Summit Up: 8-1-10 |

Summit Up: 8-1-10

Special to the DailyThe Hatcher family of Breckenridge and Orlando, Fla. recently visited the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, Colo. and played with Navi, a 12-week-old wolf pup. From left to right is Mike, Abby, Duke and Holly Hatcher. Visitors to the wolf sanctuary can take a guided tour through the wolves' natural environment for a nominal fee, and will enjoy a very unique 'finale' of howling with the wolves! For information, visit The sanctuary is located just off Hwy. 24 in Divide, about a one-and-a-half hour beautiful, scenic drive south of Breckenridge.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column feigning disinterest in smart phones.

You all seem to be buying up Droids, iPhones, Blackberries and whatever other gadgetry able to surf the Web, play music, mix cocktails and support a real-time conversation.

Twenty-six months ago, our LG Chocolate (non-Touch model) was still pretty hip. Its slide action and slick, black design really stood out among the clamshells.

Today we find ourselves spinning the little wheel through text messages, trying to look busy/hip as our friends click around on Pandora and whatever other Internet offerings fill the space between conversations.

It’s come to the point of near-humiliation more times than we’d like to admit.

Our phone has a mobile Web connection, but it’s no 5-G – or whatever the service levels are up to these days.

We downloaded the “Knight Rider” ringtone about a year and a half ago, and the process from initiating a search to selecting the tone took about as long as a trip to the store.

The extra 30 bucks each month doesn’t seem like too much considering all the power a smart phone offers.

But we’re pretty addicted to e-mail, social networks and, oh yeah – news. Stories of all shapes and sizes consume us every time we open the MacBook. It’s not entirely unlikely mobile Internet could have devastating effects on our diets and social lives.

But there’s power in information, and sooner or later technology will win us over.

Once football season gets under way and the obsession over up-to-the-second stats grows overwhelming, the smart-phone purchase will likely ensue.

There are much worse things to be slaves for than technology, anyhow.

It’s Sunday, call us.

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