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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 with their families - which meant one thing. I would be feeding calves and cows on this day.

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 Squirt cans – ruling my daytime radio enjoyment the way Christopher Columbus intended. The baseball playoffs remind me of one undeniable fact: I've been striking out with the opposite sex for the entire year.

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 of a 1st grader. It was 2nd grade the first time I approached a teacher with this brilliant offer - "How about I just pass the tests, and we just skip the whole homework thing?"

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


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


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

March 11, 2016 | | Manteca to a T


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