Summit Up 12-12-09
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s taking a break from all this weird publicity lately and checking out a new kind of cheeseburger. The folks over at the Dillon Smashburger gave us a sneak-taste (if there is such a thing) of their new “Colorado Menu,” which will launch officially sometime next month. One of the items is a pretty tasty thing called, oddly enough, the “Colorado Smashburger,” which is loaded with grilled green chilies and a bunch of cheese on a chipotle bun. Combine that with the Fried Green Chilies Fries and you’ve got not only a tasty meal but a good reason to hit the rec center in the morning!Thursday night we had Smashburger’s Burger Meister Meister Burger (founder) Tom Ryan visiting, and he told us the chain is growing quick, with new stores opening all over the place – including one in one of our old haunts, Long Island.Small world. Anyway, we like the regular Smashburger stuff pretty well, but we gave two thumbs up to the new Colorado-themed stuff. Check it out sometime next month …***We’ve deputized a new member of the Spelling & Grammar Police. Rob Irvine of Breck writes to suggest yet another way to fret over English language usage:”If you really want to take up a challenge, I suggest you try to expalin the differences between the verbs ‘lie’ and ‘lay’ and their tenses, which are universlly misunderstood in this country. Even the supposedly elite national TV commentators and newspaper writers don’t seem to understand the proper use of these verbs. For example, they use ‘lay’ and its forms when they often mean ‘lie.’ What is particularly confusing is that the past tense of ‘lie’ is ‘lay.’ For example: ‘Today witnesses found Tiger Wood laying on the ground after his accident” when they should said he was found ‘lying’ on the ground, but yesterday he ‘lay’ (not ‘laid’) on the ground.” Thanks Rob, that’s a good one, and one we must admit gives us ice-cream headaches (usually we use a time-worn reporter’s trick of the write-around, as in “… found Tiger Woods on the ground …”).Want to be deputized for the Spelling & Grammar Police? Send us your peeve and a tip on how to do it right to email@example.com.***We get a lot of weird, random e-mails, and this one just came over the transom:”Tamra, As per our telephone conversations these are some of the more popular lists we have.Physicians (34 specialties)ChiropractorsAlternative Medicine …”… and there’s a big long list of other stuff. What does this mean … and who the heck is Tamra?!One more mystery to lie unsolved. Or is that lay?On that note, folks, we’ve gotta run. We hear Oprah! wants to talk to us about our employment policies and we want to get with her before she goes off the air …
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