On Saturday morning, my neighbor talked me into doing a mountain bike race to the top of the Aspen ski resort. At registration, it looked like there were only 10 other people stupid enough to spend a beautiful morning suffering up 3,400 vertical feet of dirt road, causing me to wonder if I might have a shot at a top-three finish.
As we got set to start however, I looked around at who else was toeing the line: there was Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner turned Aspen local, Neal Beidelman, a local ski-mountaineering legend and Mt. Everest hero, marathon mountain-bike national champion Anne Gonzales, and local freak Max Taam, who was coming off a win the previous weekend at the Steamboat Stinger.
Needless to say, I didn’t sniff the podium. Aspen is not a town that favors the mere mortal.
On to the tax stuff… For those of you who aren’t yet bored with reviewing the tax returns of people who aren’t paying you to do so, on Friday Republican VP candidate released his 2010 and 2011 returns to the public. There was nothing starting about either return. Of course, given the firestorm over his own tax history, Mitt Romney would have been crazy to appoint anyone with any sort of skeletons in their financial closet as his running mate.
Meanwhile, President Obama extended an offer to Romney: publish his five most recent tax returns, and the Obama administration won’t target Romney’s unwillingness to release any additional returns in campaign ads. Note, however, that they didn’t say anything about refraining from implicating Romney of being responsible for some of America’s most sensational unsolved murders.
If you can’t trust large mass producers of cancer sticks to practice sound business ethics, then who can you trust?