It’s not often that you have a memorable evening in Fresno. Honestly, other than the joys of great Mexican food and the thrill of finding your car unmolested after leaving it overnight in a public parking lot, Fresno lacks a reputation for singular events. However, this past week, I experienced one of the most surprisingly rewarding evenings of my life.
The unlikely place: the lobby bar at the downtown Fresno Radisson. I found myself sipping pints of Tamarack pale ale, the flagship brew of the Sequoia Brewing Company (aka, the other reason to go to Fresno), and engaging in lively conversation with my fellow lobby bar patrons. The gentleman next to me, a middle-aged African-American gent with a penchant for arguing politics while taking very few sides, seemed familiar. It took me three pints to finally figure it out, but my bar mate was none other than Federal Judge Morrison England. Yes, that Morrison England.
Former Cal QB (and current Anchor Brewing employee) Joe Ayoob entered the history books using his arm in a different manner on Saturday. In a hanger at McClellan Park, he threw a paper airplane 226 feet, 10 inches, breaking the old record by almost 20 feet. The plane was designed by John Collins, who naturally goes by the nickname “The Paper Airplane Guy“.
The SacBee reports today on the loss of Tim Hodson, a widely respected guru of the California Legislature and a professor at CSUS. Tim was an inspiration to many of his students, including me, and we are going to miss him a hell of a lot.
The American River Parkway Foundation will stage another volunteer clean-up effort on November 5th to target the lower portion of the Parkway that has been impacted by homeless camps. We invite you to join us for this 1-day event: November 5th from 9am-12pm. Location: Northgate Blvd. at Hwy 160
The recent clean-up effort at William Pond Park received a great turn out. As someone that rides this stretch every day, I am so thankful that folks take time out of their schedule to show up and get their hands dirty. It is such a wonderful benefit of living in Sacramento.
Visit the American River Parkway Foundation on Facebook for more photos and videos of these events. You must be at least 14 years of age to register and be accompanied by an adult if between the ages of 14 and 17 (is that 15 and 16?).
If you didn’t see the story of Sacramento’s Alex Honnold on 60 Minutes last Sunday, please to spend 13 or so minutes watching it here. Alex is a free solo climber (he climbs tall, dangerous things, without a rope), and apparently does not have a fear of heights. I get the chills just watching the video.
Sorry but this guy isn’t “amazing.” Perhaps amazingly foolish and naive. It’s reminiscent of Timothy Treadwell, another guy lacking respect for Mother Nature, whose stunt-of-choice was to frolic with bears until he was finally consumed by one. RIP Alex.
I stand behind my theory that when people begin a statement with the word “Sorry,” they very rarely are.
Check out the latest Kickstarter projects in Sacramento.
Kickstarter is a great way for artists and entrepreneurs to reach out through the Internet and find seed money for small projects. In return for your investment, you receive a variety of thank you gifts. Funding Kickstarter projects is fun and a little addictive, as I have been finding more and more projects that I believe would help our community, artists whom I already enjoy and stuff I simply find weird.
Barton, who before his stint at Sac Press was a longtime Bee entertainment writer, was the guy who interviewed me in November of 2005 and I’d say that kind of put us on the map. (“Heckasac calls bullshit.” Ha, good times.) He has some interesting things to say in the piece, about the growing pains at the Press and its commitment to citizen journalism. I think it is reasonable to speculate that a cost cutting move like this could/would be done in pursuit of a major outside investment, as DWB suggests.
This citizen wishes both of these folks good luck in the future.
Pami Gibbs, a student’s mother, hit the first-year principal in the face after her son was told he either had to change the shirt he was wearing or turn it inside out because it did not conform to the school’s uniform or dress code, according to authorities. The shirt may have had skull images or something similar on it…After the mother was pulled off of the principal, she allegedly lunged toward the principal again and then fled.
Join local moms who are talking about dress codes and clothing on MomsLikeMe.
You do not get the linking (Nice plug, News10) so you think it’s part of the story. Or at least poorly placed. What, there wasn’t a thread already on MomsLikeMe about Moms wanting to attack their child’s principal?
I have this image in my head of someone pulling the mom off the principal and things starting to calm down and then the mom getting fired up again and taking off (“lunging”) after the principal. Oh, and what’s similar to skull images?
When construction is finished on the bike and ped bridge over the drainage canal and over I-80, Natomas residents will have the first direct bicycle route to downtown. The bridges will link to the bike trail and eliminate about 3.2 miles of travel from north Natomas. The project starts at Peregrine Park, crossing over the canal and over the freeway to hook up with the trail adjacent to Gateway Oaks Drive.
From the project website I learned that in 1995, there were 38 miles of bike and pedestrian trails in Sacramento and that there are 80 today. Pretty cool.
From a cultural standpoint, Tower Records had a monumental impact on millions of people, worldwide. It was â€œthe placeâ€ to escape for a few hours; a sanctuary, a haven. Tower Records was a place to meet your friends, your co-workers or a place to meet new friends who shared a common love of music, literature and all things cultural.
Yet, in 2004 the company filed for bankruptcy and by the end of 2006, Russ Solomon’s Tower Records had shut the doors to nearly every one of its worldwide outlets.
We are approaching this as a passion project, and as such are dedicated to making this film as cost effective as we can. In other words, we are trying to do this grassroots.