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The real Aspen

Dear Editor:

This is my 20th year living in the Aspen community and I am constantly wowed by the people who live and work here. It puzzles me that such opposing perceptions exist (eg: VH1’s “Secrets of Aspen”). Thus I write to describe a tangible example of character and integrity in the local population:

On the evening of Dec. 27, 2009, I lost a Martin Katz diamond bracelet somewhere between The Little Nell valet and the top of Aspen Mountain en route to a holiday party. That is a large swath of acreage, and the pit of my stomach ached to think that the bracelet, a Christmas gift, was gone.

At the party, our hostess introduced me to Melina Glavas from The Little Nell, who jumped in and assured me her staff would help. It was Brian MacIntire who met me outside with a flashlight and insisted I warm up inside while he continued searching the snow in subzero temps.

After what seemed like hours of self-torture, I received news that my bracelet had been found at the bottom by a gondola lift operator, Flor Dominquez, who had turned it in to the front desk at The Little Nell. I was dumbstruck.

When I finally spoke to Ms. Dominquez she explained, “I was just doing my job. Plus my mother taught me well.” Indeed, very well.

Thrilled, I’ve been happily retelling this story. Countless people have replied: “Yes, yes, this doesn’t surprise me in Aspen.”

Just another of untold examples that the quality and character of the people living and working here is the real “Secret of Aspen.”

With great appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Crown, Steve Crown, The Little Nell valet staff, guest services, the Aspen Skiing Co.’s lift operators, Melina Glavas, Brian MacIntire, and especially Flor Dominquez.

Susan Carriero Plummer

Aspen


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