Talkin trash, summer snow, and smokin Hot Tuna |

Talkin trash, summer snow, and smokin Hot Tuna

Its early June and the summer in Truckee has kicked off in earnest by, what else, a nice little snow storm. Actually, the storm was anything but little as I was motoring up Interstate 80 from Reno at about 9 p.m. Monday. Gusty winds were driving heavy snow flurries horizontal, until, that is, the slip stream of 18-wheelers churned things into perfect whiteouts.Luckily, my wife and I were coming back from our prenatal classes where, as Ive written about before, we practice breathing techniques aimed at easing anxiety and such. Talk about anxiety; driving along at night in the wake of big rigs rolling along at 60 mph and swirling snow, I was holding my breath pretty good. Must … remember … to … breathe…

On a calmer and warmer note, I nominate Truckee Day as our beginning of summer event from here on out. Last Saturday a beautiful blue Sierra Saturday Maia Schneiders effort to clean up the streets of Truckee saw hundreds and hundreds of people roaming around with huge orange trash bags picking up roadside garbage.Of course Memorial Day is usually the start of summer, but Truckee Day really brings people together for a great local cause clean Truckee streets. And the after party/barbecue in Truckee River Regional Park was tasty as well. Kudos to the cooks, trash collectors and organizers. Nothing creates community like getting involved.All that said, there are still some people here in Truckee who just dont get it. After patrolling my neighborhood thoroughly Saturday morning, what had been tossed on the side of the just-cleaned road by Monday? A big beer can. Cheers to the idiot who not only litters, but apparently drinks and drives.

And what else says summer like the opening of the amphitheater in Regional Park? Once the sun went down Saturday evening things got hot Hot Tuna hot. Id seen Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady perform their acoustic tunes a few times over the years as they did during their first set but never had the pleasure of hearing them plugged in. And that they did, with the help of Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin and that little guitar he was playing like a man possessed and Erik Diaz equally possessed on drums.This about Truckee from Mr. Kaukonens Web site at show last night was outdoors and though there was fear of evening chill, I actually found it quite comfortable. There were some technical problems in the course of the evening, but the enthusiasm of the folks and the beautiful setting pulled us through everything. It was a fun night. I agree. It wasnt just Hot Tuna, it was Smokin Tuna. Now that Dead Heads are Jerry-less and the Phish Heads Phish-less, why not carry the banner forward as a Tuna Head?Jamie Bate is the editor of the Sierra Sun. Reach him at

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