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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column distributing freebies like it went out of style in 1995.

Consider this a warm, mud-season’s greetings that you can cut out and use for entertainment or competition, or place in a safety deposit box to save as a priceless collector’s item.

It’s cheaper than a deck of playing cards and more fun than a barrel of vicious apes.

The culturally literate will recall a “fad” known as POGs in the mid-90s. The circular, collectible milk-caps were all the rage in playgrounds, prisons and public rest areas.

The game as we know it began in Hawaii at the same time as the Great Depression ” which is even more the reason to play today.

The POG’s decline came quick and with little warning.

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Those of you who were in hibernation, a foreign country or just out to lunch through this marginal footnote in American culture are in luck, because we still remember the rules:

1. Players sit in a circle around a flat, hard surface.

2. Each contributes an equal amount of milk caps to an even stack.

3. You take turns throwing slammers on the top of the stack. Each milk cap turned over becomes the property of the slammer’s owner.

4. Restack. Repeat.

5. The player with the most caps at the end is the Winner.

Of late, the POG is about as in-season as the California condor.

But the generic equivalent is available somewhere on this page.

To make your own regulation-ready milk caps, you’ll need a pair of scissors, a glue stick and some cardboard that’s 1/16 inch thick.

Try the back of a notepad or a piece of a shoebox. Cut out a circle of the same diameter as the milk cap graphics featured on this page.

Glue it up and you’re ready to rock ” unless you’re having trouble procuring the slammer.

In such a case, your best bet is to glue two caps together, with a metal washer in the middle.

For the noob, about five caps and one slammer makes for a decent starter kit.

After hours of enjoyment and untold satisfaction, pay some homage to your friends here at the corporate suites.

Also, if you don’t play for keeps, go home.

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Our recollection of POG mania involves hustling grade-school classmates until ultimately procuring the great, holographic T-Rex slammer.

Through its heyday, the POG was illustrated in a vast array of styles: from fast cars, animated characters and holiday themes to prestigious athletes and religious symbols.

A Googling of POG reveals an O.J. Simpson series titled “Trail of Blood: Limited Edition.”

It includes several POGs of the Juice and his late wife, as well as one featuring a familiar white Ford Bronco.

The U.S. government has found use for the milk caps in recent times: Army and Air Force soldiers serving in Iraq have used them as currency in military stores.

The milk caps were adopted because they weigh less than metal coinage.

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In other news, a kind local resident has found some items of potential value you may have lost in the melting snowbanks of Frisco.

A titanium SanDisc with military documents and photos was found in the Best Western parking lot, and a man-sized ring with a cross on it was found in the Safeway parking lot.

If you believe either of these is yours, and can correctly identify the item, call Ron at (970) 333-4568.

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We have a Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! from Stephanie Burt in Dillon:

This is a Scum Alert to the person who walks their dog past our house on Vail Circle and doesn’t pick up the poop. This is new poop, as I just cleaned it up last week. Stop being so lazy and pick up your dog’s mess.

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Wow.

It’s Sunday and we’re out winning POGs off of naive noobs. You think our caps are lame or dim-witted? Send your own creations to summitup@summitdaily.com.