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post #181 of 206
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

Maybe the terms "Locals" and "Tourists" are too restrictive.  Maybe Alexzn and Xela are more like what we could call "Regulars."

In fact, maybe there should be a hierarchy of terms to denote ski area residency status.  

I'll take a stab at it.  In ascending order, how about....

 

6 - Poser:  Lowest rung on the ladder.  A Tourist who adopts the affectations of a Local...or attempts to.  I'd rather just loudly announce I'm a Tourist than be thought a Poser.

5 - Tourist:  Just comes to visit from time to time...maybe even a couple of times a year, but no real investment in the community.  Not necessarily bad, BTW.

4 - Regular:  Those that are in the area a lot, but don't live there full-time.  2nd-home owners.

3 - Transplant:  People like TC and myself who have put down permanent full-time roots in the area with no intention of leaving, but it's relatively recent.

2 - Local:  Long-time full-time residents of the area.  Often not even skiers.  Been around a generation or so...many definitions in posts above.

1 - Native:  You and many generations of ancestors born and bred here.  Distant ancestors hunted bison with arrows and lived in tepees here.

 

Tear it up!!!

 

Cool...so now as a bona-fide Regular I can roll my eyes at Regular wannabes.  Man I can't wait for ski season! 

post #182 of 206
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

Maybe the terms "Locals" and "Tourists" are too restrictive.  Maybe Alexzn and Xela are more like what we could call "Regulars."

In fact, maybe there should be a hierarchy of terms to denote ski area residency status.  

I'll take a stab at it.  In ascending order, how about....

 

6 - Poser:  Lowest rung on the ladder.  A Tourist who adopts the affectations of a Local...or attempts to.  I'd rather just loudly announce I'm a Tourist than be thought a Poser.

5 - Tourist:  Just comes to visit from time to time...maybe even a couple of times a year, but no real investment in the community.  Not necessarily bad, BTW.

4 - Regular:  Those that are in the area a lot, but don't live there full-time.  2nd-home owners.

3 - Transplant:  People like TC and myself who have put down permanent full-time roots in the area with no intention of leaving, but it's relatively recent.

2 - Local:  Long-time full-time residents of the area.  Often not even skiers.  Been around a generation or so...many definitions in posts above.

1 - Native:  You and many generations of ancestors born and bred here.  Distant ancestors hunted bison with arrows and lived in tepees here.

 

Tear it up!!!


What about "Gaper"???th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #183 of 206
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What about "Gaper"???th_dunno-1%5B1%5D.gif

 

Um, you ever heard of search?  This has been cover in a 1287 post thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/103337/how-not-to-look-like-a-total-gaper

 

The image that started it all:

 

Wow, summer is slow around here.  That fruit was still hanging there 30 mins later!  smile.gif

post #184 of 206

A true Lake Tahoe Local has one of these - a skidoo with an outboard motor

 

 

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post #185 of 206
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

Maybe the terms "Locals" and "Tourists" are too restrictive.  Maybe Alexzn and Xela are more like what we could call "Regulars."

In fact, maybe there should be a hierarchy of terms to denote ski area residency status.  

I'll take a stab at it.  In ascending order, how about....

 

6 - Poser:  Lowest rung on the ladder.  A Tourist who adopts the affectations of a Local...or attempts to.  I'd rather just loudly announce I'm a Tourist than be thought a Poser.

5 - Tourist:  Just comes to visit from time to time...maybe even a couple of times a year, but no real investment in the community.  Not necessarily bad, BTW.

4 - Regular:  Those that are in the area a lot, but don't live there full-time.  2nd-home owners.

3 - Transplant:  People like TC and myself who have put down permanent full-time roots in the area with no intention of leaving, but it's relatively recent.

2 - Local:  Long-time full-time residents of the area.  Often not even skiers.  Been around a generation or so...many definitions in posts above.

1 - Native:  You and many generations of ancestors born and bred here.  Distant ancestors hunted bison with arrows and lived in tepees here.

 

Tear it up!!!

LOL,

Actually, my family ancestors used lances thrown from horseback to kill Bison.  

post #186 of 206

Just for fun, I just saw this and had to chuckle. 

post #187 of 206

We are all just passing through, till we get planted by somebody.  

Then we are local and part of the place.  Imagine who we are skiing with, and on, at pretty much any skiing venue.  Kind of cool in its own way. beercheer.gif

post #188 of 206
"Local" is a state of mind.
post #189 of 206
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

"Local" is a state of mind.

 

I kinda disagree, but someone earlier asked where Gapers fit in.  I'd say Gaperness is more of a state of mind.  

Locals and Tourists alike are free to be Gapers, after all!

post #190 of 206
If people want to be "locals", "gapers", "tourists" or anything else - let them be.
post #191 of 206
I always hesitate if I'm on a chair and get asked the question, as without knowing why they want to know it's hard to know how to answer. It could be the one upmanship of a "native" or it could be someone just looking for the best beer/snow/toilet/restaurant.
post #192 of 206

I say I live in the area but don't qualify as a local because it has been less than twenty years.

post #193 of 206
Sometimes I'll say I'm transplant, but generally anything beyond yes or no is more info than they want... or I want to give them.
post #194 of 206
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

"Local" is a state of mind.

 

Not true by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Locals can be picked out in a crowd.  You have to look for the people with their eyes abnormally close together.  It is a condition caused by generations of in-breeding that is only done by locals.

 

Also, ask a suspected local - have you ever been divorced.  If the answer is yes, further ask if the ex-spouse is still their cousin.  If so, you have found a local.

 

Remember, when Jesus departed this earth he told the locals to do no work until he returns, and they haven't.  This is another way to find a true local.  

post #195 of 206
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

If people want to be "locals", "gapers", "tourists" or anything else - let them be.

 

I'm pretty sure if you visited any community that draws tourists and cited your "state of mind" theory to an actual local, you would meet with a heated response.

"State of mind" doesn't make me an Astronaut.  Some things require something a little more tangible...

post #196 of 206

When it comes to Tahoe, I have always been a low life, degenerate tourist!

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Just for fun, I just saw this and had to chuckle. 

post #197 of 206
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

When it comes to Tahoe, I have always been a low life, degenerate tourist!

Fortunate for you, I'm a Reno Rookie and enjoy the company of Low Life Degenerate Tourist types. 

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post #198 of 206
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Just for fun, I just saw this and had to chuckle. 

T.C. that is too funny, kinda true also, but still funny. 

post #199 of 206

On the mountain, a local is when you have been around long enough to be invited to boot pack what the ski bums have already packed down!

post #200 of 206

Being a local is when you're aware that the sewers and infrastructure are so bad that the ,loos will backflow this weekend and there's maybe 25% water loss.

 

http://www.svpsd.org/pdffiles/Agenda%20Package/G-2_OperationsReport-July2013.pdf

post #201 of 206

I'm honored to have been mentioned in this thread while I wasn't paying attention.  I'll call myself a regular.

 

For what it's worth, I think the word "local" implies some superior knowledge and experience of the place and its people.  When I moved into my house in the bay area, I met my neighbor who was both "native" and "local".  He knew the last three owners of every house on the street, why they sold, who they worked for and what changes they made to their homes.  He knew the cops by name because he went to high school with a number of them.

post #202 of 206

This blog has an interesting take on Ski Town Locals, and What They Stand For

 

From the blog

 

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 Wherever you choose to live, be a local! The “locals” are restoring meaning and purpose to their lives, and escaping from being cogs in a big economic wheel. We can all learn a thing or two from a ski bum.

 

While I do not consider myself a "local" I have chosen to restore meaning and purpose to my life and hopefully I'm making a positive impact on my surroundings. 

post #203 of 206
After ten years, maybe I'm a local. Definitely live and play and try not to do any work whatsoever in the same place.
post #204 of 206
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A true Lake Tahoe Local has one of these - a skidoo with an outboard motor



 



 



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I know that it's two months old but I have to ask. What the hell is the outboard for? I have been trying to come up with something but am at a loss
post #205 of 206

IN case they don't make it??
 

post #206 of 206
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Originally Posted by veteran View Post
 


A true Lake Tahoe Local has one of these - a skidoo with an outboard motor

 


 

 


 

 


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I know that it's two months old but I have to ask. What the hell is the outboard for? I have been trying to come up with something but am at a loss

 

It rains on my hill a lot:D

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