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Thomas Downey High School Class of 1985 Reunion

Thomas Downey High School Class of 1985 Reunion

     I think that Summer is the time that many of us reflect on the past and all the good times(even more so than New Years.) In 1985 I graduated from Thomas Downey High School(yes I am a Duck) and for the next 3 months I was Free. At least until college started up. I remember helping paint my friend Phil's 1985 Nash Metropolitan, flames on the hood and going along the side panels and "the Love Machine" on the drivers side rear panel.  We then proceeded to cram way to many people into it so we could cruise McHenry and be a part of Graffiti USA. I remember going to concerts at Dazzles Underground and Oakwood Lake Resort. Hanging out and having fun with the best of friends. 30 Years have past and I am still friends with all th guys who crammed into that sub compact Nash Metro. Over the years I have lost touch with some of the friends I had made at Downey, I had moved away form Modesto like so many others only returning a few years back.

Stockton residents encouraged to “imagine” the future

Stockton residents encouraged to “imagine” the future

STOCKTON – Stockton will be one of more than 15 cities that will host an “Imagining” event from 3 to 6 p.m., June 13, at Café Coop, 42 N. Sutter Street in Stockton. An “Imagining” event is part of a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture that asks community members to envision their cities in the year 2034.

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2015 Cajun & Blues Festival Dedicated To B.B. King

2015 Cajun & Blues Festival Dedicated To B.B. King

 R.I.P. B.B. King September 25,1925-May14,2015

BROKEN TOYS-30 Years in the Making Live at the Gallo Center July 18th

BROKEN TOYS-30 Years in the Making Live at the Gallo Center July 18th

     Moving to a town that only had 8 exits off the Freeway(what kind of cultural wasteland was my parents moving us to) was a pretty big shock for a teenager from LA(and what classic 80 movie plots seemed to be all about.) What did this "hick town" have to offer to a Modernist Punk from the "Big City." I remember the first High School dance I attended the DJ had a list of bands not to play, no Bauhaus, no Cure, no Blondie, not even the B-52's. I noticed in a box a 7" a band that wasn't on the list The Dead Kennedys so I had him play Holiday in Cambodia(a small win for my rebellious soul.)  I was a stranger in a strange land being assaulted by Jocks and Cowboys for the clothes on my back and the way I wore my hair.

Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

ZinFesters know what they like…Lodi grown wine!

Blame it all on their roots, they showed up in boots, and all kinds of hats and wine-country-chic apparel, including threads studded with corks from their favorite bottlings of Lodi wine!

They also came from places as far as Canada (whole contingents from both Vancouver and Toronto), Iowa or Florida, and as near as Sacramento, San Francisco, Reno, Carlsbad or L.A.  According Macchia Wines owner/winemaker Tim Holdener, quoted in the local paper (Lodi News-Sentinel), the 2015 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival “was very exciting… the crowd really got into it this year.”... Read More

University of the Pacific awards more than 2,000 degrees at four ceremonies in three cities

University of the Pacific awards more than 2,000 degrees at four ceremonies in three cities

University of the Pacific is expected to confer 2,029 degrees during four commencement ceremonies in three cities over the next six weeks, celebrating a graduating class that includes 198 new attorneys, 201 new pharmacists, some 455 liberal arts majors, and more than 232 new engineers and computer scientists.

“I am extremely proud of this year’s class of outstanding Pacific graduates,” said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “These students have worked hard to prepare for leadership in their careers and in their lives. They’ve been mentored by some of the most brilliant and dedicated faculty anywhere, and I am excited for those grads to go make their impact on the world.”