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Special to the Daily On May 22, 2005 Bret Newell Baumgartner and Amy Louise Sullivan were married in the Disneyland Hotel Rose Court Garden in Orange County, Calif. It really was a fairytale event , we hear. The bride arrived at the ceremony in a flower clad Cinderella coach drawn by a white horse and driven by two footmen. Bret is a former Summit High Grad and longtime resident of the county. The couple are both Colorado State University graduates - Bret in business and Amy in fashion merchandising. and design. After a honeymoon in Italy, they will reside in Sterling Hills Estates near Denver. Bret will be assuming the helm of the Carraba's restaurant in Aurora as a proprietor/part owner.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column sending out an ode to Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman ever to be on the Supreme Court.To catch everyone up, O’Connor announced her retirement this week, and women across the country (and we here at Summit Up) are fearing for the worst – a male replacement.Not that a person’s sex determines their judgment and reason, but we liked O’Connor and we want as broad of a representation as we can get on the Supreme Court. But we know that’s not a good expectation based on history, and based on the fact that our current administration has, for the most part, been a proponent of keeping certain social traditions intact (gay rights). O’Connor explained the gender issue the best when she was appointed to the high court: “Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court, but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions. I think the important thing about my appointment is not that I will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases …”The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.”

Here’s a few of our other O’Connor-isms:- “A moment of silence is not inherently religious.”- “We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.”- “Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded.”Good luck to all involved in the choice of her “replacement.” May you use a clear, progressive mind.***

Today, as we glance outside, we’re wishing (for the 1,832nd time) we lived in a Bob Ross universe.On days like these, when the sun and the “happy little clouds” make us wish for a convertible office, we find it tough to lock in and get stuff done. Music magically enters our ears, and that woman across the street dipping her feet in the rock garden doesn’t help much either.Nor does the guy riding his bike past our window.Is that the sound of kids splashing in a pool?Anyway, we love it all. We think Bob Ross was reincarnated as God’s – or whoever’s – favorite paintbrush. Despite the tease, we say, “Keep up the good work.”

***A lady called us Thursday to tell us of being put into an unfortunate circumstance. Someone left the showers running and the doors shut at the Silverthorne Rec Center locker room, so this lady had to crawl (naked) under the door to get into the shower.Boo. This is why we don’t shower at all …***It’s Sunday, and we’re giving a shout out to everyone in the county working this holiday weekend. It’s kind of a fact of life around here.Leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or an e-mail to

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