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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Colorado Springs resident Christina Gatewood breaks out her spring outfit to hit the slopes of Copper Mountain on Monday morning under a blue sky. She was in the High Country for a week of skiing and other outdoor activities.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column reveling in the snow. No, the sun! No, rain! No, snow!

We love the schizophrenia with which spring is afflicted. Today might be cold, as it is here in the Behemoth Ship-Like Summit Up Headquarters, but tomorrow could be downright balmy! Ahh, we love the weather in Summit Up Land!

We must laugh, too, at the folks who apparently don’t plan their spring wardrobes very well. With the exception of Lee Edwards of Breckenridge, who wears pants only to funerals – we must point out here that the rest of the time, he’s in shorts – some folks are absolutely optimistic about summer being right around the corner.

They’re the ones who have already switched out their winter duds for summer duds, and darned if they’re not going to dig in the attic to retrieve a turtleneck just because the weather changed.

Also amusing are the folks who thought it was cold in the morning and dressed accordingly, but by noon were sweltering under five layers of clothing.

Nope. Folks, the proper mountain spring attire is shorts, a T-shirt and a fleece and Sorels. But you knew that.

So did Christina Gatewood of Colorado Springs, depicted in a photograph somewhere on this page. She was out showing a little skin – oh, wait! We meant “skiing”! Yeah, that’s it. Skiing at Copper Mountain where the skiers ski and the boarders ride.

We’re hoping she had fun skiing in shorts because we know what it’s like to take a tumble on springtime conditions! Ouch!

Happy birthday, Christina, even if it’s not your birthday!


We are also pondering why it is some people are so … OK we’ll come right out and say it – cheap. Staffer No. 391 said he was out eating and imbibing with a group of friends and when the bill arrived, his friend, known in that circle as “The Cheapskate,” paid his portion and didn’t tip the waiter.

That left everyone else backfilling and backpedaling, and the minute someone muttered the word “cheap,” The Cheapskate fled the restaurant, all the while moaning about how his friends think he’s cheap.

So we have an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! going out to all those people who get stuck with their friends’ portions of the bills.

We also have a question for them: Why do you continue to hang out with such people?

Is your self-esteem that low?

Is the moon in a foreign quadrant?

Why didn’t you get a V-8?!

Think about it, people. And while you’re at it, get out and early vote.


We out reveling in the snow/slush/sun/rain/sleet/hail/tornado.

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