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March 30, 2010

Allow me to refresh those of you who may not have read the first of this series:

If the year of 1816 is known as The Year Without A Summer, then Los Angeles should be known as The City of Continual Summer.  (Like how I made that disparate connection?  And don’t you DARE do any word-play with the word “desperate”!)  The first year I lived here, it was wondrous.  I never had to worry about freezing temperatures, wind-chill factors or trying to knock ice off my wiper blades. Then I realized I lived in a bubble.  A big, filthy, smog-infused bubble.  I missed feeling and smelling the whispery changes in the air that signaled the coming of a different season.  So last year, I decided to make the least of the LA winter and head to colder territories whenever possible.


I will get to the latter part of that title later.  WELL!  What to say about Reno…Reno used to be where the golden gambling guilds would go and gregariously mingle with the gangsters in decked out garages and guesthouses whilst guessing and gussing over the guerilla girls.  Make sense?  Well, neither does much of Reno, but that’s what makes it so curiously fabulous.  I mean, they could have gone with something like, “The best medium-sized city in the world,” but no.  They chose to use an oxymoron.

Reno, like any other city, rests in a precarious balance between what is natural and what is man-made.  Matt and I decided to straddle that balloon by walking on one of the city’s solutions:  the aptly named Riverwalk along the Truckee River.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I am a newborn angler, so to walk along such a famous and beautifully kept river was quite an exciting moment.  The Truckee River flows from Lake Tahoe to the famed Pyramid Lake, where you can find native Lahontan cutthroat so gigantic, they’d swallow a watermelon whole.

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Okay, maybe a small watermelon. 
Regardless of whether or not you’re an angler, the Truckee reminded me of why it is so important to keep our waterways clean and natural.  The construction of large dams have wiped out many species of fish, particularly salmon on the west coast, and other aquatic wildlife.  Not only that, but it stops the natural flow of nutrients and sediment, thus stopping the growth of plant life and a bazillion other life-sustaining organisms.  READ MORE!!!!!

But I digress…Dams be damned!  The ducks will have their way.

The next morning, this is what we were greeted with!:

Which led to our flight being canceled, which led to us being stuck in the airport for 12 hours, which led to numerous McDonald’s combos, which led to MY VICTORY!!!!:

That’s right!  I hit JACKPOT on the penny slot machine!!!!  KITTY GLITTER!!!!!!!!!

Matt was also a winner, but less so with a mere $8.50.

Thanks RENO, for the memories and the cash!

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