Friday, February 1

Settling In

Ten Signs You Are Settling in to Life in Reno:

1. Never worry about finding quarters for laundry.
2. A little "hair of the dog" available 24x7.
3. No worries about what to wear to Opera or Symphony openings.
4. San Francisco television news just seems to fit.
5. Circular bus routes eliminate fear of getting lost on public transit.
6. You appreciate the subtleties of the Eldorado's Buffet over the Peppermill's.
7. You know to go to Fallon to buy a car.
8. No one stays at the Sundowner. Ever.
9. Bowling takes on a particular appeal.
10. You forget what Nordstrom's is really like. (Well, that one is a stretch).

Life is taking on a certain routine and settled in nature. We know where the grocery stores are, how to get to the mall, where to wash our clothes. A few more anchors and I'll stop feeling like one of those seedlings kindergartners plant styrofoam cups: just enough roots to stay upright, but come along a stiff breeze. . .

We are still computing challenged. I've discovered people up here know about the Internet, understand its purpose, but many still regard it as some strange animal hiding under a rock. They are willing to poke at it to get a response, but they can live it without connectivity. Coming from an area where T1 connection are as plentiful as nickel slot machines here, I'm finding a lack of connection somewhat frustrating.

Reno, I've come to believe, is an acquired taste. At work, people will ask where I live and when I tell them I get a response that ranges from pity to abhorance. For Lake Tahoans, Reno says you are either too poor or too sober to live "on the lake." Lake Tahoe, for the most part, is an enclave of tony or well-heeled San Franciscans who took to the place like the Mormons claimed Salt Lake. The bones of the Donner party were barely sun-bleached when the first San Francicans decided to "summer" on Tahoe's shores.

So Reno fits right now. Rick has lined up a couple of part-time jobs that will lessen the impace of reduced hours at Squaw as the season declines. I'm still unsure of what to do. I think a full-time position here would be a good transition, but not sure what it should be. What do I want to do when I grow up?

Why does that question keep coming up?