Summit Up 10-16-09
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wondering if it’s still possible to get old, dangerous toys like lawn darts (“Jarts”) or Klick-Klacks. For those old enough to remember, Jarts was basically horshoes, only you threw this giant, pointy, heavy darts at targets placed in front of the players. At some point, someone determined this was highly unsafe (probably the guy with the Jart sticking out of his chest). Klick-Klacks was this yo-yo like toy that had two big marbles on strings that you banged together. Again, when shards of marble flew off and hit people, it was determined this was a bad idea.We’re all ears for other recollections of dangerous toys, just so we can be sure not to purchase them on EBay in a drunken stupor some night.***Some readers may recall our bout with the amazing Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association in Washington, D.C. This is apparently an organization that closely monitors anyone dissing high fructose corn syrup, which we unwisely did in a recent column about Mrs. Butterworth (creepy!) and Aunt Jemima (cool!). Audrae (and we know you’re reading because we put the magic phrase “high fructose corn syrup” on our website! – Hi Audrae!) not only sent us an e-mail assuring us HFCS is no more fatty-inducing than other sweeteners, she also sent us a packet o’ stuff about it. As you can see, she addressed it to “Mr. Carl Clean” at the Summit Daily News.MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Why? WTF?SU: Because in our Aunt Jemima/Mrs. Butterworth column about how, suddenly, Mrs. Butterworth had a first name (“Joy” – and no, we are not fabricating this information), we speculated on other fictitious brand characters and what their first name might be, and that included “Mr. Carl Clean.” By addressing the letter to us with “Dear Mr. Clean,” we can only assume Audrae was having a little fun with us, which is pretty cool for someone in Washington, D.C. who runs a place like the Corn Refiners Association. So, to pay her back, we’ll summarize all this information about HFCS: “It’s awesome!” But we’ll add “just don’t consume it by the bucket” and also let you know that if you’re super-curious to know more, you should check out http://www.sweetsurprise.com.Phew! Sweet Aunt Jemima! – that’s a lot of work over a high fructose corn syrup reference!***Well, it’s Friday, folks, and who knows what’s falling out of the sky as you read this (anyone feel like we were in Seattle this week?). Remember, we’re still taking entries for our Local Lessons & Lore contest, which basically means “write us a story about something interesting that happened to you and/or your dog in Summit County” and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t been yet, get yer butt up to A-Basin and make some early-season turns. If you have, well then go again!Also, keep in mind you’ll want to check out our photo guy Mark Fox’s exhibit next week at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Read all about it in today’s Scene section. Should be cool!We out.
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