Summit Up 2-22-11: Who let these jerks into our beautiful county? |

Summit Up 2-22-11: Who let these jerks into our beautiful county?

A reveler wearing a sash that reads in Portuguese "Queen of the Silicone", takes part at the Banda de Ipanema carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Hundreds of people gathered Saturday during one of the many parades which take place in the city before the famed 'Carnival' which this year runs March. 4-8. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s concerned the winter is starting to grate on some folks. Yes, we are a good four months into a particularly chilly and snowy winter, and while the skiing and riding is great, that doesn’t always mean we don’t long for those far away days of summer. Ah, those halcyon days of barbecue events, sailing on the lake for the rich folks and biking to work. We kinda miss it, and tempers are growing short, it seems, as evidenced by this letter from Julie over there in Breckenridge:

“I moved to Breckenridge a couple months ago, and fell in love with it immediately. The mountain, the people, and the overall sense of community is amazing. In the past 24 hours, I’ve had encounters with some extremely rude locals that have left me second guessing how I feel about the people who live here. I was enjoying happy hour with a friend Saturday at Rita’s, and sitting behind us was a young family with three small children. One of the children was goofing around and making some loud noises, and a local man next to me at the bar turned around and yelled at the child to put a lid on it. The whole place went silent as the poor father stood up to have a civilized conversation with the man, who continued to yell obnoxiously about the man’s son. Luckily, not a single patron stood up for the local at the bar, but the family was extremely embarrassed.

“Then on Sunday, I was driving to the laundromat to wash some clothes. When I got out of my vehicle, I was greeted by a local man who yelled at me for spraying him with my vehicle two blocks down the road. Obviously, I didn’t do it on purpose, but my apology was not accepted. He continued to let me know how inconvenient it was for him, even though he was still in his ski outfit. What is going on here? Do people always get edgy toward the end of the season? Either way, I would just like to tell these people to chill out! You live in Breckenridge, one of the best places to live in the US. It’s people like you who will give this town a bad name for the people who visit.”

Alrighty then. Obviously some folks need to take a chill pill or two washed down with a little milk of human kindness. On the other hand, Julie, don’t let the actions of a couple of local butt-knockers turn you off to the Summit (and don’t assume cool scenery erases the fact that some folks are just jerks, and you can’t get away from them all no matter where you live). Generally speaking, though, folks around here are pretty darn nice. For example, here’s an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! from Patricia Powell in Breck, who writes thusly:

“My heartfelt gratitude goes to the angel on skis who rescued me from what could have resulted in serious injury or more when he acted in a heroic split second to stop me from sliding after an accidental fall in the Imperial Bowl on Friday – a place I have skied many times this season and past seasons. I hope his 6-year-old daughter will always know what a, quick thinking, heroic dad she is so lucky to have and to you, Larry, my forever thank-you in saving me from what could have been something very serious.”


Well folks, here it is Tuesday already. We hope Monday wasn’t too painful for you and that, before you know it, Wednesday morphs into Thursday and then, b’golly, it’s Friday already. Time, it seems, really does fly.

We out.

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