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Summit Up 8-7-09

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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wondering whether anyone has an old piano laying around that they aren’t using or simply don’t need anymore. And before you start wondering, we’re not going into the music business here at Summit Up World HQ, although we must say that it would be nice to hear some Rachmaninoff, Beethoven or even some Billy Joel reverberating through the Corporate Suites every now and then.

“Oh, la la la, de de da … sing us a song, you’re the piano man … ” Yeah,we like Billy Joel, but we really dig Rachmaninoff, mainly because every time we say his name out loud we feel like we’ve just had a good sneeze, and we all know how cleansing that can be! So we can’t decide whether his Piano Concerto #1 or concerto #2 is our favorite, but that’s all beside the point. We were asking about a piano because we got a nice note from someone over at the high school asking for help. Seems like the piano belonging to the schools instrumental department is in pretty bad shape and in need of an upgrade. The school is looking for a nice upright or a baby grand. The folks at the school say they can pay, but that they have a very limited budget.

So here’s our challenge to the community: We are pretty sure there’s an unused piano sitting around out there somewhere, and we’d love to see it go to a good cause. We think the high school is worthy and, who knows, we could get another Chopin out of the deal. We know you all would like to see a Summit County athlete win a gold medal in skiing and all, and that would be pretty cool. But we think the arts are equally important, so let’s dig deep here and try to help.

MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: “Yeah. We’re with you on this. Gold medals are cool, but good music is timeless. We’re partial to Mozart ourselves, and we think Beethoven’s 5th is really the cream of the crop when it comes to piano pieces. But we’re gonna call all our friends and spread the word about this. Just so long as nobody goes all Liberace on us!”

SUMMIT UP: Good deal. Contact John at (970) 368-1117 or

HermansJ@summit.k12.co.us if you are able to help, and remember, all contributions are tax deductible.

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And we are going to roll with an Angel Alert!! from Susan Tuteur, who sent us this message: “Thank you to Russ Wolfe for another act of kindness. While walking down Galena Street with the aid of a cane that was too long, I saw a man chopping wood. I stopped him and asked how much it would cost to take an inch off my cane. He did so, at no charge. As I told Frisco town folk about this stranger’s kindness, I discovered that Russ Wolfe is no stranger to Frisco, he is everyone’s guardian angel.

In gratitude,

Susan Tuteur.”

Cool. Somehow, when you start talking about canes and wood chopping, it all sounds really Zen, and we’re happy to send out a set of angel wings and a halo to Russ. Usually we deal in the fluffy kind, but being a wood chopper and all, Russ would probably appreciate our extra-rugged model, designed to withstand blowback from a 16-inch Stihl, and usable even in hurricane-force winds.

Didn’t know they made angel wings so tough and durable, did ya? Well let us tell you, being an angel isn’t all just sitting around on a cloud playing a harp. It can be tough duty, looking after all those wayward Earthlings, and you don’t want your wings going all squirrelly on you when you’re power-diving at 175, mph.

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And for all you shooting star fans out there, you should know that this year’s Perseid meteor shower promises to be even better than usual. We have it on good authority that a filament of comet dust has drifted across the Earth’s path, and when the Earth passes through it, sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on Aug. 12, the meteor rate could surge to twice its normal value. Yeah, comet dust. THAT’S what we’re talking about. We don’t want to get all metaphysical on you, but you know, we are all made of stardust.

For real, as it turns out, according to researchers who found traces of molecular enzymes in the tail of a comet. After looking at this stuff, the traces of which were picked up by an American space probe, the scientists said they’re convinced that it was brush with these enzymes in a comet’s tail some 3.6 billion years ago that helped spawn life on this planet. On top of all that, only that, we also learned that there’s a new iPhone application dedicated to the upcoming Perseids, with a countdown clock, news alerts, a sky map and a live gallery of photos from around the world.

Holy cow, whatever happened to just going out in a field with a blanket and bottle of Ripple to watch shooting stars? An iPhone application? Sheesh, we can see it now – all those iPhone users will be so busy staring into that tiny screen on their phones, just like they do when they’re maneuvering through a busy intersection, that they won’t actually see any of the real meteors. Ahhh, virtual reality! There’s nothing like it, is there? Anyhow, if you want some more info on the meteors, go to http://www.spaceweather.com.

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We out, trying to decide between World Extreme Cage Fighting and the World Series of Poker.


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