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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


MRPS Festa is a family affair

I would like to thank Chris Teicheira for entrusting me to pinch hit for him while he is in Oregon.

June 12, 2015 | By BRONI STEVES | Manteca to a T


Meet George Jetson . . .

We have come a long way in a short time with our technological advances. The capability of finding out who played bass for the Doobie Brothers, or where the closest taco truck is while on the west side of Turlock, is now readily available with the click of a cell phone. But some things have remained stuck on the ground – as in our cars. I think back to watching The Jetsons, and realize they dangled that flying car in front of a kid, like it was just a few years from becoming reality. But here I am in 2015, still ...

June 05, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


The graduation confrontation . . .

It's the last week of school for the town's outgoing Senior Classes. Finals, Disneyland, Senior Fun Days, and Grad Night mark the end of their journeys through high school. Tying off all the loose ends, and saying goodbye to faculty and friends. I remember my last week like it was yesterday, all my classmates reaping the rewards of 4 tumultuous years – but they were all doing it without me. I'd been given the old heave-ho exactly 8 days before graduation. I'm here to warn you seniors, "It ain't over til it's over". There is ...

May 28, 2015 | | Manteca to a T


Bon Bons & the Kangaroo Court . . .

There is nothing more fruitless and futile, than an argument with someone on Social Media. A person can easily find themselves embroiled in a 3 day hash slinging competition – and who has the time for that?...Well, I do!

May 22, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Readers share thoughts about Memorial Day

Editor's note: Chris Teicheira asked his readers to post some of their thoughts about memorial Day.

May 22, 2015 | | Manteca to a T


The word you shouldn’t utter

It happened again. Somebody used "that" word right in front of me. They didn't even have the tact or shame to say it under their breath. He just blurted it out in mixed company, as if his level of comfort with it somehow gave him license to spread it to others in our community. It is a word I despise as much today, as the day I heard it for the first time. It is a word so ugly and pervasive, it should required to carry a bar of soap when using it.

May 15, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Dear Mom . . .

Thank you for always making the edges of my fried eggs crispy. Thanks for letting me read an entire Heathcliff book to you in one sitting – and do it each day – because I needed to practice my comedic timing at age 7. Pretending you didn't notice I was watching Saturday Night Live in my bedroom, when I should've been in bed asleep. For giving my 3 awesome siblings...the time you allowed me and my friends to . . . wait a second!.

May 08, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Who’s comin’ to dinner?

In anticipation of the upcoming Manteca Hall of Fame dinner, I was perusing the Hall of Fame website last Friday night.

May 01, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


The Entitlement Kid rides again...

If you are a lifelong Mantecan then undoubtedly you've developed a little Manteca Entitlement along the way, whether it's riding the slides at Oakwood for free because you knew the right people … or that you can turn left onto Yosemite when leaving MHS if you really, really need Taco Bell … or the expectation that your coffee will be on the house at Johnny's (Ed's Patio for you pre-East Union Baby Boomers). These entitlements are part of the wonderful nuance of being raised in a small town, but when you begin to rely on these entitlements and ...

April 24, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Six Degrees of Manteca

The list for Manteca's newest Hall of Fame inductees is out and I was excited to see that not only did I recognize every name but I have broken bread with more than a few of them. I'm no spring chicken and have had that short internal dialogue we have from time to time – am I getting old? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" But as I perused the list of 2015 inductees, I felt something besides old. I felt lucky; lucky that I've had the opportunity to have had several of these inductees in my life ...

April 17, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Spring has sprung

Spring is for lovers, or in a recent case I encountered, spring is for high school kids to park in orchards, and spend a little quality time with their sweetheart. Is there a more time honored Manteca tradition than a good old "spring orchard fling" when you are 17?

April 10, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


It’s baseball time . . .

The grass is green, (at least for now) and the kids are taking to the field. It's baseball time, folks, our national pastime. Is there anything more relaxing than taking in a day game? Watching a group of 5- to 6-year-olds bumble and stumble along? Turning a routine ground ball into a comedy of errors?

March 27, 2015 | | Manteca to a T


When did we grow up?

A strange new thing has been happening to me as of late. I run into various business owners, town officials, and people in positions of power in our town and realize that most are my former schoolmates – or people of my generation. When did I become an adult? Or more adequately, when did my peers – the people I grew up with in this town – take the reins and call them their own? It is both a proud and scary moment to realize that this is my generation's time. Our time to be parents and raise families. Our time to ...

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


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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