Summit Up June 22, 2010: Fighting Rommel sans sunscreen |

Summit Up June 22, 2010: Fighting Rommel sans sunscreen


Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s still saying “ooooo” after seeing so many people over the weekend with painful-looking sunburns. whether it was at the Frisco BBQ deal or the Kingdom Days in Breck or just out and about, people left and right were red as lobsters and, we’re pretty sure, hatin’ life the next day. As we wrote recently in this space, we understand with kids, because other than vaccinations, there’s almost nothing kids like less than having sunscreen applied.

But is the same true of adults? We took a poll in our mind and heard this:

Man No. 1: I hate putting on sunscreen because of the oily feeling it gives me. And then it’s on your hands and what, do you wipe it on your pants or on your hair or what?

Woman No. 3: I forget it’s on my finger and when I rub my eyes, then I have sunscreen in my eyes and that sucks.

Child No. 47: I’d rather do homework all summer vacation long than have sunscreen applied to me at any time. Even if I was traveling to the sun, I would not want it.

Old Man No. 2: Sunscreen! I fought in the Big One, and we sure as hell didn’t need that crap back then. I fought Rommel in the desert, and none of us had sunscreen. All’s we had was cigarettes an’ a few sticks of Wrigley’s gum. Sunscreen! Phooey!

All’s we can say is it works! We were at the BBQ and at Kingdom Days and we took a trip to the sun for Father’s Day Sunday and our skin is still lily white since we used this SPF 5000 stuff. We’re still so white we’re clear, thanks to this stuff. And BTW: Once you slather it on your arms and face, just wipe your hands on your socks. They’re gross anyway.


OK, Denise Bennet of Dillon writes to say this:

“Please give a BIG Angel Alert! to Beth Adams of Minturn and her husband, Jeremy! I somehow lost my wedding ring at the BBQ Challenge in Frisco on Friday night. After going back over the area the next morning, I submitted a report to the Frisco Police Department and hoped for a miracle. Beth and Jeremy found my ring on the ground on Saturday afternoon and got in touch with the police and then me. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary next week and thanks to Beth, Jeremy and the helpful police officers in Frisco, Dillon and Minturn we will be smiling from ear-to-ear.”

Nice! Heart-warming! Restores our faith in humanity!


Here’s one addressed to “Mister Summit Up” (who died in 1973, BTW) from Bryan Burt in Summit Cove:

“I knew it was only a matter of time til the whole cyclist vs. motorist came up in the paper. So here is the cycling dirty little secret: None of those rule breakers live here. Yep, its true, they are all from out of town. But seriously folks, I don’t see anything cyclists do that motorist don’t. From motorists going through stop signs, speeding like they are in a race, yakking on the cellphone (unaware just how dangerous that is to everybody around them) and, of course, my favorite: speeding up when the stoplight turns yellow. Just in case you didnt know, yellow means that red is coming up quickly. Not a warning to speed up to make it through that light. Cause you arent gonna go far up here til you will hit another stoplight. But if you really want to help out us cyclists, you would change all those stop signs to yield signs. That way we could go through the intersection if no traffic is around but still have to stop and obey those traffic laws when you motorists are there. So everybody be careful out there. The last thing I want to do is be in an accident with your vehicle, seeing I am gonna be on the losing end of that deal.”

Sage words, Bryan, thanks.

Well folks, here it is a new week already, and before you can blink it’s already Tuesday. Tomorrow’s Wedneday and then it’ll be Thursday, which is almost Friday. The weekend’s almost here!

We out.

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