Summit Up 3-13-2011: Where we’re not quite springing forward |

Summit Up 3-13-2011: Where we’re not quite springing forward

Special to the DailyStill alive and still blonde! Happy 60th, Jackie. Love Fiona and Evan.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that didn’t so much “spring” forward last night as groggily saunter out of bed what felt like an hour earlier grumbling about the injustice of having a perfectly good hour’s snoozing stolen from us for no good reason.

Yes, folks, Daylight Savings Time is upon us again … or maybe it’s ending again, we can never remember which is which. But, regardless, as of today the days will almost certainly grow longer and the clock in our car will almost more certainly be an hour off for the next several months until someone who rides with us regularly enough to become annoyed by it decides to go to the trouble of digging out our owner’s manual and reading up on how to reset it.

In the meantime, we will be basking in the gloriousness of these warm spring-like beautiful bluebird days all stacked together. It is shocking the things that can happen when the sun comes out. We’re almost positive we saw a bird the other day and we can’t be sure, but it might have been tweeting – and not about ski conditions on its mobile device.

So we have been celebrating all week.

On Thursday we went for a run in our swim suit just because we could. We don’t think our neighbors were pleased.

On Friday we made a fruity drink with an umbrella in it and got some color out on the porch.

On Saturday we tried to run through the sprinklers and discovered that it’s not quite warm enough for that yet.

And to top it all off, our office is now lake-front property. Yup, we’re pretty sure the dear ole headquarters of the Summit Daily News jumped about 20 percent in value when the frozen, unpaved wasteland that was our parking lot melted into what we now affectionately call Lake SDN … or maybe the Daily Reservoir. We haven’t quite decided yet. It’s a bit of a nippy swim out to our car at the end of the day, but you can’t beat the view.

Anyway, we’re not the only ones gearing up for spring. Breckenridge Ski Resort has released its Spring Fever concert series online starting with, drumroll please, the Flobots! Oh, yes, we are doing a little dance on our desk right now. Cornmeal, The Wailers, Ozomatli, Moe. and Devotchka will also play free concerts in Breckenridge Saturdays and Sundays in April as part of the series. They’ve got all the info about Spring Fever up online at


And speaking of stuff happening in Breckenridge, not all of it is awesome like the Flobots. Some of it sucks, like when people take your skis. Which brings us to our Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!!

Some poor soul who leaves anonymous flyers at our office apparently had not one, not two, but five pairs of skis and one set of poles stolen in Breck March 8. And they were nice ones too, all five were Rossignol, some men’s, some women’s.

Said nameless and now ski-less citizen is offering $1,000 for information leading to the return of all five pairs. Call him or her at (970) 389-1767.

Folks, we’re just hearing way too many reports of stolen skis and snowboards these days. So may all you thieves out there get stuck in pits of alligator-infested quicksand or worse, have the sugar for your breakfast cereal swapped for salt without your knowledge! Or just repent and return the skis/snowboards so we can all go have a good time, OK?

We out.

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