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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column praising the growing trend of the self checkout at grocery stores.We like them because they’re convenient and, well, we’re kinda anti-social so we often jump at the chance to skip the small talk with the clerk and instead interact with a talking box. But, the other day we realized another benefit as we scanned our mundane, everyday products like milk and eggs. We thought about all those people who turn red in the face and try to avoid eye contact with the checkout clerk as they place their adult diapers, Gas-X and extra, extra strength deodorant for super smelly people on the conveyor belt. What a relief it must be to keep such embarrassing purchases to yourself! Not that we would know anything it.We also learned that since self checkouts became all the rage, shoppers are making impulse buys like candy bars and tabloids 45 percent less frequently because they aren’t waiting in as long of lines. Sure, it’s bad for grocers but better for people’s overall health, we think. Of course, the people doing these types of studies clearly haven’t been to Summit County in February because then they would know the lines are always long.

***We got this funny little note about our ongoing Madonna vs. The Riverwalk Tent jokefest …”Hahaha! I read this at work everyday … and I was puzzled by the little poem myself. Even though I live in Breck and see the Riverwalk daily, I guess I just only saw it for what it was … never associated it with the female physique! Does that make me a prude? Glad we figured it out though! Guess I’m going to be singin’ ‘Like a Virgin’ every time I take a walk around the once innocent Riverwalk Center that I love so much!”Well, as it turns out, you won’t feel inspired to belt out Madge tunes much longer. This season is planned to be the last for the cone-shaped tent. The town is fundraising to replace it with a hard-shell roof. Hmm. We wonder if the new structure will evoke any images of 80s music videos.

***We have a very special Baby Alert! Baby Alert! for Waylan James Crouse, the cute little tot pictured somewhere on this page:”Welcome to the world Waylan James Crouse! Chris and Bethanny Crouse of Breckenridge welcomed the newest addition to their family on April 25, 2007 at 2:46 a.m. Waylan has a big and very proud sister, Lilah Violet Crouse, who will be 3 next week. Chris runs The Dog House, in Breckenridge, which is a dog daycare and kennel. Bethanny runs her own general contracting business called Crouse Contracting. Both are former employees of The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. The Crouse family is very excited to have their healthy baby boy!”***

Before we scoot on out to start the weekend, we have one last shout out to hand down. This one is a Graduation Alert! Graduation Alert!We’re told that Charles Willis will graduate May 20 from Boston University with a degree in education and a minor in social studies. “Yippee!!” says the writer. We tip our cap (and gown) to Charles – well done! ***We out shopping in the laxative aisle.

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