Thanks for the memories
Vail CO, Colorado
Unbelievably, it’s the end of another ski season. It was a little shorter for me since I was out for a while with broken ribs. But nonetheless, they all seem to fly by. Just about the time that I’ve organized myself to get out there, it’s over.
This last week was special, however. It’s nice to have the place to ourselves for a change. As a matter of fact, a friend came up to me Thursday as I was taking my skis off at Los Amigos just in time for a margarita on the deck in the last rays of a sunny day (one of the ways I’ve used as a benchmark of when it’s almost over).
With tongue in cheek he said he wished he knew someone with a Daily column who would take the time to thank Vail Resorts for the gift of this last week. It sounded like a good idea so that’s what I’m doing. I’ll also put in a pitch for the same thing next year. As the schedule is now, the mountain will close on April 13, 2008. It would be a shame to miss a week like this last one.
While I’m at it, I’ll also thank Bob McNichols for celebrating the final closing night of the Crossroads theaters with a free showing of “The Last Picture Show.” There was large turnout for this sad event.
And while I’m being nostalgic, I think it’s important to point out some huge losses to the community. Crossroads theaters have already been mentioned and I think only now that all four theaters are shuttered (two more at Cascade) will we really feel the void that will be with us for the next two-and-a-half years as we eagerly await Solaris. As for the rest of Crossroads, we’ll miss those services, too.
Of course, the closing of 8150 marks an end of an era. Bouncing floors and all, it filled a niche unrivaled and irreplaceable. Many thanks to Steve Kovacik for hanging in there through some trying times and providing exciting music.
And the Roost, not yet gone but going and surely to leave a void that can’t ever be replaced in today’s real estate market.
Then there’s chair 10. That 16-minute trip gave rise to a lot of activities ” some legal and some not ” and many stories that can’t be repeated here. But mostly it marks the passage into another fast lane. Nothing seems to move slowly any more.
So while I’m talking about change, I heard a really disturbing rumor the other day. And I hope it’s only just that. The story is that when the new plans come in for the redeveloped Gorsuch building, the clock tower will be no more. Well not exactly.
Purportedly it’s being redesigned to replicate the one in St. Moritz. Talk about icons! Nothing says Vail more than the images of the clock tower. Virtually every signature shot of Vail has the clock tower framed by the Gore Range. Please say this isn’t so!
Now however, it’s time to return to the business at hand. The home rule thing is really getting ugly. I read the most ridiculous comment in this very newspaper. Someone implied that the only reason most elected officials countywide are supporting this issue is because it gives them more power by eliminating any controls already in place through the Colorado Constitution. Insane. The only things that will be different will be the ones we stipulate to be changed ” namely the number of commissioners and our ability to have initiative and referendum rights. Everything else will stay the same. And in the future, other changes will also have to be voted on by us.
Pure and simple, the addition of two more commissioners will provide better government for all of us and better representation primarily for the two isolated communities in the county, Vail and Basalt. Every single voter in those two communities should vote yes on home rule if they ever want to have a seat at the table. And every member of the other communities should vote yes if they believe
in fairness and equality in government. Anything you hear to the contrary is the result of hysteria and misinformation.
And now for some miscellany. Here’s a quote from a recent Daily taken from their new Hit and Miss column: “Miss: To the parking problems plaguing Vail. Town official estimate they need 400 more spaces now, and about 1,000 by 2025. A solution to this problem won’t come a moment too soon.”
Does anybody but me find this to be monumentally ironic given the fact that the Daily has gone on record over and over as saying anybody complaining about parking is whining? That all of those cars are a sign of good times?
Do they presume we have no memory of some of the idiotic positions they have taken in the past?
Then there was the woman that wrote in about Kid Rock and the lack of interest for that kind of music. Not only did the concert have huge attendance but according to the police it was business as usual. And the bars were overflowing with paying customers. I think the comment was: “Did they not learn anything from Snoop Dogg?” The answer? Yeah. They did. They learned there’s an audience for that music in Vail. And we should be glad there is. Not everybody here is on social security.
Besides, if you don’t like it, stay home. It’s your choice. What’s not in your purview is to force your tastes on others by insisting on a very narrow range of entertainment in Vail. For me, the more the merrier.
Then there’s “Ever Vail.” Are they serious? Is that the opposite of Neverland?
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Kaye Ferry is a longtime observer of Vail government. She writes a biweekly column for the Daily.