Some drivers never learn
December 3, 2003
What happens to people over the summer? We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s like riding a bike – you always remember.” I mean, go to the golf course and maybe your swing is a little stiff or you can’t get the feel of the greens, but it’s not like you’ve never swung a club before.
Or take skiing. Maybe on that first day you hear from parts of your legs that you’d forgotten you ever had, but surely you are able to negotiate your way down the hill.
Not so with drivers at the beginning of winter. You’d think it’s not only their first day driving on snow, but you’d almost be willing to guess it’s their first day driving ever. While it probably makes good sense to slow down a little when there’s snow on the highway, do you really have to go 40 on I-70 or 15 on the Frontage Road?
It’s apparently also impossible to think of staying in one lane. Straddling both lanes at 35 mph while negotiating Dowd Junction seems to be the rule. I made it through there right after the first big dump and can only tell you that I’m glad I don’t have to do that every day!
But there must be some solace in talking on a cell phone during all of this because that seems to be another requirement. Maybe there are driving lessons being delivered by satellite. If there are, they aren’t working.
Of course, you really have to wonder how the guests from warm climates survive. Perhaps before they are even issued a rental car the basic question should be “Have you ever even seen snow before?”
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Then you throw in a roundabout – well, it virtually defies description. So I have to ask: How is it possible to go sideways through a roundabout? But I saw the best one the other day. Some one was trying to get on 70 west from Vail via the main Vail roundabout. So off they went heading under the highway. Instead of proceeding around, they took an immediate left, bypassing the circle. Horns were honking, fingers were waving, heads were shaking and cell phones were activated. Here’s another cell phone rule. When something happens like that, there’s a real need to share the insanity with a friend. And naturally, there’s NEVER a policeman in sight when things like that happen.
PREMIER IMPRESSIONS: Vail’s only employee recognition program is off and running. Forms are available at most businesses, the town of Vail offices, information booths, the Vail Chamber and Business Association office, in the Vail Daily on Fridays and on line at http://www.vailchamber.org. All employees working in the town of Vail are eligible, and nominations are accepted from guests, employers and residents.
Frontline employees who are nominated and deliver exemplary customer service are acknowledged each month with a $25 gift certificate, and a special winner each month is awarded a gift from the Golden Bear. At the beginning of each month, all nominees from the previous month are listed in the Vail Daily. Additionally, their names are included for the drawings at the year end gala celebrating their achievements.
As with last year, this year’s grand prize winner will be awarded a check for $5,000. This year there will also be drawings for a tpwm parking pass, a Vail Recreation District recreation pass, a mountain bike and many more.
So when you’re out and about in the town of Vail and one of our employees goes out of his or her way to make your experience special, please take the time to fill out one of the forms. It’s our own special way of saying thanks to those employees who interact daily with our customers and truly define that experience for most of the guests that visit our community.
PARKING ALERT: With guests over the weekend, we ventured into the village for some shopping. Into the parking garage we went at 2:25 and out we exited at 5:10. So what was the charge? $10.
Frankly, I can’t figure out how it works, even after having visited with Mike Rose today. I was in there for a total of two hours and 45 minutes. The first 90 minutes are free, which leaves one hour and 15 minutes. Anything between one and a half and two hours is $4. But somehow, since I was there for more than two hours, even considering the free time, the computer kicks it up to the two-to-four-hour rate of $10. There apparently is no 90 minutes free if you stay over 90 minutes. Makes absolutely no sense to me.
But here’s a heads up. THE ONLY WAY TO GET FREE AFTER 3 IS TO ENTER AFTER 3. If you enter any time before 3, you are charged the posted rates. If you enter one minute before 3, you don’t qualify for Free After 3. Keep it in mind to avoid a rude awakening.
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Kaye Ferry is a longtime observer of Vail government. She writes a weekly column for the Daily.