ZG has to admit that if every juvenile prank he pulled as a kid wound up on the front page of the newspaper, he’d be a different person today, or possibly in jail. But such was the case for five local eighth-graders, who confessed this week to being responsible for last weekend’s egging of the Pitkin County Republican headquarters in Aspen. As reported in the Daily News on Monday, the Victorian house has been hit repeatedly over the fall campaign season with eggs, and Grand Old Party officials thought they had their prime suspects ID’d after a group of middle-school aged boys defaced a Romney/Ryan T-shirt at the farmers’ market. Turns out the local GOPers’ hunches were correct.
ZG is guessing someone’s mom got wise to the T-shirt stunt, read about the egging, and put two and two together. Either way, three of their boys, their parents, county GOP chair Frieda Wallison and Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo all ended up in DiSalvo’s office on Thursday, where the boys fessed up and at least pretended to be sorry. That was enough for Wallison, who said everyone is putting the matter behind them. Also, in the interests of protecting the boys’ anonymity, they don’t even have to clean the egg off of the building themselves. Perhaps Wallison could make them watch endless hours of power-point presentations on the Romney/Ryan budget as punishment?
Poor Lindsey Vonn. After years of well-documented struggles in the slalom and giant slalom World Cup events in Aspen, the Vail-based ski racer has made a most unusual request to ski racing officials. Vonn wants to skip the Aspen events — the only women’s World Cup stop on American snow — in favor of heading to Lake Louise, Alberta in order to test her mettle against the men, who have a downhill and a super G in the Great White North that same weekend of Aspen’s races on Nov. 24-25. We have no doubt Vonn would best most of the men’s field if given the chance in the downhill. She’s a beast, and already skis on men’s skis. And while skiing’s governing body may allow her to make what would be a most hyped-up appearance, she would not likely be able to race the following week when the women head to Lake Louise for their speed events, thereby jeopardizing her chances to win her fifth overall World Cup title.
ZG has witnessed in person some of Vonn’s less-than-pleasant antics in Aspen. We’ve seen her teary eyed after poor performances, and we’ve also been taken aback when she publicly criticized the on-mountain crew here for course conditions, after failing to finish a race. Maybe it’s the whole Aspen-Vail thing, but Vonn has not been at her best here. She’s cracked the top 10 in Aspen, but has never stood on a podium. ZG just thinks it’s a little weird that Vonn apparently believes she has a better shot against the men in a downhill than she does against the women in a slalom. However, ZG thinks winning a technical event in Aspen and getting that monkey off of her back would do more to demonstrate Vonn’s all-around skiing prowess than a stunt race against the guys. Come on Lindsey, let’s try this one more time. If you win here, ZG promises to call off the whole Aspen-Vail rivalry.