April 6, 2009
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that saw its life flash in front of its eyes the other day.
We are, of course, referring to the suggestion that Summit Up might go the way of the dodo bird.
We know we’re supposed to be all serious, what with newspapers around the country dropping like flies, but dang ” some things are, or should be, sacrosanct. We don’t want to toot our own horn too much, but we will say this: Summit Up is the place where, after writing yet another scintillating story about the local planning commission, we go to unwind a bit. It’s the journalistic edge, the trapeze, the high-wire, circus-clown, elephant-balancing-on-a-rubber-ball side of things; the place we can write about quagga mussels and translucent bark scorpions ” and falling off bouncy balls.
We could rant about this at length, but instead, we’ll let the poignant words of Marilyn, from Tuscon, speak for themselves:
“Summit up is one of my favorite columns. I only have the opportunity to live in Summit County part of the year ” I reside/exist in the heavy atmospheric pressure of Tuscon for too much of the year. I look forward to the laid- back, friendly atmosphere of Summit County.
As a matter of fact, as a poser local, this column is a kind of inviting insight from locals with a sense of friendly, quirky humor. I enjoy their appreciation (or subtle
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disappointment) of everyday-life happenings.
So when I am not enjoying retrieving a ball or kite from a patch of vicious cactus or when I am hovering in fear after seeing one of satan’s own ” the insidious small translucent bark scorpion, practically invisible on any
surface ” with a sting that (is) numbing and painful ”
I go to my computer and pull up the most recent Summit Up columns, and the weight of the atmospheric pressure
at 2250′ is relieved ” I get a short virtual visit to a place where things are a little sillier, the air is much thinner, and the people appreciate the importance of fun, recreation and the natural beauty that seems to facilitate those values.
Thanks Summit Up for being one of the many things
I love about Summit County.”
Eloquently said, Marilyn, and we agree with everything except the part about the translucent bark scorpions. If you see one of those, we suggest that, instead of going to your computer, you take your shoe off and flatten that bug post-haste.
When they come inside, they’re fair game, as
far as we’re concerned.
We out, making hay.