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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column ranting like that guy who always seems to be in every port-a-potty line at every concert you go to, yelling, “Double up! C’mon, we gotta go. Double up!”

Those guys only feel that way when they’re at the back of the line, though. D’you ever notice that?


This news item appeared up toward the front of our rag earlier this week, but it’s still making us ill: The McDonald’s restaurants in Norway have a new sandwich called the McAfrika. This, as you might expect, upset some humanitarian relief groups, which pointed out that millions of Africans are facing starvation.

The Irony Police are investigating. What we’d really like to know, and what the news report didn’t provide, is an explanation from the marketing geniuses who thought this one up. What’s next – a McHindu value meal in New Delhi?

Actually, we bet the whole thing was started by some Norse mother who was sick of her children never finishing their meals. Instead of having to remind her kids about all the people starving in Africa who’d kill to have such a delicious meal, they gave the sandwich the controversial appellation.

Yeah, that’s probably it.


Somebody pulled a fast one on the bike racers Wednesday, and it definitely merits a Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! The Summit Mountain Challenge had a great course lined up south of Breck, until a couple people on motorcycles went out – after the race started – and rearranged some of the direction arrows. Jeff, the promoter of the race, said about 20-30 people were affected and ended up going the wrong way; some of them went from first place to not-even-close.

“It was a major bummer,” Jeff said. “The racers were cool about it. But to have somebody shanghai the event really sucks for the racers.”

You’d think fellow two-wheelers would be more aware of the karmic impacts of such an act. It’d be horrible if somebody took down the “Dead End” or “Sharp Turn” signs on the road they were riding on, huh? Unfortunately, that logic probably won’t strike these dimwits until it’s too late.


Congrats! to Frisco’s Amanda Cooper. The University of Northern Colorado just sent us a note saying she made the dean’s list this past year. We’re confident she’ll repeat the feat this time around, too.


Whatever Saturday told you about us isn’t true. Well, not completely.

You tell us what it told you, and we’ll set you straight:, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just hit up the confessional on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237.

We’re out repainting the stripes on the road …

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