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Tahoe Today | Happy New Year 2011, Lake Tahoe

Wow! I never thought I would live to see the year 2011! Well it goes to show you life was crazy while growing up in the ’60s. I mean the year 2000 was light years away when I was in my early ’20s. We had dreams of space travel, hover crafts, and traveling to the moon in 1969. Oh well, I’m glad I became a psychic instead of a visionary. Have you noticed a lot of the same issues are still around?

I remember carrying groceries in a paper bag and plastic bags were unheard of. We had to conserve energy while growing up. I can hear my mom in the background as I write this article.

“Dayle, please shut off the lights,” she would shout, in our small one-bedroom apartment.

Our food was a lot more organic without preservatives. I could go on. It seems to me we are going back to the future to make things right. Just an observation that came to mind the other day.

As far as housing, well who could afford a house in the ’60s and ’70s without qualifying for one? Only the well-off could. Now everyone has a house, or should I say, many who have homes are trying to hold on to them. So I look back in time and think what really has changed.

Ah, yes, technology – I love it. Technology is moving so fast that we can hardly keep up with it. We have Facebook, Twitter, and have you noticed e-mail may be on its way out? Pretty soon we will receive our information telepathically; maybe then the world will catch up to me.

This all brings to mind what I love about Tahoe. Yes, we have major technology, but we also have a different way of life – a life that is much more quiet, peaceful and serene.

The survivors of the lake are unique. We barter for many jobs, we take care of one another when they need us, we open our homes for couch surfing and supply a little food along the way. We use fireplaces and wood, or pellets for energy. If we lose power in our homes, we light a fire and we look for our lanterns. We shovel our snow. When the power blows we open the fridge and throw the groceries outside in the freezing weather, which has now become our refrigerator with the hope that a bear doesn’t get to our food before we do.

We are so used to surviving, in fact, that is Tahoe’s middle name. In the summer we grow our own herbs when we’re not working 24/7. We catch our fish in the lake.

I think what I love the most about Tahoe, even though sometimes its very trying, is not having my mail delivered. I love going to the post office to retrieve my bills.

Well, you know we really get our mail through e-mail but I love going to the post office, especially when I have ordered something from Amazon.com. This seems to be one of the highlights of my day. It irks me when I order something online and they refuse to deliver my order because they only deliver to the physical address. Oh, well, I hope this little inconvenience never changes.

So what does this all have to do with the New Year 2011? Haven’t you figured it out yet?

Tahoe is Tahoe; very little will change and that – in itself – makes it a good year.

Happy New Year, everyone.

– Dayle Schear is an internationally known psychic and television personality who worked extensively with “Hard Copy.” To ask Schear a question for this column, e-mail your specific question and phone number to ESP555555@aol.com.

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