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On the Hill: Bring your own girlie drinks

Katie Redding
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” “Have a margarita with us at the top?”

Those were the first words out of the two guys on the Ajax Express chairlift with me.

I presumed they meant a drink at the Sundeck, the restaurant at the top of Aspen Mountain. Not exactly.



“You’ll see what we mean when we get to the top,” they promised. “If it’s not your thing, you can ditch us.”

At the top, we offloaded the chair, and I followed them over to where they had stashed a large black backpack. Inside were glasses, ice, margarita mix, and a blender with a two-stroke engine.




The two men gleefully fired up the blender, which sounded like a cross between a jet engine and a lawnmower. Seconds later, they poured out three margaritas.

The portable blender was a hand-me-down from a third friend, they said. His wife had bought it for a long-ago birthday. It certainly was not a cheap gift, either ” according to its website, the TailGator retails for $369.95.

(It is also, inexplicably, marketed almost exclusively toward men. Witness the tagline: “The only really manly way to make girlie drinks.”)

Apparently the original TailGator owner ” said to be a famous neurosurgeon busy with neurosurgeon-type things ” never used the blender. But he didn’t want to offend his wife by blatantly giving it away. So he just let it sit in his garage.

But whenever the two friends visited, they begged him to either use the blender or donate it to them. So one day, while the neurosurgeon’s wife was out of the house, he slipped them the green, 2-pound, blending machine.

They still occasionally send him photos of themselves in various locales, holding margaritas, they said. It is apparently an unbelievable addition to a golf cart.

When we were done with our drinks, the two margarita-makers took turns running toward their skis and trying to jump into the bindings. It’s part of their skiing-and-tailgating ritual, they said.

Then they skied off ” presumably to find someone else who might burst out laughing at the sight of a blender at the top of Aspen Mountain.

kredding@aspentimes.com

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