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Hobbies and vices not going anywhere

Dustin Racioppi
dracioppi@vaildaily.com
VAIL VALLEY, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY ” Financially, things have been bad. There doesn’t seem to be any immediate signs of them getting better, either.

Despite that, people are still traveling, skiing, buying new fashions and spending money on commemorative Barack Obama china sets.

The bottom of the well may be far off. But if and when things go from bad to worse, there are certain items, hobbies and vices people will simply refuse to give up.



Saltwater Cowboy owner Steve Bullock pointed to the obvious ” food.

“Food and liquor, that’s my top two.” he said. “I’m still going to drink, even if I don’t have the money. I’ll find a way.”



However, Bullock is employed and running a well-known clothing store, and he just opened its neighboring restaurant last month. The prospect of getting down to his last nickel is still far off, even if times are bleak in the country.

“I don’t think I’ll ever have to give up either one of them,” he said.

Lifelong Edwards resident Andy McNeill doesn’t think he could survive without being well-equipped for his hobbies. He grew up in the Vail Valley, so he doesn’t know living life without skiing, hiking or rock climbing. He said he’d need to have money to spend on all the gear and to keep up with the new technology companies keep putting out.



But spending all that money won’t be for naught, McNeill said. As he continues to spend, he can also sell his old supplies.

“It’s a good investment,” he said.

Buying a lens or camera equipment is about the only thing South Carolina transplant Nathan Hadley will buy over anything else.

“It’s hard for me because I’m cheap anyway,” he said.

He thinks being able to take pictures at will is a more economical approach to spending, and it’s something he probably won’t stop, he said.

“It’s cheaper than drinking and smoking,” Hadley said. “As long as I’m employed, I’m fine.”

There’s one monthly bill Bernadine Kruse says she won’t give up. For $90 a month she maintains a membership at the Homestead Club in Eagle-Vail, something she’s been part of for 25 years.

“It’s social. I get out and see my friends and at the same time get exercise,” she said. “It makes you feel good.”

It’s that good feeling she doesn’t want to lose, and is hopeful nobody else will be forced to make any tough decisions as the future seems so uncertain right now.

“I hope nobody is going to have to make a choice to buy food,” she said.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or dracioppi@vaildaily.com.


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