Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column going into the umbrella business.If only we had thought of this earlier this summer. We don’t know about you, but we’ve had about enough of all this rain. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we need the moisture everybody whines, but that’s little consolation. Back in June, we could stomach. Last month, it was a pain in the butt. Now it’s just plain annoying.The only thing we can do now is tell ourselves this is going to get the ground nice and cold and make sure it’s full of water, so that when the weather does turn to that colder stuff we’re all waiting for, the first snow sticks and just grows and grows from there.It’s a nice dream, isn’t it?***We send out a big Smash to the Nose and a Grab to Where it Hurts Most to the person(s) who have been smashing and grabbing things out of peoples’ homes and cars in Gibson Heights neighborhood.For those who don’t know, Gibson Heights is one of the High Country’s finer affordable housing venues, and as “affordable housing,” is usually home to people who can’t afford to live in Aspen, if you get our drift. These folks can’t afford to have their car windows smashed and their possessions grabbed, either.Same with the jerk(s) who went on a cheap-bike rampage on High Street Saturday and stole a bunch of inexpensive bikes that were in serious need of repair.Return it all, and your karma won’t be dumped onto the asphalt of life, pond scum!***It has just come to our attention (because someone, shocked, pointed it out to us) that scurrilous bandits surreptitiously put a political bumper sticker on our car in the middle of the night. It doesn’t really matter which candidate it’s for (it’s a presidential sticker), we were just shocked because we’re anti-bumper sticker people.We love to read them, don’t get us wrong. And we love to see VW buses plastered with them. It makes for great entertainment when we’re stopped in traffic. We just have a problem with the permanence of it all; it’s the same reason we don’t have any tattoos: As soon as we put it on, we’re afraid it won’t be cool anymore.We should also note that this particular bumper sticker is not the one most people would expect us to have on the Summit Up Mobile. This brings about an interesting psychological experiment. Instead of rushing out to tear the sticker off, now that we know about it, we’re inclined to just let it stay there. That way we can see how people react, and if anybody notices at all.We’ll let you know how it goes.***Congrats! go out to Mikhail Schlunsen. Mikhail, the son of Gayle and Arthur in Dillon, just graduated from the Navy’s basic Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, Ill. The 1999 Summit High graduate will now be able to serve with Navy doctors and nurses in the field, on the aircraft carriers and back stateside in the hospitals.Keep up the good work, soldier.***Have the kind of Friday your mother would be proud of, Summit Up Land, rain or not.If you’d like to get on our umbrella-pool list (it’s a lot like carpooling, but without the special lanes on the sidewalk), give us a jingle at email@example.com, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just record the sound of the rain running down your window on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out stocking the puddles with goldfish …
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