Snowy time down south - Atlanta GA (AP)
Looks like somebody got snowed.
The Colorado Tourist Office is paying for three young people who have never experienced significant snow to spend three months in our state to ski, snowboard and enjoy a high-country lifestyle. The biographies of the winners are worth reading.
This one does not sound like somebody from Detroit who gets off the bus in Denver desperate to find a job:
Deena Bright, a 30-year old massage therapist, chef, and teacher hails from Oahu, Hawaii. She has traveled extensively during her work with InterContinental Hotels and Swisshotels, visiting places such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Jordan and Cairo. Deena has split time between Hawaii and Las Vegas for the past decade.
It's good to know that immigrants from the third world are getting the red-carpet treatment in Colorado:
Ruchu Adhikary, a 24-year old accountant from Melbourne, Australia, has traveled all over the world, from Laos to India. Despite having been born and raised in Nepal, where the snow-capped peak of Mount Everest is located, she has never experienced snow. Her visit to Colorado marked her first travel to the United States.
Here's a Georgia boy deprived of snow:
Trevor Allison, a 21-year old from Atlanta, Georgia, is the youngest of four boys who were born and raised in Texas. Trevor is an avid free boarder and wake boarder, and has dreamed of becoming an expert snowboarder since he was a child. He’s also looking forward to experiencing Colorado’s other winter activities such as snowmobiling and ice climbing.
Deprived of snow? Wait a minute... Check out the Atlanta Journal Constitution this past week. Mr. Allison didn't need to travel so far to enjoy a winter wonderland. It may not meet our standards, but there is skiing and snowboarding in Georgia. Just a little piece up the road from Atlanta.
But that's all small stuff. The big thing is the appropriateness of spending money on three rich kids to have a three-month vacation in the Colorado Rockies. Schools are closing, prisoners are being released, unemployment is high and homes are in foreclosure. Money is tight for Coloradans, but money was found for these three young people to party and play.
We haven't been snowed, we've been dumped on.