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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column reveling in the colors of the day.Yellow! Orange! Crimson! Cardinal! Ruby! Brick! Rust! Amber! We feel like we fell into a box of Fruit Loops and came up smiling in the beautiful colors of fall!Alas, one good wind storm could blow all the leaves away, leaving us with the skeletons of sleeping aspens for the next, oh, eight months or so.If you weren’t out gaping on Boreas, Shrine Mountain or Williams Fork passes, we’re sure you were hanging on Main Street in Breckenridge, where the deafening sounds of oom-pah bands and the clattering of beer steins were heard.Ah, Oktoberfest. It summons the beginning of the end.***We all had a good laugh from this letter sent along by Tim Thompson of Blue River. Tim, clearly giving this whole smoking ban thing a lot of thought, wrote:”I like to fart. No, I mean I REALLY like to fart. I have been a heavy farter for as long as I can remember. There is nothing I enjoy more than that first fart in the morning with my coffee. In my youth I thought nothing of farting in public. Even in small crowded indoor venues. It wasn’t until my wife, after years of marriage, convinced me that farting in public is not what polite people do that I began to curtail my public farting habit. While I do not believe that second-hand gas is inherently unhealthy to those around me, I do now understand that others, especially non-farters, find it highly offensive. This is why I don’t fart in public anymore. Other people do not enjoy my farts as I do. They do not want to enjoy my fart with their dinner or drinks. The do not want to go home with my farts in their hair and finely knit sweaters. It is out of respect for them that I do not fart in public. Now, if I have to fart, I bundle up, step outside and enjoy my fart with other farters. And yes, I’ll continue to ski Breckenridge even though I’m farting outside now.”Nice, Tim. We think we speak for everyone when we say, thank you.We just hope all farters have the same common decency as you. If not, all of Summit Up Land could turn to anarchy, with people chain farting all over town.***Unfortunately, as Sir Issac Newton used to always say, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”And that’s what we have here. A Scum Alert! Scum Alert!Some low-life horked Jeff Dupey’s gym bag out of his car the weekend of Sept. 4. He lives on High Street in Breckenridge and says, “If the scumbag idiot who took it can figure out a way to return my dirty clothes and other sundry items, I will receive it with no questions asked. Thank you.”Eeew. Dirty clothes. Someone must have been truly desperate to steal dirty clothes.Folks, be careful out there. A bunch of scum-suckers have been stealing all kinds of things from people in town, including construction tools, $50 Wal-Mart bikes, purses and cars. Lock it up or kiss it goodbye.And that brings us to today’s second – but no less important -Scum Alert! Scum Alert!Brian Hyde, who works so diligently for the Lake Dillon Fire Department, was working out Saturday night at the Silverthorne Recreation Center. Now, he always locks his bag and personal belongings in a locker, but that night, he says he was distracted and may have forgotten.By no means does this excuse the unscrupulous actions of the thieving low-lifes who took his stuff.Hyde’s gym bag was ganked, and along with it went his credit cards, wallet, keys, license, stereo faceplate and work ID.Hyde will accept his belongings, no questions asked, at the fire station on Highway 9 in Silverthorne, at the Silverthorne Police Department or at the rec center.Please, do the right thing.***Mondays can be difficult, but Mondays after beer, food and music festivals are the hardest. And that’s what we’re dealing with here. We all spent the weekend polka-ing it up, and now we are back to the daily grind. But it’s not that bad. Some say a great weekend refreshes the soul and allows us to return to work with great enthusiasm. And since we’ve trained our minds to think like these eternal optimists, we are planning to love life all day today. And if we’re lucky, our great weekend will sustain us until Saturday rolls around again. It could happen.We will now insert our e-mail address for your corresponding pleasure: And for our next trick, we present our voicemail at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237. We’re out in full color …

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