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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column warning its readers: You can’t get away with anything anymore.

In case you hadn’t noticed, cameras and recording devices are everywhere. At this very moment, there’s probably a 75 percent chance someone is taping what you’re saying, and monitoring the temperature of your butt in that chair.

OK, that may be a little extreme, but you’ve come to expect this sort of thing from paranoid conspiracy theorists like us. But, seriously, you can’t count on getting away with anything these days because, like, everybody has cameras.

We’ve often commented on this to our good readers before. People are always sending us photos they took: Quirky little animal photos, random “you won’t believe it” shots on Main Street or the caught-in-the-act shot of a neighbor littering or something. It always blows our mind because – knowing a few photographers ourselves and knowing how they’re always trying to “capture the moment” and “be there” when something goes down – it just means there’s a lot of good pictures taken and a lot of those “moments” happening in front of a lens.

In some ways, this scares us. Not because we’re worried about someone on the sidewalk whipping out their Kodak Instamatic as we’re running from the bank with bags of money over our shoulders, but just the whole lack of privacy in a world gone mad with paparazzi-itis.

In other ways, we love the thought of it. That means it’s more likely that that guy who hit your car in the parking lot and forced you to send us a Scum Alert!! also got captured on film by someone else who just happened to have a digital camera in the front seat.

Why do we bring this all up today? Well, because this phenomenon is also going to pop up in the weirdest places, leaving you scratching your head.

We walk out of the house Thursday morning, just in time to watch the garbage truck swing around the complex and park right behind the Summit Up Mobile. We stood for a few seconds, to see if the driver would mosey on, but he didn’t. So, we walked up to the cab to explain that we had an important meeting with our boss and all the people we offended last week.

“You gotta go?” the driver asked.

“Yes, please.”

“Just a second, I gotta take a picture,” the driver said, showing us his little digital camera. We looked across the way, down through another set of buildings to where the driver was training his lens. A man in a property management company pickup was pulling garbage out of his truck and putting it in the bin.

“I just emptied that Dumpster,” the driver said. “They’re always calling saying I don’t do my job, but I just emptied that, and now he’s filling it up. But I got a picture of him, so when they call …” And then he just laughed this weird laugh.

Makes you wonder if the people who invented miniature digital cameras and made them so affordable ever considered that most of us would be carrying them around just to cover our butts.


It’s Monday, and you better be taking full advantage of that. We are. If not, send your excuses to, fax at (970) 668-0755 or lie to us on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out in a tree, taking pictures of you …

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