Summit Up 9-7-10: Fired up for Succoth!
September 6, 2010
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is already getting fired up for Hallowe’en, which looks to be the next holiday on our calendar unless you count things like Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, National Police and Peace Officer’s Day (Canada), Patriot Day, National Boss Day, al Fitr (end of Ramadan) and, of course, something called Succoth. Which he have to look up, hold on a tick …
(Sound of Googling)
OK, we’ve actually heard of this before under its other name, Sukkot. Sez here on Wikipedia:
“It is one of the three biblically-mandated Shalosh regalim on which Jews made pilgrimages to the Temple in Jerusalem. The holiday lasts seven days, including Chol Hamoed and is immediately followed by another festive day known as Shemini Atzeret. The Hebrew word sukkot is the plural of sukkah, ‘booth, tabernacle.’ The sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which the ancient Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt.”
We love Jewish stuff. It’s always so full of cool words and festivals and things. And man, they sure pack the holidays in for September! By the time October rolls around, your average Jew has got to be so bogged down from all that Manischewitz and matzoh consumption that they’re ready to convert to something a little less caloric – like Catholicism, where you just get that teeny tiny little cookie and then are made to feel all guilty about it.
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(Sound of us quietly tiptoeing away from religious topics. …)
So did y’all have a good holiday weekend?
MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Hell yeah! The weather was great, there was all kinds of cool stuff going on and we drank a lotta beer!
SU: Sounds good. We had a good one, too. Made it over to the Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival and caught Wilco Friday night, which was amazing. And then we got over to the Taste of Keystone thing Saturday, which also awesome, followed by the Rubber Duck Race in Breck later in the afternoon, which we hadn’t been to in years. Tons o’ fun.
But then on Monday we had to take someone down to Idaho Springs, and even though we left at 11:30 thinking we’d “beat” some of the traffic, it took us like an hour and 45 minutes to make it down there. The traffic, in other words, beat us – like a rented mule. But no matter, we’ll not be jumping into that awful fray anytime soon. It’s almost quiet season, right? Leaves turning, beautiful clear fall days, maybe the occasional blizzard …
We love Summit County at this time of year. Bring on the tent sales, the two-for-ones and the fundraisers. We’re innit to winnit! Whatever that means.