December 9th, 2017


Fireworks in Fernley

I had to run a bunch of errands into Reno today, including one that couldn't be easily postponed. Lisa's sleep schedule is very much out of phase, so I left her to sleep while I made the foray into Reno. I did not enjoy fighting the crowds for the various errands I had, none of which were really holiday shopping. But after hours of running from shop to store, I made it home in one piece.

Today was the annual Christmas Parade in Fernley, which I missed because I was in Reno. But I got out of town before I was effectively trapped in the house, because the parade has in the past formed up on Front Street right in front of our house. By the time I got home, the parade was over, but I did manage to get in to see the inside of a building I've wanted to see ever since I moved to Fernley.

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After my brief look inside the depot, I drove to the Fernley Out-of-Town Park for the promised fireworks.

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There were a couple of points in the fireworks show where I don't think things went as planned, with some detonations way too close to the ground. I didn't get them on camera, and I hope nobody got hurt.

After what I (and many others) thought was the finale, I made for the exit, only to be surprised by a few additional launches.

On the way home, I found out what the source of sirens before the show was: a multi-car pile-up in front of the Fernley Nugget on US-50A that must have happened only minutes after I passed through on my way to the fireworks. Cars were being diverted through the Nugget's parking lot while they cleaned up the mess, but big rigs on US-50A were pulled over and idling to wait for the road to reopen.

I got none of my planned fannish tasks done today. I hope I have time tomorrow, but Lisa and I may need to go back to Reno for additional shopping.