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Random thoughts on deadline day

Peter Kostes

Final Four: March Madness, the culmination of a long season on the hardcourt, reaches its crescendo Monday evening. However, when one of America’s most exciting sporting events tips off in Florida, I’ll be joining about a dozen other hoops junkies in Truckee’s version of the finals -the championship of the adult men’s B League.

Ya gotta be a hoops fanatic to miss the NCAA finals for a B League contest. If we’re lucky, we’ll catch a brew and the final minutes of the game on the way home. When recounting B League highlights (the epitome of an oxymoron if you’ve ever witnessed B League action), it’s best to cloud one’s post-game memory slightly.

Regarding the Final Four, I have to stick with my Yankee heritage and root for the homestate UConn Huskies.

More B League musings, or “I didn’t need to hear that”: “So, your leg still hurts?” my teammate asks at the end of our last game. “Hey, my girlfriend is nurse, ask her what she thinks.”

Well, it’s probably some sort of muscle tear, she informs me, taking a look at my aching calf, and, sizing me up, “How old are you?”

Ouch. Hey, I know I’m getting old – and I don’t need a second opinion to confirm it! “How old are you?” is not a question we use in the B League.

It seems like only yesterday: On Tuesday, the Town of Truckee quietly marked its sixth anniversary.

Merger mania: The banking industry’s penchant for mergers and buyouts hit home recently with the announcement that, in separate deals, SierraWest and Placer Savings were purchased by Bay Area firms.

Both local banks have been strong community supporters, especially the homegrown Sierra West (nee Truckee River Bank) that started in a trailer behind the downtown commercial district in 1981. I’m probably not the only one wondering how the changes might influence the future course of these longtime community partners.

Another kind of spring madness: Going through the files, I came across several Truckee Follies programs. In past years, spring often signaled Follies season in town. Sponsored by the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, the irrepressible, irreplaceable, irreverent and unforgettable Follies took center stage at the rec center.

Lampooning Truckee and its denizens, the nearly annual theatrical revue represented the hottest ticket in town and a highlight of Truckee’s social calendar (OK, I’m big on oxymorons this week). It’s been almost three years since the last Follies, and no one seems quite sure when, if, or where this unique slice of Truckee life might rise from the ashes.

Truckee without the Follies seems a little barren.


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