Top o’ the morning to you and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s deviating from the usual today. We’re excited for St. Patrick’s Day, because that’s the day we head off to Jamaica, so we’ve changed our normal intro. We hope you like it. We also have today off, and we would be lying if we said we didn’t relish in everyone else’s Monday blues. There is something incredibly satisfying about waking up, stretching our arms and wandering around in our pajamas for a few hours before deciding to pick up a good book or ski or do anything we want, because it’s our day off. Hopefully this column will bring you back to that dreamy place you were in on Saturday and Sunday, if those days were spent playing and relaxing.
***We’d like to give a shout out to Pup’s Glide Shop and their super-cool stickers they put on perfectly tuned skis. They’ve cornered the women’s market better than Secret Antiperspirant and the Oxygen television channel with their “Faster, Girl, Faster” stickers they put on skis. We think the magic of a Pup’s tune might be in the stickers, not the wax and edge jobs. When we look down at our feet while we’re on the lift, the shiny, metallic-pink sticker with a daisy on it reminds us that we need to put the burners on.
We feel like Doris Day with a skull and crossbones tattoo when we have our sticks on. It’s that sticker, man … it makes us want to go places we’ve never been before on the hill. Or maybe that could be the influx of people that arrived on President’s Day weekend and seem to have stayed a few extra days. We’re glad to have you, visitors, but please read the napkins at the cafeteria. They lay out the skier safety rules, and we think a lot of out-of-towners need a refresher on slope safety. It’s not about how fast you go, it’s about your style. Just take Pup’s stickers as an example. They’ll set you straight on the art of ski-area attitude. ***
We’ve seen a movie that we want to recommend to everyone out there in Summit Up Land that is old enough to see an R-rated flick. “Pan’s Labyrinth” has become one of our all-time faves with its juxtaposition of war and innocence and reality and fantasy. We’re not usually sci-fi lovers (the newspaper industry deals with the day-to-day, and even though it would shake things up, we haven’t seen any magical creatures or aliens around these parts) but this film does it right. It reminds us of when we were kids and we dealt with our problems in the most imaginative way possible. We haven’t been able to talk or write about this film coherently since we’ve seen it because it was so imaginatively and violently intense. Go see it, but catch the early show because it takes a while to process and wind down after the reel stops. ***We’re out, exploring.
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