Smoke Gets in His Eyes 6/21/17

Let me begin by setting the stage for what happened:

Lou once thought of a life after Downieville

In the late summer of 1995 Undersheriff David Marshall came to me to offer that years training assignments. He explained to me that he had two classes in mind for me. One was Underwater Basketweaving and the other was Reading Smoke Signals. Although the basketweaving class sounded fun, I thought the Reading Smoke Signal training might be more conducive to the duties of being a Deputy Sheriff and Sierra County as it borders Washoe County Nevada and some of that tribe takes up residence in Sierra County. The training was very informative and fun to boot. For the remainder of my career I was never able to use that skill, until today.

This morning I depart for my walk. As I leave my hut I notice a large amount of smoke in the Dayton Valley. I conclude that yesterday’s thunderstorms must have started range fires in that valley and am hopeful they get extinguished quickly. I take the “upper town” tour today as it didn’t seem to be as hot as it was yesterday. As I begin up “A” Street I notice the smoke was quickly clearing. As I approach the Piper Opera House I look toward the valley and see what appears to be smoke signals coming from the valley floor. At first I don’t think too much about it and then the thought pops into the cranium. I had training to learn how to read these back in 1995. Why not try to read these?

I stop and find a place to clearly see the signals. Here is what I deciphered from the first set.

“THESE…..SIGNALS…..ARE….BROUGHT…….TO…..YOU……BY…….”PAM….AND….RUSS….BRANDON’S……MOUNDHOUSE…. TRUE…..VALUE…..HARDWARE”.

I thought about that for a minute and said to myself. “are you kidding, you can buy advertisements for smoke signals?” This has just gone too far! But wait, more signals are rising from the valley floor.

THIS…..MESSAGE…..IS….FROM……LENNAR…….HOMES…..FOR……LOU…….FOXWORTHY,…..WE….ARE……PLEASED…….TO…..INFORM……YOU……YOUR……..NEW…….LENNAR…….HOME……WILL……BE…….READY……TO……OCCUPY……ON……AUGUST…..9TH…….AT…….AROUND……..5PM……..PLEASE……COME……TO…….YOUR…..NEW……HOME……ON……AUGUST……2ND……….FOR…..A……CELEBRATION…….ORIENTATION……WITH……A…..REPRESENITIVE…….FROM……LENNAR……HOMES…..COME……ALONE…….AND…….BRING…….YOUR…..LISTENING…….EARS.

I think about this for a minute and I just can’t believe what I’ am ciphering. I realize it has been awhile since the training and that maybe my ciphering is a little rusty. I see the signals rise again confirming what I had ciphered. Boy, this is exciting! My house will be ready on time! But, still a little unsure, I hopped in the motor coach and traversed the trail to the office of Lennar Homes in Dayton. I meet with Margaret and she confirms my ciphering. She shares some more information for later use and sends me on my way. I’ am having trouble containing my excitement so I visit various establishments that sale accessories for new homes. Turns out to be a fun day filled with new and exciting things for the home.

I would like to thank Undersheriff David Marshall (retired) for allowing me to attend this training. It finally paid off!

Pam and Russ, what does it cost to buy Smoke Signal Ads?

Hmmmm, maybe the heat has gotten to me.