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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column rolling in the grass in this warm October sun!

Unfortunately, we have to interrupt this roll for a Halloween Scum Alert! Halloween Scum Alert! going out to the phlegm bucket who stole three of four pumpkins from the porch at Hamlet’s Bookshoppe in Breckenridge.

Cary, the owner of that fine retail shoppe, called to say that despite her best efforts, people keep pinching stuff from her porch and yard. Flowers, her dog, pumpkins – you name it. It’s hard enough to spiff up your storefront in this town (for all those not in the know, Breckenridge has a code that’s so strict, you can’t even paint your house without a permit) without someone coming by and taking your decor.

And she’s sick and tired of it!

She’s already bolted down the Adirondack chairs and the tables beside them. We suggest she drill two holes in the back of her pumpkins and chain them down, too. And buckets of pumpkin sclarge to the jerk who took her pumpkins!


Oh, lordy, lordy! We have yet another Scum Alert! Scum Alert!, this one sent to us by someone by the name of Big Al.

He writes: “Now that ski season is approaching, the scam artists are crawling out of the woodwork. They are obviously small, here today, gone tomorrow outfits, as I am on both the Colorado and national “do not call” lists.

“They tell you since you have owned your timeshare for three, four, etc., years, it has really gone up in value and they will sell for $2,000, $3,000, etc. profit. Due to an overwhelming response to their ads they have many anxious buyers. (However, when one asks where they advertised and how they got these buyers, they develop amnesia.) Also, they cannot answer how they can sell timeshares in Colorado, as you must be a licensed real estate broker as it is deeded property.

“All you have to do is express mail a certified check for, say, $495 to a P.O. box in Florida or Nevada. Then, in a couple of weeks they will send you a contract and thousands of dollars.

“All one has to do is contact a reputable local licensed timeshare resale broker like Jo Van to find out that, if you get 70 cents on your original dollar, you are doing great.”

– Big Al

Uh, yeah. What he warned us.

We out enjoying this sunshine that is so obviously October …

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