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Grasshopper Soup: Party with the other party

There is hope for the world after all. Ultra conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh got married last weekend and he invited ultra liberal singer/songwriter Elton John, who provided the music. A great party was had by all parties.

Typically, instead of praising Rush and Elton for doing exactly what liberals want humans to do, which is to all get along, Elton John was criticized for being a traitor to and#8220;the cause.and#8221; Somebody always has to drag the whole party down.

I wonder how many hundreds or thousands of years it will take for us to drop these ridiculous political labels. All they do is promote conflict and pave the way for violence and bloodshed. Political labels allow us to single out certain individuals and groups for hatred, discrimination and derision. This and#8220;us versus themand#8221; mentality is precisely why we may still be thousands of years away from ever living in an enlightened society.



Meanwhile, as the world around us struggles financially, and the earth has sprung a leak in the Gulf of Mexico, North Lake Tahoe seems to be doing well. Monday, road work brought everyone together for an all day traffic jam in Tahoe City, which is a good thing.

The healthy hustle and bustle came to a snailand#8217;s pace standstill at the Wye from about 7 a.m. to almost 6 p.m. Otherwise we may have never noticed how many people are still out there, busy as bees and making hay while the sun shines.



Those of us not lucky enough to join our neighbors in the middle of the jam were at least able to appreciate it on foot, as long as you didnand#8217;t get run over by a few and#8220;us versus them-ersand#8221; who tried to avoid the traffic jam and traffic lights by cutting through parking lots. Well, as mom always said, haste makes waste. Crafty residents and local business owners turned the short cuts in to traps, which ended up being more time consuming than just waiting in line for those motorists who didnand#8217;t want to be part of the team.

Sunny Tahoe smiles to all the team players out there. It is a good sign to see so many. Of course, mountain people are light years ahead of everyone else when it comes to enjoying each otherand#8217;s company no matter what the world throws at us.

There are enough things in the world to try our patience besides each other. Cottonwood trees for example. We have a special kind of cottonwood up here in the mountains. I think itand#8217;s the black cottonwood. A perfect name for a trouble causing tree. When the leaves sprout they burst forth, splitting open their seed bud casings and sending trillions of the sticky little buggers to the ground. They are coated with sap and stick to everything, except the tree. They are almost impossible to remove, especially if you wait for the sun to bake them in to the paint job on your car. Sweeping them from your walkway can be as bad as trying to remove ticks or porcupine quills from your dog. They stick to the bottom of your shoes and, no matter how hard you try to sweep them from your doorway, they end up everywhere. Much of your summer can be spent picking them out of your living room carpet. I have even found them in my silverware drawer. They will end up in your favorite book, sticking the pages together. I have found them in my laundry hamper and in my bed. I donand#8217;t know how they do it. I have examined them closely, and found no signs of feet. I walk under that dang tree several times a day and, miraculously, I have never found one stuck in my hair. It doesnand#8217;t make any sense. I want them stuck in my hair.

I know I should love the darn things because they are natural and organic, but I donand#8217;t. I never want to see another one as long as I live. Iand#8217;ll probably find one in my coffin, but Iand#8217;ll have more patience then.

Bob Sweigert is a Sierra Sun columnist, published poet, ski instructor and commercial driver. He’s lived at Lake Tahoe for 27 years.


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