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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with a new addiction to Scrabble.

No doubt, we’ve all played the game at one time or another. We were fond of it as wee children, but now we can’t seem to get enough of it. And the funny thing is, it’s not that the rules have changed or our vocabulary is any better than the last time we played it. It’s that now we’re playing on a deluxe set that includes a Lazy Susan to set the game board on. It’s amazing how not having to look at the board upside down improves our score.

And now that we think about it, why haven’t other board games come up with this idea? Why, this could be a veritable revolution, a reinvigoration of the American thirst for board games – all Hasbro, Parker Brothers, Mattel and whoever else makes games have to do is start packing them with turntables. You thought Chutes and Ladders was fun? Try it with a spinning board. You thought Trivial Pursuit was tough? Try fitting that little piece of pie in when it’s moving at 45 rpm.

We should probably go out and patent this idea, if the Scrabble rabble hasn’t already. Then we’ll be rich, we can retire, and we can play Scrabble all day.


It’s time for your daily Running of the Bulls Update. We’re proud to report that in Thursday’s encierros, or runs, it wasn’t the crazy Americans getting the sharp end of the stick. It was, ironically enough, the Spaniards who got it Thursday.

The Associated Press says three Spaniards got gored and at least 10 other people were injured. One of those was a 14-year-old American, which leads to a few questions about responsible parenting (not to mention wondering how long before his parents file a lawsuit).

We’ll be out of the office tomorrow, but we’ll continue our updates this weekend. If you can’t wait, then we suggest you head on down to the Mountain Community Fair below the dam in Silverthorne. You can even test your own nerves by entering a little bull poker.


All right, we hate to have to ask this, but Who lost their pants in our lobby?

On Tuesday, the staffers up front reported (quite humorously over the building’s PA system, by the way) that someone had left a pair of pants in the front door of the Corporate Suites. They were blue jeans with the belt attached, which leads us to believe that, although whatever caused the person to leave their pants must have happened in a hurry, it wasn’t such a big hurry as to let a belt stand in the way.

Anyway, there were some other interesting items in the pants. So, if you can identify all this stuff, the folks up front would be happy to return your pants to you.


It’s Friday – finally. Tell us which board games you’re still playing at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just yell “I’ll give you Trouble!” onto the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out loading our car with ice for the trip to Denver …

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