In bloom

The blossoms are emerging at this orchard on Davis and Peltier roads in Lodi as you can see looking northwest.



And also looking southwest. Yet the dry ground is a reminder of our area’s need for rain.

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Sweet ride

This Thunderbird is a staple at Lincoln Center in Stockton. This classic vehicle can be seen regularly many mornings in the parking lot outside of Starbucks at the shopping center.

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Child’s definition of Martin Luther King Jr.

Sometimes the simplest things are best said. I asked my eight-year-old daughter what she knew about Martin Luther King Jr.

She said: He was a brown man who wanted white people and brown people to be together.

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Working away

The grape vines are bare but periodic work continues to prepare them for the growing season. This worker and one other not pictured were recently working in a vineyard on DeVries Road, just south of Turner Road in Lodi.

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A scam is a scam

Record Staff Writer Joe Goldeen’s story on a scam victim  highlights a problem that happens throughout the year. In the case of Joe’s report, someone pawned themselves off as an authority figure threatening punishment if action (meaning money) was not taken. And although the victim, Jack Baker, is fairly savvy, even he fell for this one.

The email below recently ended up in the spam folder of my personal email. This just screams fraud for a number of reasons: the Nigeria connection, egregious amounts of money available and payment from me to Western Union or another nonrefundable money transfer agency. You should never have to pay money to get money, particularly in the case of a settlement.

I highlighted a few of the red flags from the email itself before deleting it from my spam folder. Read it and chuckle:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC ROBERT S. MUELLER, Attention Beneficiary, Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance. Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have noticed that you have been transacting with some impostors and fraudsters who have been impersonating the likes of Prof. Soludo /Mr. Lamido Sanusi of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Bode Williams, Frank, Anderson, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Kelvin Young of HSBC, Ben of FedEx, Ibrahim Sule, Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen and some impostors claiming to be The Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI gathered information from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) on how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these impostors. As a result of this, we hereby advise you to stop communication with any one not referred to you by us. We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance that your payment totaling $5,900,000.00(Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars). will be released to you via a custom pin based ATM card with a maximum withdrawal limit of $15,000 a day which is powered by Visa Card and can be used anywhere in the world where you see a Visa Card Logo on the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM). We guarantee receipt of your payment. This is as a result of the mandate from US Government to make sure all debts owed to citizens of American and also Asia and Europe which includes Inheritance, Contract, Gambling/Lottery etc are been cleared. Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from Delivery Company website to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully. 1)Name Howard Keighler Tracking Number899328773367 Website (2) Name: Jody Miller Tracking Number: 899571438936Website: To redeem your funds, you are hereby advised to contact the ATM Card Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order on your behalf which will cost you $250 Usd only and nothing more as everything else has been taken care of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $250.00 only. Mr. Kim Williams.(ATM Card Center Director) Central Bank of Nigeria Central Business District, Cad astral Zone, federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. ATM Card Center Director Mr. Kim Williams. Email: Phone: +2348088656777. Do contact Mr. Kim Williams. of the ATM Card Center via his contact details above and furnish him with your details as listed below: FULL NAMES: __________________________________ DELIVERY ADDRESS FOR ATM CARD: __________________ SEX: _______________ DATE OF BIRTH: __________________ OCCUPATION: __________________ TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________ On contacting him with your details your file would be updated and he will be sending you the payment information in which you will use in making payment of $250.00 via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer for the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order, after which the delivery of your ATM card will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay, extra fee. ROBERT S. MUELLER, DIRECTOR FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535 Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM card, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Kim Williams. of the ATM card center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon it immediately. Help stop cyber crime

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How cycling changed two lives

Iraq war veteran Jose Jauregui’s life was hampered by devastating injuries he suffered while in service. But thanks to the group Ride 2 Recovery, he can ride a specially outfitted bike. Jauregui’s story is reminiscent of Daniel Lopez Alfonso, who lost both forearms in childhood accident. Both stories are amazing in their own right. Read about Jauregui in a piece by Record reporter Joe Goldeen. Alfonso’s story was told well by The New York Times.

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Curious bit of rural road dumping

This was a curious sight to see as I was riding south on Thornton Road, just a few miles south of Flag City on Sunday.

The front part of a car, hood and chassis, at the side of the road. It appears to be shorn in half and dumped in this area as opposed to it being remnants of an accident.

I cannot say definitively that this was not the result of an accident. So I. could be wrong, but  if I am right then this  serves as another illustration of how large a problem dumping is in San Joaquin County.

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Still an hour ahead

It has been more than 2 ½ years since the Bank of Stockton shuttered its building at 301 E. Main St. The reason for closing the more than century old building was simple: not enough business.

The building has been vacant since but it still serves as a landmark as it sits at the corner of Main and San Joaquin streets, near the Bob Hope Theatre and San Joaquin County Courthouse.

Yesterday showed that sometimes things take a little time to be set right.

As of late Tuesday, the clock had not been adjusted for the end of Daylight Saving Time.

(Note the time stamp in the lower right corner. it was 4:51 p.m., not 5:51 p.m.)

I had not noticed the time being off before, so my guess is eventually it will be corrected. They just need a little more time…


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New biz coming to town

Bradley’s bar closed 18 months ago, a victim of Stockton’s staggering economy. Brad Koster, who owned the Bull ‘n’ Bear midtown pub from 1993 to 2005, opened Bradley’s at 116 N. Hunter Street in 2006 as the downtown renaissance took flight. And business was good as the courthouse workers and young crowd kept the place going. And then the economy turned. The crowd got smaller and the business shut its doors in April 2012.

But recently an application for an alcohol license for Picasso’s Tapas appeared in a window of the former Bradley’s.  A quick search showed this to be a San Jose-based franchise specializing in Spanish food. Surely, there is more to come on this story.

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We have heard daily about the government shutdown.











And of course, it is something else to be impacted directly by it or to see it.

It was surprising to come up the Cosumnes River Preserve on an early Monday and see that the gates closed, locked and signs posted to stay out.











As a Bureau of Land Management facility, it has been closed like the other federally operated parks. The parking lot is empty, signs to keep out posted at the entrance and the gates locked.











A friend and I were just riding by on our bikes. We were not nearly as disappointed as the person who drove up with a canoe atop his or her vehicle, planning to go for a ride in the river.


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