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Special to the Daily Some days, we here at Summit Up mess up. This young man, Joel Godfrey (middle), turned 50 on Sept. 14, the day we were supposed to run this picture. His family says they love him. We love him too, and we love his family for being nice after we messed up.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wondering if we should start a personal hygiene co-op.Some of us here at headquarters don’t always look or smell the best, and it’s hard to tell people this. There’s no way to be casual about saying, “You stink” or “You look like crap.”Thus, our hygiene co-op. For those who know they may fall into the Stink or Look category, but don’t know how to change, a co-op might be the best idea. It could work like an AA meeting. A local community member good at dressing and smelling nice will have to be willing to give up their time for this cause.After all, every self-help group needs a leader.And we stinkers and mismatchers all attend. We sit in the rows of uncomfortable chairs and, in the first meeting, stand up and say, “Our name is Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with a dressing problem.”Other steps follow. We partner up to deal with our fashion issues so, on the days where we feel like relapsing into a pair of plaid pants and a pink sweater, our partner can intervene.

PARTNER: “You know, Summit Up, that you’re doing an unhealthy thing.”SU: “But I feel like I need to wear my plaid pants. They’re so comfortable.”P: “You never need plaid pants. That’s just your addiction talking.”SU: (pause) “You’re right. I love khakis!”P: “That’s the spirit!”… and so on. The stinkers can have the same conversation when we pass by the shower for the third day in a row.

PARTNER: “You know, Summit Up, that you’re doing an unhealthy thing.”SU: “I don’t need a shower. That’s just wasting water.”P: “You do need a shower. Think of the people you’re harming with your habit. I can see the impact it’s having on your family and friends.”SU: “I don’t want to hurt anyone.”P: “Here’s a towel.”… and so on. Sign up with an e-mail to, or leave a voicemail with your name, phone number and malady at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257.

We’re out looking for a leader … ***Famous Leigh Girvin of the Continental Divide Land Trust learned the hardship of the entertainment biz last week. She wrote:”Hi Summit Up Readers:”My apologies to anyone who tried to watch “Colorado Get-Aways” last Saturday evening. Apparently Channel 4 moved the episode up a half-hour and it showed at 6, not 6:30 p.m. as I reported. We’ll try to figure out the technology to show the five-minute clip on Summit County land conservation on Nov. 22 when John Fielder comes to the Silverthorne Pavilion to show his ‘Colorado Then and Now’ presentation for Continental Divide Land Trust.”Sorry Leigh.

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