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Special to the DailyMark and Janet Olin are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey, to Adam Vail. Lindsey is a hiker, biker, swimmer, swift runner, Buff alum and graduate of Summit High School (class of 2000). Adam is a snowboarder, boogie boarder, mountain hiker/biker, explorer, civil engineer and project engineer and is the son of Kent and Carla Vail of Fargo, N.D. After hiking the Appalachian Trail for several months, the couple has been on the road to find a new place to live. Adam proposed to Lindsey at Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride. Special wedding plans are forthcoming.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column rediscovering some lost VHS classics we tucked away after getting a DVD player.

We found ourselves paralyzed on the couch with a stomach flu last week and, when we weren’t sprinting for the bathroom, we made time to sort through a box of movies placed in a far-back closet.

The box may as well have been labeled “comfort movies from childhood sick days,” and the discovery couldn’t have come at a better time.

Armed with some ginger ale, saltine crackers and a fluffy down comforter, we set up residence in our living room and plugged in the dusty VHS player to take a stroll down memory lane.

We are a little embarrassed to admit this, but old-school Disney musicals really do it for us.

Maybe it’s the youthful innocence of the plot, or the storybook ending that always seems to make us smile.

We can’t really pinpoint it, but for some reason these movies bring us comfort.

Before we knew it we were 7 years old again, nestled under the thick quilt in our parent’s living room with a steamy bowl of chicken noodle soup.

The familiar music of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty floated through the room as we pulled our comforter around us tighter, retreating to the days of childhood when sick days meant nothing but comfort.

Our parental figure would lovingly place a cool washcloth on our forehead and tell us everything would be all right after brining in the old familiar line-up of Disney classics.

Not so much anymore.

It is safe to say that sick days as an adult are far from comfortable.

One of the glaring disparities between getting sick as a kid and getting sick as an adult is that when you’re an adult no one really cares if you’re sick.

The world doesn’t stop turning just because you’ve got a fever, and even if you appear miserable your roommates or friends just resent you for not having to go to work.

“Are you seriously going to watch Disney movies all day?” our roommate asked condescendingly when he noticed the stack of old VHS’ on the counter.

Doesn’t he know that this is an alternate form of medication? Is this not a ritual included in almost all sick days?

We replied with a groan, and were quickly left alone to practice our time-honored childhood tradition that was slowly starting to make us feel a little bit better.

Sure the movie marathon didn’t reduce our fever, or allow us to actually keep anything in our stomach, but it felt like home and that is often the best medicine when the flu gets you down.

We know not everyone finds comfort in cartoon musicals. For some, comfort may come in the form of a blanket, old T-shirt or Celine Dion mix-tape circa 1996.

I mean who are we to say what you’re into?

Once the nausea passed and we began feeling like our old self again, we neatly boxed up the old VHS tapes and placed them lovingly under the bed where they will remain until our next sick day, which we hope isn’t any time soon.


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