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Grasshopper Soup: A Tahoe bed made to fly

Bob Sweigert
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Every night my mind is renewed in a berth between a snowflake and the sun. The snowflake crystal has 32 points and the sun is a perfect yellow circle. Naturally, the sun is carved on the east side of the headboard of my new bed, and the snowflake is carved on the west side. The top of the headboard is a shallow arc, more grand than the curvature of the earth. The bed is made of wood but looks like it is made of Tahoe sky.

Supporting my deep sleep are four polished bedpost rounds of solid Jeffrey pine branches, four inches thick. The bed is such a work of art that it looks better without bedding. With me on it, it looks like an animal nest. I am the envy of all the neighboring rodents, raccoons, weasels, rabbits, martens, even bears and coyotes. On second thought, wild animals, if they have any brains at all, do not envy humans for anything. They probably feel sorry for us because we have less freedom. We arenand#8217;t free to build a house in the national forest. If we tried to homestead we could get a ticket, maybe arrested, forced out or, as has happened to squatters before, mistaken for worthless bums and beaten to death by a roaming band of drunk college kids.

Mine is no ordinary bed. It stands out, like the perfect, natural campsite found on the west shore of Snow Lake, up Cascade Creek. I sleep like a baby every night between, arguably, the two most important symbols of Tahoe mountain life, a snowflake and the sun, and always sleep and wake to the real thing. Every person who sees my custom bed is as jealous as all the other animals, and wants one custom made for themselves.

They can call Taylor, owner of Rexand#8217;s Tahoe Creations. If you want custom furniture or mountain home decor, Taylor is the man you are looking for. Heand#8217;ll make you a happy camper with something personal, unique and truly enviable.

Besides being a skilled wood worker, Taylor is well versed in the history of aviation and aircraft. He is writing a book about an old plane crash in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Last year Taylor climbed to the crash site at 12,000 feet. If Taylor writes as well as he works wood, his story will be an easy, original read. His passion for airplanes is at least on the same level as his passion for building wood furniture and finery.

Taylor fashioned my bed with an aura of mystery, like itand#8217;s alive and full of secrets, and has flown me to other worlds, always returning me safely home. Iand#8217;ve never seen the bed fly, but what do I know? It may have left the ground and flown several times already, with me, out like a light in first class. I have memories of great adventures, but I am always sound asleep or dreaming, like an air traffic controller on the graveyard shift, so I have no hard evidence to prove my bed does not fly. It sure feels like it does. Itand#8217;s heavenly. Itand#8217;s been a long time since I flew with angels, or awoke with one, but I sure sleep like one now.

President Obama launched his non-stop, high flying 2012 presidential campaign tour 19 months before election day. He made his bed, now he has to sleep in it. He did a show in San Francisco, Reno, and then he hit glitzy, lights-camera-action, Hollywood! But heand#8217;s too smart to think itand#8217;s a wrap.

While Obama travels around suggesting that class envy is rational, Joe Biden will have plenty of time for a nap. I know they canand#8217;t stop the clock or save the world, so I will be perfectly content to follow my leaders in the nap department, especially now that I have my own indigenous, Taylor-made bed.

Rexand#8217;s Tahoe Creations is in Tahoe City in the back of the Henrikson building. Rex was Taylorand#8217;s dog. Rex is gone, but his creations live on.

Bob Sweigert is a Sierra Sun columnist, published poet, former college instructor and ski instructor. He has a B.A. and an M.A.T. from Gonzaga University. He has lived at Lake Tahoe for 28 years.


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