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Mountain Times: Shooting from the hip

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE andamp;#8212; There comes a time in every writerandamp;#8217;s career that the mind draws a blank. Unfortunately I am having one of those brain lapses, so hang in there and I am going to just shoot from the hip!It is Sunday morning and I am currently at work pecking away at my computer and also hoping for that perfect client to walk through the door of our real estate office with a suitcase full of money and wanting to write an offer on that perfect lake front home.On my way down Northwoods Boulevard this morning I just about hit one of the largest ravens I have ever seen. Have you noticed the increase in the number of ravens this year? I sure have.About a month ago I heard some racket from across the street including the all-too-familiar sound of a garbage can being tipped over. I figured Mr. Bear was back for the summer. When I looked across the road there were three ravens chowing down on my neighborandamp;#8217;s garbage at the same time as they were trying to fend off each other. What a sight, what a mess, and what a racket!One of my colleagues claims that eagles are natural enemies of ravens and that when there are a lot of ravens there are few eagles. Hopefully this is incorrect, but admittedly I have seen osprey this year, but no eagles so far. (If anyone has any insight on the increased raven population, please drop me an email so we can share the information).As for bears, I have not spotted any myself this year, but friend and real estate colleague, Margo Groth, had a visit from Mr. Bear last week at her home in Tahoe Donner.She writes: andamp;#8220;I came up close and personal with a bear yesterday morning at our kitchen window. I know Iandamp;#8217;m a good cook, but he wasnandamp;#8217;t invited. I was working in my home office at about 9:30 a.m. when I heard a crash in the kitchen. When I heard the noise, I went to see what it was and I was face to face with the bear.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;The window was open and the bear took the screen out of the window and was looking in the kitchen. Not a moment too soon, or he would have been in the kitchen. I yelled at him to get down and go away, which he did and I closed the window.andamp;#8221;Margo happened to have her camera on the kitchen counter so she was able to take a couple of quick shots that came out great. andamp;#8220;He sure was cute,andamp;#8221; she said. Based on this experience, Margo suggests that if you have ground or deck level windows or sliders, that you shut them whenever you are away and/or whenever something good is in the making!Thanks to good friend and fellow Optimist Club member Denny Dickinson for coming out from his new home in Embudo, New Mexico, to help organize and put on the 21st Annual Cannibal Cruise Car Show in early July. He was here nearly a month and during his stay, he went to a couple of town of Truckee Council Meetings, spoke to a number of civic and business leaders, and reminded them that he was andamp;#8220;still around.andamp;#8221;Denny lived in Truckee for well over 30 years full time and became a very vocal advocate for environmental protection as well as for his beliefs of what is right and what is wrong for the community. Although I have not agreed with all of his causes and concerns, I have agreed with most. I will miss his determination and drive.Denny still owns a home here and I am sure he will stay involved (even though from afar) with his two most passionate causes: the proper restoration of Trout Creek and the building of a new library, hopefully on the Truckee River.Hmmmm … I just received a text message on my telephone which has set me thinking. In the past month or so we have asked our questions of the week about the word prefixes for telephone numbers in the Truckee and North Tahoe areas prior to area codes and digital dialing. Now think about it … if there had been all digital dialing from the very first, and no alphabetical letters on our telephones, would texting ever have become a reality?Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.