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Qualifying as a local depends much on proper looks, clothing

Lately there have been articles on what it takes to be a Summit County local resident. Another distinguishing factor is how we dress after we have been here a while.

First, facial hair for men (and women, if possible) is a must and getting a hair cut is a once-a-year affair. Ponytails are a real sign of distinction. The next requirement is a free ball cap advertising beer or construction equipment with expensive sunglasses worn on the brim (real cool).

A vest is a must, preferably over a T-shirt, showing that the winter cold does not affect us. Levi’s torn at the knees and stained with the last two year’s painting jobs nearly completes the outfit.

Slip-on shoes are a must because none of us wear our shoes in anyone’s house, including our own.

What have I left out? The next time you go to Denver, see how strange those people look and dress. Then come home to Summit County and hobknob with the rest of us locals where you are appreciated for your eclectic ways. You’ll recognize me by the above, except at my age I cannot grow a ponytail.

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