Vail Daily column: The true meaning of today |

Vail Daily column: The true meaning of today

Think snow.

Think puppies.

Think puppies in the snow.

And this, friends and neighbors, is how all of us should think for the day. Come to think of it, we should think this way more often than not, but today especially.

The sun will set tonight and rise again tomorrow morning regardless of the outcomes today, and besides, there is so much more to look forward to now that the silly season has thankfully come to a merciful end.

Tomorrow we have the Battle Mountain soccer team playing against Pueblo West in the state 4A semifinals. Last Saturday, down 0-2 with 23 minutes remaining, the Husky’s had an absolutely amazing comeback and beat D’Evelyn 3-2. A win tomorrow will put them in the state championship game this Saturday in Denver.

With Vail Mountain School losing the 3A quarterfinal in a heartbreaker, Happy Valley still has a chance for a local team to take state, and that’s pretty cool.

We’re only half way through the NFL season, with two more glorious months of Bronco wins (just ignore the Raiders) followed by the playoffs. And while I’m on the subject, “How ‘bout them Cowboys!”

Of course there is snowfall to look forward to, with or without puppies. Even though the next week or so looks dry, you have my word the fluffy flakes will make a return and we’ll all be busy shoveling driveways and shuffling daily schedules to fit around quality time on the mountain.

In two short weeks, everyone will be dealing with their Thanksgiving plans. Some will head out of town but most of us will be busy placating the first hordes of tourists for the season as they attempt to maneuver roundabouts and ask where we store the moguls during the summer.

This will trigger a mental dash as we realize it’s time to begin procrastination procedures for gift buying, because only four weeks later it will already be Christmas week.

Time to cut a tree or bring up the fake from the basement, make the aforementioned detailed gift-buying list to ignore and purchase cheap ornaments and decorations “made in China” that we’ll toss in the trash before the end of the year.

Which brings us to New Year’s Eve, and all the plans that go into making it the most expensive and disappointing night to end the year on a proper evening of perspective.

So the true meaning of today is that it is just another day, and we have a great deal to look forward to, including no more TV and radio ads, junk mail, people standing on street corners holding signs and for some reason thinking we’re actually paying attention to them and nasty Facebook posts.

Tomorrow America will still be America, losers will claim a rigged system and winners will say it’s perfectly legit and the majority of us will simply get on with our lives.

Sleep well and enjoy those puppies.

Richard Carnes of Edwards writes weekly. He can be reached at

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