Whatever Happened to Aspen?

Remember when the winter getaway for the stars was Aspen? The gossip magazines were great about showing various celebs stylishly clad in snow gear while braving the mountain elements. Though a few of the 40 and above celebs still head to the slopes, young Hollywood seems to have picked a new winter hot spot. Why go to Aspen when you can go to rehab?

I don’t understand the sudden rage over organized rehabilitation. Don’t get me wrong. I fully support individuals who are struggling with chemical dependencies seeking out professional help. The road to rehab for many stars, however, seems to start with racial/homophobic slurs, sexual indiscretions or connections to Paris Hilton. Grown adults have chosen to be stupid in public and then want to duck into rehab so the world goes “awwww” instead of “ewwww.” As if some condition was the reason he/she was behaving outside of the norm.

Whatever is going on, there is definitely investment potential in all of this. The Hiltons would be wise to convert some of their underperforming hotels into rehab destination vacations. I’m sure many of Paris’ friends would sign on as clientele. Starbuck’s could open a few stores on site. Surely the addiction to pricy caffeine isn’t being challenged in rehab. Gift shops could distribute souvenirs like T-shirts with the words “I’ve been to rehab. What’s your excuse?” Let’s see if entrepreneur Donald Trump doesn’t jump in on the action. He’s already had a taste of rehab through his supervision of Miss U.S.A. Maybe he’ll ditch “The Apprentice” (it’s getting old anyway) for a more modern show like “The Resident”. Rehab residents could go on the show and The Donald can send one home a week with the slogan “You’re Cured!”

3 Responses to “Whatever Happened to Aspen?”

  1. beth says:

    I don’t give a rat’s behind if they go to rehab. I just want all that crap to stop taking up the airwaves of media outlets although, I can’t see that most would make any improvements. Not much in the way of real news gets reported.
    The American public eats this kind of stuff. We know the approximate time Anna Nicole Smith died but we don’t know what Congress is voting on or that Roe v. Wade is up for a battle again or the thousand other American or world events that should be important to us.

  2. beth says:

    Hi, by the way. It’s been a while! Hope your doing ok!

  3. lisa says:

    So true Beth. So true.

    I’m doing ok. Trying to get back in the swing of things. I’ve had a few bugs already in 2007. The joys of having a germy toddler.