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Best place in the world

Kaye Ferry

Once again, it’s the time of year to be thankful. And so far, it looks as though the season is starting out in such a positive way that you almost think someone should go around with a pincher.

As always, it’s snow that brings the biggest sigh of relief and the loudest thanks. And it’s coming in steady spurts with the heavy stuff first and now the cold to help keep it. If you look around town, it appears that there are more storefronts with tenants than there have been the last few years.

Turn It Up! had 818 attendees who were directed to take the message that they learned back to their businesses and share it with fellow employees. So thanks again, because customer service should be sterling this winter. That also means that a lot of locals will be getting their merchant passes and enjoying the very reason that most of us moved here in the first place.

But did you ever notice the little bits of schizophrenia that accompany some of these thankful responses? Here’s one. We’re sure happy to have all of our guests arrive. They are what allow us the advantage of living here while they can only visit. But couldn’t they sleep in on a powder day? And going back to the white stuff. How does that old song go? “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” But why do the big storms arrive every time I have to drive to Denver?

Then there’s the variety of retail here. Lots of great merchandise. But does anybody sell ordinary underwear or socks?

Of course, there are more. We all have our secret idiosyncrasies, things that drive us crazy and occasionally make us think that we have to get out of here. But we only have to leave for a short time to realize what a special place this is. And even if you don’t know it while you’re away, the minute you get back it hits you. This is the place where we all want to live. And maybe that’s why we all fight so hard at times to mold it into our own personal vision of a perfect place. Yet we should never lose sight of the fact that even if nothing ever changed, we still have so much to be thankful for that it would take more than this column to describe it.

So rather than tackle the impossible, the best move I can make is to get off of this computer. I have 25 guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner. If they arrive and I haven’t prepared, thanks will not be the chant around here. Happy turkey day!

IT’S A JOKE: They sat there Tuesday discussing the new committee that has to be formed to study an amendment to the town’s charter. Of course, they want to make sure that the “Ludy situation” doesn’t happen again. So we’re going to waste time and money and go to a public vote to fix it. Could have solved the problem easily if he’d have stepped down in November, as he should have. Maybe we should hire a consultant, too, just to make sure we haven’t missed any part of this ridiculous scenario. But thanks is due here, as well. It’s almost over.

INTERESTING TIDBIT: It means nothing, but at the annual ski school orientation I noted that of the four regular columnists for the Daily (Alan, Butch, Richard and myself), three teach skiing. Come on, Richard, get a blue jacket and make it unanimous.

Do your part: Call them and write them. To contact the Town Council, call 479-1860, ext. 8, or e-mail To contact Vail Resorts, call 476-5601 or e-mail For past columns,

Kaye Ferry is a longtime observer of Vail government. She writes a weekly column for the Daily.

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