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It didn’t snow on the Fourth of July, so we guess Mother Nature is making up for it now. For those of you reading this online, tucked away in some far-flung place in the country, let us tell you: Summit Up Land is snowy. Start waxing your planks.

The good people reading us today in the coffee shops, bathrooms, living rooms or wherever they find a chance to catch up with the news, already know. It’s cold. It’s wet. And it’s white out.

Well, sort of. It’s not sticking on the ground. But the peaks look great.

What does this mean? What’s today’s message? The moral, you ask?

No moral today. Let us just say this: Seasons pass. Time marches on. The weather will do, not as it or anyone wishes, but simply what it does. This should not make us sad, though. In fact, we should smile. It’s one less thing we can screw up, forget or worry about.


Gotta give a quick shout out to, Dougie! Happy 42nd birthday, Doug, with love from Cindy.


Erik has analyzed this whole post office-recycling debacle, and thinks he has a solution. He says we just need to leave all the junk mail on the floor.

“Then it will be recycled for us,” Erik writes, and then he goes on to cite Postal Service policy:

“”It is Postal Service policy to recycle all recoverable materials to foster the sustainable use of natural resources … The United States Postal Service is committed to a national pollution prevention program that will improve environmental quality and set a positive example in every community we serve. The focus of this … is on recycling undeliverable standard mail, paperboard and mail that is discarded in the lobbies of post offices.’

“I think that is a way we could still have our mail recycled, but it would make the post office messy, a hazard based on OSHA standards as the article cited, AND create more work for postal employees,” Erik writes. “But since they are not out in the sun, rain, sleet and snow delivering mail, I guess they could spare the extra time to clean up the lobby a little every hour …”


If you’re solving the world’s problems this fine Thursday, let us know at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just yell “Eureka!” on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out building a snowman with a jack-o’-lantern head …

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