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We’re all lucky dogs to live and play in Vail

Michael Kurz
Vail, CO, Colorado

Lulu is my friend Carol’s ShiTzu. She’s much cuter than I am so I thought you’d enjoy her picture as a relief from my usual in-column mug shot.

Carol’s bumper sticker proudly proclaims that, “My ShiTzu is smarter than your honor student.” Carol can be just a little over the top when it comes to her puppy, but Lulu and I are old friends and I’m sure, even measured in human terms, the dog is smart. That is very evident when she snaps at people I don’t like and wags her tail at those I do.

Lulu was very enthusiastic as she watched, along with many thousands of us, the Fourth of July parade in Vail last Friday. It was charming, funny, noisy, smelly (horses) and about the best time you can have here without your skis on. It was everything that’s right about living and visiting here and a handful of hard candy to boot.

Watching the crowd it was easy to see that nobody cared if you were from this valley or that, or if you were from Vail, Denver, Edwards or Dushanbe. We all waved American flags, cheered and booed political candidates, warmly welcomed the valley’s emergency responders, giggled at the little kids in costume, stood and doffed our hats or saluted as the colors were presented and thrilled at the F-16 flyover. We also spent a lot of time with friends and, for my wife and I, with a pitcher of yummy Sangria.

It kind of felt, at least for a couple of hours, that we’re all in this together for a greater purpose and toward a common goal ” that this will happen forever in this little town without regard for how we got here, or what we do or where we’re going.

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I love the Fourth of July. Not just because I’m a veteran and so are two of my brothers, and my father, and my uncle, and my grandfather, and my mother’s four brothers and because we put some personal time in to help this great country along its way. It’s not just because I believe in the privilege of being an American or the wonder of free enterprise or the right to do pretty much what we please as long as it doesn’t hurt others. It’s much simpler.

The Fourth of July is a wonderful holiday because all you have to do is enjoy the celebration. There are no religious obligations, no gifts to buy, no mourning of national or personal loss or denial or fasting. It’s a raucous party aimed solely at enjoying the liberty and opportunity that surrounds us. Here, of course, we enjoy it in an environment of resplendent rivers, lofty summits, velvet hillsides and eye-popping color from flower boxes to alpine meadows. Wow. What a holiday. What a place. What fun.

As my friend LuLu would say. “Yip, yip.” Literally translated from her native language it means, “You sure are a lucky dog.”

Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.

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