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Recent Stories by Sean Beckwith

Sean Beckwith: Gazing at the NBA crystal ball

October 17, 2017 — Now that Rocktober is over, the temporary renewed shine of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian has worn off and Colorado sports fans are having Come to Elway talks, it's time to focus on the other professional sport in the Centennial State. No, not the Avalanche. I'm

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Sean Beckwith: Dissecting the ‘Aspen Way’

October 10, 2017 — What's in a slogan? Nike's "Just Do It" mantra is supposed to be motivating from a workout standpoint, but "Just Do It" sounds like what people say to friends to get them to do some really dumb stuff. "Wouldn't it be funny if I snorted

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Sean Beckwith: Does this menu come with a dictionary?

October 3, 2017 — The food scene in Aspen, as I've discussed many times before, is expensive and the menus reflect that. People see a $22 cheeseburger and get pissed off but shrug when the item — just as overpriced — is pasta. After some fancy adjectives for shrimp

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Sean Beckwith: The art of dressing well (for Halloween)

September 26, 2017 — We've officially entered the Halloween costume countdown. You have a month to decide if you want a good costume or are going to run back something in your closet at the last second. Last year, I did the latter and went as a basketball player

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Sean Beckwith: The plight of Nebraska fans

September 13, 2017 — It is incredibly convenient that offseason coincides with college football season. I know this is Denver Broncos country, but I'm from Nebraska so there are no fallback teams for me. If the Broncos are bad, then there are the Buffs, Avalanche and Nuggets. In Nebraska,

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Sean Beckwith: A good reason to leave Aspen

September 5, 2017 — Aspen seems to know when it's done with you and vice versa. The winter calls most out for a season or four in between or during a search for a real job. Others come out on the recommendation of a family member, extolling the ease

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Sean Beckwith: Sleepless in the Big Apple

August 29, 2017 — If New York is the city that never sleeps, then its inhabitants are insomniacs by default, right? Travel circumstances dictated I arrived in New York on zero bed sleep and as much plane sleep as little Teddy with the marathon lungs would allow. The only

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Sean Beckwith: A man of all seasons

August 22, 2017 — The Great American Eclipse! Yes! Do you feel like Neil deGrasse Tyson? I know I do. I had on my glasses, ate some eclipse-themed cookies, stared directly at the sun and drank cocktails until I was 92 percent blacked out, just like the sun in

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Sean Beckwith: Wedding playlist has got me under pressure

August 15, 2017 — I do my best work under duress. People decry procrastination, but I look at it as an art form. Packing on a deadline is easier because you're forced to make decisions without thinking. Tough wardrobe questions are answered unconsciously. Blue shirt or green shirt? Blue.

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Sean Beckwith: Spare us the book’s-better-than-the-movie sentiment

August 8, 2017 — Editors note: Article involves spoilers from "Game of Thrones." "You know nothing, Jon Snow." — Ygritte I wish that was my case for most of "Game of Thrones" — the HBO show that's so popular I kind of want to distance myself from it. It's

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Sean Beckwith: Disc golf versus real golf: you decide

August 1, 2017 — About four or five times a month I get to pretend I'm not living paycheck to paycheck. Instead of Danny Noonan lugging clubs for people at the Maroon Creek Club, I put on my Spaulding Smails hat and tear up the golf course while yelling

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Sean Beckwith: Living in fantasy football exile

July 25, 2017 — Penance is an interesting thing. It makes sense. In order to lift your feeling of guilt, you punish yourself — say prayers, apologize, pay restitution, write a column to overturn your banishment from a fantasy football league. However, what if you feel you've done nothing

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Sean Beckwith: Sometimes you gotta play with pain

July 19, 2017 — Every now and then I get an urge to implode. This feeling primarily happens when I see people having fun while I'm commuting to and from work. I'll walk by Jimmy's Bodega and the Grey Lady and feel compelled to forget about the status of

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Beckwith: Northwest wedding whiparound

July 12, 2017 — It's difficult to describe a wedding to people who you don't know. You could talk about the lovely outdoor ceremony with Mount Hood peaking between the trees as the backdrop. You could go into George R.R. Martin-style descriptions of the spreads: The crawfish boil complete

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Sean Beckwith: Blowing stuff up

July 5, 2017 — Fireworks shows are overrated, unless you're the one setting them off. The city of Aspen, when possible, turns to fireworks like a sitcom turns to catch phrases. It's the third week in March, what should we do? Giggity, giggity, giggity. Hey, it's Winterskol, any thoughts?

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Sean Beckwith: Botox cowboys and people watching in Aspen

June 28, 2017 — People watching, like skiing or hiking, is an Aspen pastime to the point that readers voted it their favorite thing about Food & Wine. From the now middle-aged former frat boys clad in only pastels to foreigners in summer suits, loafers and no socks, this

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Sean Beckwith: Some post Food & Wine observations

June 21, 2017 — This week I'm writing about food, booze and parties. I know, that's a shocker. But it's not your average raucous week in Aspen. It's Jason Bourne to Robert Ludlum, the underdog story to Tom Rinaldi, the off-base LeBron James criticism to Skip Bayless. Regardless of

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Sean Beckwith: Don’t let pricey gear dampen your summer

June 13, 2017 — It seems like all hobbies in Aspen are expensive. Today at the office someone admitted to spending a third of a paycheck on fly-fishing gear. Even a hobby like hiking can get pricey when you start talking about backpacks. The quest to upgrade your gear

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Sean Beckwith: You’ve got to pay to play

June 7, 2017 — One of the hardest things to do as a musician in Aspen is incite crowd participation. Whether it's an ill-advised opener at the Labor Day jazz fest or an under-sold show at Belly Up, I always feel bad when an artist tries to rile up

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Beckwith: The summer of all parts

May 31, 2017 — An old adage for Aspen is you come for the winter and stay for the summer. Did I say adage? I meant cliche. The difference between the two is minimal. I'm not going to give you the definition of the two because you have the

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