Summit Up 2-6-10
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s studying up a little on what it takes to be a philatelist (that’s someone who’s into stamps). Not too long ago we showed you the cool new Winter Games stamps the USPS has out, and now, apparently on a roll, the Postal Service has cranked out another couple of gems: these hard-core lookin’ Navy dudes stamps (and note the “44” has been crossed out so you don’t print this out on your color Epson and try to glue the end product to an envelope. You’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to put one over on the ol’ USPS!).
Anyway, stamp collecting: cool hobby or thing o’ the past? Well, e-mail may be popular, but it doesn’t hold a candle to stamps and postmarks and hand-written letters so far as keepsake value goes. On the other hand, a couple of years back we found this big envelope of stamps our grandmother left us, and it had some that were like 100 years old, from all over the world, and so we took it into this stamp dude in the city and he poked through them and said they weren’t worth any more than the cost of postage printed on them.
Boy, did we fell gypped! What does it take to make a million bucks off an old envelope full of stamps? We thought for sure in all those there would be some priceless relic that would put us on Easy Street, but here we are, still, writing a stupid column in this one-horse town!
Just kidding. That was the evil Summit Up writer, who has just been sacked. We consider getting paid to write a silly column one of the best things about our job. In fact, after 20 years of Summit Up columns, we’re still waiting for the honchos to tell us to stop wasting our time and write some diatribes about supply-side economics or some other boring thing. But then readers keep telling the honchos they like Summit Up, so it lives on. If you’ve read this far, you know what we’re talking about, so keep the love a-comin’!
By the way, if you want to know who these Navy stamp dudes are, they are William S. Sims, Arleigh A. Burke, John McCloy and Doris Miller (who, we bet, never got poked fun of about his name). Plus, they’re only 44 cents each!
We just read on http://www.treehugger.com about some new jeans that don’t require washing: You just pop them in the freezer and that kills any bacteria that might be on your jeans. It doesn’t, of course, solve any stain problems, but the Brazilian lady who makes the Tristar jeans says: “Don’t consumers buy pants frayed, ripped, and stained? The concept is the same, only it will be a detail produced by the wearer.”
Yeah, mom, our jeans aren’t dirty: It’s a detail we’ve produced to express our individuality!
Try it out. But first, go skiing or riding – it’s nice out there.
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