Summit Up 2-5-11: Busy doing nothing for 2 minutes |

Summit Up 2-5-11: Busy doing nothing for 2 minutes

Snow accumulates in a pickup truck that was stranded and left open on Lake Shore Drive, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 in Chicago. A winter blizzard of historic proportions wobbled an otherwise snow-tough Chicago, stranding hundreds of drivers for up to 12 hours overnight on the city's showcase lakeshore thoroughfare and giving many city schoolchildren their first ever snow day. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that tried to take a two-minute break and failed! Someone turned us onto this website, which is just a pretty picture of the ocean with the sound of waves. You’re supposed to not touch the mouse or keyboard at all during your two minutes, and if you do it says “FAIL.”

Kind of a buzz kill. Anyway, the phone rang when we were trying it out the first time, so here goes again:

(sound of waves)

OK, we did it! But the whole time we were critiquing the site. Like, why not a video of the waves rather than just a still photo? And when we finished, it just said “Well done!” and prompted us to like the page on Facebook when it could have, we dunno, given us a zen koan to contemplate or something. Anyway, it’s kind of a cool site and it forces schlubs like us chained to a computer to chill once in a while.

And speaking of zen koans (or parables), here’s one we found online:

The Dead Man’s Answer

When Mamiya, who later became a well-known preacher, went to a teacher for personal guidance, he was asked to explain the sound of one hand.

Mamiya concentrated upon what the sound of one hand might be. “You are not working hard enough,” his teacher told him. “You are too attached to food, wealth, things, and that sound. It would be better if you died. That would solve the problem.”

The next time Mamiya appeared before his teacher he was again asked what he had to show regarding the sound of one hand. Mamiya at once fell over as if he were dead.

“You are dead all right,” observed the teacher, “But how about that sound?”

“I haven’t solved that yet,” replied Mamiya, looking up.

“Dead men do not speak,” said the teacher. “Get out!”


OK, here’s a Scum Alert! Scum Alert! from Anonymous in Breck, who writes thusly:

“Three vacation rentals we manage have had three homes egged in less that five weeks, costing us over $1,000 worth of damage. It has been reported to the police, but we are are reaching out to locals who may know who the persons responsible for this to come forward. We know they are local, have ‘partied’ at two of the homes, and have an idea of who they are. They usually do this at night. If anyone else has been egged we ask they come forward as well. It’s an expensive and pointless act of vandalism and we intend to press charges to the full extent if it continues. The homes are located on Peak 8 in Windood Circle, Sawmill Road and ShockHill neighborhoods. Any note of this is appreciated, it’s clearly an attack against tourists, our bread and butter in this community.”

If you know of anything, give us a shout at and we’ll pass it along.

Gotta run. Enjoy your Saturday!

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