Hot enough for ya?

It’s that time of the year to discuss one of the many unique-ish things about Sacramento…it gets hot, damn hot. And the only thing more unique-ish about the heat in Sacramento is the denial about the heat in Sacramento by those who have lived here for years. I’m going on my 9th year in the River City and this “heat wave” is no different than in years past. However, no matter where you go or what you are doing you run into a steady stream of, “Man, it’s really hot out there, what’s going on?” “This heat wave, come on, it’s a killer, what’s going on?” Well, what’s going on is that it gets hot in Sacramento about this time each and every year. Sure, some days are hotter than others, but again, Sacramento gets hot, you with me yet?

The good news is that San Francisco has four times the number of heat-related deaths as Sacramento – about 41 per year, compared with 10 here. So chin up Sacramento, you’ve got that going for you.

Beeing Sacramentan

After reading CoolDMZ’s post on the Fourth of July activities in the River City I had to step in with an observation that was truly enlightening. DMZ links to an article on sacbee.com that is simply a must read. If you haven’t already created a dummy log in to the sacbee.com, please do so immediately. For if you have ever wondered what makes Sacramento tick or why we suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous disrespect you won’t after sifting through this little nugget of Sacramentocana.

Many thanks to you, Andrew McIntosh, for holding up both the mirror and the bed pan.

Taking it inside

There’s a trend in the River City and it’s nothing to hang your hat on. Panhandling is nothing new to anyone who has ever set foot in even the most rural of metropolitan areas. However, we at the Sac Rag have noticed something new; the in-store solicitation.

Now I understand the view that everyone falls on hard times and needs a helping hand, but can not this business be conducted on public domain? Is it ok that I am trouble/irritated by this trend? Is there anything we can do to discourage this behavior? What’s next? The hand held Point of Sale device where we can just swipe and go?

Perhaps this IS just us, but I’d love to read your thoughts. It’s happening in your city people, own it. Comment away.

Being Sacramentan

CoolDMZ and I have been working on a theory for quite some time. Well, maybe not so much a theory, but a collection of observations and “I know what you mean” type moments about Sacramento. Like things we notice in our day to day lives that you just don’t find in, say, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, or Dixon. If this were a TV show it would be called “Only in Sacramento.” You feeling me yet?

For example, when The Cheesecake Factory opened not too long ago at the Arden Mall the wait was 2 hours! This was every day for weeks. Is it good?, sure, but come on people, there’s an Applebee’s, Chili’s, and CPK within a mile from there. What’s the difference? What are people thinking? It’s fast food with a tip. This is a child of the early 90’s In & Out craze whereby folks felt closer to the swinging Los Angeles scene if they waited for 45 minutes in the drive through in Tracy for a double double with cheese, but I digress.

Another example, I was on the treadmill at my gym the other day and I noticed a car pull up and sort peek around the lot. I could see 3 women of larger carriage inside. What were they doing? There are plenty of spaces a few rows over. Then I saw the blinker turn on and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were waiting for someone to leave who had a great spot right up front. It’s the gym, ugh.

Well, I must sign off. Consider yourself up to speed when The Sac Rag references this behavior (oooh, we can use “BS” for short). I do feel better getting this off my chest though.

Trouble Finds Smith…Again

Here at the Rag we try to take the road less travelled. Find those topics and observations that aren’t widely reported. However, from time to time we run into a story that demands commentary…or perhaps I just want to write about an article that contains the words “Whizzinator” and “Foolproof” in the same sentence. When I read this article about former Grant High star, Onterrio Smith, I just had to laugh out loud (which reminds me, can I use “lol” outside of an instant message?).

A few of my thoughts:

  • “Smith, 24, was also carrying a device called ‘The Original Whizzinator,’ which includes a fake penis, bladder and athletic supporter marketed by manufacturers as an “undetectable” and “foolproof” urinating device.” – I guess they need to rethink that “undetectable” part, huh?
  • “Smith, who also admitted to the Whizzinator’s presence in his luggage, said he was taking the materials to his cousin.” – Oh, so this isn’t YOUR fake penis? Carry on then
  • “Smith’s attorney, David Cornwell, issued a statement saying the kit was given to Smith, who put it in his bag and forgot about it.” – This is from his “attorney” mind you. Not an off the cuff comment made in haste. So let me get this straight, you forgot about the fake penis in your bag that you were taking to your brother to help him pass a drug test which you yourself have failed several times in the past?

Just think about how bad things have gotten. People are willing to strap on fake sex organs and dispense imitation urine in front of another human being rather than stop doing drugs. I say we bring back shame into our criminal justice system. You wanna wear that bad boy, Onterrio? Very well then, let’s strap it on and make a stop at grandma or auntie’s house then go visit the boys down at the local Y and get in on a pickup game.

La Fiesta Keeps it Simple

We at the Sac Rag do not claim to be much. We are connoisseurs of nothing. We like what we like and even that is subject to change without notice. But, there is one thing we do know, we love us some Mexican food. And if you find yourself in the Midtown area around lunch time, do yourself a favor and make a stop at La Fiesta Taqueria (1105 Alhambra Boulevard, across from BofA.) The menu speaks for itself. More meat choices than its competitors, a great salsa bar, and fast service. What more could you ask for? Be sure to get there before or after the lunch rush as this place can get busy.

It’s That Time of Year Again

If you have lived in Sacramento for at least 3 years you should be well aware of what I like to call the “Disappointing Playoff Performance Meltdown” of our NBA Kings. Even worse, if you have lived in Sacramento for at least 3 years AND enjoy you some sports talk radio, your ears are no doubt ringing with the sounds of panic buttons being pushed all across the San Joaquin valley.

I’ve been to several NBA cities and have listened to many a sports talk radio program and nowhere have I heard more whining and flip flopping than I have here in the River City. Win a game, “This is our year, Grant, we have the heart and the firepower to take it all”; lose a game, “I’m telling you Grant, we need to fire Adelman and do a sign a trade for Shaq, Kobe, and Garnett for Bobby Jackson and a player to be named later.” Yes, the Kings play little to no defense. Yes, Adelman is who he is and will never play the right player at the right time. And yes, it would be nice to get rid of Peja while he still has some market value. But at the end of the day, Sacramentans, you are always going to be the bridesmaid and never the bride. So just grab your cowbell and enjoy your mediocrity…that’s what is great about living here. Just the leave the phone alone.

The Proud 4%

From time to time I have a weekday off from work that is not holiday related. This was the case recently when I took a few days off after my grandfather passed away. There is something going on in the River City that I have noticed. People don’t have jobs. Whether you try to stop by the local coffee shop or swing by the neighborhood Target for a few essentials, people are everywhere. Hit Chili’s for a late lunch? “Here’s your pager, sir, it’ll be about 20 minutes.” Grab the bikes for a family cruise along the river? Please hug the sides of the road cause you’re gonna get plowed by the US Postal Service team.

While I understand that some people have sales jobs, work swingshifts, are on vacation, or are just stuck in between jobs, I can’t help but think there is something going on here. I am reminded of an episode of “Growing Pains” when Mike Seaver stayed home from school and was shocked to find out that life went on without him. Perhaps this hustle and bustle weekday activity is nothing new, I’ve just been too busy working to notice it.

Who We Are

We are the flagship site for Jack and Jill Sacramento. After years of calling this city home we realize there are many things that just seem to be unique to the River City. Do you agree? Do you object? Do you care? These are the questions we will never ask you. If you are looking for Point/Counterpoint you’ve come to the wrong place.