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Ten things to be thankful about

So, it’s the day after Thanksgiving and everyone’s recovering from the annual overindulgence. A skeleton crew at The Aspen Times spent a good part of the national holiday putting together today’s paper, and griped a fair amount about having to work on turkey day. But we actually enjoyed a nice dinner ourselves in our beloved, crumbling purple edifice.

As we stuffed our faces, we decided to give public thanks for a few of the things we love about living and working here. Because really, folks, Aspenites love to bellyache, but we’re all extraordinarily lucky.

Here are a few reasons to give thanks:

– The slopes are open at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, and 250 acres of skiable terrain is waaaaay better than zero acres.

– Most people have stopped whining, gloating and being generally ugly (on both sides) about the 2004 election.

– We get to commute on Highway 82, and not some 10-lane river of asphalt in Denver, Los Angeles or Houston.

– Big Head Todd and the Monsters are playing in Aspen tomorrow, Camper van Beethoven is coming to Snowmass Village next month, and local nightlife appears to be on the upswing.

– We don’t live in Vail.

– World Cup skiing is back in Aspen ” welcome, athletes! ” and the X Games return to Buttermilk in January.

– We live in a vibrant valley with an interesting, engaged and increasingly diverse populace.

– At least once a year, we enjoy the fine Scandinavian pastry-making of Eris Mae Johnson, mother of Times copy editor Steve Johnson.

– We’re not as old as we’re going to be, and even when we grow old we probably won’t admit it.

– We came to work Thursday, but it wasn’t a full day. Some of us even made a few turns.

Happy Holidays, Aspen, and have a great weekend.


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