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Unhinged Reno Park Authority Gets Filmed

Quite honestly, I don’t even know what to say about this. Something about removing a fly from a friend’s nose with a hatchet, or to that effect.

While I am perfectly okay and with the guy getting pissed off about some kids making his job harder, spending tax dollars to fix the park, but can we say “public relations?”

In today’s world, Big Brother is actually, and most likely, someone’s little brother, with an iPhone or some other kind of recording device, catching people in what should be considered embarrassing acts. Would the City of Reno or Washoe County be particularly thrilled to hear this guy talking like this to the kids of taxpayers? Lack of identification aside, even if he were an authority with a badge, should he be engaging people like this? Most notably, saying Reno is a shit hole meanwhile trying to instill a sense of fear and morality of local youth, even more while supposed to be doing a job for the City of Reno.   Interesting approach.

Especially since the kids were of the general opinion, “Okay, we’ll leave—-sorry…”  None of the youth were being jerks, well, unless you ask the trees and landscaping.  And this guy.

I’ll let the rest of you decide. It’s funny in one way, disturbing in others, and filled with not-safe-for-work audio content.

QRA saves the day.

Nevada Weather!

A typical Nevada afternoon, thanks to the Zephyr. Illustration from Mark Twain's Roughing It.

You can say a lot of things about the weather here in Nevada, but if you can’t have a bit of humor about it, it might just drive you crazy.  Anyone who would professionally forecast weather for Nevada is either just reading it off of a computer screen, like all the TV weathermen (who become DJs after their stints as the weather readers) or make their best educated guesses and sometimes are spectacularly wrong. As I’m writing this, it’s snowing outside: big snowflakes like you’d have in January or February.  And this isn’t uncommon at all.  I know it can snow in Nevada all the way into June and July, and possibly in August in the highest elevations.

I was hanging out with Kyle on Saturday and we were talking about the wind.  Kyle mentioned the local “zephyr winds” and it got me thinking about what old Mark Twain wrote about it.  The proper name for the  afternoon Nevada wind is The Zephyr and it usually happens during the Spring, Summer and Fall.  It is a strong wind that can stir up dust clouds, pick up children and pets, destroy flimsy houses and  causes trouble of all kinds.  I even think that Mark Twain named our famous wind, from in a passage from a book that everyone should read, Roughing It. The passage starts this way:

“….it was two o’clock, now, and according to custom the daily “Washoe Zephyr” set in; a soaring dust-drift about the size of the United States set up edgewise came with it, and the capital of Nevada Territory disappeared from view.”

Of course, by the time I finished writing this, the snow stopped and the sun peeked out of the clouds.  The forecast for tomorrow? Sunny and in the 60s, and probably by the weekend it’ll 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.