It's Ephemerisle time again

Ephemerisle, the annual floating party in the Delta, is going on this week, with the usual flatulent blather about seasteading. I went there last year. It's original but hilariously pretentious. It was dreamed up by Patri Friedman, a Bay Area programmer, and grandson of famed economist Milton Friedman. Patri Friedman wants »»Read Full Post

In defense of the (mostly) harmless spider

With apologies to those who suffer from arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), this week’s article covers a member of the animal kingdom that isn’t usually thought of as beneficial. Spiders often get a bad rap. They’re portrayed as evil or deadly creatures in movies. Large, black bodies with eight spindly »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS Lunch and Learn with CV-RAPS About Strokes, Brain Health July 25 (Tuesday) 12:30 to 2 p.m.: Stockton nonprofit Healings In Motion sponsors CV-RAPS – Central Valley Recovery, Awareness, Preventing Strokes – on the fourth Tuesday of the month at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Basement Classroom, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Survivors, caregivers, »»Read Full Post

Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 30-36

Five of these next seven players competed in last year's Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. Four of these next seven players spent time at quarterback. One of these players won a section championship and NorCal play-in game. Want to know more?  Read on. My Top 50 Football Returners Countdown continues with »»Read Full Post

Teardrop and larger classic travel trailers; class, comfort and a smart investment!

Classy, comfortable and a smart investment; teardrop and larger classic travel trailers... Years ago, with kids in school, we would load them into a small car, pack our camping gear into a canoe, car-top the canoe and head off to Mount Rainier National Park or remote campgrounds on the Olympic »»Read Full Post

The name game

The late Sacramento area stock photographer Tom Meyers was not only a great shooter but he was a whiz at organizing his photos as well. In the pre-digital age, he had file cabinets with thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of slides, and each were carefully and meticulously filed and cross »»Read Full Post

Fact check on Devin Nunes

On the floor of the House of Representatives last week, south valley Rep. Devin Nunes was calling attention to all of the "wasted" water that flowed out to the ocean this year when he made an interesting comment: "Some on the other side of the aisle, they continually talk about »»Read Full Post

Tripped by the GFI

Last Friday and Sunday I pressure washed the exterior of our house. The vinyl siding cleaned up nicely. Diane was very happy and kept saying how great the house looked. And if Stoker is happy everybody is happy. But no good deed goes unpunished. On Monday, I got out our »»Read Full Post

Masthead project provides glimpse into art of blending

LODI — The bar had been set high. The 2014 Masthead by Scotto Cellars, released at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, received 93 points from Tasting Panel and 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. Impressive scores indeed. Wine bloggers Nancy Brazil and Peter Bourget from Stockton (, Cindy Rynning from »»Read Full Post

More info about the proposed mixed-use development for southeast Stockton

The Sunday paper includes this story about work being done to redevelop a long-vacant lot at Airport Way and Eighth Street in southeast Stockton. Here's a link to the final proposal that was submitted by Stanford students in their winning entry into the Low-Income Housing Challenge, which has been held for »»Read Full Post