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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column sorry to inform you that it’s all downhill from here.

If you’re like us (bipolar, prone to seasonal depression, owner of the world’s only video collection of Richard Simmons singing karaoke, etc.) then you look forward to each spring and summer. You long to shake off the crust of winter and bask in the sunlight that grows brighter and stays longer with each day. You feel more alive and forget, if only for a while, the dark and pocked road modern civilization has freshly paved for itself.

Well, sorry to crap on your tea party, but today is the beginning of the end. If you haven’t looked at your calendar yet, we’ll save you the trouble by telling you today is officially the first day of summer. (We don’t know what people mean when they say the official first day of summer, as if some guy in a navy blue blazer somewhere is firing a starting pistol or breaking a bottle of champagne on the hood of his riding lawn mower.)

Anyway, despite it being the “first” day of summer, what it actually means is that, from here on out, the days start getting shorter and, of course, the nights start getting longer. Unless you’re a vampire or the Elephant Man, that’s gotta be bad news. It means we’re closer and closer to waking up when it’s still dark out (remember how fun that is?), closer to working until the sun’s down and, every day, just a bit closer to wishing for snow until it hurts (you probably don’t remember what that stuff looks like; we know it’s been a long time).

So have a happy solstice if you must. Us, we’ll be lamenting an all-too-short season of sun and figuring out how we can shave time out of our work day to enjoy the last of the light while we can.

Speaking of which, we’re out … Let us know what you’re doing to fill the hours of sunshine at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just sing that John Denver song about sunshine on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237.

OK, now we’re out in the sun …

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