Plans to move to North Pole on hold, for now
Had an illuminating e-mail discussion with a reader this week.
He’d e-mailed three weeks ago after reading one of my columns, and among other choice morsels said I was one of the reasons it “sucked” to live at Tahoe. He also contended Tahoe would be better off if I returned to North Carolina.
On Tuesday I received another e-mail from the fellow. Responding to my last column when I facetiously wrote about moving to the North Pole, he claimed that he and the rest of Tahoe’s old timers wished I would move there.
The same week, by the way, I received a nice typewritten letter from a South Lake Tahoe widow who’s lived in the area for 17 years, she said.
Among her comments were these: “If you are lonely it’s your own fault, there are all kinds of organizations where you can meet people and also contribute to the community.
“As a reporter you surely checked out the living conditions in South Lake Tahoe such as the weather, cost of living, etc.
“Let me know when you’re moving to the North Pole, I’ll help you pack.”
That was pretty generous, I thought …
Back to my other friend’s deadly serious e-mails:
I couldn’t for the life of me understand how my columns had incited such rage, so I replied and asked why he responded as he did.
Here’s my e-mail (with the reader’s name redacted):
“Thanks for the note, …
“I’m really trying to understand why you are so angry. My columns are not meant to be taken seriously. They’re satires.
“I enjoy Tahoe and feel very fortunate to be here.
The reader responded that he thought I’d been saying negative things about Tahoe and the area’s residents. He added that the locals are generous and commended the area as a great place to raise a family.
He ended with this: “Sorry for being mean, but in your columns it sounds like you like to pick on the locals here and this town. Just give us a chance, you will like us. Anyway I apologize for my comment and welcome to Tahoe. (signed …)
I wrote back, thanked him for his response and invited him to visit me at the Tribune if and when he wanted.
My wife regularly warns me my sense of humor (or lack thereof) can be easily misconstrued if people don’t know me. I’m sorry if that’s been the case.
I love South Lake Tahoe and feel blessed to work at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. I’d invite all of you to my house for barbecue and drink, but I don’t think you’d all fit in my small house.
Please continue to respond to the newspaper’s content. At least when I’m grilled, I know you’re reading.
Feel free to visit me at the Tribune, or call sometime if you’d rather. My direct line is (530) 542-8047.
And for what it’s worth, I already like you.
— Paul Dunn is editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He can be reached at (530) 542-8047 or email@example.com.