Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.
In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.
It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.
Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.
When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.
With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.
So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?
I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.
The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.
If you go to a tanning salon, congratulations are in order.
While rummaging through my garage a few years ago, I came across an old M-60.
A small army of civic-minded volunteers from Crossroads Community Church did what they embraced as the Lord's work last October and helped the financially strapped city plant 250 trees along the Moffat Boulevard leg of the Tidewater Bikeway.
The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.
California's public education could be moving toward another crisis that could ultimately undermine local control.
Summertime and the livin' is easy
I love a parade. I love marching.
Don't miss the Commons at Union Ranch Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2241 N. Union Road in Manteca. Doodles the Clown will be there to entertain you and your children, as well as a face painter. You can participate in games and enjoy refreshing lemonade and sweets, get an original balloon creation and look at magical balancing birds. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13564/.
Imagine a cell phone weighing two pounds, getting only a half hour talk time per charge, being only used to make voice calls, and costing $3,995.
Levi Gray followed the revelers up the train bridge that spans the Stanislaus River, eventually hurling his 265-pound body into the cool waters below.
SAM MACK MEADOW, Inyo County – You can't get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles' water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.