Summit Up 5-31-11: 5 billion years of summer |

Summit Up 5-31-11: 5 billion years of summer

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s stoked to be past Memorial Day, the kickoff of summer for most of the country but, typically, a bit of downer for us here in the High Country. Although we have to give a thumbs-up to the Weather Gods of Bellaramus (a li’l religion/myth kinda thingy we just invented this second) and thank them for not doling out a bunch of snow on us this year. Which is funny, when you think about it, cuz we’ve been pretty used to snowy weather this spring, and since it so often snows on Memorial Day Weekend, we figured we were pretty much ready for it.But, other than the gale-force winds and a teeny bit of snow Monday, it was actually a pretty nice weekend. We barbecued, we frolicked and cavorted in the sunlight, we gardened, we marveled at the nice weather. We stood about in the yard, pointing and gaping at the closest star, which has forsaken us for so long we’d almost forgotten its existence. We thought at one point that, perhaps, it had gone supernova and had turned into a black hole or something. But then we looked it up and found that, since our sun is a lowly G2 star, it doesn’t have enough junk inside to end in supernova. No, it’ll just sorta peter out after another five billion years or so, leaving us all freezing our patooties off and consulting all those sci-fi films about colonizing other planets.But that’s a ways away, so we’re not going to worry about it. For now, we’re focused on The Next Big Thing, which is this coming weekend’s Chili & Brew Fest in Snowmass, which we never miss. And then there’s the Frisco BBQ Challenge coming in just a few weeks.Summer’s here baby! Snow be damned.We out.

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