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"Hello America. Wake up." Exactly. Why are we prisoners of a two party system that is rigged to alternating good cop/bad cop diversions taking focus away from the real issues at stake?
Seems to me Ralph Nader was not allowed to debate in '08 because of the threat to the status-quo 2-party system. Who lost - we did and continue to.
Interesting that of all the GOP players, none have formed another alternative party to present compelling leadership and solutions. And worse, I do not see the younger crowd questioning the wisdom of an duopoly political system.
This is one of our core issues if we think we have freedom.............
Before anything gets torn down, those credit lines should be reevaluated, otherwise we may have rubble and nothing to show for it. See this link for the full story on Tamarack ID Resort Base Development:
"A recent visit to the resort by NewsChannel 7 revealed most if not all construction activity has stopped. A sign on the half-finished main village read "opening Summer 2008," however the buildings are still wrapped in insulation and some lacked windows. Several homesites on West Mountain also sit unfinished, looking more like a ghost town than a bustling new neighborhood."
Think we're immune, think again.
Here's the love:
So Aspen Highlands just celebrated its first of three closings this season. The hill reopens Apr 19-20 and Apr 26-27. Trouble is, those openings could be paralyzed by copious amounts of snow. So the fine, fine folks at Highlands need some help plundering pow before the first reopening. They're calling it the Powder Posse. And it's a free pass to pummel pow so it's not impassable come Apr 19.
Friday, April 11: show up with your big stix.
From Senor Hanle at Aspen Skiing:
To join this Posse:
You must be an expert skier or rider in good physical shape
You must be comfortable in deep snow on double diamond terrain
Report at the base of Highlands at 9:30 on Friday morning
Sign a waiver
Bring lunch and liquids
You do NOT need a transceiver, shovel or probe. You will be directed where to ski and ride:you have a mission!
You do NOT need a ski pass and parking is free
If you meet these requirements, please join us-Highlands needs your tracks,
Doug Mackenzie and Mac Smith
Ski'ya later at the Epic flag,
Pat O'Donnell worries about the ski industry's soul Friday, April 4, 2008
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Former Aspen Skiing Co. CEO Pat O'Donnell is concerned about the future of the ski industry.
"I'm worried about the soul and passion to keep this going," he said during a speech at the Hotel Jerome on Thursday night.
O'Donnell was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the International Skiing History Association, which held its annual gathering in Aspen this week. In an impassioned and at times rambling acceptance speech at the group's gala dinner on Thursday night, O'Donnell spoke at length about his long and storied career. O'Donnell recalled being a young adult working in Yosemite, Calif., sitting around a campfire with Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. Chouinard, who would go on to found Patagonia and be considered one of the industry's first corporate green leaders, was then selling pitons out of his truck, recalled O'Donnell. And Tompkins, who founded The North Face and Esprit companies, eventually bought millions of acres in Chile and Argentina to preserve.
He made a point several times that you often don't know that you're surrounded by visionaries, or a part of history in the making.
"All this stuff is going on but you don't know what's going on until you look back," O'Donnell said.
"God bless the pioneers that got us here," he said at a group breakfast at the Sundeck Thursday morning. "It provided employment and this way of life. It's not only a great lifestyle, but a great way to earn a living, and I'm just proud to be a very, very tiny part of it."
Later that night, O'Donnell expressed his desire to go back to the old days of the outdoor industry, when as he put it, people were passionate about the products they were creating and were identified with them - like Vail being indelibly linked with its founder, Pete Seibert.
"Now you look at these public companies and wonder who is going to come next," he said. "Let's look at it ski area by ski area - who will be standing at this podium years from now? The noose is tightening now."
O'Donnell said that he wasn't worried about the Aspen Skiing Co., mainly because its under private ownership that has more than a bottom-line feeling for its product.
But he did worry that ski areas like Aspen would no longer have the kind of work force it used to have.
"The difference is the ski bum, with the passion, soul and freedom is gone," he said.
That's why it's imperative, he said, "to pass on the legacy of this passion. It's something we have to instill in the next generation."
O'Donnell also took a jab at real estate and development, now widely considered to be the basis of ski resort growth.
"How many real estate people - or whatever it may be - are diluting the base of our core product?" he asked.
"I think this whole thing is fragile," he said. "Capital investment is great, but is it the long-term answer to keeping skier days up? I don't know. ...
Option 3: A soft revolution. The thinking man's war. A war of attrition. An insurgency of wit. A YeeeeeeHaaaaaaad! Get inside and turn 'em. Humiliate the
bastards off, back to Texas, Denver, New York, California, and Chicago, Rome, Geneva, Riyadh. A Campaign of Rudeness. The Unscrewing of Aspen (Steamboat). This will
require total sacrifice, concentration, and skill to achieve the goal, which is to
remove the Resort title from the place without the irreversible damage associated
with Outright Violence and Hellfire. To return this valley to the common man. Each and every landscaper, digger, TV reporter, cab driver, baseball coach, convenience
store clerk, politician and waiter will be required to do his or her part: to piss off the World Class Trash that you come in contact with so much that they have no option but to leave and slime up some other place, like Vail or Martha's Vineyard.
We should collectively craft out the absolutely worst reputation possible as snobs,rebels, druggies, insolent boobs, ungrateful hyenas, dangerous criminals, crass and
arrogant class of worker citizens that has ever disgraced this green earth (And we're really practiced). Like the French, (I love that shot) only a hundred times worse. To survive, we will need to avoid things that we take for granted, such as personal hygiene, common sense, decency, dignity,
and the occasional sharp retort. There will be friendly fire, so be prepared to take one for the team. We will all be living on edge until this is over, which could be
years. Have patience comrades, the Rude Attacks will eat through gold and diamond. The acid wash will be complete. No one will want to live here, let alone the CEO (Guest or Second Home) class. When the Rude War is over, and we are the victors, a signal will be
given, most likely involving a gigantic Epic flag (as at Highlands on those days), woven with fine silks and other linens claimed as spoils of war, and as a community, we will take down the Peak
House(OneSteamboatPlace) board by board and build a village of ski chalets and cabins. One of the first
acts as a community will be the mass skinny-dipping at the Hala Ranch(Community HotSprings before it went commercial), where we will swim in the indoor AND outdoor community pools. The land will be worth nothing, nobody who's anybody will want to live here. Ullr willing. Sanity will rule.
The $5 ($1M) million house will soon become a thing of the past.
Corby Anderson is an endangered local (in the RoaringFork Valley) and proud of it.
Aspen Daily News
The unscrewing of Aspen
Corby Anderson - Guest Commentary
Wed 08/08/2007 11:01AM
Local Realtor Robert Richey (CamBoyd) (egad!) was quoted in the paper as saying "The $5 ($1M) million home in
Aspen(Steamboat) is quickly becoming a thing of the past." This is acceptable, apparently. Pardon me for asking, but just what is the commission on a $6 ($1M)million pad? Who's in charge here? As an endangered local -- hanging on, contributing, trying to play the game, losing,
and wondering what for -- I can see only three decent albeit desperate options for the citizens of the Roaring Fork (Yampa) Valley:
Option 1: Leave. Stop yer bitching and take off. Vamoose. Hit the dusty trail, Slim.
Find a new place that doesn't suck. Shake it off. Regroup. Order a plate of normalcy. Pick up and beat feet for the nearest hacienda that has sun, snow, mountains, deserts, clean water, breathable air, space, sanity. There are places
like that, with nice, normal folks, a living wage, and a sustainable economy, I am sure. A place to really lay it out there and kick back, again. This was once such a
place, and surely there must be others, one reasons.
Option 2: Riot. Take the battle to the hills, to the riverside retreats, to the alleys
and streets of Aspen, Snowmass (WestPat Pillage), Old Snowmass, Basalt, Emma,
Carbondale, El Jebel, Missouri Heights, Redstone, Marble, Glenwood Springs, (Stagecoach, Hayden, etc...) and so
on. Scare the bejesus out of the elitists who have, until this Last Resort, this
heinous intervention, thrown a shutout at the once-proud, hearty Forkers.
Comrades will steal the SUVS and sports cars and drive them into a large pile in Wagner Park, igniting the whole mess with biodiesel made from the McDonald's
grease pits. Young snowboarders will storm the high-end retail stores and throw the clowns tending shop out into the streets naked, with only codpieces made from the
leather, fur, jewels, and dirt that they hawk. You know the game: essential, cleansing revolution. Not entirely tolerable for extended periods of time. Taking on
the Man directly is never clean. Troops will descend, and not even the fine Sheriff (if this one is sober)
will be able to hold them off. Many fine skiers would be lost to jail, death and forced marches to Grand Junction National Penitentiary Work Camp.
With all respects to As-Boat (which was great), that meteor is closer than you think..Aspen Daily News The unscrewing of Aspen Corby Anderson - Guest Commentary Wed 08/08/2007 The Roaring Fork (Steamboat) Valley is doomed. The decades-long downhill slide has finally come to a sad, grievous end, bottoming out in the form of a Hellish Resort. The Good Ship Lollypop has crashed and shrewd scavengers have stripped it and
reconstituted it into a series of glass fortresses, now manned on all sides by overeager Marketers, militant Realtors and plump Developers. The Aspen(Steamboat) Idea, that Paepckian(Crawford) Triad now pimped by Reebok(Intrawest), is a long-gone fantasy for most former Mind, Body, and Spiriters, replaced by the New Ethos, the Saslovian(M Avery) threesome of Ego, Vanity, Gall. All that remains for the working class is a shallow existence consisting of all manner of noodles, domestic beer, stress, plastic, paranoia, fumes, overpopulation, stepped-on drugs, blown radiators, natural gas wells, bills,belittlement, and the occasional high-end trinket, like dinner at Johnny McGuire's(insert your fav) or a night out in Silt (Craig). Now that the real estate boom has us strangled in its scaly coils, a once vibrant
valley of ski bums, intellectuals, outdoorsmen (and, most importantly,
outdoorswomen), drifters, artists, and entrepreneurs has become virtually
unlivable, except in the rare case of those old-timers who got in before the wagons
circled. Even then, why would any of us want to live in any place bootlicking for a
group of wealthy part-timers that considers its co-inhabitants to be stoned out,
uncaring, inconsequential robots and zombies? What time or energy is left, postservitude,
to enjoy life to its fullest? To suck the marrow, dance on the edge as was commonplace for the average Roaring Forker(YampaValleyer)? What time to play in or with the
hills, the streams, and the sunset, the wildlife (including the wild and scarcely seen
outdoorswoman), our neighbors, pets, arts, hobbies and vices? What is the point of
running around trying to catch our own tails each and every day?
What is killing this valley is no secret. It is the most quantum unsaid horror foisted upon the West since we stole the land from the natives. Overvaluation. Overhyping. Overbuilding. Overstuffing. Greed. Arrogance. Pride. Audacity. Excess. Gluttony.
When the movie is made, some witty producer will dream up the title -- "Manifest Destiny 2: The Build Out." The cat got out of the bag about the allure of the Roaring Fork (Yampa) Valley some years back, and now the human and material flood is total. Billionaires are kicking millionaires out of Carbondale(Strawberry Park). Orgies of dump trucks are occurring at all times of the day, on every road, in every town.
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