Summit Up 5-16-10 |

Summit Up 5-16-10

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column dancing through the snow amid a wild series of weekends intended to return balance to our wits.Eight months of snow and ice can get depressing. It’s not really that bothersome until the end, when your vision of backyard margaritas and badminton is eclipsed by a reality of indoor horror movie marathons.It is the end, right? The official first day of summer is a day more than five weeks away. May flowers must be itching to soak in some warm rays. But whatever; we’ve found a rather workable weekend gameplan to keep our spirits high despite the plastic sheet still clinging to our windows. Each week’s end means a notable change in elevation – and climate. For the past four we’ve bounced between the summit of Arapahoe Basin to the warmth of a river out west. Our motor vehicle contains a pair of flip-flops and a pair of snowboard boots, plenty of sunscreen, empty energy drink cans and coffee cups, a straw hat for shade and a beanie for cold, and two pair of sunshades. It’s good to be prepared, especially when trekking that big, huge wet line between summer and winter. ***Someone left a small tree branch on our desk the other day. We understand it to be part of some movement to get more trees in the ground, which we wholeheartedly support. But really, would this small inking of a sapling survive one of the snow dumps we’ve received in the past week? We think not. Rather, we’ve deposited the baby tree in a water pitcher, where it will stay until we’re certain it won’t wilt under the weather. It’s in good company. No less than four plants are under our control these days. They include one cilantro, one that has long slender leaves and one that has short, fat leaves growing in spirals. They’re all green, but we’re not sure just what you call the last two. These plants were discovered among the striking variety of spring foliage for sale at the Frisco Walmart – an affordable choice for the amateur botanist.Speaking of plants, we can’t help but wonder how many of you millions of Summit Up readers are growing the drug marijuana in your homes. We’ve been Colorado residents long enough to remember the days of the Civil Air Patrol flying over our neighborhoods with heat-sensing equipment to detect the once-wicked activity of cannabis cultivation. These days with every card-carrying medicinal marijuana user able to legally own six plants, it would seem that there are a good many amateur botanists trying to paint their thumbs green. Considering the chilly weather we get here most of the year, we figure the indoor grow operations are the only feasible option for these people. And that raises one hell of a question: How much more electricity is Summit County consuming these days? Those light bulbs needed for a successful indoor growing operation have got to be expensive. Toss in ventilation and timers, and you’re looking at some serious wattage. We know there are at least a few hundred people registered in the county, and experts are saying that more than 100,000 people statewide have cards. So how many of them are growing their own ganja, and how much of our coal-powered energy is flowing into it? Someone, perhaps a journalist, should look into this. Stay tuned…***With a High Country May comes all the rolling rocks in the roads, and there’s no place worse to hit them than good ole Interstate 70.Here’s an Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! from Diane Hunt of Frisco, explaining how some good Samaritans made her own rocky experience a bit more pleasant:Driving down the mountain from Eisenhower Tunnel toward Dillon yesterday (May 14), I came around a curve and hit a large boulder in the middle of my lane. My air bags inflated, I hit the median and ended up in the left lane with my car so damaged I couldn’t drive it. Two men from Canyon Glass & Mirror (Idaho Springs) stopped, ran across I-70 to help me and wouldn’t leave until they got me to safety and pushed my car across the lanes of I-70 to the right shoulder. They wouldn’t give their names, just said to call them when I need any glasswork. I can’t thank them enough for their help!***Thank goodness nobody was hurt. We’ve had more rocky road experiences in the past few years than we have space to share. But suffice it to say, we’re overdue for a new windshield. It’s starting to look like a new pair of windshield wipers is in order, and before long, a new set of tires. Ooh, and that magnesium chloride they dump all over big highways has taken a toll on our rims.It’s Sunday, it’s sunny and we’re in seventh heaven. Everything is beautiful.

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