Ken when did you move to Carson City?”
June 10, 1975, less than three months after the Carson High School boys’
basketball team won the 4A Nevada State Championship. CHS was still basking in
their victory, ‘We’re number one!’ The Penguin and the A&W Drive-In were
where teens gathered for fast food and to meet their friends. The paved parking
lot at the corner of North Carson and East Sophia streets was the Penguin’s
location. Red’s 395 Restaurant replaced the A&W located on Tenth Street.
was Carson City like then?”
were no big-box stores or hotels. Basically, the motels were ‘mom-and-pop’
motels along Carson and East Williams streets. A couple of the motels were
‘no-tell motels’ where you could rent a room for an hour or two of afternoon
delight. This was years before a spouse could track your cell phone’s location.
the past 45 years, some business properties have had a number of businesses
open and ‘go dark’ in a few months. The best description is a revolving door.
Each new business would have an enthusiastic opening with Chamber of Commerce
members, the mayor, several city supervisors and the proud business owner(s)
pictured in the Nevada Appeal using the big scissors to cut the opening ribbon.
a few months to a year or two, the business went ‘dark.’ Maybe the building was
haunted or cursed, not. The basic
reason any business goes dark is its expenses are more than its revenues, a
lack of customers.”
comment was, ‘The only person who made money at that location was the sign
company.’ Think about it. Every new business must have a sign to inform and
attract customers into the business. The sign company required payment in full
at the time of installation before the ribbon cutting.”
do you have any predictions about Carson City when the COVID-19 pandemic has
don’t expect everything to be ‘back to the way it was before the pandemic.’
Similar to the ‘bank holiday’ on March 6, 1933. After March 15, 1933, a third
of our nation’s banks never opened, no money. The Emergency Banking Act was
passed on March 9, 1933. Included in the Banking Act was the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. FDIC guarantees 100 percent of deposits. (Next time you enter
or exit a bank, look for the sticker that says, ‘FDIC insures each customer’s
savings account up to $250,000.’)
there are employees who believe they are vital to the success of that business.
If you believe that you are a critically important employee, fill a glass
three-quarters full of water and set it on a table. Next, stick an index finger
in the water and remove your finger. Ifthere is a space in the
water the shape of your finger, you’re an important person. No space? File your
weekly claim on DETR’s website.
I support small business. Small business generates two-thirds of all new jobs,
more jobs than ‘Big Business.’ While big corporations generate billions of
dollars in profits, their employees in the ‘trenches’ do the real
their compensation packages don’t have eight or nine numbers and then the
decimal point. Can you imagine the CEO of a company making two to 5,000 times
what the average employee earns at the same company? Don’t believe me? Read the January or
February section of the Wall Street Journal reporting CEOs’ total compensation
package for the preceding year.
suggest you watch the movie, ‘Nine to Five.’ Carefully observe what happens to
Dabney Coleman’s character; he’s the guy you love to hate. Dolly Parton, Jane
Fonda and Lily Tomlin rebel to run a much-improved office.”
Ken, what’s going to happen?”
the money. The casinos have been closed for two months; that means no gaming
revenue for the state and local governments for two-thirds of a fiscal quarter.
Private businesses will have serious cashflow problems. If there’s no money to
pay employees, you’re unemployed!
you’re a state, county, city or school district employee, prepare yourself for
a 20 percent cut in wages. Have you listened to your parents, grandparents or
great-grandparents share their difficult financial times?
planet needs everyone pulling in the same direction. We don’t need any
weak-willed whining wimps. When there’s a reliable vaccine, will you be a
vertical winner or a horizontal loser?
believe me? Take a picture of your favorite barber shop, hair and nail salon,
pub, restaurants or any business in Carson City. On July 1, 2021, take a second
picture of the same business. How many are dark? Don’t expect everything to
return to the same as before the pandemic.”
on July 1, 2021, the Ormsby House Hotel Casino has been dark for more than