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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


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


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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 ...

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 ...

February 02, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


A not so ‘Free Day’ . . .

On Tuesday, I spent what friend Vic Morito likes to call a "Free Day". A "Free Day" entails waking up in bed at around noon ...

January 22, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


Beware: Sharp tongues

I attended my company Christmas party on Wednesday night. No, not out here in the country to celebrate my yearly tractorship. And no, not down ...

December 18, 2015 | | Manteca to a T


Albert ‘Santa’ Fonseca

Karma showed up at the MRPS Hall this last week in the form of my 5-year-old nephew Bode – and took a big bite out of ...

December 11, 2015 | | Manteca to a T


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