Summit Up 3-24-11: Fully of baloney, as always |

Summit Up 3-24-11: Fully of baloney, as always

Indian villagers covered in colored dye light cigarettes during Holi celebrations, the Hindu festival of colors in the village of Jaav 120 kilometers (113 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Monday, March 21, 2011. The festival marks the end of the winter season. (AP Photo/KevinFrayer)

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s concerned about our gas valve. And no, that’s not a warmup for some sophomoric joke: Our gas valve really is messed up, and it means we’ve got no heat in the Summit Up Central Corporate Suites until sometime later today. (Boiler Guy had to order the part from Denver.) Fortunately for us the sun came out and helped warm things up on Wednesday, but we’re worried about what we’ll experience when we arrive at the office this morning.

Anyway, at least it didn’t happen in January when we had those -40 days.


OK, as we suspected, we got some reaction from the bit in Saturday’s Summit Up about how there’s no good guys around here for a gal to date, yadda yadda yadda. Anyway, Alyssa wrote thusly:

“First of all, this article is completely unfair. The men and women in this county don’t strictly fall into two categories of “successful business man/women” and “bros and bro-bras.” The people who live in this county range from many styles of life. Such as, families who have been here for generations; college students; college graduates who are trying to begin their careers; people just retiring from a long live of hard work; people who grew up vacationing here and finally have the oppurtunity to live here. All of the latter working their asses off getting paid sh** pay and paying way to much for living necessities just to have a chance to live in, probably, one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

“Secondly, I am starting to get really tired of people who are year-round locals, thinking they run this county. Extremly annoyed with people who think that because they are ‘locals’ they can treat everyone like garbage and look down on everyone else from their high horse. By every one else, I mean anyone who is here on vacation, here for the weekend or hasn’t lived in the county long enough to be awarded ‘local’ status. It makes me sick to have our home represented as a place where ‘locals’ see themselves better than our visitors. The people who spend thousands of dollars to come here on vacation are the reason we can live here year round. I mean, come on people, does anyone remember that little thing called mud season? If our businesses didn’t thrive in the winter from all the tourists, we wouldn’t survive in the mud and summer seasons.

“Last but not least, this idea of no decent men in the county is complete bologna. I personally know dozens of young men who are successful in their work, don’t have a sugar momma, shower daily, have a year-round job, wear sweaters and pants that fit and are clean cut to name a few. I am in a relationship with an amazing man that has all of those attributes. Thus, whomever wrote this extremely rude assumptions of all people in Summit County is obviously bitter and will stay single as long as she rides around on her pretty pony.

“I grew up in a resort town where I was a true local and with thousands of vistors year-round (not just for the ski season), and no local was ever snobby enough to act the way people do around here. I am over it, and if someone can’t accept that we live in a beautiful resort town that brings in tourists and be happy, move to Denver.

“Regards from a third-year, year-round, Summit county transplant.”

Thanks Alyssa! We don’t think there are too many locals out there with that ultra-elitist attitude – but who knows? Also, we were wondering if “bologna” – which is indeed the proper spelling for the execrable lunch meat product – is also how you spell it if you’re looking for a synonym for BS. Or is it “baloney?” let’s look …

(sound of Googling)

Whoa – cool! – we found a site we’ve never used before, the Online Etymology Dictionary (the “other OED”) at – which has this to say about, yes, baloney:

“Slang for ‘nonsense,’ 1922, Amer. Eng. (popularized 1930s by N.Y. Gov. Alfred E. Smith), from earlier sense of ‘idiot’ (by 1915), perhaps influenced by blarney, but usually regarded as being from bologna sausage (1894), a type traditionally made from odds and ends.”

There you have it!

MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: What is balogna, anyway?

SU: Well, sez here on Wikipedia it’s “an American sausage derived from and somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground pork sausage containing cubes of lard that originated in the Italian city of Bologna).”

(sound of barfing)

“US Government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground, and without visible pieces of lard. Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, pork, or venison.”

Well, that’s a relief, the bit about “no visible pieces of lard,” eh? That could really put you off your bologna sandwich!

We out, off eating tofu.

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