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Each holiday season, many look forward to reuniting with family around the Christmas dinner table or toasting old friends on New Year’s Eve. For the lucky few who live close to family, or who are visited by others, preparations for these celebrations may involve simply cleaning house, washing some linens, and checking visitors’ flight information. For the rest of us, the holiday season involves some amount of travel and a couple of nights in a hotel. This year, the American Automobile Association(AAA) forecasted that more than 30% of Americans would be travelling over the holidays.
The holidays are a time for getting together with family and uniting over shared memories and favorite meals. Childhood ornaments are hung on the Christmas tree, a careful practice which household pets and young children often frustrate by removing the “low-hanging fruit.” Relatives linger around the dining room table snacking on stale cookies and sipping warm drinks or the last of the red wine. It is a time of warmth and laughter. However, when long meals meet jovial story-telling and vacation from work, it is often easy to drink more alcohol that we would on a typical night.
The holiday season is fast approaching. Many of us are putting in extra hours at the office so that we can take time off for a family vacation in the coming weeks. Gifts are being purchased and wrapped. Festive lights are being strung, and blow-up Santas and other Christmastime creatures welcome us into neighboring houses. Cookies are being baked and delivered, and children are bringing home colorful art projects and home-made Christmas tree ornaments. Amidst all the excitement, many of us may find ourselves distracted, leading to possible accidents or injuries.
On December 7, two vehicles collided at the roundabout at E. Fifth Street and Fairview Drive in Carson City. Although there were no reported injuries at the crash, the vehicles did block traffic for some time, and officers were forced to temporarily perform traffic control. Motorists were advised to seek an alternate route until the area was cleared, around 4:55 p.m.  Luckily, this crash was relatively minor and resulted in no injuries.
On November 30, the coastal city of Anchorage, Alaska experienced the largest earthquake the city had seen since the 1964 good Friday quake. At roughly 8:30 in the morning, as residents were finishing breakfast or arriving at school and workplaces, a magnitude 7.2 quake struck the city with no warning.  The tremor knocked over furniture and sent items flying off shelves. Viral videos quickly made the rounds, showing schoolchildren cowering under desks, cars bouncing down driveways, and parents grabbing their children’s hands and fleeing their houses.
On Friday, October 26, a cyclist was struck by a vehicle in the Las Vegas area. The cyclist, who had been riding a mountain bike, was critically injured and was transported to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The incident took place on Decatur Boulevard around 6 p.m. The motorist was driving a 1989 Honda Accord and was not impaired.  Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Cyclists, who share the road with cars yet take up much less space, are extremely vulnerable to injury.
While November signifies many things (the heart of autumn, the beginning of the winter holiday season, the end of the harvest, etc.) for many, it is a month to remember and raise funds for men’s health. The “Movember” movement aims to raise awareness and money to fight health conditions that affect men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide. The Movember movement also attempts to hook up men with practical information that can make it easier for them to take care of their health and avoid life-threatening illness.
Now that Thanksgiving is past, many of us turn to the next great marker of the holiday season: Christmas shopping. Black Friday kicked off the shopping season last weekend with sales and discounts at many brick-and-mortar retailers. Shoppers happily line up each year to browse the best deals and get a head start on their holiday shopping. For those of us who had a few too many glasses of Cabernet on Thursday, or who are otherwise less inclined to brave the crowds on Black Friday, there is always Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the Monday following Thanksgiving.
As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey has left the table, many Americans turn their focus sharply towards Christmas. Trees are chosen and dressed, decorations are brought down from the attic or in from the garage and dusted off, and many families choose to get an early start on shopping for presents. “Black Friday,” as the day after Thanksgiving has come to be known in the last couple of decades, is a day when many retailers recognize this trend by offering special sales and incentives to shoppers.
Maybe it is due to the constant stream of news – not just celebrity gossip, sports triumphs, and current events, but also the unique kind of action-packed politics of recent years – but it seems like 2018 has flown by. Already the last pages of the calendar are in sight, and the final holidays of the year are ticking by. Nevada Day is a distant memory, Election Day has passed, and Veterans’ Day is over. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many have already made travel plans. Those who have are the wisest among us, because last-minute travel can be costly.
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