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The Great Graduation Confrontation revisited. . .

While attempting to write this column over the last few years, I've taken great lengths to make sure I don't repeat subjects with frequency. One can only assume a weekly column about Tony Coit and myself hitting on cute seniors while freshman would've been as short lived as our success in doing so.

May 20, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Keep it clean, Chris

The pizza delivery driver had just left the tractor when the fear hit me. And yes, you read correctly. Kudos to Jack's Pizza Cafe and greatest driver ever Mike Garibay, for having the wisdom to realize people south of Woodward Avenue also enjoy a large pepperoni now and then. (Wait, that sounded terrible – but is a wonderful lead into where we are headed)

May 13, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Happy Mother’s Day Mom

Its Thursday morning 4:30 a.m. and I'm up writing what should be a sweet schmaltzy piece about how much we all love our mothers. But as is often the case for Manteca to a T, we are forced to deal with a pressing social issue that has been permeating my thoughts for the past five days: Rude and incompetent convenience store clerks.

May 06, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


The music moves you

We are less than a quarter of the way through 2016, and the world of music has seen more than its fair share of tragedy – Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey etc. – have all made their way to the big concert stage in the sky. The word "tragedy" is probably a bit of an overstatement. People of note die every day. Veterans, actors, scientists, athletes, inventors. But when a musician dies, we are instantaneously allowed to reminisce and universally mourn through their musical legacy. Music is, and will always be, that tangible intangible that connects generations, genders, races, and ...

April 29, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Chris, when are you getting hitched?

I was recently asked by a friend to attend a wedding. I'm not sure if it's the wedding season itself, or the fact I'm attending one with a member of the opposite sex that piques the interest of my family. But if you dangle these carrots in front of the horses that are my sisters, cousins and aunts, you soon find myself a contestant on the hit game show "When are you gonna hurry up and settle down?!"

April 22, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Diamond tales . . .

Fresh cut grass, pepper being played, the pop of the catcher's glove – overbearing bleacher parents that couldn't catch a fly ball with a fisherman's net. These are a just few of the sights and sounds that let you know baseball season has arrived.

April 08, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


#ForTheCity

Like a scene from the movie Hoosiers, an entire town rallied and gathered on Yosemite Ave. last Thursday in hopes of spurring the Manteca High boys basketball team to a victory in the state title game in Sacramento. The town as a whole jumped on their collective horses, and rode 60 miles north to raucously support this upstart group of young men. Meanwhile, much like the Dennis Hopper character in the movie Hoosiers, the one relegated to a mental hospital bed - unable to attend the game because of his life decisions. There I was, trapped in the cab of a ...

March 31, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Hoops galore . . .

It's funny sometimes the way you are reminded just how small a world - and more to the point the town we live in - really is. I was kicking around the idea of asking people who they considered Manteca's all time best basketball player.

March 18, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Tag, you’re not it

I try my hardest not to repeat topics in this column. That is of course until they come full circle and once again can be rehashed. It would be a pretty boring column for everyone if each week "I hate the word Mantweeka, I used to be good at sports, and somebody find me a girlfriend" filled up page 2. But every once in a while divine intervention intercedes. Little League baseball starts up in a few days – and my 5 year old nephew doesn't understand why in his age group, there isn't a winner or a loser ...

March 11, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Batter up (in Ripon) . . .

It's that time of year again. Fresh cut grass, the pop of the leather, and kids geared up for America's pastime – baseball season has arrived.

March 04, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


A death in Ripon

The second I heard about Tuesday's police incident, involving a stolen car high speed chase, and subsequent shooting of the perpetrator – I readied myself for the two differentiating factions to raise their voices and opinions.

February 26, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


About ‘entitled boobery’

Being a 40-year-entitled boob myself, it is rare that I come across the entitlements of others, and am left mouth agape. It takes a special person to ever cause me to reel back and think, "My lord, can this person be serious?!" But recently I encountered a fellow entitled boob, and she was firing on all cylinders.

February 19, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Judging Manteca High . . .

As we all know Chris is a proud supporter of his alma mater Manteca High School. Because of this, he's given me, a proud current coach and teacher at MHS, a guest appearance in his column

February 12, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Chris Teicheira’s excellent adventure

It's Super Bowl week. America's most popular, yet unrecognized holiday. This is Thanksgiving with a better football game. If congress would finally pass a law, giving us Monday morning off – I'd be willing to say goodbye to Valentine's and Labor Day forever. The NFL put together a week of interactive events and attractions, all intended to draw people into San Francisco. Being a Raider fan, I have no dog in this Super Bowl fight, but would love to watch the Broncos lose another one.

February 05, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Public speaking gone bad

There is nothing I enjoy more than hearing from a friend or acquaintance that they want to give stand-up comedy a try. I usually recommend they walk outside in the morning to get the paper in their underwear; it's basically the same, especially if you decide to get the entire block's paper for them.

February 02, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


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Cabin Trip: From Hero to zero...

Pack up the kids, the girlfriend, the dog, or nobody – whatever it is you require for a few days of camping. The San Joaquin Valley ...

July 21, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Much ado about something

Was it just me, or could this past week not end soon enough? Politics, Shootings, Racism, Anti-Pokemon sentiment – the United States acting in a very ...

July 15, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Begging for weed & Manteca bird watching

Am I losing my mind?! While driving through town recently, I saw a couple sitting in front of a local business. They appeared to be ...

July 08, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


The doggone truth of it

I'm often reminded that people who have lived in the city their entire lives do not understand the rules of the country. And believe ...

July 01, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Take me out to the ball game

"When it's time for a change, think SpeeDee . . . ."

June 24, 2016 | MARK CONDIT | Manteca to a T


Hate should never feel common

"Hey tough guy, there is nothing tough about walking into a night club and unloading round after round into unsuspecting people. Tough is a kid ...

June 17, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


It’s the simple pleasures. . .

Elections, gorilla shot in zoo, BLD boosting prices, the heat is driving me mad – just a few of the problems my friends wanted the column ...

June 14, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


They died for us

There were many worker bees buzzing around Woodward Park early Friday morning.

May 28, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


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