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Platts: Millennial found unconscious due to ‘offseason boredom’

by BARBARA PLATTS

A female in her mid-20s was found unresponsive in front of a closed restaurant Wednesday morning. Authorities are “not really sure” how long she was lying there because that area is almost entirely unvisited during the offseason months in Aspen.

“We were lucky that some random idiot tourist thought Cache Cache served breakfast,” Deputy Edward Smith said. “Otherwise who knows how long she would have lied there.”

The young woman was identified as Trish Macevoy. She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley at the start of the 2015-16 winter season, according to a friend. There is no evidence that she is currently employed, but those close to her said she enjoyed fine dining and was “really into that Bootsy Bellows scene.”

“She liked to have fun,” friend, and fellow millennial, Phoebe Harold said. “She was out every night of the week with a different group of people.”

Harold said when offseason arrived in Aspen, Macevoy’s lifestyle was forced to change. She wasn’t skiing anymore, most of the people she hung out with left for vacation and she could no longer dine at her favorite establishments. Once this happened, Harold said she became very anxious, to the point where she was difficult to be around.

“She didn’t understand why so many restaurants were closed and why the others had shorter hours and limited menus,” Harold said. “I could tell it was really heartbreaking for her, but I didn’t know how to help. One time I suggested we eat in and she kind of freaked out on me.”

Macevoy was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital yesterday, but still remains unconscious. Recently retired doctor, Walter Samson, said a condition like this is not uncommon in a town with such drastic seasonal changes.

“Some people move here during the busy season and assume it’s going to be that fun at all times,” he said. “Then they get to offseason and their body goes into traumatic shock from the lack of stimuli. Often times it can be fatal if it’s not diagnosed early enough.”

Police sent out a public service announcement this morning that provided suggestions for offseason activities so more millennials do not suffer the same fate as Macevoy.

“We don’t want this to get to epidemic levels,” Smith said.

“We want the younger community in Aspen to know we are here to help when it comes to their boredom levels.”

The list suggested a range of activities from knitting to meditating. The verdict is still out on millennials’ reactions to the suggestions.

Barbara Platts feels for Macevoy. She too starts to miss some of her favorite restaurants in the offseason. Plus she thinks she has a startling resemblance to the unresponsive millennial. Reach her at bplatts.000@gmail.com.


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