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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that needed about a gallon-and-a-half of coffee to get going Friday, and we still never got out of second gear.

We don’t know about anybody else, but we must have some bear genes in us, because them gray skies and cool temperatures are telling us it’s time to pack on about 50 pounds and go hibernate.

Fortunately, Ma Summit Up is in town, which means we not only get square meals, but dozen upon dozen of her famous butterscotch chip cookies. Now we just need to find a quiet place to lie down.

Mmmm, cookies and fall naps.


Our photo of the bumper lying at the side of the interstate drew some feedback.

Joel Godfrey, everyone’s favorite casino shuttle operator (hey, now we know who can help our gambling urge), sent us this note:

“PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE IT!!! Rumor has it that some of the local civic-minded bears are going to take it to their community den and have it put on display as … you guessed it, “Bumper, the bumper.'”

(If you’re scratching your head on this, it’s a reference to the stuffed bear that Frisco had propped in its town hall, which was named “Bumper” after its demise.) The bear also wrote a column in the old Ten Mile Times under the Porter-Staby Publishing Co. ownership.

“And as far as Americans raising a frickin’ stink about gas approaching two bucks a gallon when Europeans pay $5,” Joel writes. “Well, that’s exactly why we had to close down our Monte Carlo franchise! So keep on squealing those tires to jump in front of the other guys at the Frisco I-70 interchange, ’cause it’s the American way!”

We also got an e-mail from someone at Breck Family Dental on the bumper: “No need to call out the Bobbsie Twins! I was two cars behind a tow truck hauling two vehicles on board yesterday and saw the bumper detach with great velocity at the Lake Dillon overlook exit, at which time, the tow truck continued to speed east toward Denver.”

There you have it. Mystery solved.


“I don’t know,” says the gal we were talking to Friday afternoon. “I just have a hard time seeing a guy with a Southern accent as tough. New York, Chicago – they just seem tough.”

Gentlemen don’t have to be tough, we said, adding a “ma’am.”

Tell us your thoughts on tough accents, intellectual accents and frilly fabrics that make good window accents this fine Saturday, at, fax at (970) 0755 or just do a little Jimmy Stewart from “To Kill A Mockingbird” on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out recovering from the cookie overdose …

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