Be careful what you ask for in this cold and flu season – you might get a surprise like I did recently after looking just about everywhere for the cough drops I have used for years – the tried and true small boxes of Vicks.
Shortly after arriving in Manteca in 1991 I was told by several people of how some Bay Area counties would "pay" welfare recipients to help them move to the Central Valley by providing everything from bus tickets to assistance with getting an apartment.
It started with a need to replace a woefully inadequate cheap toilet – with an installation job to match – the bank had put in place in a bid to "modernize" the foreclosure I bought nearly three years ago.
Less than two blocks from my home Saturday there was a man washing his three cars with an open hose in his driveway. The water run-off ran the length of the block, turned a corner and was flowing down into the storm drain at a nice steady rate.