35 things to be thankful for
Once again, it’s the day before Thanksgiving. So we’ll take this opportunity to celebrate some of the things that make Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley a great place to live. After all, there must be some reason we all tolerate the whiners and the absurd cost of living.Here are a few offerings from The Aspen Times’ staff members, who are thankful for:1. Not having to drive to work every day and having the stars to myself when I walk home.2. The Cantina’s chicken tortilla soup.3. My fantastic friends and Smuggler (along with other beautiful hikes).4. Free public transportation.5. Affordable housing, RFTA, the library, Filmfest and a small town with big views.6. The sounds of the Roaring Fork Valley – KSPN and KAJX.7. White jumps, metal rails and halves of pipes.8. Smooth sake and fresh sushi in Colorado.9. Fierce ping-pong tournaments.10. Surfing Ruedi Reservoir.11. The Denver Broncos, the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.12. Ice skating while holding hands.13. The friends and family who have my back.14. Native Coloradans in Aspen.15. New Yorkers in Aspen.16. Riding chairlifts and skiing trees with my kids.17. Living in a caring valley (the Pearlington, Miss., relief effort)18. All four seasons (not just winter and summer)19. Clean air, fresh water.20. Wonderful outdoorsy, articulate people.21. Powder days.22. A good place to work.23. Dogs.24. Bountiful sunshine, fantastic climate.25. Limitless outdoor recreational opportunities.26. The lack of urban noise at night.27. The wildlife.28. The snow.29. Abundant live music.30. The variety of food and restaurants.31. The casual dress code.32. The casual political scene (This person lived in Chicago).33. GrassRoots TV.34. Good books and good friends to discuss them with.35. The Truden recall election will be held in December, and the issue put to rest, one way or the other.And this from a staffer who truly captured the spirit of the day:I am thankful for family, friends, fresh air, good health.I am thankful to live in an area where we have very little crime and can raise our children to know the difference between right and wrong.I am thankful to be working for a people-oriented company and with people who care about people.Like Neil Diamond says, “thank the Lord for the nighttime and the kiss of day.”Happy Thanksgiving, Aspen!
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Late July and August in the Roaring Fork Valley conjure up images of juicy size 10 and 12 green drakes on the Fryingpan, blanket PMD hatches on the Roaring Fork and prolific swarms of caddis almost everywhere.