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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, February 13, 1997 27 • ,L'. " ','l,  ,,j;-,t**l r-('k,   , , "  f" >+' A wild and wooly weel00: at the dunes You'd think making a thirty second commercial wouldn't take much over thirty seconds. Or if it did, it certainly couldn't take more than a day. If the commercial features the sunny desert there obviously shouldn't be any need to work before sunrise or after dark. That's what you might think if you were a simple fellow from Baker looking to make an easy dollar. Some nice people from New York asked if I'd like to work a few days in the dunes filming a commercial about a little red pickup, a salty looking actor and a slow moving lizard. Seemed a simple job. I have a large dune In The Thermometer's Shadow buggy and all I really do is sort oI .  -  by Mike Dougherty act like a taxi. A nice easy way to , pay the rent, and these winter ---- 1 days are short so there shouldn't  be many hours involved. Easy money, easy living.., foolish me. " :{! Day one. Meet in the parking lot of the motel for breakfast roJ at 4 a.m. Temperature 34 degrees, wind 20 miles per hour. Lead caravan out to dunes and find base camp location in full darkness. Park vehicles on firm sand and unload buggy. Camera must be ready to go at dawn. Do it. Motor home is parked, leveled, lighted and functioning. Catering truck is parked against the wind and is starting to prepare for the day's meals. The Big Red Truck from Baler is on location and pulling sand bound trucks into position. Huge vans, trucks and tractor tailor rigs are lined up with their noses to the wind and their hydraulic lift gates lowering into off-load position. Under the glaring work lights the camp takes shape in an atmosphere of controlled chaos. The dune buggy and the Big Red Truck are loaded and hurried off to the fast location. I'm also asked to guide the camera truck through impossible sand and onto location. I get very lucky and get the truck into position. The little red pickups we're filming are racing into position across the drifting sand driven by precision drivers. They stick a couple of times, but letting air out of the tires helps enough so they can travel the sand. Sunrise. Almost looks like we know what we're doing. Lizard handler warms the lizard so the cold blooded critter can move for the camera. Actor should win a prize for being able to act warm in the arctic wind. Make up guy sprays actor's face to make it look sweaty, that has to be one cold face. Lights! Camera! "What in the Hell are we doing here?" Cameras roll to the gentle swearing of the camera men trying to keep the wind blown sand out of their mega-buck equipment. The actor acts, the truck trucks and the lizard does whatever it is lizards do. The sun rises from behind the Kingston Range and it almost looks like we know what we're doing. The day becomes a blur of orders shouted into the wind, stuck vehicles, eyes shut tight against gritty sand and a never ending rush to work within the light of the rising sun. Move! New location. Everything moves to the next dune. Cam- eras must again be set and lev- eled. Lights and reflectors are again braced against the wind, the actor retreats for a brief rest into the motor home and lizard takes a break in his heated ice chest. The rest of us keep on keepin' on. The day blurs into a fog of push and strain. Always a minute behind, always a bit too slow. Work a little faster. Push a bit harder. Never ever complain, everyone else is doing great, I'm the only one that's a wee tired. All these other folks are tough. Lunch. Thank goodness for expert caterers. Great food. Luxurious eats. Shrimp, steak, lasagna, beautiful desserts, glorious cheerful service and a whole thirty minutes for lunch. Another day. Another 4 a.m. call. Another backbreaking day in the dunes that lasts until full dark and then it's back to Baker and service the equipment. Push, push, do it faster and do more. But there are moments. Yes indeed. Setting on the west end of the dunes watching the sun cast dawn shadows on the perfectly sculpted sand. Back in the bowl watching the actor stroll down the sharp edge of a sand ridge as the wind blows sand into a golden aura around him. The wind in all of its agonizing cold fury makes the dunes an artistic perfection of nature at her best. The beauty is awesome. The little red trucks. The drivers are giants of skill and Free • Free • Free Fun and games from AV The middle schoolplayed a tournament in potluck. Dorothy Bird walked off with the Pahrump over the weekend. They won some "secret" door prize. Well now the secret is out and lost some. Our very own Robin Peterson - four oak dinner trays. who now plays for Pahrump was awarded If you missed the last Little League Regis- Player of the trationyouhavean- APPOINTMENTS WEEKLY Game i the[ ro.r c.ce championship  Around Amargosa Thursday the 20th game. Congratu- [ with Andrea from6-8p.m.you lations! Rumor  For More Information: can sign up at the has it that the Call (702)372-5459 community center. home game this The Fish Fry following the car auction last Saturday was big fun. The house was packed and everyone was out on the floor dancing. Happy Valentine's Day! weekend has been cancelled. Hopefully they will be able to reschedule. If so, the games begin at 10 a.m. This will be their last game so don't miss it! Everyone had a good time at the bingo/ Cactus - Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants ~ Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clariet Teddy Bear, Beaver Trail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees Free Cactus Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. Over 4 000 Desert Plants n Stock!!! Open: 9 am - 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am ~ 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy 159) Ilu'e Ioml r Blue  experience. They' re called precision drivers and so they are. In civilian two wheel drive trucks they do things that give a dune buggy pause. The little trucks fly over virgin dunes and gently brush the whirring cameras as they fly by. The action is heart stoppingly thrilling but the drivers have it under tight control. There are times of quiet and beauty. There are times of excitement and wonder. There are times of fierce pride. We work day after day from before dawn until after dark, but there are times that make it all worth while. The people are great. The crew is well disciplined and long experienced. Tempers are controlled. There is no complaining. There is only a firm determination and a quiet pride. The job goes on. It's a wrap. The job is done. Wearily we load our equipment and receive our pay. A hand shake or two and exchange of cards so we might work together again. The crew goes their many ways and in a few months a TV commercial will show a wee red truck and a tired lizard at a remote sand dune. , Free First minute of each incoming call I • Free Any feature in 1st month , Free Activation* I $9.O0 Motorola hand held phone* I New Low Rates! I !The CELLULARIIiE ฎ store at 361 S. I .. 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