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Big thanks for the little things

Michael KurzVail, CO, Colorado

First, I apologize, sincerely. Up to the last moment before I started to put fingers to keys to write this column, I chose to eschew the easy way out and not write about the hackneyed topic of Things Im thankful for. Then, as youll read, I did it anyway.But bear with me. This isnt about America, or enterprise opportunities, or happy valley, or anything particularly grand or glorious. Its about little things that make me happy. I guess in my own curious and quirky way, Im encouraging you not to overlook the simple pleasures that make this big, busy, sometimes nasty world tolerable. So, please hang in while I recount some of the minutia that colors my world. A few weeks ago, Schelida Rodrigues, one of our ace guest services agents, returned from holiday in her native Brazil and presented me with a bottle of Cachaa. She coddled the delicate vessel nearly 6,000 miles from her hometown northwest of Sao Paolo to Vail so I could enjoy the seductive wackiness of her countrys national cocktail, the Caipirinha. That was very kind and I really appreciate it. When I can remember having a few. There are no stoplights in Vail. Thank you to the planning departments and town councils from Vails conception to today. A shout out to Brahma Diplock. Thanks to the all-wheel drive system he invented in 1893, Ive passed through Dowd Junction hundreds of times, in all seasons, so far without a scratch. My wife gave me a stainless steel Tag Heuer Formula 1 chronograph about 20 years ago. Its waterproof to 200 meters. Although the only way it will go 200 meters beneath the oceans surface is if I drop it off a boat, it still works to keep me on schedule and its not so big it doesnt fit under my shirt cuffs. Cool. Thanks again, honey. Even older than that is my six-piece set of Chicago Cutlery. Yes, it should have come with a lifetime supply of Band-Aids, but Im now handy enough with them to feed my family and friends some decent meals. Maybe too many meals but Im grateful for the craftsmanship. My wife doesnt see well. You have no idea how useful that can be. Not just in making occasional mischief when she doesnt have her contacts in, but she still thinks Im cute. Thank you very much. Im thankful for pleated pants. After more than six decades of living with the gravity on this planet I need the forgiveness from time to time. Like tonight while I eat my second helping of pumpkin pie. Thanks to the Eagles for their Hell Freezes Over album. Since its release in 1994, its been in my CD changer. No pesky decisions to make about what to put in it. Thanks to those of you who read my columns from time to time. Some of you like them. Some dont. But you read them just the same and thats great. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, especially our 800 chamber members, the wonderful VVP staff and our board of governors. Try and remember the little things. Even when times are tough they can make it a great day.Event update: Dec.14: Success in 60 Seconds speed networking event, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sonnenalp Resort and Spa in Vail. Dec. 9: Non-Profit Executive Meeting, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Vail Valley Partnership offices in Avon. Dec. 10: Ask the Experts #2, business finance panel discussion, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Vail Valley Partnership offices, Avon. RSVP required.Dec. 17: Business After Hours Mixer, 5 to 7 p.m. at Ruggs Benedict Carpet One Floor & Home, Avon. Free to Vail Valley Partnership members.Michael Kurz is the president of the Vail Valley Partnership.


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