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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column sharing a phobia of having lotion on our face.

It’s weird, huh? We look outside and see the UV rays burning the paint off our car, and we’re tentative about protecting our own skin. But it’s nothing important that keeps us from the SPF 30. It’s the phobia. We put lotion on our forehead, for example, and we see lotion dripping on our brain. We’re also scared of ostriches.

We can’t explain it. And yes, we know we need to get over it. Yet we felt like sharing, and wondered if we were the only ones who fear both facial lotion and ostriches.

In the process of coming to terms with it, we spent some time researching phobias and found these to be the most interesting, and most comforting to us knowing that some folks fear even weirder stuff:

Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

Auroraphobia: Fear of Northern lights.

Bromidrophobia: Fear of body smells.

Caligynephobia: Fear of beautiful women.

Chionophobia: Fear of snow.

Didaskaleinophobia: Fear of going to school.

Eleutherophobia: Fear of freedom.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: Fear of the number 666.

Lutraphobia: Fear of otters.

Nucleomituphobia: Fear of nuclear weapons.

Uranophobia: Fear of heaven.

Politicophobia: Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians.

Syngenesophobia: Fear of relatives.


Yippee!! We have even more good news to pass on. Here’s an Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! for the guys that helped Breck resident Lisa out on Hwy. 6 Monday. She writes: “On my way back from the Basin I stopped at the spring to fill up a couple of water bottles. I put the car in park and walked 10 feet to the source, but when I turned around my car was gone. It had slid down into the gully below the pullout and was stuck in trees. Before I could stick out my thumb to hitch a ride, four or five guys in a big white van had stopped to help. With a lot of pushing and engine revving we got the truck back on solid road. Thanks, guys, for the good vibes and big muscles.”


John Palsedge weighed in this week after Thursday’s column. He wrote: “I was amused when someone was shocked, SHOCKED to learn that front license plates are required in Colorado. That you get two when you register your car should have been more than a hint. It is possible that the car in question was originally sold new in a state where they are not required, so it was not delivered with a front plate bracket. Yes, he will have to drill holes in the front bumper for it. Life is a bitch (and then you die). A Toyota dealer could do it. I don’t like front plates either, but it is the law in Colorado.”

There you have it …


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