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Dressing the part for the X Games

This type of thing happens once a year.The Winter X Games are back in Aspen, and I have to say I’m pretty stoked. The question is, can I still say “stoked” at my age?Maybe just this weekend.Like the Super Bowl, National Squirrel Appreciation Day, and the Yagatta Regatta, the Winter X Games is an annual event I look forward to with much anticipation.But, unlike the Yagatta Regatta, I will not be wearing a toga like last year – only because it’s too darn cold. Maybe I can wrap myself in a sheet on the outside of my white puffy jacket.There’s a good chance I could end up on TV. And there’s also a chance I could:A) Trip and fall over the sheetB) Be the laughing stock among the “cool” kidsC) Make a complete fool of myself in front of famous peopleD) All of the aboveI think I’ll stick to jeans, sweater, stocking cap, and white puffy jacket. Sounds much safer.

It’s happening in Basalt to boot: Lecture and book signing with Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation,” free and open to the public, 6-7:15 p.m., Town Center Booksellers, 211 Midland Ave., Basalt. Information: 927-2665This is why I’d kick it up here: A friend of mine who worked for the BBC and NPR in Boston met Eric Schlosser a few years back. She was blown away by his book and by their conversation. When the movie “Fast Food Nation” adapted from the New York Times best-seller was released in November, I received some press information previewing the film. I was intrigued, mostly because I can be as clueless a consumer as the rest of America about the industry. Issues such as food safety, the obesity epidemic, marketing to children, illegal immigration and sustainable agriculture are all touched upon in “Fast Food Nation.” The book, and subsequently the movie, tell us there’s a reason a burger only costs 99 cents, and asks, “Do you want lies with that?” Apparently, yes, we do.

It’s happening in Aspen to boot: Winter X Games 11, practices start between 8 and 8:30 a.m. today through Sunday; action runs through 9:30 p.m., Buttermilk Mountain, see X Games Coverage link on http://www.postindependent.com/xgames for event schedule and additional informationThis is why I’d kick it up here: Don’t miss this year’s biggest names in winter sports, jaw-dropping SuperPipe action, and music for the masses in Wagner Park. Check out the mêlée that is WXG11, an annual celebration of the sports we all know and love skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. But, I have to admit, I am going to miss motocross. How cool was that?


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