Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column saying sayonara.Not to worry, the trusty Summit Up opus will still be here for you every morning, it’s just this one little cog in the Summit Up machine that’s leaving the factory. Or something like that.Anyway, after four years in the land of perpetual winter, we’re off to spend some time in the sun (and the traffic and the sprawl) of Southern California. Of course we’ll miss the recreation bubble of Summit Up Land – the powder days, the beautiful summers, a free bus system, the Tiki Bar, the feeling of being part of a small, close-knit community.But there are a few things we won’t be too sad to leave behind. Snow in September and June and every month in between, going through a bottle of moisturizer in a week just so we don’t feel like we’re trapped in an alligator’s body, running out of breath after climbing a flight of stairs.One good thing about our move West is it’s caused us to consolidate all the gear we’ve accumulated over the past few years. Not to mention, the hats, gloves and coats that we certainly won’t need while we’re sunbathing on the beach. We find it pretty amazing that we moved to Colorado with a couple bags full of clothes and a snowboard that could easily fit in our two-door Toyota, and now we’re leaving with a whole van full of furniture, skis and kitchenware. How does it all pile up?We’ve even – sad to say – sold our trusty car that helped us start this whole adventure.While it’s kind of bittersweet to leave Summit Up Land, it was a downright tearjerker to see the car we’ve had for a decade drive away at the hands of a perfect stranger. It may be considered a bit odd to get attached to a car, especially in this era of skyrocketing gas prices and social pressure to become less dependent on a vehicle, but we spent 10 years with this thing. There’s not much we can think of that’s been in our life that long. The always-dependable ride guided us toward many of life’s greatest adventures without so much as a flat tire, roadside breakdown or dead battery. The only time she tested our patience was with a little overheating issue back in 2002. Nothing a new radiator couldn’t handle.But, all good things must come to an end, and it was time to buy a car that wasn’t almost the same age as us. ***We hate to bounce on a sour note, but it is what it is. We have a Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! going out to the vandals on County Road 1040 who abuse our little blue box that stores our papers for our readers. For example, in the last year they have used a pellet gun, fireworks and most recently, drenched the box with gas and lit it on fire. Now, we know not everyone loves the Summit Daily, and there are a few folks who dislike us … But here’s a friendly reminder to the vandals: The boxes are metal, and fire isn’t going to work too well to destroy it. Anyway, we will return the box to the neighborhood, and we encourage anyone who sees any type of vandalism in the neighborhood to call the authorities.***We out, packing and trying to fit an entire ski season into two weeks.
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