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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that feels like we’re a contestant on Survivor.

Lately, we’ve been hearing phrases like, “I’m still on the boat,” or “I’m sunk,” regarding employment, or lack there of. With a down economy comes a natural thinning process in any business, and everyone is feeling the brunt.

Only the strong survive ” we’ve been saying this adage a lot lately to pump ourselves up. But it’s not just strength that makes someone employable. It’s versatility, flexibility and often just plain luck.

We’re starting to picture life like the internationally popular reality TV show ” Survivor ” where scantily-clothed and filthy competitors, while isolated in a tropical wilderness with few modern-day tools, compete for cash and other neat prizes.

The show uses a progressive elimination, allowing contestants to vote off a tribe member, until only one final contestant remains and wins the title: “Sole Survivor.”

Reality television becomes real life in our over-active imagination ” and frankly, it’s making us giggle.

When times are tough, we chose comedy to numb the ache.

Who really wins in this very real economic situation? How do we all become “sole survivor?” And can we win together as a community?

We have no idea how to answer these questions! And we’d rather not be a “true-life” competitor in this game of fortune and chance, because ” among other more serious reasons ” we’d likely freeze in the prerequisite mud-spattered bikini top and hemp necklace worn by women in the Survivor tribe.

It’s Summit County, home of snow, for heaven’s sake … we’d never survive, although it’s popular in some circles to ski in skimpy outfits come springtime.

We (sort of) want to seclude ourselves in the woods, wear self-tanned fur and eat twigs. Maybe we’ll sign up for the next round of Survivor and win a million dollars.


We recently received a scum alert!! scum alert!! from Dan Kepple of Breckenridge:

Alright, I’m not really sure how to go about sending this. A few days ago I was explaining a situation that happened to a co-worker and they suggested I call up Summit Daily and try and place a scum alert.

Last Wednesday, March 18, I was leaving my house to go snowboarding and packed my jacket in my bag. I got to the bottom of my driveway and realized I forgot something.

When I walked back down to the bottom of my driveway, I found my bag missing. At first I really didn’t consider what items I had in my bag or that it was my $150 Timbuk2 laptop/camera bag. That’s where I kept the majority of my valuable items. In the bag was an Analog jacket, a few rolls of film, my portfolio, $300 in cash and a few accessories.

I figured if it was someone considerate and nice that found my bag, they would have contacted me because my phone number was on the portfolio.

I know this probably isn’t a big issue to submit, but this really grinds my gears. Only because I live on Peak 7 off of Barton Road. Not a lot of tourists travel up this way. It’s mostly locals and seasoned people.

I’ve basically coped with that the items will never be seen again. If they are found though, the jacket was a black and white Analog jacket that looked like a S.W.A.T. vest from about three to four seasons ago. I’ve never seen anyone else with the jacket ever, so its an easy jacket to spot.

I’m hoping that maybe it was someone who lives locally or seasonally and they wear the jacket around town and someone will spot it.

Hopefully, one day, I’ll have my bag returned.

Geez, Kepple! That’s terrible … and pretty close to our home! No doubt, we’ll have our eyes peeled for your jacket.

If you have information about this missing bag, e-mail us at


We’re out, in survival mode, potentially skiing in a dirt-spattered bikini.

You wish. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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