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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wishes it had grown up around more absent-minded drug dealers. We would have been able to afford a heck of a lot more Barbies and comic books.Where we grew up (yes, on this planet, dammit) we played in fields a lot. The neighborhood backed up to a corn field, so we and the neighborhood gang were very often out there – hiding from the neighbor whose window we broke with a baseball, or looking for the baseball when cross-eyed Johnny errantly spanked a dinger out amongst the ears. At no time, however, did we stumble upon a satchel full of money.You’re probably saying, well, I spent plenty of time out playing in the fields and I never found a briefcase full of cash, either. But, you dreamed about it didn’t you? And you probably still occasionally think, my, wouldn’t that be nice, don’t you? Well, it just so happens two little punks in Boulder did it. Can you tell we’re a little bitter about this? Here’s the deal: Two kids, playing in a field, find a duffel bag. It’s got about $80,000 in it. We don’t know if it was their fault, or their parents’, but now the cops have it and they suspect it was related to an “illegal drug transaction,” says Denver Channel 7’s website (as opposed to the “legal” ones that leave bags of bills lying around).We’re not sure what ticks us off more: that these kids found it and not us, or that they turned it in.The news story goes on to say that they’re not identifying the kids because of the possible gang-drug connection with the money. Now you might think, well, they’d have to be pretty stupid to come forward and try to claim the money or hurt the kids that turned it in if the money’s connected to drugs. Then again, we’d remind you, they’d have to be pretty stupid to lose $80,000. So maybe that is a good idea.We’d rant more about this, but it’s hurting our head. We can’t stop thinking of how we would have spent all that money at age 10. With our luck, though, we would have blown it all on Atari games and Betamax tapes.***This is just a reminder, via Stephanie in Summit Cove, that all of us would be well served to be courteous and kind.”With all that’s going on in the world, it would be nice,” Stephanie said in her voicemail message to us. “I notice people just don’t care, they don’t care about each other.”Well, it sounds like she cares, and we care, so that’s a start.***Every time we get one of these notices about Summit Up Land’s youngsters off doing cool stuff, we have to wonder where we went wrong. How come we weren’t enrolled in Basic Assault Amphibian Vehicle Crewman’s School?Probably because, unlike Pfc. Thomas O. Fielding, we aren’t in the U.S. Marine Corps. This is a roundabout way of saying Congrats! to Fielding, son of Barbara Fielding in Breck and William Fielding in Midlothian, Va. Our young soldier just completed the aforementioned course out at Camp Pendleton in California. Pretty cool.***Thomas sent us this Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! He lost his wallet more than a month ago. Some kind soul (who is now receiving a boatload of positive karma points along with the traditional wing-and-halo set) found the wallet, and mailed it back to him. Thomas doesn’t know the person’s name (only his or her initials – C.M.E. – could be discerned).”He or she picked it up and tried to give me a call a couple of times, but my wayward roommate erased the number,” Thomas tells us. “This kind person, whoever it was, sent it to me in the mail. I didn’t think I’d ever see it again, but this person was kind enough to send it to me.”If only everybody was so honest and thoughtful. ***It’s Thursday and instead of reading this, you should be out rolling around in the white stuff. Unfortunately, we never know when we’ll get to see it like this again, so don’t waste any time. If you must, give us your excuses as to why you can’t get out on a powder day at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just whine and moan on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out growing icicles in the beard …

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