“As the Antlers Turn…” scene 6

Did you ever plan on getting hurt? 

I don’t think anyone gets up in the morning and thinks “Today would be a good day to break my ankle.”  I don’t know anyone who says ” As soon as I’m done with breakfast, I’m going to slam the car door on 4 of my fingers or slip on the ice, fall forward and break my nose again.”  Injuries happen and it’s always a surprise.

We here at the Antlers hotel have had our share of mishaps over the years.  Some serious and some not so. Regardless of the severity, we heal.

Let’s say you are out skiing with your friends and you fall down. My personal observation of everyone that gets “bit by a snow snake” is as follows.  First you’re surprised that you just fell down.  Then you believe it hurts.  Then you wonder why it hurts. Then you apologize to your friends for having to wait for you to get up.  Then you feel really bad because you think you just ruined every one’s day.

Reality ultimately sets in.  You are the one that has to have surgery.  You are the one that goes through therapy.  You are the one that has to use crutches or learns to write with your left hand because of the cast.  Then you heal and you realize it really was just a bump in the road.  It’s another notch in your belt.  Something to talk about with your buddies.  You’re right back where you were and just a little wiser, not cautious, wiser.  There is a difference.  Regardless of how or where you sustain an injury, you can chose to not ever participate in that activity again.  That’s being cautious.  To continue and participate and know not to make the same mistake again, that’s being wiser.

Here’s a few things that have befallen some of the Antlers employees.

Gladys and Lora have both had their share of set backs.  Lora tripped on the carpet and broke her clavicle last year.  Gladys has pushed a vacuum with her right arm for so long, she needed surgery on her elbow.  They’re healed now and still participate.  Lora continues to walk on carpet and when Gladys needs to use a vacuum, she alternates elbows.


We had an employee picnic a few years back and brought a volleyball net with us.  Tom is a tall guy and we wanted him on our team until he “did a smash” and landed awkwardly on his ankle.  He took himself out of the friendly game and watched his ankle balloon.  He found out the next day that the ligaments in his ankle were all torn.  Follow doctors orders and he was bowling at the next employee get together.          

Can anyone guess who belongs to this leg?  It was a great run down Windows in Sun Down Bowl when a large snow snake reared his ugly head.  “Just another notch on my belt and a bunch of screws in my leg.  Worst part about it?  I couldn’t fly anywhere because I couldn’t get through security.”  He has seen and experienced worse in the years he has played here and he continues to be a constant participant.  Nothing keeps him down.  On Sunday, he will ski in the morning, play golf in the afternoon and then text everyone that he’s at the bowling alley if anyone wants to join him.

Magda has a good one in recent months.

I have something to say about myself.

Darci is still in the process of fixing herself.

And Randi is the most recent participant on the playground.  All that coming soon……..

“As the ANTLERS TURN….” scene 1 by Gz

We live in a resort town and it just happens to be Vail, Colorado.  We are the employees of the Antlers at Vail.

My name is Greg, The Director of  Nothing,  and in my years here I have been witness to a wonderful business practice at our little condominium resort.  I also have been surrounded by borderline insanity with regards to day to day operation of this place.  The purpose of this ongoing series is to share some of the things that go on around here that you probably wouldn’t know or hear about without me making it public.

I’ll promise this one thing; what you read in the coming months is true and almost factual.  I will reserve the right to embellish on any one situation I deem obligated to report.  The characters are real, although I’ve changed the names of a few to protect their innocence.

Let’s get started….

It’s October in Vail and our little town sleeps this time of year.  We are in transition so to speak.  A lot, but not all restaurants and shops close down for vacation purposes, hotel staffs are working shorter hours and the weather usually starts its change from glorious fall days to cold rain and spitting snow.

Not this year however.  I don’t remember such beautiful days through September and this far into October.  People must have heard of the pleasant season we are having because there are more guests staying with us this time of year than I can remember.  Good for them I say.  Take advantage of the reasonable room rates and delight in the surroundings.

It’s 6:45 am and Darci, our Front Office Manager (she should have 2 titles;  the other one being What Goes On In the Back Office Manager), is unlocking the doors to the Lobby.  She is constantly amazed how early people get up as 4 guests are waiting with coffee cups outside in their pajamas.  One is reading the paper and leaning against the sign that says “Lobby Opens at 7:00 am”.  He asks Darci, as she fumbles with her keys, “What time does the Lobby open?”

She turns on the lights and is escorted to the coffee station to begin the first brew of the day.  She checks messages after settling in behind the front desk.  ” You have…19…new …messages….to listen to your …messages.

Meanwhile Rob (El Jefe), as a testimony to how nice the weather has been, is still riding his bike to work.  He peddles away at 7:30 in the morning and the only thought that runs through his mind is “I’ve got to win the Sole Power Challenge.  I’ve got to win the Sole Power Challenge” (more on that later).

This particular day was going along at a routine pace.  Chris (Assistant Mgr or Director off All Things Big & Small) is on vacation.  We just call him Ratz.  There is no real relevance to this except that the front desk gang have a tendency to relax a bit more when they are at work and he is in Italy (more on that later). 

I love my coffee and will make several stops a day to the Lobby to enjoy a cup and today was no exception. I say hello to everyone before going to the back offices to check the mail.  “Darci, I heard everyone went out last night to celebrate a perfect strangers birthday. Did you get enough sleep last night?”

She looks up and says “Greg you know me better than that.  I never get enough sleep.  I could sleep 14 hours a day and still take a nap.  And we did go out and she wasn’t a stranger.  Amy knows her because of Yvonne when she lived here.  Yvonne knows her because a good friend of hers knows her Uncle in Des Moines.”

“Certainly sounds like someone you would lay down and die for.  I hope you weren’t required to bring a gift” was the only thing I could think of saying.  “Is El Jefe in yet?

“I didn’t see him but I know he came in through the back door and went right to his office.”  She went back to starring blankly at her computer screen.  No chit chat with me today.  I can see that.  Poor girl didn’t get enough sleep.

I poked my head into Rob’s office to say hello and I saw him sitting at his desk with his head in his hands.  Very uncharacteristic.

“Good Day Rob.  Is everything all right?”  I really thought he was going to lift his head up and I would see the swollen eyes and tears running down his face…………tbc