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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that left dinner at home … again. Lately we’ve been absent minded, an after-effect of all this chaos that we’d like to call “the contraction.”

It’s on everyone’s lips ” this so-called, possible depression ” and frankly, it sort of sounds like an exercise move to us.

We’re picturing Denise Austin, exercise-video guru, saying: “This is my favorite contraction for my hips, thighs and buttocks. It feels so good.”

She contracts her rock-hard abs and smiles. Denise says: “Feel that burn.”

OK, so maybe all this loss can’t really be compared to a fitness regime, but maybe it can? The country basically got fat and happy, filled with debt and gluttony. Hey, that’s what it seems to us.

So, now our health is worsening, we’re overweight and we possibly have diabetes. We’re talking about the country, not us. We need Denise Austin (and an active, frugal lifestyle) to whip us (the country) back into shape.

In reality, despite all this financial upheaval, it’s not like we’re seeing business men starving, walking around with no shoes. We understand that if it does get to that point, it will be serious. But, we’re not going to act like the sky is falling when there are so many people worse off around the world.

We recently read that this specific contraction may affect the way Americans live from now on. The American people may now be forced to live within their means. Not everyone should be able to afford everything they want. Credit is not actually a good thing, and we’re learning that.

We think these credit-card companies are preying on those of us who can’t always afford all the nice things that people convince themselves they need. And we’re deciding that maybe we’re better off without.

So, let’s take this as a sign to be healthier, cognizant of our fitness, and we’ll have a smaller biscuit (or debt).

It’s a little depressing ” this contraction ” but it can’t last, and we’ll be in better shape once it’s over.


In other news, back to dinner. We forgot it again. What is wrong with us? We really wish that we had something, even a frozen dinner would do. We may have to go to MiZuppa or the new Qdoba in Dillon. E-mail us at and let us know where we can get a good dinner deal for all the times we forget our brown-bag meal at home.


We’re out, working our abs.

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