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Mountain Times: Thanks Moms and patrollers, and welcome cyclists

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; A belated Happy Mothers Day to all you deserving mothers. I hope that each of you very special women had a nice day and were able to spend it in some very nice way.

Over my many years I have seen the role of mothers change. Now a days, more mothers work, and it is not unusual that fathers have taken on more responsibility in the caring and upbringing of the children that their wife, or and#8220;significant otherand#8221; has brought into the world.

Admittedly I am of the older generation and find it amusing when I hear the statement that and#8220;weand#8221; are pregnant. Whatand#8217;s this and#8220;weand#8221;? I also find it simply amazing when I see a father or grandfather changing a diaper on a diaper table that is adjacent to 20 urinals at the ballpark restroom! Or, the father taking the responsibility of calling for a and#8220;time outand#8221; … time out?

Our society and parenting roles have changed, and hopefully that has produced progress in the art of parenting and assistance to moms. However, the biological and maternal bond of a mother to the children and#8220;sheand#8221; has born, will always be special and something that I do not feel men will ever truly relate to. Way to go moms!

Speaking of moms … I talked to our most loyal reader, Mary De Lisle, last week. At 90+ years old, she is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. When I called, she was packed and ready to go to Roseville to be with much of her family for Mothers Day. Mary had a rough winter including a bout of pneumonia, but with the coming of spring, melting of the snow, and flowers popping up daily in her garden, she has a whole new lease on life. If you know Mary, give her call. She would love to hear from you.

A huge THANK YOU to Matt Spencer and Paul Gugliuzza of the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol and to the two skiers that assisted me on Tuesday the 3rd, following a 200 yard +/- head-first, on-my-back slide down a section of one of the KT-22 West Face Alternatives. I will not go through the details, but I do feel lucky to be alive; and yes, there is a God.

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Matt and Paul arrived on the scene within 5 minutes of the call for assistance, were expert in their method of examination, and were absolutely incredible in their skiing ability to transport me (200+ pounds) in an evacuation sled straight down a very steep and bumpy hill for 300 yards or so. You guys are the best and are a credit to your profession and to the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol.

Also, thank you to the two skiers that were eye witnesses and the first on the scene when I stopped my slide in a grove of trees (but I didnand#8217;t hit a one). You were very caring and concerned. Thanks for picking up the debris (skis, poles) and for calling the ski patrol in a very timely manner. I didnand#8217;t get your names, but I do hope that one or both of you will read this column, and give me a call. The beer is on me.

I am getting better by the day, and my injuries are relatively minor. Time will heal all, and this incident has not discouraged me from wanting to resume my favorite outdoor winter activity once I mend.

The Amgen is coming, the Amgen is coming! Whether you are a cycling enthusiast, or not, I hope that all of you will participate in some way in this weekand#8217;s and#8220;Amgen Tour of California.and#8221; Whether as spectators, volunteer course monitors or helpers, it is extremely important that the entire community turn out to support what is the largest cycling event in North America.

Thank you to the event organizers, participants, sponsors, local promoters, etc. for making the Tahoe/Truckee area the sight for some of this yearand#8217;s venues. Hopefully this will become an annual event and an added source to our areaand#8217;s economic recovery.

Fore! Help support our local kids by purchasing an and#8220;Excellence in Educationand#8221; Golfing for the Schools Card. This yearand#8217;s card can be purchased for $400, is transferable, and entitles the card holder(s) to 18 holes of play at Coyote Moon, Grayand#8217;s Crossing, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Old Brockway, Old Greenwood, Resort at Squaw Creek, Tahoe City and Tahoe Donner golf courses. Some restrictions apply, but this is an incredible deal, and proceeds go to the Excellence in Education Foundation. Call 530-550-7984 for info.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are associated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.