Carps, chuckles and awards
• The ink must not have even dried on the contract for the sale of the Hotel Jerome when the new owners decided to flip the property. So much for all the crocodile tears and terms of endearment for the venerable hotel at the City Council meetings.• How about that dead mouse the kids found in the bag of chips? Either the mouse crawled in and died of the product, or it was packaged inside. Either way, not good PR for Frito Lay.• Hilarity/travesty of the month is a tie between making “Rocky Mountain High” the Colorado state song (we all know what our new anthem is about!) and the Aspen Skiing Co., currently in the process of ripping Snowmass Village asunder, taking Kleenex tissues off their product list for not being “green” enough. Fortunately the Skico saved itself from complete humiliation by deciding not, after all, to obliterate Kleenex Corner from the slopes.A word to the wise for mothers – don’t supply your kids with Kleenex when they go skiing. Viva paper towels, another Kimberly-Clark item, blow rings around Kleenex, last all day and can even be put through the washer/dryer (this I found out by accident).• No ski boots allowed in City Market, right at the base of the slopes?• “Thanks a lot” award to the town of Snowmass for putting the kibosh on bringing your own booze to the free summer concerts (though selling it on site!). This will set off a Nervous Nellie syndrome throughout the valley, with rec departments scurrying to be sure no one breaks the letter of the law at softball games, and God forbid if someone brings a bottle of wine to sip upon outside at the music tent of a Sunday afternoon. Thanks, Snowmass, for your foresight, wisdom and due diligence.• Hoof in Mouth award to whoever was responsible for letting the Colorado high school band festival “disappear.” Because of the sundering going on up at the school district, Aspen was unable to host the event and somehow or other a different venue was never determined. Fingers were pointed, but finding the culprit is like finding out who cut down our trees. The bottom line is that all the kids lost out.Su Lum is a longtime local who should mention the Lodge at Aspen Mountain (thousands of square feet of timeshares) – just what the Community Plan ordered. Her column appears every Wednesday in The Aspen Times.
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