Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column swearing off all soda forever.We’ve never been a huge soda drinker, but now we’re truly convinced of its toxicity. Last night, we were reading in one of our favorite health magazines that the pH level of soda is not far off from that of battery acid. (That explains the tooth decay thing we’ve heard since we were a kid.) Basically, the message that finally kicked in was that if we wouldn’t ingest battery acid, why would we put this in our system?!Also, when we mentioned our newfound fact to our friend, she commented that this was a topic she was recently discussing and heard that in 20 years people will view soda the way they view cigarettes today. If that’s true, we bet the soda companies are already working on new marketing strategies to talk about health benefits. Good luck with that one. It will probably be as difficult as saying a Whopper or Big Mac is healthy.Soda has always seemed like a bad idea. We mean, anything that makes us burp as much as it does should probably be avoided. And we’re not even sure why we drink it because it usually makes our mouth feel scummy, our tummy twist and just basically feels like we’re pouring sugar down our throat.In fact, we can’t come up with a good reason to drink soda so it is now on our “Do Not Touch” list which has gotten increasingly longer as we’ve gotten older.Our next goal is to convince a certain someone who drinks soda the way most people drink water to start detox-ing his body of the evil beverage. You know who you are, so we’re sure you’re preparing an argument against the incessant nagging that will soon begin to wear you down (we hope).***Moving on, we’d like to send out a Scum Alert!! to the hit and run driver who recently struck our roommate while he was riding his bike home from a friend’s house. From what we hear, the incident occurred Sunday near the intersection of Main Street and Park Avenue in Breck.The driver was towing a boat which hit our roommate and damaged his bike. And while the driver may not have known at first that they struck him, they shouldn’t have been so close in the first place. He hasn’t been able to work and hasn’t been feeling well since so we’d also like send out a get well message.The last piece of this little tale is an Angel Alert!! to the police who caught the driver in Alma shortly after the hit and run. Good job guys! Way to work together!***Switching gears, we have a Smarty Pants Alert!! for Secia Rosa Klocke, daughter of Hap and Rosario Young of Glenwood Springs and Merle and Kelley Klocke of Silverthorne.Klocke was named to the Dean’s List for New York University’s 2007 spring semester. She is pursuing a degree in theater/vocal performance with a minor in communications. Out of 3,000 applications to the Steinhardt School at NYU, 400 were offered auditions, and Klocke was one of 18 students around the country accepted.***We out, giving disgusted looks to soda cans.
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