Sunday, May 25, 2008

Reno Goes Vertigo

I've hung out in Reno, Nevada, just one time before and I really enjoyed myself.

The people were real mellow, but note that that was way back in '93 and the economy, plus drugs, have changed a lot of America for the worst since then. Still somehow, Reno seems to have kept both its cool and its mellow. While it isn't the hippest city in the world, there is an absence of pretension that is very refreshing and you won't find that in other city in the west from San Jose to Seattle. Even the areas that had bars on their windows, just had them here and there. Almost as if it wasn't necessarily to keep the riff-raff from getting in, but the hardcore gamblers from getting out.

This mural is just past the main group of casinos in the downtown area. We did a loop of that area and decided to swing back to Circus Circus after seeing a nice, but dingy neighborhood, where this painted wall caught my eye. Note that the absence of graffiti, something young a**h*les here, can't respect, as they will tag anything and everything.

I wanted to link the images together, but my camera isn't sophisticated enough for me to do that. So while they are in order, some of the images on the pictures repeat themselves.



Blogger Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

I must say, when I visited Reno some 19 years ago, I hated, hated hated it. It was Vegas' trailer-park cousin, with bad dental work, and a yellow smoky haze that clung to everything.

But the fact that such a cool mural would actually exist there makes me think twice about going back.

Thanks for sharing that!

Mon May 26, 09:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


To be fair, I've been to Reno two times before I actually went to Vegas and I've only been in Reno in spring, or at night. I imagine that it isn't as beautiful during the summer, where most of the west is covered in dingy smog.

"But the fact that such a cool mural would actually exist there makes me think twice about going back."

I'll post some of the Riverwalk, along with something horrid from the 60's and you can judge for yourself. They are trying and I like I said, at least the people there do not think they are God's gift, unlike the rest of the people on the West Coast (San Franciscians and myself included).

Mon May 26, 04:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Quin Browne said...

very nice.

when i visited reno, i had very little money... and used $3 to buy a fried chicken to eat between there and denver.

the chicken had died of starvation.. all i discovered was bones and batter.

i'm glad it's improved. if i'd known you were going, i'd have sent my receipt.

can you get money back after 30 years?

Mon May 26, 05:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Could you get your money back? If they read your writing? Sure.

Tue May 27, 11:35:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous gifted typist said...

Reno, I love the sound of that place. Always wanted to go.
The picture series is cool but my neck hurt by the end of the tour.

Wed May 28, 11:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Sorry, I wanted some continuity to them and I don't know if the same program that you use for your pics, would work on Blogger with my dial-up.

Wed May 28, 08:39:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jewgirl said...

KICK-ASS PICS, BABES! I'm so glad yas had a good time.

Sat May 31, 03:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


It was definitely a highlight of the trip.

Sun Jun 01, 08:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dale said...

Love the way you put that mural back together!

Mon Jun 02, 07:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


There is almost the illusion of continuity, isn't there? Still, I'm no Gifted Typist or All Things Dan.

Mon Jun 02, 08:39:00 PM PDT  

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