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Janey Way Memories #154 Thursday Mornings at La Bou

I retired from service with the State of California in 2002 after nearly 31 years on the job.  I was just 55 years old. I hadn’t planned on retiring that early, but after having cardiac bypass surgery in September of

Movie Review: SPECTRE

The MPAA has rated this PG-13 Sony, via the union of Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer give us “Spectre”. This is the 24th movie in the James Bond franchise of films, or 26th if you include “Casino Royale” and “Never Say

Door to Door


There’s a lot of talk locally about Airbnb (Air Bed and Breakfast), the website for renting temporary lodging. A friend got recently and weirdly involved in this. Joan’s a schoolteacher, divorced, the kids have fluttered from the nest, and she

Janey Way Memories – Sacramento State College

Sacramento State College played a very important role in my life. When I was young, growing up on Janey Way, I often walked across Elvas Avenue, over the levee and onto its sprawling campus. There, I did things like playing

Janey Way Memories #152

The Old Armory

Last Thursday, as I returned home from my weekly visit to Fancy Feet Dance Academy with granddaughter Gabrielle, I drove by the old National Guard Armory on Elvas Avenue and J Street. Something seemed different about the old facility, and

Over the Fence: Charles Phoenix brings his retro slide show to the California Auto Museum

Charles Phoenix has been called the Ambassador of Americana, The King Of Kitsch, The Ringmaster of Retro. Who is Charles Phoenix? He’s all that and more. Phoenix is best known for his comedic retro slide shows which showcase his collection

Movie Review: Pawn Sacrifice, The Intern, Hotel Transylvania 2

Pawn Sacrifice The MPAA has rated this PG-13 Bleeker Street Media offers “Pawn Sacrifice” in which one of the most colorful real-life figures in the history of the game of chess, Bobby Fischer, is portrayed in biographical form. He is

Door to Door

Like Diogenes who went with his lamp in the daylight looking for an honest man, I’ve been looking for a businessperson who supports a livable wage (around $15 per hour) in Sacramento. They were able to do this in Los

Over The Fence with Greg Brown

Eclectic yard sale in the HP The annual Hollywood Park Neighborhood Mega Yard Sale is Saturday, Oct. 3. This fun neighborhood event has been going on since 2003. HP residents Kathy Spitzer and Debbie Keller, with help from Dwight Coleman

Movie Review: Everest

Everest Universal Pictures brings us to the top of “Everest” in 3-D IMAX movie presentation. The story is of a true disaster that befell several climbers of the formidable mountain in 1996, which has been chronicled in several books, including