Summit Up 5-29-09 |

Summit Up 5-29-09

Friends and family announce the engagement of Michael James Penland to Melanie Ann South. Melanie is a 2003 Summit High grad. Good luck to both!

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s wondering what ever happened to swine flu. Talk about here today, gone tomorrow!

We were ready, too. We had our gauze masks, and we went out and bought huge amounts of Wet Wipes, prepared to wipe the germs off our hands after every monetary transaction, after every encounter with any potential germ-bearing surface … we also went out and stocked up on canned goods and other post-appocalyptic essentials like Pop-Tarts, lip balm, fishing hooks, ammo and batteries.

You just never know what you’re going to need when the world comes to an end, so we also updated our iPod playlists with a bunch of speed-metal rap and some Barry Manilow. We figure that life after the pandemic would require a diverse and uplifting soundtrack.

We were getting carried away while doing our disaster shopping, so we even bought a bunch of shoe polish, brown and black. We aren’t exactly sure why, since we don’t really have any leather shoes that require polishing. But hey, the stuff was on sale and we just couldn’t resist.

And now … nothing. No more warnings, no more sincere doctors on the tube, telling us to wash our hands, to cover our nose when we sneeze. We don’t know about you, but we find it hard to believe that something supposedly so serious could fall off the radar screen so quickly, and we’re kind of feeling like we were having our chain yanked a little bit.

But that’s the media for you ” oh, wait a minute, we ARE the media. Never mind. But we feel good about that fact that never once did we here at Summit Up HQ get carried away with the whole swine flu thing. Nope, we kept our cool, did our shopping and hoped for the best. Next update will be next fall, when everyone will be trying to get you to get a swine flu shot.

Well we’re telling you right now, we are NOT going to be first in line for that experiment.


So we’re going to move on and join the friends and family of Michael James Penland and Melanie Ann South in wishing them a happy engagement. Melanie is 2003 Summit High grad, and that’s about all the info we got on this one. But if anyone has more skinny on the upcoming nuptials they’d like to share, send it right this way, to

We out.


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