Weekend at Burgies

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

What a weekend! I’ll bet most of you are like me, jumping the gun on most of your spring stuff, taking the lawn out of dormancy by watering, fertilizing or coring. I’ll bet there are even some crazies out there who’ve planted some of those tomatoes they’re selling at Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Not me, man. I know better than to plant tomatoes in April, but it’s not like we haven’t started the spring projects at my house.

My big project this weekend, the one that tore up my hands and has my glutes singing, had to do with assisting the brick guy as he rebuilt the top part of my chimney. I did a little cement work when I was a kid, and even though I spend a few hours a week lifting weights, I’ve got to tell you, I’m not what I once was. Those guys have it rough. Hard work. Of course, I was on the ground, doing the nontechnical bits, mixing mortar, putting it in buckets, taking it to the scaffold—you know, the stuff they put the inexperienced kids on.

The idea was, by providing assistance, I’d save myself some cash. I guess it worked that way. Cool that I have a solid chimney again. If you’re looking for a good brick guy who’ll show up when he says he will (or sometimes several hours early) and does good work, drop me a line. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend William.

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Have I reminded everyone to start voting on our Biggest Little Best of Northern Nevada enough? I wouldn’t say the results have been overwhelming, but we’ve got a few people working to get their favorite categories added. This month, we’re adding Best Dog Trainer, Best Jewelry Repair and Best Emergency Veterinary Service. I’d think all you flute players out there would be signing up because I know there is no category for Best Flautist.