Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Reno Trip

Fools, we! With gas prices rising every day...and not by a penny, mind you, we drove down to Reno. Let me caution you that gas prices are higher in California than in Washington, Oregon and Nevada. The people in Nevada were excited. There was measurable rain for seven straight days. This had not happened for ten years. And they could use the water.

Downtown Reno is changing. Two of the largest casino-hotels are being changed into condos. We have found a small casino with an attached motel just a short distance from downtown. Since I cannot walk very far without pain (arthritis, you know) we stayed there. When we wanted to go out we drove. Consequently I don’t know how much action the downtown casinos were getting.

Driving out we went to out usual haunts. The Nevada Museum of Art had a wonderful exhibit. More of that later. We got to the bookstores, especially one that we discovered last fall. Zephyr Books is right on Virginia St., well organized, with clean used books and has good prices. Meadowbrook Mall always attracts us and The Nugget in Sparks just next door to Reno is a must for me. The Oyster Bar there has Lazy Man’s Ciappino which I must have at least once during out stay. With the weather doubtful we did not drive out to the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge for a day of birding. We expected it would be rather fruitless. But we did get in a couple of walks (I have a seat cane) along the Truckee River at Idlewild Park. A delightful place with a nice paved footpath along the river. Who knows? We may never get back to Reno if gas continues to rise. But Reno is a city we have learned to appreciate over the last twenty years.


Blogger Bill Crider said...

Hey, Frank. I've been meaning to write to you since receiving the last copy of the apa, and this is as good a time and place as any to say that I'm really going to miss your contributions in the future. First the Smiths, and now you. I'm not sure my old heart can take it. Yours was one of the zines I always looked for, and it's just not going to be the same without you. I wish you the best of luck with your ponies, and I hope you'll update this blog now and then so Judy and I can keep up with you and Anna.

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