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Love the company of Aspenites

Dear Editor:

So, I just had dinner at L’Hostaria, in the bar, with our former mayor Helen Klanderud. We met last year on the bus going to the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival. We had a nice time visiting on the bus, and it seemed like we had things in common.

The purpose of dinner was to say hi and for me to find out how to meet people in Aspen. I am a relative newbie and have lived here part time for the past four years. Thank goodness this year I am taking an eat-pray-love after 10 years of creating and running an important nonprofit for the women of Afghanistan. I’ll be looking for new challenging work, but only after I have my time.

Anyway, I asked Helen how to get more involved in town and how to meet people through hiking, skiing, reading and other stuff. Helen’s answer, which if you know Helen, you won’t be surprised, was to volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. She is a nonstop volunteer. I mean, you know what Aspen means to Helen!

So, I am officially volunteering for two soon-to-be events, and I’m excited to do so.

Now, allow me to digress and talk about our meal at L’Hostaria. Oh, my, they do a great job with food! The quality of food is tops. The bread is amazing! Get there soon if you haven’t been lately!

Now, back to one more thing about Helen. In December I had a shoulder injury and was in the Aspen Valley Hospital for a couple of days. One only hopes when they are hospitalized that it is in this small community hospital where everyone is treated as family. Who was my only visitor there because I was in Aspen solo? Helen, of course. Just checking up on someone new in her life who she met at a music festival. You go, girl!

And about the Jazz Fest. I was at the festival volunteering in Susie’s food booth. She is a friend, a friend of my sons, and the best healthy Latin cook out there. Doug and I were slinging the food, eating, and having an occasional beer here and there! I know, for all of those friends of Doug who know he and Susie, well, are you surprised to hear about our occasional beer?

Anyway, I wanted to write this to introduce myself and to find hiking, skiing and reading buddies. We are so fortunate to have Aspen as our adult playground. Would love to hear from you and meet! Newby in town, Paula Nirschel, Oh, and I’m sure there are more of us who wonder how to meet people in Aspen to do stuff with. Maybe this editorial could turn into a how-a-newbie-does-Aspen article in The Aspen Times?

Paula Nirschel


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