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Summit Up: Too fat to fight

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Special to the Daily/Kaitlin BoydHere's a stumper of a sign for you to ponder ...

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wonders if we’re getting too fat too fight. And if so, is that a bad thing?

This comes from a story on NPR Tuesday morning about a new report from the military saying that 9 million young adults – or 27 percent of all Americans ages 17-24 – are too tubby to cut it in the military. As a result, folks like Navy Read Admiral James Barnett says things like crappy school lunches pose a national security risk.

Wow! Who ever thought that greasy slice of pizza hucked at you by the lunch lady was going to compromise our freedoms? But that’s not all: The military also says it has to discharge a lot of service members due to weight problems.

Sometimes it seems we could use a little less of a military, but then we think: What if Canada attacks? We need these folks, and if they’re too portly to charge behind enemy lines or whatever, that could be a problem.

An army runs on its stomach, so the saying goes, but apparently it does better with spinach salads than Whoppers.

Speaking of: Has anyone noticed that cheeseburgers are getting bigger and bigger and have more and more stuff on them? You can get these gnarly burgers with like three beef patties PLUS a wad of bacon PLUS super-greasy sauce in addition to several slices of (processed) cheese.

MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: What’s the worst? We want to go get one!

SU: No you don’t! If you got a Carl’s Double Six Dollar Burger, for instance, you’d be consuming 1,537 calories. Or how about a Wendy’s Triple Baconator (which you should avoid simply after hearing the name)? That’s a whopping 1,350 calories (not to mention 90 grams of fat and 2,790 grams of sodium!).

We’re just sayin’. If you love America and want to fight for her, put down the Baconator and step away from the table …


We have here an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! from Mitchell Thompson, who added that he’d always been looking for an opportunity to write to the Daily. He says this:

“Friday I went snowboarding at Breck, and apparently my shoe fell out of my backpack on the gondola. After snowboarding, I went swimming, and after I went swimming, discovered that my right shoe was missing. So on Sunday I went to the Breckenridge guest services building, and they had my lovely blue and black suede shoe! Thanks to whoever resisted the temptation of chucking the shoe out of the gondola half-way up!”

Nice! We love a happy ending.


Next up, we had a photo sent in from alert reader Kaitlin Boyd in Silverthorne. We love Smiling Moose sandwiches, but we have to agree with Kaitlin that this sign regarding their store hours is might confusing (although we did like the alternate spelling of “mudd season”). Since “Sunday to Saturday” also includes “Monday to Friday,” it’s tough to figure what all’s going on there, so we called down and talked to Jeff, who set us straight: The Smiling Moose in Silverthorne (over there by Office Max) is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., but on Friday, Saturday and Sunday they open an hour earlier, so it’s 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

And in case you’re wondering why a sandwich shop is open so early in the morning, they have yummy breakfast sandwiches, bagels and muffins that are served all day.


We like to gripe when people fax us stuff, but we have one here from the fabulous Gary Koenig at Affordable Music. Because Gary is an old-school kinda guy who sells vinyl records and all, we’ll give him a pass on the old faxing technology. Just don’t try to sell us any 8-track tapes, Gary!

Anyway, Gary has a li’l thank-you note, and it goes-a like-a this:

“I would like to thank all the people who came out on Saturday to help celebrate National Record Store Day at Affordable Music. While this was the thir annual Record Store Day, it was the first that Affordable Music participated in. With such a great turnout and interest in the special releases for the celebration, I can assure that we will participate again in the future. Again, thank you for all the great support for your local record store.”

Whew! That was hard, typing that all in! But we definitely encourage folks to go check out Gary’s store over at 103 Village Place in Dillon. He’s got vinyl, CDs and the like as well as guitars and other musician-y supplies.


OK, we have a note here from proud parents Eric and Merrybeth Wilson of Fairplay, who wanted to let the world know about the arrival of Her name is Cassandra Jane Labitad Wilson, born March 22 in Frisco. She weighed 5 lbs., 13 oz. and was 18 inches long and boy oh boy, what a cutie! The photo below is of CJ getting her first bath. Usually kids this young look a little out of sorts – and we’ve seen a few of them in our time – but little CJ looks like she’s ready for a modeling gig already. Way to go, Eric and Merrybeth!

We out.

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