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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wonders what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag.

Why is it that lightning zigzags, anyway? Is it picking the path of least resistance? Is it like a bat, honing in on its target, adjusting its direction every few feet? Is it eluding things out there in space?

Just wondering.

Another thought: If lawyers can be disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?

We think so.


Happy birthday to you! Yes, you, Abril Butler (above, left)! This adorable little Breckenridge girl passed her first-year milestone Sept. 8, and Mom, Anto and Dad Shawn wish her a happy one because they love you oh so much! Many happy more!


Douglas Borg of Frisco, a senior at Summit High School, is the proud recipient of a scholarship to DeVry University in Denver. We were told the amount of the scholarship, but we don’t think it’s anyone’s business, so suffice it to say, it will help him pay for tuition.

Recipients were awarded scholarships based on their ACT and SAT scores, those same tests that gave us such a headache when we were in high school. Or maybe that was the hangover we were suffering on test day.

This whole scholarship thing reminds us of an incident that happened to one of our Summit Up Staffers when he or she was trying to scrape up enough money to go to college. He or she was quite the musician, and through a series of competitions he or she doesn’t remember too clearly – it was a long time ago – it was announced that he or she was the recipient of a music scholarship. All he or she had to do was get up in front of a group of old ladies and play a piece.

As nerve-wracking as it sounds, our staffer said he or she didn’t do too badly, and the group of little old ladies presented him or her with a check – for $15 lousy dollars!Granted, this was back in the days before textbooks were invented, but $15 wouldn’t even buy a piece of slate and two pieces of chalk!

Needless to say, our staffer spent his or her money on albums (the predecessor to CDs) based on the logic that albums supply music, and therefore, the money wasn’t going toward something frivolous, like college application fees. And he or she promptly registered in college to study for a degree that would pay him or her equally or not as well as a musician.

So, congratulations, Douglas Borg of Frisco, on your substantially larger scholarship than the one our staffer received for college! Study hard!


We have noticed Summit County is awash in film reels this week, as part of the Breckenridge Festival Film, being held in Dillon, Farmer’s Korner and sometimes in Breckenridge.

But first an Important Announcement! Important Announcement! If you are planning to attend the premiere movie “Skins” this afternoon, make other plans. The movie has been cancelled because it never arrived. It’s the only glitch in this otherwise fine event.

OK, back to our blather.

This year, the Film Fest folks are hosting a gay and lesbian movie category, which despite our parents’ homophobia, we think is a great addition to the festival. The movies are not a bunch of homosexual porn, but address issues the gay and lesbian community deals with on a regular basis: how a Methodist minister is banned from the church and goes on to start an AIDS project in Denver, a documentary on a segment of the “muscle-man” lifestyle in the last century, and society’s views of gay people when they just try to be who they are.

But we also heard a woman – the owner of a Breckenridge restaurant – isn’t too thrilled. Apparently, when this woman learned there was to be a gay and lesbian category in this year’s festival, she yanked her film fest sign from her window, saying that, as a long-time supporter of the festival, she couldn’t support this aspect of it.

We find this intolerance depressing. It’s kind of like the reaction Breckenridge Ski Resort got when its “bitch” ads hit magazine racks a few weeks ago. We thinks most of us moved here for the beauty of the landscapes, the strong sense of community and the escape Summit County provides from the corporate rat race, at least until 1996. But wasn’t this area also attractive because people here just lived and let live? Chill, folks. It’s only life.


We’re out living – on our $15 scholarship.

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