Here’s Woodsy: From writer to reader |

Here’s Woodsy: From writer to reader

Have you ever noticed the number or cars around town with “for sale” signs in the window?

I have. Because there are a lot.

On a slow news day I drove around town and took pictures of all the cars with “sale” signs in the window.

“What’s this?” said Sierra Sun Editor Nik Dirga, trying to straighten out a coil of negatives with the familiar placards.

“Cars for sale in Truckee. There are a lot,” I said, explaining that it might make for an interesting story to find out why.

Are car lots prohibited in Truckee?

Nope. Turns out you can have a car lot in the appropriate spot here in Truckee. There is no prohibition on the iridescent banners and all the tacky decor that typically accompany used car dealerships.

But it might be a tough sell. A large dealership certainly wouldn’t fly. Something subdued might fit under the bar, and with the volume of “for sale” cars parked around town the need is clear.

One thing you can’t do is park your car on the side of the street and stick a “for sale” sign in the window. You’ll probably get a citation from the parking authorities.

It’s odd, really. Per capita we must have one of the highest “for sale” rates around, and I want to know why.

It isn’t easy to sell a car here, that’s for sure. Try to convince someone from Reno or Sacramento to drive all the way to Truckee to look at one ’83 Subaru hatchback and then drive home. Good luck.

It’s an interesting issue, and someday it may be addressed by the town.

Or, have you noticed a neighbor raking pine needles in their back yard recently?

I have, and I wonder about that.

Eric Larusson, an owner with the Villager Nursery in Truckee, says raking pine needles is a good way to protect your property against wildfire.

But it also removes precious ground cover in an extremely dry growing season.

Pine needles also are an important form of “leaf litter.”

“Pine needles make great compost,” said Larusson. “And it makes great mulch.”

Remove all those needles for mulching or compost in your garden and what do you leave behind? Nothing but an appetite.

How is Mother Nature going to recoup those lost nutrients?

Pine needles can also help restore ground damaged by erosion.

So what’s the answer: to rake or not to rake?

I bet it would make a good column for an ecologist, or someone with experience in sustainable landscape design.

Another column idea I have been masticating recently is the efficacy of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator test.

Michael Fitzpatrick, a business consultant in town, uses the personality test to teach employers how to form productive business relationships with employees. The goal is to increase productivity and harness successful long-term relationships.

What employees get out of the deal is, among other things, a comfortable working environment – one where they will be compelled to stay and achieve higher standards.

I took the test, and I think it’s pretty accurate.

You can learn a lot about yourself with the results too. I even went so far as to show the chapters discussing my type to my significant other as if to say “See, see – it all makes sense now!”

Well, the test has its limitations.

But I think the subject would also make for a good editorial.

The point is there are a lot of good subjects for discussion out there. If you can’t or don’t want to write an editorial about them, you should at least give the Sierra Sun a call and let us know.

I, however, won’t be writing about them though.

Instead, I am going to be joining you as a Sierra Sun reader and contributor.

Although I plan to travel for a little while, I will be back in Truckee to teach some youngsters about physics, alpine ecology, how to burn worms with a magnifying class and other fun science stuff.

It has been great working with the Town of Truckee, which, by the way, is composed of some of the very finest people I’ve met.

Thank you to everyone who made working at the paper so much fun.

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