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Vail Valley Partnership boss ponders his early-rising habits

Michael Kurz
Vail, CO, Colorado

I’m on vacation from my job at the Vail Valley Partnership this week, so I submitted this week’s column before I left. Plan the work, work the plan, you know. Are you like me? Do you ever get the feeling that you’re too darn organized, or always ready too soon?

One of my co-workers gasped the other morning in a meeting when we were discussing morning routines and she found out I set the alarm for 5 a.m. every day. She looked at me as if I were nuts. “So when you sleep in, like when you’re on vacation, what time do you get up?” she asked. “Six,” I said. Her eyes rolled.

I don’t know how it happened, this assuredly abnormal behavior, whether I just don’t need as much sleep in my advancing years, or if the work stuff bumping around in my fuzzy little head keeps me always on the verge of consciousness, or that, as my wife says, I’m dreaming of being a dog and chasing rabbits (her explanation for why the bedcovers need to be reassembled from the bare mattress up every morning).



I don’t know why I can’t rest easy. When I was a kid my mother walked into our “dormitory” (a remodeled garage with a triple-bunk on one side of the room and a double-bunk on the other to accommodate the five oldest boys in the family) and when she looked to see if I was sleeping, I had my eyes open in a fixed gaze and I wasn’t moving. The first time it happened she gasped, yelled for my dad and shook me to see if I was alive.

I had no idea why she woke me, but the horrified look on her face sure scared the bejesus out of me. Eventually she got used to it and just told others who witnessed the phenomenon that, “Mike just doesn’t want to miss anything.”



Maybe someday I’ll have to ask my psychologist friend Tina if she knows what the heck that is all about.

Maybe my mom was right. Maybe I do things in advance of deadline (I even show up early for meetings, lunch dates, movies, and all) because I just don’t want to miss anything. Maybe that’s why I have difficulty taking time off. Maybe that’s why I’m always ready to go half an hour before my wife is. (Yes, of course, I blame her for dawdling.)

I know it’s not a matter of things going screwy at work. I’ve got a great staff and they’re totally capable of handling anything short of an avalanche hitting the building (not much chance of that since we’re a good mile and a half away from the closest run at the Beav).



It’s not that I’m worried about being out of touch, either. My phone gets e-mail, voice and text, oh, and movies too, which are really cool to watch when you’re passing time on the shuttle bus, but I digress. Yup, maybe she was right, maybe I’m up early and never really far from reality no matter how far I go from the office or the valley because I just don’t want to miss anything.

I’ll be back next week with more serious matters. For now, I’m going to relax and hope nothing cool is going on while I’m gone. It won’t, right?

Event update

• Sept. 15, 8 – 9:30 a.m.: Non-Profit Executive Meeting/Training: “Transforming your Non-Profit Board,” Vail Valley Partnership offices, Traer Creek Plaza, Avon. Members only.

• Sept. 16, 5 – 7 p.m.: Business After Hours Mixer, Vail Recreation District and Clubhouse, Vail. Members only.

• Sept. 17, 8 – 10:30 a.m.: Safety Seminar, Colorado Mountain College Edwards Campus, Room 108. Members only.

• Sept. 30, 5 – 7 p.m.: Eagle Business After Hours Mixer, Alpine Party Rentals, Eagle. Members only.


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