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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that doesn’t have to compete with prostitution cable channels.

We have a tough enough time keeping your attention. Those daily columns in Denver have it even tougher now. They have to compete with “Johns TV,” and yes, “Johns” refers to customers of prostitutes. Those of you who love to watch “Cops” and “America’s Most Wanted” will love this: To help fight a growing prostitution problem, Denver is producing a TV show that features the men police have recently busted soliciting the ladies of the evening. The inaugural show Thursday featured 11 such lonely sorts.

Kind of makes you rethink how embarrassing it would be to put your picture in a classified personal ad, huh?

And if you’re one of those people who’s always worried about whether Summit Up Land is turning into a dirty burg like those down the hill, look at this way: Denver has “Johns TV,” we’ve got “I-70 TV.” Or put another way, Breck gets to watch people try and make it out of gridlock, Denver gets to watch people try and make out on a city block.

This salacious version of “The Price Is Right” can be seen on the city’s Channel 8, but you tech-savvy types can take a peek on the city’s Web site, http://www.denvergov.org. Just hope your child’s Internet filter doesn’t block it out.

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Before we go any further, we must mention – with the utmost flair and pomp – a happy birthday to Doug Barton. We’d call him “Puddin,'” but we value the integrity of our skin. And we bruise easily.

Doug’s a former resident of Dillon Valley, now residing in Gypsum, where he makes sure that these newspapers get printed – a rather important fellow, you could say.

We hope it was a good one, Doug, and don’t be too mad at those press boys for putting your picture in the paper.

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Anybody else been listening to these grasshoppers lately? Apparently, the lower elevations are being overrun by these insects. We’ve noticed them around the Corporate Suites lately, and can’t help but ponder two questions:

With all the racket they make trying to fly, don’t you think it would hurt? And, do they realize at all how annoying that noise is? Maybe that’s why they only fly in short bursts.

Just thought we’d throw that out there in case your dinner conversation was drying up.

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Do you Saturday thing, ladies and gentlemen. We’re out in front of the I-70 Web cams trying to seduce truck drivers …


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