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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column bringing you fresh poetry from Cap’n Freshies.

Would you have it any other way? We thought not.

Our plea for poetry in Thursday’s column brought quick response. Cap’n Freshies, our Hollywood field agent (who’s actually going to be leaving the Golden State soon, so we need another glamour-and-glitz correspondent, if anybody knows someone) sent us the following haikus.

These aren’t your average haikus, either. Cap’n based them on the headlines found in Thursday’s paper. Here they are:


Summit County wind

It blows my patchouli scent

Right off my body

First RV of Summer

Coachman blocks the road

Just 5 miles to the gallon

Gas station bloodbath

Cone Zones

Orange cones of spring

Where dost you lead me today?

Tar people go home

Meadow Creek Parcel

Empty piece of land

Evil developers drool

Town bends to their will

Smoking Ban

So long smoky bars

Puffers banished to the porch

Lungs do happy dance

Golf Courses Open

Now we can swing clubs

Get loaded, chase the white ball

Senselessness is fun


We were sure our bit the other day about Frisco’s tax problem, and how that’s leading them to flirt with developing the Meadow Creek land (much to the dismay of the 80-some people who showed up at this week’s town council meeting to tell council to find another scheme) would draw some ire – on either side of the debate.

We were wrong (except for the haiku). All we got was this e-mail from Stephanie, who, after we wrote that the town should start taxing everything instead of inviting new stores into town, signed her e-mail, “Breathing While It’s Free.”

“Thank you for articulating so well the Frisco tax revenue woes,” Stephanie typed. “Especially the comment about the endless stream of (costly) consultants the city hires to tell us about our town. P.S. Currently, if the town continues courting Alberta, the cost of the soul of Frisco will be a bronze statue in the center of the monstrous shopping mall proposed behind Safeway.”


So much for a sunny holiday weekend, huh? Well, here’s to hoping this Sunday’s an improvement and, if not, let’s all repeat it together (with a Ward Cleaver arm-swinging gesture): We sure can use the moisture! If you’ve got a better suggestion, let us know at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us how your picnic was ruined on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out swimming in the rain puddles with the worms …

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