Grasshopper Soup: Keep smiling – Tahoe could be worse
Special to the Sun
TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Hang in there a little longer all you waiters, waitresses, bartenders, sales clerks, hospitality and service workers and recreation providers. Don’t let those few difficult customers get under your skin. They may seem to be looking right through you, forgetting that you are actually a person, and treating you like dirt, but they are the exception, not the rule, although, at this point, it may not seem that way.
We’re halfway through the summer. Keep smiling. Don’t take it personally. Those mean, cranky customers obviously have personal problems of their own.
A car was spotted last week with the old familiar COEXIST bumper sticker and another sticker right next to it that said, “Montana is Full, Now Go Home!” I guess they’ve had it up to here with people and are no longer interested in coexisting in Montana.
It’s only natural for humans to want to place limits and special conditions on the necessary evil of dealing with other people. Roommate problems are a coexisting challenge old, professional ski bums like us are all too familiar with. How expensive, and depressing, that house rental damage deposit losing scenario can be, especially when the phone and utility bills your former roommate skipped out on are in your name.
Roommates can be hard to coexist with if they move their body out but leave so much junk there’s no room to move in another total stranger to try and coexist with.
Then you have to sue your old roommate because, if they are storing possessions in your house, by law they still occupy it and owe rent, which they may have already been months behind on paying when they moved out!
Yes, coexisting sucks sometimes. But, at least those times are in Tahoe!
There’s only one way to get the world to coexist, or to get a nation of nearly 320 million people like America to coexist, and that is to put a strict government in place with the power to regulate, regulate, regulate! Control everything citizens think, do and say and educate everyone to be robots for Big Brother. Or, arm honest, law abiding citizens.
Increasing the regulation of corporations, big business and industry, especially the oil industry, is a “liberal” philosophy. Let’s be even more liberal and increase regulations on individual behavior, including regulations on how people behave in private and in public. We could start right here in Tahoe.
Parking bicycles directly in front of the grocery store door, or blocking a private driveway with your car along the Truckee River, especially between Tahoe City and River Ranch, makes it harder for people to exist, let alone coexist. So, we should strictly enforce harsh penalties against such rude behavior. Confiscate bicycles, tow cars and make the guilty parties spend the rest of their vacation picking up litter, or make them stand at private driveways and gates to open and close the gates for the private residents as they come and go, 24/7. We would bring food and water to the convicted every six hours, of course. We wouldn’t want to appear to be dishing out cruel and unusual punishment.
Littering, of course, makes it hard for people and animals to coexist with their environment, so we should have harsher penalties imposed on that insipid crime. For example, anyone caught littering would be held in custody for one year and be forced to clean up after every incident involving a bear living in or ransacking a home and defecating all over the premises.
Don’t take these proposed solutions to improve coexisting seriously. I’m just letting off steam for fun. The problem is, governments like to let off steam for questionable reasons. And they can be mean and cranky with personal problems of their own.
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 30 years.
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