Su Lum: Slumming
Raise your hand if you love the white stripes on the Hotel Jerome. We all thought it was primer, but it’s the real deal. The thing is, if a distinctive stripe is to be added, it needs a perfect surface to apply it to, and that old wooden surface was far from perfect, needing muting rather than highlighting.••••It appears that Aspen had a successful weekend, being jam-packed with participants in the Food & Wine Classic, the Jazz Festival, the Ride for the Rockies and the Writers’ Conference, though we of course will not know for sure until the numbers come in. In the space of a couple of days we went from dead town to “no room at the inn” and traffic jams on Highway 82. It’s feast (so the speak) or famine in Aspen – too many, too few, bring them on, make it stop, our typical dichotomy. If real estate sellers would drop their prices, our economic base would improve substantially, but everyone is playing a waiting game.••••Speaking of real estate, the assessment of my miner’s shack leapt to $2.5 million, a helluva profit margin if anyone would pay it and if I wanted to leave Aspen. Those who are worried about increased real estate taxes should focus their efforts not on the assessor but on the schools, which gobble up the lion’s share. Colorado Mountain College has already declared its intent to keep the windfall. If citizens were more cautious about approving new taxes and de-Brucings, our property taxes wouldn’t take quantum leaps.••••The expansion of the Wheeler Opera House will be discussed with City Council at 5 tonight at City Hall. The community is being told that we have been clamoring for this addition for more than 30 years, though I myself have not clamored for it, and I don’t know anyone (well, one) who has. The proposed expansion is major, and it behooves you to take a look at the plans and make your opinions known before this turns into the kind of mind-bending battle we saw recently with the proposed art museum.••••Only a man with an ego the size of Andrew Kole’s could conclude that my column about my mime phobia was a personal attack on him. Get a grip, Andrew.••••Kudos to the new council for turning down the attempted hostile takeover of the Cozy Point Ranch (LLC). Money can’t buy everything.••••The land is lush due to all the rain, gardens are flourishing, and the music is about to begin. Enjoy it all while you can, summer is our fastest season. One minute the buds appear and the next minute the leaves are turning.
Su Lum is a longtime local who notes that the days are getting shorter. Her column appears every Wednesday in The Aspen Times.
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