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Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkHave you ever had one of those days when everything seems to be going wrong - your car runs out of gas halfway through the Eisenhower Tunnel, your dog runs out into the street while the dogcatcher just happens to be passing by? We're guessing this motorist must have felt like the stars weren't quite in alignment Thursday morning when his or her jeep came to a rest in the eastbound lane on the Dillon Dam Road. With quick policemanship and good Samaritans, things were quickly taken care of and no injuries were sustained.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that probably still has to see “Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King.”

That puts us in a minority, we know, and we aren’t proud of our lack of cinematic sharpness. But after watching the Oscars and the nauseating award after award to “the Rings,” we get the hint. It must be good.

Still, it’s disgusting how really good movies, such as Clint’ s “Mystic River,” got drowned out just because something is big and in technicolor.

Having said that, it was good to see Spicoli win his first and well-deserved Oscar. We date ourselves, but Sean Penn put on a killer performance, we thought, as Jeff Spicoli, the stoner surfer in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

We liked the subtle ways he tortured Mr. Hand, his history teacher. Others thought he was better in “I am Sam” and “Deadman Walking,” but what do they know?

And, we, too, thank everybody in New Zealand. It’s a great country to thank.


Dayna from Frisco stopped by the Corporate Suites to announce an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! She rolled her work van in Saturday night’s storm and wanted to say thank you to all the people who stopped and helped. Dayna had to be pulled out of the vehicle through the window and was then taken to the hospital (she has the arm sling to prove it). To the roadside rescuers, we award you your angel wings.


We’re out … surfing the Web for cheap flights to Auckland.

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