Howdy and welcome to Town Talk, the column that thinks Vail’s Lionshead project should be called, “Arrabelle of the Ball.”Be at the ‘BelleVail’s Powers That Be will hash and rehash the Lionshead streetscape plan. It’s 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Vail Marriott. They’ll be cussing and discussing Project Arrabelle, a hybrid name the Powers That Be made up by smashing together one French and one German word, and we know how well those two groups have gotten along when they got smashed together.Arrabelle is enough to create voices in your head, and you’re just jealous because the voices in our heads talk to the Titans of Town Talk, and not to you. We’d like to inform you that our voices sound like the Governator, ordering folks with ridiculous amounts of disposable income to dispose of some of it by buying Arrabelle – “Buy one now you wussuccino-drinking weak-kneed pansy boy!”It has also come to our attention that some local unreal estate agents have their undies in a bunch because The Company in the Company Town has several hundred square feet of real estate-selling space in a first-floor Lionshead building, which the undie-bunched competing realtors say is actually real estate selling space, not retail space. If it were true, it would fly in the face of a Vail ordinance prohibiting ground-floor real estate selling.One of our Crack Town Talkers wandered into that Lionshead storefront suite, and while he had to look pretty hard he found some actual stuff you could buy whose pricetag did not include a real estate commission, he managed to uncover some gems that no Vail visitor should leave home without.
Our favorite: A T-shirt sporting the Vail logo that says, “My parents spent $4.2 million on a condo the size of Tupperware and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.”If the T-shirt doesn’t say that, it should.A cut aboveChange your hairstyle, get a haircut and help tsunami victims. Visit one or all of four salons in Eagle County 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 16. All the money goes to help the tsunami victims. The four salons are: Adagio Salon, downtown Eagle, Diane Nudell, owner, 328-7887; Sonlight Barber Shop in Gypsum, Sandi, owner, 524-8085; Prisms in downtown Eagle, Terri, owner, 328-1300; West One Salon in Eagle-Vail, Linda and Jill, owners, 748-9000.Tsunami ReliefThe Vail Performing Arts Academy is putting on a show to raise money for the folks in Asia hammered by the tsunami. It’s 6 p.m. Saturday at the Vail Mountain School theater and tickets are available at the door. They’re looking for about $20 per head, but anything you can give will be fine.
Avalanche classesLevel I Avalanche certification is being taught by Walter Kirch Avalanche Seminars through Colorado Mountain College. It’s the 10th year. Two evenings in the classroom and one full day on Vail Pass with hands -on training in rescue, digital beacons, and stability analysis. Jan. 21-23 or Jan. 28-30. Call 569-2900.Attention all dancers!You can dance tonight in Gypsum. Tom and Susan, who can boogie with the best, are doing swing dance classes in Gypsum at the Pastime Bar and Grill, 7-8:30 p.m. Classes are $8 each, or $45 for six dancers. If you don’t have a partner, you’re sure to meet one here.Dick, the computer guy
I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Dick the computer guy to come over. Dick clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. He gave me a bill for a minimum service call. As he was walking away, I called after him, “So, what was wrong?” He replied, “It was an ID ten T error.” I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, “An, ID ten T error? What’s that, in case I need to fix it again?” Dick just grinned…. “Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?””No,” I replied.”Write it down,” he said, “and I think you’ll figure it out.”So I wrote out …I D 1 0 TI used to like Dick.Vail, Colorado
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