The Dime Roll: 'Cause Baby, You're a Firework

June 30, 2017

Our PERA members—the 550,000+ who include employees of the Colorado state government, universities/colleges, cities/towns, as well as public school teachers, judges, and State Troopers, among others—are the lifeblood of Colorado PERA, and the state as a whole. That's why The Dime will be doing a "PERA Member Spotlight" series over the next few months. It's our small way of celebrating the awesome work that PERA members do each and every day, and also providing an insider's look on what their many jobs entail. Get ready—first up we've got a day in the life of a 9-1-1 dispatcher (spoiler alert: it's nothing like the theatrics you remember from Rescue 911).

On an unrelated note, did you know that we're currently in prime hot air balloon season ("Well if you don't know, now you know...")? It's definitely on the bucket list for many of us here at The Dime, but lucky for us (and you!), riding in a hot air balloon is much more accessible than anyone might think. We've got all the deets for you, including the vendors to try, what it'll cost you, and WHY a hot air balloon flight in Colorado specifically is unlike any other.

Plus, as always, we're also bringing you great content from all around the Interweb to keep you in the know on #allthethings.

Are you a diehard Dimer? If so, we'd love for you to pass us along to your friends and family (dogs and grandmas included). We also love hearing from our readers, so hit us up on Facebook and Twitter if you've got something to share. (C'mon...you know you want to.)

This week on The Dime:

PERA Member Spotlight: A Day in the Life of a 9-1-1 Dispatcher

Up, Up, Up! It's Hot Air Balloon Season in Colorado

Great financial resources from around the web:

The K-12 Teacher's Guide to Funding Classroom Supplies via The Simple Dollar

Not a PERA Member? How to Create a DIY Pension Plan via The Simple Dollar

Science & Tech: 

Solving the Mystery of Whose Laughter Is On the Golden Record via The Atlantic

Actually, The iPhone May Not Look Much Different In 2027 via Fast Company

Just Because:

How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Pro via The New York Times