homes, town homes or a duplex. Many of these families are two-income married couples approaching retirement age; they are comfortable in their jobs and their homes, budget wisely, but do not plan on retiring anytime soon or moving.
There are several pockets of neighborhoods like this throughout the District 50 area. These areas are well established, and tend to be “kid-friendly.” A new generation of young couples are also moving into these established neighborhoods.
While everyone is unique, this is my current understanding of many people similar to you in our area:
- Homes are primarily owner occupied, single-family residences; town homes and duplexes in pockets of neighborhoods in Evans, Garden City, and Greeley.
- The median home value and average rent are close to the national level.
- Also, households are similar to “middle America” with married couples – many of whom are “empty-nesters” by some with young children.
- Over half of the “Parks and Recreation” groups within District 50 are college educated.
- Older residents in this group have begun drawing Social Security and retirement income.
- Of those working outside the home, they tend to be in professionals roles such as health care, and education. Some are in manufacturing and construction.
- On-the-whole this group tends to be financially shrewd; they are consumers who are careful to research their big-ticket purchases.
- Unlike some of the other groups in our area – this group tends to use cell phones for calls and texting only – as opposed to the usage (for example) the UNC students might be known for.
- Parks and Rec residents are more likely to buy domestic SUVs or trucks over compact or subcompact vehicles.
- Convenience is probably important in your kitchen; for example – the use of frozen or packaged main course meals. Ground coffee would typically be preferred over coffee beans.
If this description sounds like you, you might be interested to know that Marketing Firms describe groups similar to yours as “Parks & Recreation” – it’s not just an expression I made up. This is one of about fifty categories a lot of marketing professional use when trying to figure out how to sell something to you. To be clear, that is my intention also – to “sell you” on who I am and what I represent. I would like your vote – of course.
You and I have a few things in common – but those things might not be initially apparent. Three things come to mind:
- Parenting and Empty-Nesting. Our children are grown. Danielle (28) is a single mom with two children. James (25) is a film-maker living abroad with his long-time girlfriend (and we hope, one-day spouse). I deeply enjoyed being a parent – our house was the place for kids “to crash and hang out.” I coached twelve little league teams (basketball) and was active in the kids school and other interests. We paid a lot of attention to their transition into becoming adults. Many of our peers have adult children that remain dependent upon them for financial needs and other needs. We approached the “empty-nest” very deliberately – sometimes it was hard to avoid “saving” them from decisions we would have made differently. But we are very proud of the independence both our children have found and the way they contribute to the world. We miss seeing them frequently, but also enjoy the freedom of “just-the-two-of-us” now.
- Pragmatic Decisions. This, I confess, has not historically been my approach to life. Jennifer on the other-hand, is the very definition of this expression. With Jennifer’s example, in recent years I have learned the value of being differently thoughtful and prudent toward purchases – both big and small. But any difference aside, she and I have and do collaborate as a team prior to making any of the big decisions.l
- Hard Work. I believe in working hard, getting ahead, and being recognized for that effort. Even though I’m not very patient sometimes, I do realize that most things don’t just come to you – you have to go get it.
I recognize this short list doesn’t represent everything about you and me. But, you may not have had a chance to hear these – so I hope the short list is meaningful to you a little. Thanks for reading it.
As a candidate, I describe myself as fiscally conservative and socially moderate. The “fiscal conservative” part of this means I usually do not like big government programs, and I generally prefer less regulation of business – on the fiscal side of things, I usually side with Republicans. The “socially moderate” part of this statement means that I sometimes agree with Republicans, and other times I agree with Democrats. Topics like equality and some aspects of healthcare fall into the “social” category.
- I advocate state’s rights to counter-balance federal over-reach and over regulation
- I advocate balanced budgets for governments (federal, state, and local)
- I advocate for good education (high quality, and equal access)
- I am pro-oil, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-life
Some other things about me include:
- I used to play professionally as a musician (guitar, keyboards, sing)
- I play left-handed on my guitar
- I’ve started several small businesses, including Xbig6 – a management consulting firm
- I’ve written thirteen books
- I grew up in Derby, Kansas
- My education is in geology, management, and industrial relations
- I attend the Vineyard church downtown Greeley
- I am a substitute teacher for Greeley-Evans school district 6
- Jennifer and I have a dog named Shadow
- We live east of the railroad tracks near downtown Greeley
- 1908-Our house was built in 1908
- 2008-My Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 2008 and has over 200,000 miles on it
- I’m a registered psychotherapist , and am on the Colorado State Board
- I’m an amateur magician
- Sometimes I watch several episodes in a row of a Netflix series
- My favorite actor is Bruce Willis
I truly would appreciate your vote in November. I recognize that this short web page can’t realistically “earn” your vote. But, thank you for taking time to get to know me a little. I’d be happy to receive your email, meet in person, or speak to a group of others. And – thank you for being my neighbor.
Read more about District 50. You can find out more about my background and personal life on this site. I would be pleased to speak with you or exchange ideas. Find my contact information on this site.
2016 News: John Honeycutt (Republican) is running against incumbent Dave Young (Democrat) for Colorado State House of Representatives District 50 including portions of Greeley, Garden City, and Evans, CO.