Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Movin’ on up, sort of |

Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Movin’ on up, sort of

Every time I walk through Vail Village ” every single time ” I am reminded of why I moved here, why I stay and why someday I would like to return to living in Vail proper.

Laying my head on a pillow west of Dowd Junction for 20 of my 25 years in Happy Valley has been more an issue of convenience than one of desire.

That’s not to disparage any downvalley neighborhoods (I only poke fun at the deserving), but in my admittedly biased eyes, there is no prettier place around. After all, it’s what brought me here.

I don’t know if the move back upvalley will ever actually happen, but there are a few scenarios on the visible horizon that will probably have an effect one way or the other.

On a personal level, our firstborn has been off the family teat for years, and No. 2 will soon be joining BONG (Burned Out Next Generation) as he pursues “higher” education in Boulder.

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Our once-large family of five, complete with daily hectic schedules involving schools, sports, girlfriends and part-time jobs, will be reduced to three, leaving us with more house than we need yet still our 20-mile commute to school in East Vail five days a week. Driving a hybrid helps, but that doesn’t address the time-management issues.

And then there’s the local economy.

Changes are coming ” you and I both know it ” with the only uncertainties being how soon, how big and how long they will last.

I expect the real changes to begin in April, when all those businesses and

individuals who gave “making it in Vail” one last shot finally conclude it’s time to hit the road.

It will happen, yet most of us hold out hope that it won’t be too harsh for any close friends. Such is the beauty of a small town.

Anyway, this unfortunate scenario offers up loads of opportunity for the rest of us, mainly in the form of lower home prices, lower rents and probably a few screamin’ deals on commercial property. And it’s these anticipated bargains that might come into play, thus allowing the Carnes family to consider making the move.

But since we’re talking about reality here, no one ever actually knows what’s really going to happen, right?

Who knows, maybe a trillion dollars of government stimulus money will turn the national economy around, providing everyone with a job, health care and a new electric plug-in car and make us all vegetarians, which will slow down the proliferation of cow burps, thus effectively slamming the barn door on global warming.

Or perhaps the once-mighty dollar will sink to the point it makes the peso look like a jalapeno-and-cheese-covered bargain and all of us have to move to the Front Range just so we can be closer to the Federal Food Distribution Facilities while making ends meet with government jobs involving road repairs using plastic spatulas.

Either way, I’ll still be clinging to the hope of once again viewing the gorgeous Gore Range each morning when I awake, even if it’s as I peek out through the small window in my tent.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes a column for the Daily. He can be reached at

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