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Summit Up

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column digging, scratching, pawing and otherwise extricating itself from the Memorial Day weekend weather system called snow.

That’s how it is in the High Country. One day it’s snowing, the next it’s raining. Then it’s sleeting. Throw in an earthquake or two, and you’ve got the whole gamut. Brrr!

And the skiing wasn’t even that hot – good ol’ dust on crust, and a lot of high winds to boot.

Well, on that note (C-sharp), we’re hoping it’s a sunny day today, because we have a Congratulations! Congratulations! going out to Sheila and David Martinez.

Sheila writes:

“Dear David,

I marvel at the many changes life has brought our way.

And how our love has strengthened us and grown with every day.

I’m certain that we share a love that comes to very few

And in the days and years to come, I’ll still be loving you.

Happy 18th anniversary; I love you, Sheila”

Wow. Eighteen years! You two are to be commended! Have a happy, happy anniversary and many, many more to come!

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We have a What the Hec are you Thinking?! What the Hec are you Thinking?! going out to, we assume, the Dillon Valley Homeowners Association, who thought it was appropriate to crank up the ol’ summertime sprinklers Sunday morning.

Well, first of all, it was at, like, 11:20 a.m. That is not the best time to water your open space, lawn, trees, flowers or cars. You’re supposed to water at dawn and dusk, not midday! Secondly, if we rightly recall, it was snowing! That’s obviously the best time to water our lawns, eh?

C’mon folks! Let’s incorporate some common sense in our little worlds!

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Then, on this beautiful morning after Memorial Day, we have a Kudos and a For Shame! going out to two businesses in the county.

The Kudos goes to John at High Country Furniture and Gallery, who removed his tattered Old Glory and replaced it with a brand-spanking new American flag.

On the other hand a For Shame! – especially on Memorial Day weekend – goes out to the Country Kitchen in Frisco. Their flag, at the gateway to Summit County no less, has been worn by weather, tossed by wind and faded by sun – and needs to be replaced! Soon!

Harumph!

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We have a Highway 9 haiku submitted to us by Anna May Scott of Heeney

“Why drive 55

I would like to make it home

I bet you would, too!”

Food for thought! Thanks Anna!

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Our good pen pal Dan sent us an essay that’s much too long to print here, but we’ll synopsize it for y’all. (And don’t be writing us to tell us “synopsize” isn’t a word. We know it, and we don’t care.)

Dan believes Ye Olde Government should rethink its policies and send old men (like him?) to war.

&) Eighteen-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Older guys think about it a couple times a day, leaving 28,000 seconds a day to concentrate on the enemy.

) Young guys haven’t lived long enough to become cranky. And a good soldier is a cranky soldier.

V) The young’uns haven’t had time to develop a beer belly, and the older ones need to pack around in the desert heat to lose theirs.

ô) Young soldiers don’t like to get up early. Old guys get up at all hours.

ñ) Old guys won’t spill the beans to the enemy. Name, rank and serial number might be brainteaser enough.

) Boot camp is easier on old farts; they’re used to getting yelled at and actually like soft food. Many have also developed a deep appreciation for guns.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him, Dan continued. He’s still learning to shave, to actually carry on a conversation, to wear pants without the top of the butt crack showing and the boxer shorts sticking out, to learn that a pierced tongue catches food particles and that a 200-watt speaker in the back seat of a Honda Accord can rupture an eardrum.

The last thing the enemy would want to see right now is a couple of million old farts with attitudes.

Oh, we agree.

***

We out, honoring all those who have fought and are fighting to keep us free from tyranny.


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