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First off, starting a business in a small town is a big venture so congratulations on getting it launched and we wish you nothing but success! And I can think of many a night when we have 3 hungry little kids and just stare at each other to see who is going to cook - a delivery service that brings food AND a few glasses of wine for us is sent from heaven, and worth every bit of extra margin!
As someone who has an office on Yampa, I have a hard time with the idea that we have a parking problem. Sure, you might not always be able to park in front of the building that you want to visit, but I have never had a problem finding a spot in 5 years. Nor have I heard people complaining about it down there - this feels like an issue that has been created to further an alternate agenda.
And the parking in Aspen is a mess - not the kind of image we want to portray to our out-of-town guests!
We mimic the sentiments above - the word "Ciao" in our house gets an immediate reaction from the kids and means we are ready to pack up and head down to see Lynne and Massimo. Our 6 year-old has grown up there, and the twins have just gotten big enough to sit at the counter with their pizza and gelato. It is an immediate feeling of being "home" when you walk in their doors, and you can't put a value on that kind of place.
These are the kinds of places we need in Steamboat, and it is unfortunate that the circumstances dictate them having to close. We of course want them to stay open as well, but running a restaurant is no easy task and we know that they are putting in a lot of hours to keep me in my Salted Caramel fix. Ciao Gelato is a part our family, and we thank them for every minute we've had inside their doors!
I am having a hard time digesting this story. The original charge was that she left this little boy alone for over 20 hours, which by itself was a shock. As someone stated before, you can't leave a 3-year-old alone for 15 minutes, much less 20 hours. And all so she could get some without the burden of having her child in the room? Inexcusable.
Now they are saying 4 nights, which I am having a hard time believing. She sounds like she is completely unfit to raise a child, but how could she have thought that the child could make it 4 days on his own? Did she already know that the child was gone and didn't want to go back to the cabin? It doesn't make sense, but do things like this ever do?
And what was this little boy's last minutes like? Was he searching desperately for the one person that he counted on in his early life to take care of him? Was he scared and in pain for a long period of time? And why did she take the bus to the hospital after calling her family to tell them something was wrong?
This story makes me sick.
Pretty classy reply Mark. Funny to think that others - like myself, and a good number of others here in Steamboat - actually agree with the opinion that Ken shares here. Guess we are all idiots for not thinking like you. Classy.
Wow, I have to agree with Mark on this one. Joe is simply expressing his concern as I am sure alot of families are at this point. I spend alot of time on the road and this issue has been hyped beyond belief by the media - I can absolutely see where he is coming from, and why is everyone so quick to tell him to take his money elsewhere? As alot of people are pointing out to him, it has always been here but is rarely if ever seen by most visitors - but the media is now painting (and showing) this picture of folks lining up around the block to get it while conveniently forgetting to mention that you STILL can't smoke it in most places. Yes, his family's chances of an having any issue with MMJ aren't any greater than before (much slimmer than random drunk guys streaking down hotel hallways) but let's give some leeway on this topic. If you want to blame anyone, blame the media for blowing this out of proportion and let's try and educate and ease visitors into this "new world" - my guess is that the "go find another place to visit then" wouldn't sit well with our friends who rely on visitor dollars. If Joe was considering another town besides Steamboat, then this reaction to his opinion probably made the decision easy for him. My two cents.
Interesting comments Michelle, especially in regards to Yampa Street. If you've spent time down here (and our office is on Yampa, so we bike this lane and street daily), you would know that the bike lane actually shares space with parked cars in some spots and WE are forced to move left to avoid them (and a lot of doors that fly open unexpectedly). There are also pedestrians in the lane now as well as a few Segways recently, so the street as a whole is one big melting pot of usage. I am sorry that YOU feel that WE are so inconsiderate - a topic that has been debated here ad nauseum and will go the way of so many that will never be agreed upon - but to use this picture of an example of OUR "disregard" for the rules of the road is off base and misinformed.
As someone who grew up in the South and the land of sculpted lawns, I think we need to take a hard look at them here in the west and ask ourselves if they are worth the resources needed to maintain them. I know that families are supported by their maintenance and they do play a role in our economy, but we can't ignore how much water is being used here. This is a resources that needs to be reallocated to every day living vs. the patches of green in front of our houses. One mans humble opinion...
As someone who hits 75K a year and bases his entire company around travel, it has been a real challenge both in cost and in availability to use HDN. We did use it at first, but it just became too cost prohibitive, and we did find alot of late flights (remind me to travel with you too Brian!). The drive to DIA is not one that we enjoy either (although my wife enjoys the fact that I can swing by target and IKEA) and the spotty cell service makes it even harder. If we are truly to become a preferred destination for anyone to run a business or act as a remote employee, we have to figure this out. I watch my travel numbers just balloon every year and it's a puzzle I am always trying to solve.
I would love to see a great co-working space open here in town where everyone can pop in for a desk as needed, offer permanent space to 1-3 person companies and be a spot for out-of-town folks to pop in when they need a quiet spot. Maybe a great shared conference space and kitchen area too offer some collaboration as well. There is such a wealth of intelligence and creativity in this town and would be nice to have a spot where all could collaborate - much like this place that we have been visiting a lot recently for 3 separate companies:
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