Sacramento’s clogged arteries

I present to you Roto-Rooter’s Top Five Drainpipe Recoveries of 2005. And we done good, Sacramento. Ladies and Gents, number 5 on the list :

Sacramento, CA – Roto-Rooter’s Brek Ritzema and Scott Chapman were called to a business with a backed-up sewer main. Toilets and sinks were over-flowing so the plumbers went to work on the clog. Finally, their equipment started pulling out myriad of empty miniature liquor bottles – the kind they serve on airlines. An employee was apparently in the habit of drinking on the job and flushing the evidence.

But that’s not all. Let’s take a “trip” up to Grass Valley, shall we? Elsewhere on Roto-Rooter’s site:

A Slippery Situation – Grass Valley, CA
A four-foot family pet python slithered into the bathroom and seemingly disappeared. The family called a pest control company, the fire department and others, but could not get any help. A Roto-Rooter technician located the snake with a fiber optic cable camera used to inspect pipes. Once locating the snake, the owners were able to lure the snake out with a mouse for bait.

Of course, these are just the things they found in our local toilets. Imagine what’s been flushed and not gotten stuck.

On the road

I recently returned from a vacation to Southern California. There are many annoying things about SoCal (starting with that overused term, but we NorCal’rs are just as guilty) but there was one thing that really sent me over the top and made me miss good ole Sacramento; the local news.

For example, have a look see at the news team over at abc7.com. Seriously, are these broadcasters or the current cast of the Bold and the Beautiful. And the weather people? Put on your darkest oversized sunglasses and check out Dallas Raines. Haven’t seen teeth like that since that episode of Friends when Ross had the blacklight going, huh? Oh, and wait til you hear him speak. Mark Finan, take me away!

The first thing I did upon returning to the 916 was flip on channel 3. Edie and John welcomed me back and caught me up to speed on the flooding situation and shared a wonderful of story of a rescued cat. Not once did Edie or John mention themselves or make some snide personal comment.

Appreciate what you have, Sacramento. Sure this city has it’s share of faults (as noted here daily,) but, overall, I loves me some Sacramento and am glad to be back.

P.S. Props to SinghCity for minding the store while most of us were out of town. Looks like the folks over at heckasac took notice, too.

Update on Blue Lamp

Turns out the rumors of the Blue Lamp’s death were greatly exaggerated. Looks like they were just doing a little renovation project. The new color scheme can now be accurately described as two-toned: latte and mocha. They almost blend in with the new Safeway facelift. At least they didn’t add those really overdone iron cross things over purely ornamental niches like on most new stucco mini-mansions. Thanks Blue Lamp for keeping it real.

Macaroni Mayhem

Had some friends over for dinner this weekend. It was sort of a busy day leading up to dinner that we decided to use a gift card we had for the Macaroni Grill (yeah, yeah, I know). So we call up the place with our order. Decide to use the “curbside pick-up” feature which apparently is better than driving to the restaurant and going in and picking up the food and leaving. No, no, they understand you are in a hurry and so after describing your car to them they will meet you out front with your order and you’re all set. Yep, all set.

Before I continue, would someone please explain how to navigate the Alta Arden, Ethan Way, Arden Mall layout? You know what I mean, if not, let Google help you out. Try making sense of those arrows. I came in on Arden, exited on Alta Arden and within 2 minutes was leaving town on Business 80 toward San Francisco…
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Had to be Wal-Mart

Once again, Sacramento shines brightly as we learn of two carjackers who forced a driver to take them to Wal-Mart to make shopping returns AND out to dinner.

“The truck was still in the parking lot. We brought out the CSI to look for prints from the suspect off the vehicle”, says R.L. Davis of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.

The CSI? Jack in the Box?

Anyone else hear their crap detector going off?

Sacramento Singles Unite

I came across a list today of the Best Cities for Singles as provided on Forbes.com that I thought was rather amusing. Mostly because of their methodology. But our fair city did manage to rank in the top 15 (#15) which is a step up from 2004’s rank of #31.

{Reader’s Note: Sacramento’s worst ranking came in the category of Nightlife. Kissmekate, this is a special call to action for you to continue pounding the pavement, sipping those foo-foo drinks, and report back on why our Nightlife should kick #28 San Diego’s ass! (we tied for 30 with Salt Lake City)}

It appears that the author’s “Cost of Living Alone” was determined by a proprietary index which incorporated the average cost of a metro area’s apartment rent, a Pizza Hut pizza, a movie ticket and a six-pack of Heineken. Man, there’s gotta be a better way to determine this information, right? Heineken?

And the Singles category was based on the percentage of a metro’s population above the age of 15 that has never been married. 15? {insert West Virginia crack here}

All in all, we beat out some pretty big little cities. Portland, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City to name a few. Not bad Sacramento, not bad at all.

Seeking the Sikhs in the River City

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Last weekend, the Sikhs of Yuba City held their annual festival and parade, commemorating the installation of their holy book (the Guru Granth Sahib) as their spiritual guide. This was a record setting event, as the celebration drew a crowd of 60,000 people from several countries.

As unfamiliar as Sikhs are to the average American, the presence of such a large Sikh community in Sacramento and the Central Valley is actually a unique characteristic of this area. Northern California is no stranger to Sikhs by any means. The area is known to Sikhs around the world for being a hub for the community in North America. Almost every Sikh has a relative or close friend living in this area, which has one of the largest Sikh populations in the United States – comparable to and quite likely exceeding New York or Los Angeles. So, who are the Sikhs? Since you didn’t ask, I’m going to tell you…
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Did you know?

Found this great Sacramento site today (remember Geocities?) that details many of Sacramento’s claims to fame. While it hasn’t been updated it quite some time, you life long Sacramentans will enjoy strolling down memory lane with Ian and his HTML 101 listings of such nuggets like:

By the News & Review’s count, the Sacramento area has hosted 15% of the country’s serial killers, a high rate for the U.S.’s 20th-largest metropolitan area. (Caveat: the SNR counts 9 serial killers between 1971 and 1992, and three more since then, but adds in non-Sacto killers like Juan Corona, Leonard Lake, and Cary Stayner.)

or

In August 2002, Time magazine declared Sacramento the most diverse city in the nation

Please take the time to review these fun facts and feel free to report back here with your thoughts.

Back to School?

Note: The following commentary is from Mrs. TopofIt’s perspective as an educator in Sacramento county.

“Did school start already?” This is probably what many of the officers sent to pick up these “parents” heard this week as Sacramento County held its 10th annual truancy sweep. This time of year school offices are buzzing with new enrollments…those who just realized why their neighborhood was so quiet during the day or why their child suddenly had no one to play with. School is tricky like that. Just sneaks up on you. And with such high expectations of having your child attend 180 days of it, come on, get real. So who cares if you have missed 30? That’s not so bad, right? The real fun lies in the excuses. As a teacher, you hear them all. These range from a simple missing of the bus to grandma’s doctor’s appointment. You can’t really expect a child to attend school when grandma has to have her cataracts dialated? Who could concentrate? Better just stay home.
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Th’ Losing Streaks need our help

Via BeatNonStop, a blog by SacBee music guy Chris Macias (big ups to whom, by the way, are due for daring to pose for that picture), although really I heard this first from Heckasac (see, that’s called a “hyperlink,” you use it to alert Web site readers that you’re including a reference to another site on the Internet) Th’ Losin’ Streaks and formerly The Troublemakers lead singer Tim Foster had a burglary at his Oak Park pad and got a bunch of stuff stolen. Not a group to take tragedy lying down in a puddle of Red Stripe and bong water, the local Sacto music scene is staging a benefit concert!

Because if there’s one event out there right now that has victimized innocent peoples’ property, and put them at the mercy of our generosity, it’s the theft of vintage guitars from a Sacramento musician!