Stone, when I moved here, a friend who lived here all his life told me that people from the east seem to either love Colorado or hate it, and for the same reasons. I have since found that to be true. People either love or hate the endless sunshine, the dry air, the mountains, wide open spaces and the huge sky. Have you heard the saying that in the US, everything loose rolls west? Well, everything that doesn't make it over the mountains rolls back down into Boulder. You would love it there. It might be a bit small for you though, coming from NYC.