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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with a new stress outlet for all our readers in food and beverage land.As our good readers know, you can’t shake a pair of tongs in Summit Up Land without hitting a bartender, server, hostess or line cook. In fact, we know this from experience: hours and hours of experimenting, standing on Main Street corners, shaking tongs around. We’re truly sorry for all the injuries we inflicted.Customers, on the other hand, aren’t always so apologetic for the pain they cause. And we don’t think this needs any explanation. (Sorry to the visitors reading this, but very often people have an overgrown sense of what they “deserve” when it comes to restaurant service.)Anyway, we’ve always been open to the rants and raves of our hash-slingers, mixologists and the downtrodden service slaves.But as we’ve discovered, there’s an even better forum for those diatribes, and we encourage our restaurateur rebels to check it out: It’s called, it appears to be a forum for every waiter’s horror stories. And, boy, are there some good ones. You’ll notice that several of the most recent stories were submitted by a Jervis, who manages a Mexican restaurant somewhere here in the High Country.We won’t steal any of the site’s thunder by reprinting the tales here; just check it out. And if our compatriots here in Summit Up Land have any tales they’re thinking about sending in, you can copy us on those e-mails.Enjoy!***Our long-lost classified compadre Christine (she’s over in Glenwood Springs now, where our classified center moved to) asked us to remind all you love-birds that you can get your mushy poetry, your sappy sayings and pictures of your one-and-only in our Valentine Love Notes. (And, guys, this is a pretty good way to make up for some of the crappy things you’ve done.)We’ll be printing them on Monday (that’s Valentine’s Day, in case you forgot), and they’ll also be online for two weeks. You can get more details on the cost and what you need to do by checking out, e-mailing or calling (970) 668-9937. The deadline is Friday at 2 p.m. *** It’s Wednesday, and today’s password is “don’t forget the knee-pads.” As always, you can reach us at, fax at (970) 668-0755 but your James Brown impression will sound much better recorded on our voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out looking for more fresh tracks …

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