So You Wanna Know About Reno!

Reno: The Biggest Little City In The World

It’s very important that you know the Weather Forecast for Reno.  Luckily there are only two seasons!
Winter: Six months of bone-chilling cold, snow, five layer (clothing) dip and an unavoidable wish to die.
Summer: Six months of skull melting heat from that big shiny hurty thing in the sky, literally cooking eggs on the sidewalk, foxtails, ants and an unavoidable wish to die.

Hell, I’m not only a resident but a correspondent. Well used to be the latter.
The –redacted- Network had cretinous people that actually Paid Cash Money for text weather updates. This was the most boring and mind numbing facet of an otherwise kick-ass job. So, the asshats who couldn’t be bothered to look out the window in the morning would get a text advising that day’s weather.

Okay, for six months it’s fucking hot and sunny. For six months it’s fucking cold and/or snowing. Only had about 35 characters to work with so you can imagine the excitement of these mass texts. One day my mind went. On a July day sent out to thousands of subscribers ‘Hot. 90% Chance of Snow. High 135F. Low -65F’
Thank god my boss had a sense of humor. Seems a few people were actually confused and called in.

Second: Reno’s Economy

Reno Foreclosure Fun

Frankie, Dean and Sammy played the casinos here in Reno. Frankie owned a portion of one.
There was a Flamingo, Sands, two Hiltons, Hyatt, Fitzgeralds, and all of the originals that are no longer here.
Well some are here. Most of the others have been bulldozed or decaying on the strip.
Thanks to the northern California Indian casinos and utter Idiocy of the City of Reno.

Third:Average People of Reno

In late August there’s a world famous annual art event and temporary community in the desert outside of town..
Come October the citizens who couldn’t get tickets set fire to the city.

Fourth: Modest Mouse

One of the best heart-wrenching videos ever was filmed here.

Tune in later for Part Two: So You Wanna Know about Las Vegas; that other city in Nevada

~Miss R

listening to: Bette Midler; Radio City Music Hall Live 2004

50 thoughts on “So You Wanna Know About Reno!

      • Hey, I live in a town with no civic identity, is a place to have a house rather a place to live, and could be dramatically improved if you could detonate a tactical nuke in the centre, so Reno sounds like a step up, mostly as I could get my snowboarding freak on. I’m weird like that, yanno, wanting to snowboard behind a car through the streets.

        Just have to have the money, the lack of Homeland interest in me, and the woman willing to marry me to give me a green card, and I’ll be over


        • Well I am single! On the flip side i am also bereft of a little something people call ‘cash.’ the latter being the reason I still still in Reno heh.
          As for the snowboarding we have some of the best ski resorts in the country only a 45 minute drive away at Lake Tahoe. That’s one of the reasons I moved here. Can get you started behind the car though -grin-


    • It’s usually in October or September. Sill the end of summer. Not during the Donner Party months alas. I’d never burn a city when it’s hot out. Mmm I can’t even walk to the store for juice because it’s hot outside and I can’t be bothered.


  1. Amazing .. of all the dead casinos in Reno, you show the one where I lost my virginity and smoked my first (and only) joint. Good times.

    Don’t they say Reno is so close to HELL you can see Sparks? Hey, at least it’s not Oroville, the wart on the ass of California.


    • It’s not all bad Don. There are loads of unregistered firearms, the University of Northern Nevada aka UNR. I and others of intelligence, fabulousness and travel (but certainly not the natives) refer to it as the University of Nearly Retarded.
      Okay, the skiing DOES rock, and the Truckee River has great rafting, tubing and is only a 1/2 mile from my house.
      Mind the hobos downtown!


    • Michelle, my membership is active and dues are paid this year but I’m not active in the organization -the exception being any of the Regional events to benefit gifted students.
      Hey, they could have held it in Cleveland, northern Florida or Dallas heh.
      4th of July week I’ll be out in the desert for a pre Burning Man event viewing night-time interactive art installations, soaking in the hot spring, managing the camp’s bar and making music. What would you choose? 🙂
      Thanks for the heads up though. You going?


      • What would I choose? Don’t be silly… No, I’m not going. I haven’t been to a Mensan function since…. 1995 back in Indpls. I’m an “active” member, meaning my dues are paid, too. But I don’t do anything else. Have fun on your desert trip!!!


      • One of my prime reasons for loving Reno was you could drive out from there to some great scenery, Silver City (one of my favorite places especially the graveyard). But I also liked gambling in Reno far more than Vegas.

        Good to know I don’t have to fear the downfall of one of my favorite cowboy towns.


        • Virginia City is tres cool. duh duh duh duh Bonanzaaaaaaa. Less than a hour from here. Home of the Mark Twain Museum, original Wild West saloons, businesses and wooden sidewalks, The Red Light Museum, the ‘Suicide Table’ at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, and my favorite cemeteries outside of Boston.


  2. Did someone mention Reno? 🙂 🙂
    Okay well I want a blow by blow account
    of everything that you did, including the
    naughty bits, so there 🙂 lol Have a great
    Wednesday Miss. R and be good 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


  3. Okay I was kidding about Reno
    when are you picking me up 🙂 🙂
    And more importantly are you
    AWOL or just being a bit wicked 😉

    Hope you are back blogging again
    soon, oh and that means pronto 🙂

    Be good today
    Miss. R or else? 🙂 lol

    Androgoth XXx


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