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Special to the DailyHere's a belated birthday wish for Tina, who turned 40 on Thursday (and had to work on top of it, too!). Next time you see her at the timberline Barbershop in Breck, tell her happy birthday!
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column screaming, “O! What a glorious day!”We write to you today with gelatinous legs. (Well, actually, now that we re-read that, we don’t expect you to believe that we’re really writing with our legs, but we do have some pretty floppy spaghetti for lower limbs contemporaneously – you get the idea.)Our legs our useless now, as we spent the whole morning doing what we hope you were doing: Basking in the sunlight, looking for that space where the lines between mind and body break down, testing how deep the muscles can dig and soaking up yet another of these wonderful Colorado winter days.

(If you haven’t figured it out already, we’re high as a kite on sunshine and exercise right now.)For us, we know we’re going to have one of these marvelous days when we become aware of our internal monologue. There we were, careening through the trees in the Outback at Keystone, ripping it up and smearing that snow around like a hot butter knife. Now, on a cold, hard-packed day full of gray skies and enough troubles to weigh down our heads, this subconscious talk would be full of fear – with every surprise stump, narrow scary gap in the trees and bump that didn’t give, our mind would be shouting “No! No! Oh, no! Oh, noooo!”Not this day, though. This was the kind of day where each rough spot was cleared, every whoop-de-doo doubled and each bank and turn taken in stride – the kind of day when the mind, to our pleasant surprise, shouts, “Yes! Yes, oh, yes! Yes!” You can’t buy these days, and we’d doubt you could make them happen even if you wanted to. You just have to take them as they come, suck them dry and store them away in the memory box with all the dried flowers and family snapshots.

Mmmmmmmm.***Congrats! to Cadet Nicholas Purdy, son of Breck’s Bruce Purdy and Terese Keil. The young Purdy just received his drill sergeant hat after completing Drill Sergeant School at St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kan.Hopefully, he won’t have us down in the dirt doing pushups for embarrassing him!



***If you’re looking for something to do tonight, how ’bout stepping out and helping 4-H and the Mountain Community Fair.They’re having their annual fundraiser at the Elk’s Club in Silverthorne from 6-10 p.m. There’ll be dinner, dancing, casino games and a bluegrass band. Your entry price (sorry, they forgot to tell us how much it was – but you know it’ll be worth it) helps pay for scholarships to send 4-H kids to state fair, Washington, D.C., conferences and trainings.

And even if you can’t make that, think about signing your kids (even the neighbor’s kids) up for 4-H programs. They’ll soon be meeting and working on projects for the fair this summer. And if you’re wondering what kind of fun you could have, check out http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/summit/4hy.shtml and http://www.mountaincommunityfair.com.***It’s Saturday, and we highly suggest you get out and soak up some of that UV goodness (just remember the sunscreen). Let us know what it does for your outlook on life at summitup@summitdaily.com, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us to take our sunny optimism and smoke it on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out skipping, singin’ tra-la-la-la-la …


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