Reno bleeds talent. It can't hold on to its geniuses. They slip into the world leaving their distinctive fingerprints on everything they touch. And though they leave, it stays lit for them. Reno is a desert lighthouse.
Every few years a new breed of kids would topple the old men who'd gone soft. It's a town of young lions and rad times. From the time I could pick up a guitar, I never saw a venue with a decent PA. No one has ever heard the vocalist at a Reno show. Ever. So every kid learned to play the ass off their guitar. They didn't need microphones to sing. This city has a bass drum heart.
These kids could paint. We looked at comic books and watched The Simpsons, but somewhere in between my friends learned how to blow the doors off museums. They put their pencils to page and wrote epics without words.
The women of Reno. Don't even get me started. These women of dazzling wit and charming intellect are smarter and more stylish than I'll ever be. Plus they all straighten their hair.
Get your maps out and circle that four letter word near the state capital. I may not get mail delivered there, but it's my home. And when people ask where I'm from, when I think about what made me the kind of man I've become, and when someone asks where the "Biggest Little City in the World" is, I answer with poise and ferver: Reno Fucking Nevada.