Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that loves pointing out the ironies of life.You already knew that.But we just had to begin today’s column after a poignant (at least we thought so) observation at Frisco’s shindig last night. The town held a public meeting to let residents vent about this proposed development of town land for a shopping center.About a hundred people showed up to give their two cents. We thought this was good – active, concerned citizenry and all. And, most people don’t want to see the land developed; truth be told, we’re inclined to agree.But we didn’t even have to go inside to know there were a hundred people there: You could tell from the outside, because almost every last one of them drove to the meeting. So much for the small, mountain town, we guess.***We get strange e-mails all the time. This one fits in that category, but still, we were compelled to try and help out. If you’re a Brian R. who just arrived in Summit Up Land, your family wants to talk to you.According to Bob Metz, Brian’s brother-in-law in the Chicago area, Brian packed up and moved and very well could be here in the mountains. The brother-in-law is concerned, especially since Brian left behind his wife and two teenage kids. They just want to know that Brian’s OK, the family says.Call home, Brian.***This is a Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! but it’s one of the better kind (if there is such a thing) because it ends with a license plate and a police report.Heather wrote and said she was sitting in her car at the Dillon Post Office reading a letter and happened to notice a yellow lab sitting shotgun in the car next to her. Heather says she was thinking, how nice that the dog’s master left all the windows down.And, you guessed it, that’s when the owner showed up and ruined the nicety-nice thoughts. Heather says the woman gets into the car, starts yelling “bad dog!” repeatedly, then hits the dog numerous times with a closed fist and ends with, “You might as well eat the rest of it.” And then she hit the dog some more.Heather’s one of those rare souls who speaks up when something’s wrong: She says she asked the owner if the dog deserved such a beating – it was obvious to Heather the dog had just scarfed the owner’s lunch from the console – to which the angry woman replied, yes, he does need to be beat. Heather explained that the woman needed a good smack herself, that’s when the cussing erupted and the angry woman peeled out of the parking lot.”The one thing I do know is that dogs should not be hit,” Heather wrote. “Who are these people that think negative reinforcement works? I got the license plate number and the make of her car and could pick her ugly raging face out of a lineup any day. I took my information and made a police report against her.”Nicely done, Heather. ***Sherri, our ski-joring nut of a correspondent out in the plains of Wichita, read Wednesday’s bit about the “adventure” of buying groceries at a Vietnamese market and said she’d pass. “We in Kansas prefer the Log Cabin Cafe! Can we wear our little triangular hats there and call it good?”Yes, you can, Sherri. If we didn’t know better, sounds like somebody misses Summit Up Land.***Ladies and gentlemen, the password for Thursday is “the devil (and a ham sandwich) made me beat the dog.” Use it wisely.As always, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell all the telemarketers you know to leave a message on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re outta here like reindeer …
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