Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column using the power of positive thinking to mentally transport ourselves to the Hawaiian Islands.See, we have found a way to combat the cold weather, and it’s working like a charm. We were gifted at Christmas by a friend, who gave us a bobble-hipped Hawaiian hula girl, complete with a grass skirt, long black hair and coconut-shell bikini top (she’s not a real one – rather the kind you stick to your dashboard). We have found that, with some intensive visualization techniques, we can, even as we gaze out at the frozen expanse of Dillon Reservoir, picture ourselves under a swaying palm tree, ukelele music wafting from the Tiki bar, hibiscus in our hair, while a frangipani-scented breeze tickles our nose. We gotta tell you, we LOVE our hula girl. We’ve taken to driving right through potholes and down the back alleys of Frisco to make her dance!It’s not that we don’t like winter. We enjoy these crisp and clear days, when the air itself seems to be frozen, as zillions of tiny crystals sparkle and dance in the morning light. And just think how much we’ll all appreciate spring when it rolls around, bursting in like a lusty, red-cheeked maiden, head encircled with a wildflower wreath, trailing a flock of bluebirds and swarms of butterflies …***We are once again thrilled to pass out a set of angel wings, this time to Debbie, of Custom Eyes, who delivered some customer service that was way above and beyond the call of duty, according to reader Kim Teot. She was mixing business with pleasure, trying to get new lenses for her glasses while at the same time meeting with friends for a quick one down at the pub. Apparently Debbie understood the urgency of the situation and offered to drop the new glasses off at the watering hole where Kim was quaffing a cold one.”That is Summit County service,” Kim wrote, suggesting an Angel Alert!! and we couldn’t agree more. Kim, we hope you bought Debbie a drink!***Finally, a quick Smarty Pants Update:Breckenridge’s James Walter Gutzwiller has earned a BSN Nursing degree from East Tennessee State University. A prosperous career surely awaits …***We got some advice on static electricity this week from Jane Stebbins, a former staffer. She said, before you get out of your car, tap the back of your hand to something metal, and it will get rid of all that stored electricity with a neat little bolt.”There aren’t many nerves in the back of your hand,” she said, “so it doesn’t hurt.”Other ideas? E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.***We out, so mahalo!
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