Category Archives: Observation

Love springs eternal?

I found this graffiti spray-painted on one of those fabric barriers to keep dirt from being washed into the storm drains from construction sites. It was at the months-long closure of Swain Road underpass at I-5 due to work on freeway above. It read: “Joel still loves you, 2/25/13.” The road has been closed to [...]

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Stand down

I have to admit to feeling a little melancholy when I see a fireworks stand on the day after the Fourth of July. Its hollow plywood shell and empty shelves echo the festivities of just the night before. The stands go up a few weeks before Independence Day and they’re just as barren as the [...]

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Progress?

Several years ago, the City of Stockton changed its static theater marquee-style message board for an electronic one at Center and Fremont Streets outside the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium. Messages on the old board had to be posted one large letter at a time by a city worker. The new display can run as many [...]

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Where gnome man has gone before

My family and I recently visited the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. On a student led tour we stopped outside of the math and science building and as the young tour guide told us about the facility I noticed something high atop the building. On a rain spout near the top corner was [...]

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No foolin’

I was thinking of a good story that I could concoct for an April Fool’s Day joke. One that that would sound preposterous yet at the same time somewhat believable and at the end I could say a hearty “April Fools!” The first idea was that of a merger of camera giants Canon and Nikon [...]

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The power of pop culture

Between opening acts and headliners at concerts it’s customary to play recorded music for the fans to listen to. Various artists are usually played mostly as background music as the roadies change around the stage. The Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes concert at the Stockton Arena was no different. Hayes opened with a rousing set, but when [...]

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Bring on da noise

“My friend has a baby. I’m recording all the noises he makes so later I can ask him what he meant.” – Stephen Wright Do you remember those posters that looked like seemingly white noise back in about the 1980’s or ‘90s. They looked static-y snow patterns seen on some channel-less TV sets but if [...]

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You can’t make this stuff up

Man’s ability to create and use language is considered by many something that sets him apart from the animals. Recently I’ve come across a few examples of language that makes me think that maybe we aren’t quite so different from the beasts as we think we are.   At the San Joaquin County Law Library, [...]

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The future’s so bright, you’ve got to wear shades

“…You got that hair slicked back,
 And those Wayfarers on, baby…” –Boys of Summer by Don Henley I have a theory that goes like this: How long a pair of sunglasses lasts is directly inverse to how much they cost me. In other words, The more expensive they are, the more likely I am to [...]

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