Let’s review. If an accident (or incident) should happen to you and it’s totally unexpected, it ultimately makes you wiser. It’s also been said “That which does not kill you, makes you stronger.” The point I am trying to make here is that we all bounce back in some form or another. Allow me to continue with a few more examples.
Magda had a surprise last year. I remember when she told me that her and Tony were pregnant. “I don’t even know how that happened” is what she told me. How often have you heard that from a couple that is still reeling from the news? Of course they knew how it happened. They just weren’t expecting it to happen. Now they are wiser and “do things” that will prevent another “accident”. (May I share a little of my own experience with you Magda? When I had my first “I don’t know how that happened”, we “did things” to…and my second child was born 13 months later. There are some destinies we just don’t have any control over.) Congratulations! Isabelle is a beautiful, little girl.
Darcy was walking to work one sunny, dry, gorgeous morning and missed a step by Billy’s Restaurant. After the tumble, she came to rest on her back and was mad as hell. “No excuses. That was really stupid and my shoulder hurts.” It still hurt in May, June, July, August, September and in October the doctor diagnosed the problem. She works everyday in pain and you would never know it. (I only know it because she reminds me a half dozen times a week when we have coffee in the morning. Don’t mention this to her when you check in.) She is scheduled for surgery in the Spring.
When I saw this picture, it reminded me of that scene in “The Wizard of OZ”. After further review, it’s Amy. Her setbacks can be read in the American Medical Journals. Too numerous to mention is an understatement. She will greet you at the Front Desk during normal business hours with a smile and if you need to talk to her anytime after that, she has a private line at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic.
Our most recent mini-drama involves Randi. A couple of Saturday’s ago, she was simply gliding to chair 17 after a Yonder run when she created a traffic jam. She just fell. “I’ve fallen” she said to Danny “and I can’t get up”. She has been working around here on crutches and will be having fix-it surgery on the knee this week. “The doctor says I’ll be back in just a few weeks.” In the mean time, we miss her on the slopes and the bowling team (not necessarily her average, just miss her on the team). She is quite the trooper and only cries when she is alone. Time goes by and she will heal and be dancing at Oktoberfest before you know it.
Finally, I need to give myself an honorable mention. I slept the wrong way two weeks ago and my neck is still stiff. I whine and cry about it everyday to anyone that will listen. But I’ll be alright. I’m wiser now and I avoid sleeping on the couch, between the cracks.
We have some new employees on the “Only the Cool Kids Staff” and I’ll be introducing you to them soon…..
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……..
I 70 looks a lot brighter today. That’s because the Antlers Staff cleaned it up for the 22nd year in a row. It’s gotten to where we feel that our 2 mile stretch of highway atop Vail Pass is an extension of the Antlers property, or maybe even like a very lazy employee that can’t clean up after himself. Either way, we know when this extra piece needs to get polished.
There were 18 of us this year and we even had a few guests help out (thank you Katie, Bob, Linda and Tim for joining us). These are some smart people. They saw the ad for the Highway Special and took advantage of the “Stay one Night and Get one Night Free with a catered Lunch afterwords and you get to keep any Valuables you may find if you help Us clean up on Highway Special Day”.
Together, we managed to leave 40+ orange bags of trash along our 2 mile stretch of highway. That may seem like a lot (and it is), but those of us that have been doing this for awhile observed that it wasn’t as much as last year. This means one of two things; 1. Either there is less traffic on I70…or… 2. People are actually conscience of the fact that throwing garbage out your windows at 65mph is really not a cool thing to do anymore. I don’t think it’s number one, so I choose number two. (Just an aside to throwing things away in the wrong place; Darwin, one of our houseman extraordinaires, who joined us on our “walk”, didn’t mind at all that someone; 1. consciously or 2. unconsciously, threw away a $100 bill. I don’t think it was number one, so I’m going with number two).
Lots of sunshine, a great lunch, a bunch of laughs, and a good feeling about getting all that junk out of the gutter. It was a great day and thanks to everyone that helped out including our buddies from CDOT that follow up and the other buddies we work with that stayed behind to run the “ranch”.
I Guess a Little Green,
I need to pick up this milk carton and I can’t get this stupid bag to open.
Virtually every Monday during the winter the Antlers at Vail has a complimentary wine & cheese party for our guests. It starts at 5:30pm and lasts for around an hour. We want everyone to feel free to stop on by for some wine & appetizers. It is a great chance to mingle with other guests and Antlers staff and to exchange stories from the day’s adventures out on Vail Mountain.