Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

• A rose to the Roaring Fork Valley individuals and businesses who are involved in efforts to assist our neighbors on the Front Range who are affected by historic floods. Ten days ago, area firefighters went to the disaster zone for three days to help residents and pets stranded by the widespread floods near Boulder. Last week, individuals and businesses banded together through the social-media site Facebook to bring food, water, clothing and other items to the Boulder Creek area. The crisis is not over and there’s more to do, which is why The Meatball Shack restaurant in the downtown pedestrian mall will hold a fund-raiser today at 4 p.m. Good people abound in the Aspen area.

• A thorn goes to Boogie’s Diner. Why a thorn to one of Aspen’s favorite family restaurants? Because as much as the little ones like its shakes and mac and cheese, one key ingredient is missing from the diner’s offerings: crayons. Yep, once Boogie’s opened after a major remodel, it left the crayons behind. No bueno.

• A rose to Marc Ostrofsky, who, as reported by the Aspen Daily News last week, told a municipal court judge that Aspen police are discriminating against red Ferrari owners by singling them out for speeding tickets. Ostrofsky and other beleaguered Ferrari owners in Aspen are discriminated on a regular basis, but keep on keeping on nevertheless. Hopefully someone will start a fund to help these Ferrari owners buy the world’s smallest violins.

• A rose to former Aspen High School runner Rickey Gates, who won Saturday’s Golden Leaf Half Marathon for the first time, after finishing second four times in past attempts. No longer can he say he’s a bridesmaid in one of Aspen’s most popular races.

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