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Verbal Bar Warfare

This was going to be my column about football and women; my male chauvinist view of how women are ruining my enjoyment of the sport. Not the ones that hate it, but the ones that feel the need to show us how much they love the sport. We get it: You like football, but you've begun to invade our space – and some of us don't like having to share our "Mary-Kay" party with you. But I'm going save it until next week. I figure the backlash will be severe enough that the Bulletin will be forced to ...

August 07, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

When I am Mayor, part I

It's mayoral campaigning time around town. I'm on a comedy road trip to Seattle and noticed every town and city had their signage on full display. I began daydreaming about what it would be like to be the mayor of our town. I, of course, would take this on as a lifetime gig. The daydream soon turned into full sleep as I drifted away to distant future Manteca, a dreamland that incorporated both old and new Manteca.

July 31, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

For the love of the column

Happy 26th column everyone! That may seem like an arbitrary number to celebrate, but it means I'm halfway through. No, this column hasn't been some court-mandated punishment handed down for years of bad behavior on the mean streets of Manteca. It means my goal of doing this for a year is halfway complete. I don't often set goals for myself, or as I call it "Life Pacing," but I'm finding there have been many ancillary benefits to striving for these things people call goals.

July 24, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

It’s those dang tweakers

Monday morning I stopped by my mother's house while she was on vacation. She had asked that I'd water the lawn while she is gone. I remembered seeing a box of brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tarts there the week before – so I was more than happy to help out.

July 17, 2014 | | Manteca to a T

Think you can do stand-up?

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.

July 03, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

It’s Festa time

This weekend marks the 95th annual MRPS Hall Celebration of the Holy Ghost – better known as Festa. The Portuguese people have left an indelible mark on California as far back as 1542. That's when Portuguese explorer Joao Cabrilho became the first European to set foot in our great state when his ship landed in San Diego Bay.

June 26, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

No fair, no problem

The powers that be decided that it was no longer necessary to hold the San Joaquin County Fair this summer. That's when the real powers that be - parents, friends, families, and farmers of agriculture – stepped up and said "Sorry, not on our watch" and the 2014 San Joaquin AgFest was born. A free five-day celebration of youth agriculturalists in San Joaquin County, featuring traditional livestock competition and more is currently underway. It's the Fair, without all the fanfare, such as carnival rides and horse races but with its most important aspect, agriculture, intact. Make no bones about it ...

June 19, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

The Manteca (Un)Happy Meal

A new McDonald's is opening at the corner of Yosemite and Commerce. I made the mistake of asking people how they felt about this occurrence, and did I ever open a Pandora's Box of McQuestions with a side of anger.

June 12, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

Where’s my generation?

Another crop of Buffaloes, Lancers and Timberwolves has been boxed up and shipped out to the world. It got me thinking about the generations of families that have passed through these schools. Manteca High was founded in 1920, while "The Other School" arrived in 1966, splitting the town and breaking the lineage of many Buffalo bloodlines. Then the new kid on the block, Sierra, showed itself in 1994, further splintering family alumni legacies. I was interested in finding some of these legacies – a fourth generation Buffalo or a third generation Lancer. I kicked the tires on the possibility of there ...

June 05, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

The Great Graduation Confrontation

It's the last week of school for the town's 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.

May 29, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

Manteca’s Memorial Day

Nearly 25,000 people will make their way to Manteca this weekend to take part in the Not Forgotten Memorial Weekend events at Woodward Park. Seven thousand crosses will be on display to represent the brave men and women that have given their lives in service of our country since 9/11. Our once small town is home to largest Memorial Day celebration west of the Mississippi River. This is one event we should not only take pride in, but participate in.

May 22, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

4th of Julys: Past & future?

One of my earliest memories as a kid in Manteca was watching the day's events on Fourth of July. I ran into Josh Hebert in Home Depot on Wednesday. He remembered how the fields behind Lincoln School were filled with what seemed like the entire town. Blankets, picnic baskets, Frisbees – and most importantly – events. Teams of fireman would compete in a Muster Competition: Ladder climb, hose roll, bucket brigade plus a waterball event that involved a ball suspended from a cable 15 feet off the ground, with teams at either end attempting to spray the ball across the other ...

May 15, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

Mother’s Day memories. . .

I asked a handful of Mantecans to give me a short story of their mother. Just a little sentiment to shed light on the women that carried them for nine months. The women that fed them, clothed them, taught them, consoled them, and gave them life. Some sentiments were short and sweet, others absurd and hilarious but all conveying one message – we love our mothers.

May 08, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

Sweet, sweet Bernacchi Building

It sits in the northeast corner of Main and Yosemite, acting as the heart of town, reminding us where Manteca started. I'm told it once sat across from Joshua Cowell's original homestead here in Manteca, a town he founded. It has had numerous inhabitants over the years from Wrigglesworth's to German Glas Werks, Peggy's to The Strop Shop, and a multitude of businesses long, long before my time.

May 01, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a T | Manteca to a T

Fastpitch softball fanatic

This Saturday night the MYSA (Manteca Youth Softball Association) holds their Annual Rib Dinner Fundraiser at the MRPS Hall from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All you can eat ribs by Fagundes, Raffle, No Host Bar, and Dancing....for tickets:

April 24, 2014 | | Manteca to a T

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I went to the movies twice this week – and watched the same movie.

January 23, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T

Some random thoughts...

Ladies, if you take the time to dress your cat or dog in little costumes, this is why you are single…

January 14, 2015 | | Manteca to a T

Tattoo or not to Tattoo...

Is there anybody under the age of 25 that doesn't have a tattoo? It has become the guy's earring of this era with just one difference – you can't take it out. I know my indifference towards the current trend of arm sleeves and neck tats is a bit short sided, considering the fact that I have tattoos.

January 07, 2015 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

The year in review...

It was Christmas time of last year when Jason Campbell and myself kicked around the idea of a "Manteca to a T"-type column. We had no idea if the Bulletin would go for it. That was up to Dennis Wyatt. We had no name for it. That was also Dennis Wyatt's stroke of genius. We had no idea what It should be – or what it could become – and we still don't.

December 30, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T

About Christmas gifts

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column features comments from Chris Teicheira's Facebook page. The Bulletin isn't responsible for his friends' broken sentences, poor grammar or general lack of interest in punctuation.

December 19, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


EDITOR'S NOTE: Manteca to a T columnist Chris Teicheira is in Costa Rica. In his absence, he's asked Mark Condit to share his thoughts about growing up in The Family City. Worth noting, Condit has purposely misspelled Mick Founts' name wrong throughout this piece for reasons only he knows.

December 10, 2014 | By MARK CONDIT Guest Columnist | Manteca to a T

Don’t tug on the beard, kid

Does anybody remember the actual moment they found out Santa wasn't real?

December 05, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


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