Summit Up 2-18-10 |

Summit Up 2-18-10

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Synapse FilmsRich Kronfeld, with his "Star Trek" Captain Pike chair, takes part in the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Grande Days parade in Hopkins, Minnesota.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s wondering what kind of wine to have with our yard-long meatball-n-snausages bomb we got at Subway. Perhaps a Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1975? Or how about a 207 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay with our 2-meter Spicy Italian?

We were just reading somewhere that the new Subway shop at the Grand Junction airport is going to serve alcohol along with its sammies, and we’re planning ahead. We love Subway, but we’re just not sure what kind of wine goes with these sandwiches. Of course, you can go with beer instead, which sounds a little more a propos. On the other hand, Subway is one of those places where we just have to break down and have a Diet Coke – that seems to be the perfect pairing.

Speaking of Coke, what’s up with Pepsi? Does anyone purposefully drink this stuff, or is it just a drink destined to always be that second choice? We recently had someone at some fast-food joint somewhere actually apologize to us when we posed the default drink choice (Coke). It’s like Pepsi is that annoying uncle from Cleveland you have to invite to your wedding, even though you really want that richer, cooler uncle from San Jose.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Cleveland. So far as we know. Except the Browns.


We have here a Scum Alert! Scum Alert! from Jim, who called to say that he and a pal were waiting to take the T-bar at Breck when a downhill skier hit them.

“He took us out as well as a couple other people behind us and left the scene,” spaketh Jim.

That’s low. What kind of no-good, low-down buttknocker of a rotten crawdad would do such a thing? Repent, downhill sinner! It’s too late to own up to your dastardly act, but you can, at the very least, drink the leftover juice from a can of sauerkraut with your next Subway marathon-length liverwurst grinder.

Let’s take it easy out there, folks. Sheesh.


Someone sent us this article synopsis for something appearing in the Christian Science Monitor:

“Can robots, guided by virtual emotions, not only make better decisions about their own actions than human soldiers do, but also act as ethical advisers to humans on the battlefield – even learning from previous decisions? According to a study by Robotics expert, Dr Alan Arkin at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, such a system might actually result in less casualties on the battlefield. Dr. Arkin is designing an ethical system for robots based on the concept of guilt, where if a robot’s weapon causes unnecessary damage or casualties, it would scale back its use of such weapons in a future encounter or shut down its weapons altogether.”

Don’t these people watch movies! For the love of cryin’ out Pete – don’t give robots anything more than the ability to vacuum a carpet! Even then, who knows when the vacuum will turn on you when it decides it’s “self-aware” and doesn’t want to take orders from puny, stupid humans anymore?

We’re jest sayin’ …


Speaking of sci-fi, yesterday we ran out of room for this photo, which shows Rich Kronfeld in the Roswell, N.M. Fourth of July parade a while back. This is from the film “Six Days in Roswell,” produced by Roger Nygard. When we e-mailed to ask if we could use the photo, Roger e-mailed back and said “sure,” adding that he has a new film coming out this summer called “The Nature of Existence” ( Roger says the film is a documentary where he goes around the world asking people things like “Why are we here, and what are we supposed to do about it? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? Does God exist, and why does he seem so interested in our sex lives?”

Sounds cool. We’ve gotta run …

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