I work at home. Which most of the time is amazing. I’m freed from traffic jams, polyester business casual wear, chatty co-workers. And of course I can see to things around the house— turning over laundry, running the dishwasher, letting in a repairman, signing for a package, sticking a tray of lasagna in the oven. When the kids were younger, it also allowed me to slip out and work in the school garden at their recess, bring juice to a classroom party, get them to dance class and soccer practice in the afternoons. All without having to stand in the doorway of a real office and mumble some excuse to my boss.
But that is not to say there aren’t challenges. The things I “see to” are also interruptions, and many involve a doorbell which, if my German shepherd so much as hears one ring on TV, causes her to bark like we are about to be imminently murdered. And I don’t live by myself. In addition to the over-reactive dog, there are my kids and their friends and my husband banging in and out, opening and closing noisy garage doors, playing music, turning on a television, asking me questions. Although frankly, being home alone can sometimes be worse. Wow, this desk is so cluttered—I need to straighten up before I can even start writing; wonder if the mail is here yet— maybe that check came; the dog looks bored—I better play with her for a while; I’ll just run out quickly and do a few errands; what happened?—I’m going to turn on CNN, but only for a minute.
So when a colleague, Tim Hauserman, told me about a new shared workspace collective in Truckee—opened by some freelancers who hoped to trade all of the above for a peaceful desk, endless hot coffee and a few quiet adults around—I was intrigued. But we knew there was an even bigger story about changing work options in our region, so Nevada City writer Katrina Paz and Reno writer Whip Villarreal did some research as well. They uncovered a growing number of start-ups, transplanted technology companies and remote workers choosing to do business in the Sierra Nevada. Why? Read all about it in our cover story, “High Tech Hot Spots.”
Part of what brings people here, of course, is our amazing outdoor recreation, like our pictorial feature “Hikes with Waterfalls,” shot by Tahoe photographer, and regular SL contributor, Paul Hamill. And we bring you yet another gorgeous Sierra Nevada sunset on our back page—this one in Auburn, Calif., shot by Placer County photographer Bailey Diemer.
This issue we also focus on spring produce, seasonal dishes and springtime entertaining. What to look for, cook and serve? We have you covered, with farmers’ markets that are up and running, as well as a pairing menu from Chef Mike Trombetta of Plumas County and a recipe that will make a wonderful Mother’s Day breakfast from Chef Brynn Madden of Tahoe.
Finally, we showcase, as always, interesting people. Be sure to check out the two longtime friends behind the Two Chicks restaurant in Reno, the homegrown goalie for Reno 1868 FC, and The Quilt Lady in Incline Village.
And as you read these stories, give a sympathetic nod to the writers—all of whom had to straighten their desks, put clothes in the dryer, pull in a box from Amazon and play with the dog first.
Thea Marie Rood