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Don Blount

Don Blount has been managing editor of The Record since 2005. He has worked at newspapers in Modesto, Ca.; Sacramento, Denver and Allentown, Pa. A Philadelphia native, he is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in accounting and a minor in journalism.
Blount and his wife Lisa have four children and live in Stockton.

My rant of the day: school pickup and drop-off traffic

What is it about school drop-off and pickup of students that turn rather sane people into reckless ruffians who think rules do not apply to them? Too often while taking my kids to school I see drivers disobeying traffic signs, such as turning left or right when a sign, and sometimes traffic control equipment, says [...]

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Breakfast, it’s what’s for dinner

I freely admit that I am a breakfastarian. I eat breakfast foods for lunch, for dinner and even sometimes for snacks. Sometimes I mix breakfast items with others such as the French Toast and chicken sandwich I had the other day or the French Toast and turkey burger sandwich or the oven friend chicken and [...]

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Gotta quarter for a gumball?

It was a view that brought back memories. In the auto service department lounge were a bank of five old-school gumball machines. For some reason this time they caused me to take pause. I thought of how I used to see these all of the time as a kid. They were at grocery stores, gas [...]

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Habits can be habit forming

Congratulations. If you have made it this far with your New Year’s resolution, you are well past the 21-day mark needed to establish your new habit. That’s the common goal a number of researchers say have to be reached in order for a new habit to become ingrained. So whether it be going to the [...]

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Getting fit, if I can do it, so can you

The gyms this time of the year are full of people wanting to make a fresh start by getting into better shape. I usually wait them out and look to see how many are still gym regulars in February and of those, who will still be a regular patron come the fall. Making a change [...]

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Nomophobia study

Nomophobia is an interesting term used to describe the anxiety of not being able to use your mobile device. Fast Company writes about a California State University, Dominguez-Hills study of the anxiety among a group of 163 student-volunteers, average age 24, who are not allowed to use their phone for an hour. That’s right, just [...]

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No change for the meter, no problem

A letter to the editor today decried the use of parking meters in downtown Stockton. Looking for change, the letter writer states, is a deterrent to coming downtown. I do not know how much revenue the city generates through the use of meters but perhaps what is needed is a system similar to Parkmobile. This [...]

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Can’t make sense of these things

Sometimes things happen that are beyond words. Here our community still grapples with last week’s bank robbery that resulted in the death of a hostage and two suspects. In suburban Philadelphia, a psychiatric patient rants about the hospital’s gun ban before firing his weapon, killing his 53-year-old caseworker and injuring a doctor before the doctor [...]

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River Cats, Ports and Nuts

So some in Sacramento are atwitter that the Sacramento River Cats Triple-A baseball franchise may be interested in changing its affiliation from the Oakland Athletics to the San Francisco Giants. One can’t really blame the River Cats for at least exploring the options. Their contract with the A’s expires after this season as does the [...]

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Surprisingly simple baklava making

I thought making baklava would be a complicated, time-consuming process. And I am sure it can be. But instructor Mary Shaw broke it down into simple steps during a at Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, thanks to Mary Shaw.                         To see a glimpse of [...]

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