Summit Up 9-23-09 | SummitDaily.com

Summit Up 9-23-09

by Buckminster Fuller

Summit Daily file photo/Mark Fox

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is lying shocked and stunned on the floor after learning some terrible things about lemurs. Like most people, we imagine, we think lemurs are cool, groovy animals that look all cute and cuddly and have neat stripes and the unusual distinction of only living in one place in the world (other than zoos, of course): Madagascar. In fact, we’ve often thought it would be cool to visit Madagascar (which is a big-ass island off the eastern coast of Africa) for the sole purpose of seeing, communing with and admiring lemurs.

But then, we were talking Tuesday morning with an actual person from Madagascar, and when we mentioned lemurs, she said “Everything about lemurs is bad,” or something like that. Bee Manwaring, who’s a super-cool math prof at CMC, actually grew up there, and she says lemurs are pests, they’re all over the place, they’re not very nice and (huge fabrication coming): If you’re not careful, they will seriously mess you up by getting in touch with your bank and having all your money wired to Nigerian kings, who will then give it away in e-mail scams.

So, thanks Bee, for bursting our lemur bubble! Guess we’ll just drive out to the desert in Utah and look for some cuddly vinegaroons to hang out with. Sigh.

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Everyone once in a while, some long-time local gets the crazy idea that they should leave Summit County and go live, y’know, some place else. The latest person with this wild notion is the fabulous Julie Biller, who’s been a fan and critic of the Daily since we launched it back in the Cretaceous period. You may know Julie from Copy Copy in Frisco or the local ladies’ tennis teams and many other places. In fact, our photographer was able to dig up a photo of Julie playing her favorite game – taken back in 1990!

Well Julie, we’ll certainly miss you around here! We figure you’ll get tired of living on that 200-acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia before long, and you’ll come crawlin’ back saying “Gimme more freezing, snowy days in September and May!”

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Folks who’d like to say goodbye to Julie can do so this very evening at the Backcountry Brewery from 5:30 to 9.

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That’s it for today, folks. We out, trying to find a new favorite critter.