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Frank had big impact

I wanted to kill Frank Guinta.

September 25, 2015 | JEFF TILTON | Manteca to a T

Chris chasing unicorns

Dreams are like unicorns – they're only real if you're still chasing them. I turned 40 something last week, but find myself still searching for one of the unicorns that has eluded me my entire life - finding a nice Portuguese Catholic woman to bring home.

September 17, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

Football fantasy follies

It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas, but the start of Football Season. Though I'm still waiting for that first crisp fall night to remind me that it's true – I got a taste of new football tradition this last weekend.

September 11, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Egg Saladspiration

I suppose it's not too early to make an exciting announcement. The powers that be at the Manteca Bulletin headquarters, have decided to turn the Manteca to a T column – into the Manteca to a T coffee table book – or bathroom book - or waiting room book- or book used to level a pool table. Feel free to use the book however you see fit, but know that it is coming!.A short collection of the columns many people loved – or that many have hated – over the last 2 years. I was asked to bang out three or four new ...

September 03, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

Just smile & add a little pink lipstick

Editor's note: Chris Teicheira has Karen Ott pinch-hitting for him today.

August 28, 2015 | By Karen Ott | Manteca to a T

Buffalo scrub lore

The fall corn harvest has come early this year due to the California drought. I've spent the last week in the cab of a tractor, which has given me plenty of time to listen to talk radio in an attempt to stay up to date on current events. It's the easiest way to hatch a plan of attack for this here column.

August 20, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Legend of Deaf Puppy

There comes a time in a 42 year old single man's life when he makes the conscious decision to begin hedging his bets with the fairer gender. 2015 ushered in a wave of people whispering in my ear -"You're not getting any younger Chris."

August 13, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

RIP Roddy Piper

This last week the world lost one of its greatest entertainers – in my humble opinion. Mr. Roderick George Toombs passed in his sleep. Who you may ask was Mr. Toombs? He was unquestionably the most bombastic, sarcastic, sharp-tongued professional wrestler to ever enter the squared circle. Mr. Rowdy Roddy Piper.

August 07, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Back to school

The joy of summer is coming to an end, and soon the kids of Manteca will be back in school. Which, in a way, is new found joy for many friends of mine that are parents. The dog days of having to occupy their children with summertime activities will be replaced with the early morning "off to school heave-ho." It will now be the chore of our many Manteca teachers to whip these kids back into shape – shake the vacation cobwebs off – and get back to a little thing called "learning".

July 31, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Thought for food

I arrived at the Second Harvest Food Bank Wednesday morning to put in a day's work. I wish I could say I was there because I'm a fantastic person looking to help others, or that I thought it would make for a wonderful column. In truth, I was serving out my final day of penance for a traffic violation I'd incurred earlier in the year. The option of spending a day at the golf course doing janitorial work was available, but I figured I'd broaden my Alternative Work Program horizons, and actually serve the community – while ...

July 24, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

Rockin’ with Metallica

Summertime in Nor-Cal means concert time. It means loading up the car with friends when you are 18 and having that first concert rite of passage. Or just you and an old crony that has long since moved away, meeting in a random town half way between your current life's grind, in order to catch your favorite bands "One Last Show". Half the fun is getting there. Mixing and mingling in the parking lot with people of the same ilk and musical tastes is what it is all about. The summertime concert is about life affirmation. It's about ...

July 17, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

Twenty-Six Years of Coffee Mugs

Editor's note: Dennis Fleming is filling in for Chris Teicheira as a guest columnist for Manteca to a T. Fleming has been a full-time teacher with Manteca Unified since 1990. He worked for the Manteca Bulletin and its sister paper, the Colusa County Sun-Herald from 1984-1988 as a photographer, reporter, and editor. He also wrote a column for the Bulletin from 1988 to 1998. He lives in Manteca with his wife, Sue.

July 10, 2015 | By DENNIS FLEMING | Manteca to a T

‘Kiss my grits!’

Please leave my childhood alone liberal America. In a recent move that makes about as much sense as banning pepperoni from a pizza parlor, the television network TV Land, (known for running nostalgic shows from the 60s and 70s) in reaction to the current Confederate Flag controversy has decided to remove "The Dukes of Hazzard" from its lineup of shows. The reality that I'm probably one of only 12 people in America that still enjoys catching the Duke Boys notwithstanding, this seems as un-American as it gets – or is it sadly what America has become?! We are turning into ...

July 06, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Toboggans & meth

The Valley heat will drive you mad if you let it. Occasionally the summer will present you the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the weirdest people in the world – from Wal-Mart parking lots to country roadsides – and the range of miscreants, tweekers, and weirdos in the 209 never ends. Most of us have become a bit desensitized by their activities. We see them and hurriedly shuffle past, avoiding eye contact at all cost but sometimes the offer of diving into the public pool of life, and swimming a few laps with these types, is just too enticing. Here ...

June 25, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

A column about nothing

It has been a few months since I've written a sports related column. Trying to pass myself off as a worldly tractor driving comic has been fun – but who am I kidding. Like many a NorCal male, I am a sports fanatic. I realize it is currently in vogue to speak about spending weekends with nature, at an outdoor market, or dare I say a museum – in a nutshell culturing oneself. Please save that talk for the Harvard reunion I'm never attending. Put me in an air conditioned room, with a TV and a plate of food and ...

June 19, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

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Thankful Mantecans

(While I may be the captain of the ship that is Manteca to a T, I often find it is best to hand the wheel ...

November 20, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

The Santatastrophe

It's been a good 15 years since I first played Santa during the holiday season. I'd like to think I was first asked ...

November 13, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

In regards to last week’s column . . .

Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that I still live in what is essentially, the same small town I grew up in. Last week ...

November 06, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Missing days of intense EU-Manteca rivalry

Here we are nearly midway through the football season. The Raiders and Niners seem to be what everyone thought – one team on the rise, the ...

October 30, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

Sundays with Manuel . . .

Sunday mornings on the dairy were always an adventure for me as a teen. Sundays were the day my uncles would take off to be ...

October 23, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

A swing & a miss

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Baseball playoffs are in full swing. My tractor cab prepped with sunflower seeds and ice cold ...

October 16, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Lesson learned, Mrs. Wentworth, Mr. Clemensen

So here I am, on the eve of my book signing, and can only think of one thing – the fact that I have the penmanship ...

October 09, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

Manteca to a teat

It was a Tuesday evening in the not so distant past when I was bombarded by the milk and toddler display outside of Save Mart.

October 02, 2015 | | Manteca to a T


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