Town Talk for Jan. 14, 2003
Mountain Living Magazine, a homes and lifestyles periodical, selected Vail’s Verbatim Booksellers in Vail as one of the best bookstores in the Rockies. You can find Verbatim mentioned in Mountain Living’s February 2003 edition for the Best Shopping Choices and Editor’s Picks of the Very Best of the High Country.Walter Kirch Avalanche SeminarsWhat comes down may come down faster, which is why you should take a backcountry safety and avalanche class. Two evenings classroom, followed by a full day on Vail Pass. Hands-on practical skills. Taught by Dan Aguilar, Mike Bradley, and Mike Duffy. Dates: Jan. 24,25,26. Feb. 7,8,9, and Feb. 21,22,23. Friday and Saturday night, Sunday all day. Only $90! To sign up, call Colorado Mountain College, 476-4040.No fear, only surrenderMermer Blakeslee, the author “In the Yikes! Zone,” is in our town. She can teach you to expand your comfort zone and learn the power of surrender. Basically, she’ll teach you to get over fear, which clears the way for your lucrative career in extreme skiing. She’ll be in Verbatim Booksellers for a booksigning sometime this week. Watch this very space for more info. Mermer shares the techniques that have earned her intergalactic acclaim. She trains ski instructors to help people overcome their fear, and is a former member of the Elite National Demonstration Team of professional Ski Instructors of America.Get your flu shot nowAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated average of 36,000 people die from flu-related complications in the United States each year. You don’t need to be one of them. The flu season, between December and March, is just beginning. It is not too late to get a flu shot, and it is crucial that those who are most at risk are vaccinated. This includes anyone 50 years of age or older; infants and young children ages 6 months to 24 months; anyone with chronic medical conditions; and health care workers.Flu vaccinations are available through Eagle County Health & Services Department. Flu clinics are held at Health & Human Services offices at:n 551 Broadway, Eagle, Tues. and Thurs., 2-4 p.m. Call 328-8840n 100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, Tues., Wed., Thurs., 2-4 p.m. Call 949-7026.n 0020 Eagle County Dr., El Jebel, Thurs., 1-4 p.m. Call 704-2760The cost of the flu shots is $12. The county will bill Medicare. Medicare patients are asked to bring their Medicare number with them.Swearing In, not swearing atYou are invited to join Eagle County’s newly elected and re-elected officials for a swearing-in ceremony and reception at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.The ceremony is in the Eagle County Room in the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway, in Eagle.Officials taking office include:n Tom Stone, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), who will begin his second four-year term.n Teak Simonton, Clerk and Recordern Joyce Mack, Assessorn Joseph D. Hoy, Sheriffn Dan Corcoran, Surveyorn Kara Bettis, CoronerCounty Treasurer Karen L. Sheaffer, who was re-elected in November, was sworn in earlier this month.Michael Gallagher, BOCC chairman, will kick off the morning’s celebration at 10:30 a.m. with a State of the County presentation and presentation of county employee service awards.The Three MarketeersNot so long ago, the Vaily Daily held an interoffice softball game between our marketing department and the rest of the crew. The staff whipped the marketing department soundly. To show just how the marketing department earns their keep, they posted this memo on the bulletin board after the game:”The Marketing Department is pleased to announce that for the 2000 Softball Season, we came in second place, having lost but one game all year. The Support Department, however, had a rather dismal season, as they won only one game.”10 Best Reasons to Not Exercise1. My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now and we don’t know where she is!2. The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.3. I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up.4. I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.5. I don’t exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up our body.6. I like taking long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.7. I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.8. The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.9. If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.10. I don’t jog. It makes the ice jump right out of my whiskey glass.