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Goin’ south for the summer

By Jeremy Evans

Tribune staff writer

Last Thursday, the day before I left for a leave of absence, I reflected on some of the things my co-workers said to me in the weeks leading up to my departure. However, I’ve decided that labels such as “short-timer” and “independently wealthy” aren’t accurate.

This June marks my seventh year as a newspaper reporter. I had less than a month between college graduation and my first job at the Nevada Appeal in Carson City. It was hardly enough time to engage in a bohemian existence.

To me, that makes me at least a middle-timer. And I’m not even 30 yet. It’s scary that I’m already this bitter.

As far as being independently wealthy, that’s complete nonsense. I’ll trade paychecks with anybody else on South Shore.

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Besides, my wife and I have saved for this for almost two years. It’s amazing the effect $2 drinks can have on a bank account. Thanks, Lakeside Inn, for making this trip possible.

Spending the summer in South America might seem like a real hoot, but most of you have probably never visited a third-world country before.

I believe the phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite” derived from the $5 hotel I stayed at in Peru. Hotels advertising “hot water” really means they have water capable of reaching 65 degrees – for 10 seconds.

Without a doubt, though, the most troubling part of my summer hiatus is missing my fantasy football draft. My league drafts each year at a different location where 16 guys in their late 20s/early 30s congregate for two nights without their significant others.

This is deeply concerning. But if I’ve been unsuccessful in convincing you to send me sympathy cards while I’m gone, just think about what I will be missing and you will be experiencing when I’m gone.

— Michael Jordan will come to the American Century Championship and, once again, won’t sign an autograph.

— Barry Bonds will break Hank Aaron’s home run record about the time I’m paddling a reed boat on Lake Titicaca.

— Sunshine, 75 degrees and Lake Tahoe. That’s what I will miss most.

In my absence, Paul Andrew will be taking my place. I’m sure you will keep him busy this summer as he’s very knowledgeable about the local sports scene. Paul can be reached via e-mail at jevans@tahoedailytribune.com or at (530) 542-8008.

So have fun this summer, Lake Tahoe. Like Wyclef Jean, I’ll be gone ’til September.

– Jeremy Evans is a Tahoe Daily Tribune sports writer. In September, he can be reached at (530) 542-8008 or by e-mail at jevans@tahoedailytribune.com.

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