April 17, 2003
Spring is a season of metamorphosis and many feel the need to deviate from their routines. It is a time for relocation, vacation and celebration.Ready to move on to a new environment, local Chris Barry recently left for Los Angeles following a going-away party at Matsuhisa. Barry worked for the Goldberg family, looking after their two sons. Prompting her departure was a new position with another family in L.A., trading the mountain lifestyle for the beach scene. “I love it here so far and the weather is awesome,” said Barry from L.A. “Now I know why 8 million people live here. There have been some definite adjustments, though, with living in a big city, like traffic!”Also on their way out of the valley are Jennifer Gove and Susan Okie, who had their last hurrah in town last Saturday night. The longtime locals are headed to San Jose, Costa Rica, to spend “at least a year” learning to surf and speak Spanish. Gove worked at Little Annie’s and Mitchell & Co.; Okie worked at the Ranch Design Studio.”I’ll really miss all of my friends and dining at Takah Sushi, but I’ll be back for visits,” said Gove. “I have a couple of weddings to come back here for and I’ll probably need to check in with Dr. Mellette, my dermatologist.”Mark Alderdice also was the center of attention last Saturday night as he celebrated his 34th birthday with friends. The evening started off at Gusto Ristorante for drinks and dinner. Joined by several of his Aspen Club co-workers, Alderdice took the focus off of his heart rate and weight-training regimen, directing it to dancing and socializing around town. The next stop for Alderdice and his entourage was Club NXT, where a crowd had congregated on the dance floor.From tourists to teachers to realtors, it was a happening scene and all were happy to celebrate. Having won the Aspen Men’s Hockey League, several hockey players were also out in the mix, proudly parading around with their silver championship cup.