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21 Best Places to Retire: Reno, Nevada!


You are a Baby Boomer if you were born between 1946 and 1964. You are educated, active and resourceful. You are searching for less stress and more living, you may be an empty nester, you prefer less traffic, fewer taxes and more fresh air and exciting activities! There are no rocking chairs in your future – you prefer pilates, hiking, biking, volunteering, wine club, book club, university classes, surfing the web, telecommuting, yoga, golf, tennis, walking your dog, senior dating and plenty of social activities.

State income taxes
Seven states have none. They are Florida, Texas, Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.

Tennessee and New Hampshire only tax interest and dividend income.

The 27, plus the 7 above, states that do not tax Social Security are:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts…

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RedBull Winch Sesh

This is so much more advanced than the spots we found 5 years ago. I wanna hit this soooo bad.


This takes wake skating to a whole new level. A cocktail of wakeboarding, skateboarding, but street style. You find a spot, set up your winch, and get the camera rolling. Some really cool spots and awesome footy. This is the future of sport.

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Coachella April 19, 2013: Friday

Will Call opened at 8am. I waited in line for about an hour, making new friends, before finally getting my wristband.

car camp wait

car camp wait

Whew, it was so relieving to have this $400 thing on my wrist. I went back to the car, woke up my mates, and we ventured into the venue. However, gates didn’t open until 9am, so there was a lot of driving around and more waiting. When we finally got in, police and dogs searched every car, so they got through about 40 cars every 2 hours. I slept on my yoga mat next to the car as people mingled, partied, and played frisbee to pass the time.

I got a half hour of decent sleep, then decided to venture inside. Once I got past security, I saw how massive Coachella was. Everything in the polo club is broken down like a grid, with street numbers. My friend Will was camping at 114 N. Street, so I headed in that direction. On the way, I passed the Red Bull Speakeasy, the Dome, the Farmer’s Market, and fellow campers. There was a buzz of energy and excitement in the air, and everyone was so nice. I couldn’t get over how positive everyone was.  I found Will, got the lowdown on the security, and headed back out to the car.

our camp

our camp

Luckily we had jumped a few spots in line and they barely checked the car. At 11am, we were in.

Parked out on 135th N. Street, we immediately started setting up our tent, laying out carpet, and meeting our neighbors. Luckily our neighbors had a huge army canvas that draped over our site and another one. That canvas probably saved our lives- it was airy yet provided shade. After a lunch of homemade chili dogs, we decided to head inside. Chris had his jellyfish umbrella, which was comfortable, artsy, and knocked about 20 degrees off the outside temp. People milled around and there was just so much to do and we were so sleep-deprived, we didn’t even know where to start.

I immediately lost Alex and Chris on the way into Coachella, and then it was sensory overload. But I headed straight to the act I really wanted to see- Beardyman.

And he was amazing.  (View the video teaser here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDr52M-Vamg ) This human beat boxer is so entertaining and he plays festivals all the time in the UK, but I believe this is his first time in the US. I actually met one of his Oxford classmates in Scotland last April, and



always wanted to see him play, but never knew when it would happen. Until now.  He talked smack on Justin Beiber, people’s moms, and right after he tried to hook his tour manager up with single ladies in the crowd and talk about how great nerds were, he lost power. It was pretty classic, and I was thrilled to have caught his set. The next two acts I really wanted to see were on Saturday- the Decendents and the Make Up.

Aesop Rock immediately opened up after Beardyman which was a double-bonus. I caught a few songs from their set, including “None Shall Pass“, then headed over to see Stars.

But there was so much to see! Do I go to the Mohave stage, the Sahara stage, the H&M tent? Do I sit in line for the water re-fill station, try to find my friends, dance in the Do Lab? Do I check out the art, watch more bands on the Outdoor and Main stages? I ended up just wandering around, not really doing anything productive, until I settled down in the H&M tent, filled up my water bottle and put on some fancy Kiehl’s sunscreen. Then I went out to see Stars. (View the video teaser here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD60aXlPWI8)

I hadn’t seen Stars since they opened up for Death Cab for Cutie in 2005 in Orlando, Florida. They have those silky voices that perfectly match opening up for someone like Voice-of-an-Angel Ben Gibbard. I swayed to their music and sauntered through the crowd as they played my favorite song, “My Ex-Lover is Dead”. The girl from Stars said, “I apologize- I took a bunch of pills this week.” Then a song later, she said, “it could be the pills, but I think that snail is moving.” And I looked back and thought, I hadn’t taken any pills, but that snail IS moving. Is this heat getting to me?

After Stars I went back to the camp, had a reunion with Chris and Alex, and re-fueled. We got some stuff together and headed back into the festival to see Modest Mouse.  I hadn’t seen Modest Mouse since the Chico Brickworks 2002-ish. They played their classics like “Float On” and some new stuff. We rocked out hardcore.

After Modest Mouse we headed over to the Sahara stage to watch Beach House. I don’t really remember them.

chris and alex at modest mouse

chris and alex at modest mouse

But I do remember the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen O looked absolutely crazy, and played my favorite songs, “Heads Will Roll” and I think “Maps”. (View the video teaser here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP9kQHOFivs)

Chris and Alex lead me over to the Mojave tent for Infected Mushroom after that and they were sooo good. I don’t know if it was Infected Mushroom that was blowing my mind or the way the stage was set up- with crazy TVs, holographic images, and heavy bass.

All I remember is having 1 hour to sleep before watching the Stone Roses, so I headed back to the campsite to take a power nap. But this was a bad idea- I passed out completely and missed them. That’s what happens when you average 1.5 hrs of sleep in 48 hours. I didn’t wake up ’til 7am the next morning wondering where the hell I was.

April 9 Postal Service Part 1

First thing yesterday morning, the Postal Service had me in tears, but by the end of the night the Postal Service had me grinning from ear to ear.

When I woke up yesterday, I was determined to track down my Coachella ticket. Last week, I called USPS and opened up an investigative search on this $400 wristband that I need for next week. I also called our local Post Office, which was equally vague and unhelpful.

So I waited, and waited, and the thing never got delivered, and I received got a response from anyone at the Postal Service, so I decided to hunt it down yesterday. I went into our local branch and asked about my ticket that I needed now, and I was willing to drive to Reno to get it. They proceeded to pull up all of the same tracking info I had, and the lady was really rude, telling me that “I sent her on a wild goose chase” and to “step aside because now she had a line”. Twenty minutes into the hunt, the Postmaster came out and said, “sorry, I’m seeing that the final tracking on it was 3/25 at the Reno Sort Facility”.

Me: Okay, so can I go to the Reno Sort Facility and get it?

Postal Service: Um, no, we don’t know where you would go and this doesn’t have any tracking on it…

Me: So, this is a $400 Priority Mail envelope that should’ve been delivered 2 weeks ago and are you telling me that it’s lost?

Postal Service: Yes, it’s lost.

No wonder the US Postal Service is going out of business! Luckily, one 10 min. phone call to Coachella solved the problem- they cancelled the order and re-routed it to Will Call. Thank goodness they were so nice otherwise I would’ve gone berserk.

(Another small ironic piece- Postal Service, the band that I was seeing that night was re-releasing an album called “Give Up”- advice I should’ve taken with the US Postal Service).

So now that I was pissed off and stressed out, my friend came over and swept me away

casey hiking Wildcard with me...and helping me get my sanity back

casey hiking Wildcard with me…and helping me get my sanity back

to go snowboarding. I showed her my mountain, we had some Bloody Marys, I got everything off my chest and we even found some small pockets of fresh pow. I halfway gained my sanity back. After tacos at T’s, I showered and got ready to see Postal Service the band for their reunited kick-off tour in Reno.

High Roller Hold ‘Em- April 6, 2013


I’ve been all about going to where the party is…and it was definitely at Heavenly last Saturday night for the High Roller Hold ‘Em. Snow Park Technologies came in and built a massive jump at the Cal Base that was easily view-able from the farthest part of the resort. You didn’t even have to go in the general area to see it, and a lot of people hung out in the parking lot and tailgated with their friends and dogs. It was like going to a football game, except this one had the Red Bull DJ Hummer-thing busting out tunes, IN THE PARKING LOT.

Once we got past the party in the parking lot, we headed into the competition to see what

this jump makes us happy

this jump makes us happy

was going on. Heavenly invited some of the world’s best riders to hit this jump, and threw a little poker into the mix. Each rider was dealt 2 cards with each card featuring a different trick. Each rider bet on the trick of their choice and had to land it as best as they could to win their round and qualify for finals.

However, I didn’t know exactly how the format was executed as I was watching it, I just saw some guys playing poker, then snowmo up to the jump and land super hard tricks. The only rider I recognized was Chas Guldemond, who I had to root on ‘cuz he’s a local boy.

There was a $50,000 prize purse and ESPN filmed the whole thing. A stage behind the jump featured DJs  and ex-strippers dancing, I mean, the “Heavenly Angels”. And a group of 10-yr-old boys perched up against the barricade watching the “Heavenly Angels”, their backs completely turned from the jump.

Meanwhile, I watched on the megatron screen what was going on at the poker table.  I saw

chas doing some mctwisty thing (aka a double corked cab 1260)

chas doing some mctwisty thing (aka a double corked cab 1260)

a few hands, and it seemed like Chas was always advancing and every round he STOMPED his double-corked 1260. As the sun set and the lighting changed, it was obvious that it was a bit harder on the riders to land their tricks with consistency, and we saw some gnarly crashes. My friend and I cruised around and watched a lot of flips and spins and crazy mctwists off that jump that I couldn’t even dream of even hitting, but I think we were both impressed with their skill and ease of stomping their tricks- or at least not even being afraid to fall and slide down the super steep landing. Then we hiked up to the side of the jump and joined all the misfits who snuck in their own alcohol, and we got a perspective on the take off and huge size of the gap of which the riders had to clear,  do a couple flips and land on their snowboards safely. Whew. It stresses me out just thinking about it.

chas claiming his scrilla

chas claiming his scrilla

We watched at least 4 rounds and the finals before it was clear who won- Chas Guldemond! Shaun White and the Heavenly Angels gave Chas a $29,000 check as the rest of the $50,000 prize purse was split among the runners up. Chas so deserved it- he absolutely killed it every single round and it’s nice to watch a guy who I see at the Truckee skate park just enter a comp at Heavenly and take home $29,000.fireworks

After the awards ceremony, it turned into a dance party, and as we were cutting up the snow in our warm SB boots with the Red Bull logo emblazoned on the gigantic jump behind us, Heavenly topped off this perfect night with a fireworks show. And it was better than New Year’s.

Heavenly and SPT did such a great job of putting on this event, they definitely have me thinking about renewing my Tahoe Local Pass for next season…