‘You’re not from around here, are you…’
There are two worlds: the world of the tourist and the world of everyone else. Often they’re side by side. But the tourist doesn’t actually see how people live. —Paul Theroux, travel writer
No offense to Mr. Theroux, but I disagree. Sure, a tourist can choose to skim the surface of travel, never becoming immersed in foreign surroundings, opting for the surest route instead of the one leading who knows where.
The Long Road Home
To say this is my dream job is completely inadequate. Born and raised in Reno, I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown for “greener pastures.” In my youthful zeal I swore I’d never come back, despite the wise smiles of friends who wished me well but predicted my return. I moved to the Washington D.C. area for just over a decade, had a wonderful job and life, raised my Reno-born kids, and still believed I’d never come back. That thought turned out to last only a couple years, and then, each return visit to see my family tugged a little harder at me. Watching the sun set over the Sierra Nevada mountains, swimming in the crystal blue Lake Tahoe waters, watching the pelicans fly toward Pyramid Lake’s Anaho Island … well, you can take the girl out of Nevada, my friends, but … you know the rest.
Take a Bow, Mr. Brown
I know that everyone is used to seeing Matthew B. Brown’s musings in this space; however, it is with heavy hearts that we at Nevada Magazine have said goodbye to Matt, as he has taken a new position with the City of Reno.
When I came to the magazine in 2008, Matt and I talked about the vision we both had for the future of the magazine and realized we were very much on the same page. At that time, the magazine had strayed from its roots and had become a lifestyle publication. The focus on the great history and traditions of our state had nearly been lost, and both of us felt it was high time to turn that around.
Embrace the Ides of March
It is written in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March.” History buffs know that this is in reference to Caesar’s assassination on March 15, 44 B.C. Thankfully, in Nevada, the Ides of March have a much happier connotation, as there are two monumental anniversaries in the state’s history that fall around the notorious date.
The first is Nevada’s creation as a territory on March 2, 1861 by the United States Congress. Nevada Territory was a federal territory, a part of the Union, and consisted of nine original counties. President Abraham Lincoln appointed Governor James Warren Nye to lead and guide the territory in its pre-statehood days.
What Do You Love About Nevada?
Right off the top, happy 150th birthday, Nevada! Our six 2014 issues will be a special dedication to our state’s rich history and the people and things that make it so great today. We have some exciting things planned for our upcoming issues, including a “150 Things We Love About Nevada” special edition in November/December 2014.
That’s why we’re asking for your participation. Simply put, we want to know why you love Nevada. Send us an e-mail (preferred), write us a letter, or give us a call and tell us why the Silver State is special to you. You don’t have to be a resident—the only stipulation is that you have to love Nevada.