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Summit Up: Marking a very cheesy last day of September

by Summit Up
Special to the Daily

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that has this little ditty stuck in our head:

“30 days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except February which has 28 except on Leap Year when it has 29.”

Man, what a dud of a verse! It starts out all strong with the good rhyming cadence between “September” and “November,” but then it devolves into an anarchical meter devoid of anything resembling rhythm. How can we fix this? Can we fix this? Lessee …

“Two dozen and seven have the rest, ‘tho for February one must attest: It’s but two dozen and four, while for Leap Year you must add one more.”

Hmmm … not bad, we think we can work with it – although it does require some on-the-fly addition and subtraction, which can slow things down when you’re quickly trying to think of how many days are in a particular month.

We’ll keep working on it. Any suggestions, send them our way at


Recently we won a gift card for City Market, and we decided to buy some of the fancy, expensive cheese they have in their most excellent fancy cheese department. We tried some Maytag blue cheese, some high-end provolone as well as a piece of mushroom-studded brie. It was all good, and it got us thinking that Americans have gotten way too complacent about cheese. If all you ever have is cheddar, Swiss or, heaven forbid, American, you’ve got some branching out to do!

Apparently, cheese shops down in Denver are getting popular. The Post did a story the other day about how several such places are riding through the recession (or whatever this is) with flying colors. And we couldn’t help but think of that classic Monty Python sketch, “Cheese Shop.” Python fans may recall John Cleese plays the customer and Michael Palin is the owner of the “National Cheese Emporium” which, we eventually learn, has no cheese in it whatsoever. In the course of determining that unhappy fact, Cleese runs through quite a list of cheese varieties, to wit:

Customer: Any Norwegian Jarlsburg, per chance?

Owner: No.

C: Lipta?

O: No.

C: Lancashire?

O: No.

C: White Stilton?

O: No.

C: Danish Blue?

O: No.

C: Double Gloucester?

O: (pause) No.

C: Cheshire?

O: No.

C: Dorset Bluveny?

O: No.

C: Brie, Roquefort, Pol le Veq, Port Salut, Savoy Aire, Saint Paulin, Carrier de lest, Bres Bleu, Bruson?

O: No.

And on and on, ultimately resulting in the customer having to shoot the owner for wasting his time.

Anyway, the point is this: Next time you’re perusing a variety of cheese, feel free to adopt a British accent a la John Cleese and say the names aloud as if you’re asking about them. It’s ever so much fun, and only slightly illegal.


This just in: Ladies who may have consumed a bit too much cheese and other high-fat comestibles may want to know about this deal going at Curves starting tomorrow: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the month, Curves of Frisco women’s fitness center is waiving the joining fee for new members who show proof of a mammogram within the past year or make a $25 donation to breast cancer research.”

Sounds like a deal! And since some of you should be getting that li’l ol’ test anyway, well, there you have it. You can reach the Frisco Curves at (970) 668-8789.


Well lookee here, it’s Friday again already! Seems like just yesterday we were talking about all the stuff going on last weekend and here we are again. It looks to us like the aspen leaves are pretty much peaking right now, so get on out there and enjoy them while you can. And if you happen to be taking that drive up Boreas Pass, take it easy up there on that narrow road, let people pass and keep your speed down. We were hearing reports of some bad driving up there t’other day!

We out.

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