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What Makes a Local in Winter

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By LEIGH HOLGATE  |  Truckee

Think you’re a real local? Here’s a checklist for you.

Real Locals don’t drive exotic, expensive high-tech SUVs with on-board computers that malfunction and disable the all-wheel drive.

Real Locals drive pickup trucks and Suburbans that get them home every time.

Real Locals have two sets of tires. One set, the all-seasons, is for summer. The other set, the studded snow tires, is what gets them through winter.

Real Locals have a snow blower AND a snow removal contract.

Real Locals are kind to their snow removal contractor.

Real Locals don’t try to keep a tight schedule, they just leave earlier.

Real Locals don’t panic and scream when things aren’t going their way.

Real Locals don’t steal snow shovels or firewood.

Nobody said it would be easy living here. I would say about 30 percent of this town has no business being here at all.

If that describes you, it’s time to learn the ways of the mountains or maybe come back during better weather. Snow country doesn’t adapt to you, you adapt to snow country.

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November 9, 2017