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Lonely backyards, disappointed kids

Dear Editor: When I first read the article about the Aspen Skiing Co. selling the old Silver Queen gondolas I thought to myself “kick-ass playhouse,” even before the article mentioned it. I pictured it in our backyard; and our son, clamoring in and around falling off of it. He’s only 18 months old now, but the thought of him playing in the same gondola that afforded me so much pleasure, gave me … you know, the “warm and fuzzy feeling.” Alas, it was not to be. By noon the same day as the public “for sale” announcement, there were none available. At $550 the gondolas were a good deal and a great playhouse. It was only later that I learned that the Skico had sold the majority of the gondolas to two individuals.Apparently my name was added to a waiting list because I received a telephone call today from a woman in Michigan “representing” a buyer who purchased a large quantity of the Silver Queen gondolas and offered to sell me one for $1,000. I’m outraged that the Skico would even consider selling a bulk of the gondolas to an out-of-town buyer, and even further outraged that my name is now being distributed to these resellers. If this sale was really about liquidating the old gondolas, then what are they still doing marooned in the Buttermilk parking lot? If this sale was about keeping the “history” of the old gondola alive, why were they sold to a buyer in Michigan? If the sale was about offsetting the cost of the new gondolas, why weren’t they auctioned off to the highest bidder?My advice to Skico: Give the Michigander a refund on the remaining gondolas, and let the locals participate in some historic preservation.For every dusty gondola lined up in the Buttermilk parking lot, there is a lonely backyard and a disappointed kid.Benjamin DiemBasalt

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