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4th of July is coming up…Next weekend! Fireworks Sales Start Saturday!
The annual non-profit group’s ‘Safe and Sane” state approved fireworks sales start Sunday all over town. We, Dixon Toys for Tots, work in conjunction with the Dixon American Legion Post 208, and receive a share of the total sales. So if your interest is spending money which will help Vets, kids and senior citizens come to the fireworks booth in the Safeway parking lot. If you have kids in school, sports or any you belong to any organization they probably have their own booth. Every since the sales stared a few years ago the Safeway location has always sold the most, not only because of the location but because it seems to always have enough supplies of what everyone wants.
We, the volunteers from Toys for Tots will be there all day next Thursday, from like 10 to 10 so you can stop by then and we’ll load you up with things that go bang or shoot sparks… Which leads me to my next point. I’ve always been proud of people of Dixon proving me right with the common sense use of these family friendly explosives. You see most all users doing the right thing having a garden hose on stand by and a bucket of sand or water to securely extinguish all left over from their mini-shows.
At the same time I asked the fire and police chief’s to really crack down on these folks who persist in setting off mini-bombs and commercial grade bottle rockets. The chiefs said they will indeed crack down on illegal fireworks when the culprits are nabbed. Simply call 678-7070 during regular business hours or 678-7080, the non-emergency after hours number, and report violators. Just give a close address of those setting off the dangerous gun powdered devices and the police will try to bust them, cite them and confiscate all illegal stuff they have… Don’t whine and say you haven’t been warned and just pay the price if the authorities win a few hands during this annual game of cat and mouse.
We have one more paper before the fourth so I’ll try to do an update next week.
Garage Sale Warnings Too!
Also at the city council meeting Tuesday we had another complaint about garage sales. Yep, it’s come down to this. Anyway in Dixon you need to buy a garage sale permit from the police department in advance. It is illegal to put signs on any poles around town and really illegal to leave them up after your “sale”. So I asked the police chief to have his code compliance officer work some Saturdays and check sales for permit and if no permit is present to cite the seller. This is only fair to those who do buy the permits don’t you think?
Secondly (I’ve had a lot of complaints about this) I asked him to have his code compliance officer to scour the city on Monday, take down all left over signs, go to the address listed and cite that person… No one wants to see these signs. If you put them up you better take them down. Put them on a pole and you take a chance of being cited for that too.
This being an elected official is a trying, stress filled job and you just can’t make everyone happy… so I’m going for the right thing to do as opposed to the popular “let it slide” attitude some folks have. Unfortunately, unlike some of your other elected officials I am not only listed in the phone book but my email address is published weekly so I am really easy to get a hold of.
Solano County NRA To Hold Banquet
Solano County Friends of the NRA will hold its annual “Banquet Fundraiser” on July 11, 2015. The event will be held at the “Old Vets Hall” 231 First Street, Dixon. Doors will open at 5:30 pm with a no host cocktails, A New York steak dinner will be served at 7 pm.
There will be live and silent actions plus raffles, games, hunts, Safari packages and dozens of firearms will also be available to win.
Tickets for this event are $60 per person. For tickets and or further information you can call 1-707-678-2777.
Frank Green Turns 95 Today!
Why is the fact Dixon’s Frank Green turns 95 so important? Frank is one of the only two remaining Pearl Harbor survivors in this area. The second one being Heber Holbrook. Frank is a member of the Dixon American Legion Post 208 and a picture of Heber, also a Legion member.
That’s Frank on the right a Heber on the left In a photo I took back in 09 and is displayed at the Legion Hall.
For you fathers out there, and others.
On father’s day just past… Happy belated Father’s Day!
From a local; Dixon guy named John: “While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came flooding back to the time I was in the homeland and took me son out for his first pint. Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from the cottage. I got him a Guinness. He didn’t like it, so I drank it. Then I got him a Kilkenny’s, he didn’t like that either, so I drank it. Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager? He didn’t. I drank it. I thought maybe he’d like whiskey better than beer so we tried a Jameson’s, nope! In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast, Ireland’s finest. He wouldn’t even smell it. What could I do but drink it!
By the time I realized he just didn’t like to drink, I was so s*#@-faced I could hardly push his stroller back home.
Area Biker… A Legend!
A tender and compassionate story if ever I’ve heard one. A true testament to the human spirit.
Back on June 9th, a group of Woodland/Dixon area bikers were riding West on IS-80 when they saw a girl about to jump off the Carquinez Bridge. So they stopped. Mac, their leader, a tough man of 50+ or so, got off his Harley, walked through a group of gawkers, past the CHP who was trying to talk her down off the railing, and asked, “Baby…whatcha doin’ up there on that railing’?” with his southern draw.
She answered tearfully, “I’m going to commit suicide!” While he didn’t want to appear to be too ‘sensitive’, Mac also didn’t want to miss this ‘be-a-legend’ opportunity either; so he asked…”Well, before you jump, Honey-Babe… why don’t you give ole Mac here your best last kiss?” So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that… and it was a long, deep, lingering kiss followed immediately by another even better one.
After they breathlessly finished, Mac got a big thumbs up approval from his biker-buddies, the onlookers, and even the CHP, and then says, “Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had. Honey! That’s a real talent you’re wasting. You could be famous if you rode with me. Why the hell are you committing suicide?” “My parents don’t like me dressing up like a girl.” It’s still unclear whether she jumped or was pushed.
Mike Was Mean To Me
Mike Ceremello was mean to me last week in his column. He accused me of selling out and voting with the majority for popular issues… Like the city putting up $5,000 in taxpayers dollars towards the annual forth fireworks display. The difference is Mike always did what he thought was in everybody’s best interest. I got elected to do what the voters think is in their best interest, I haven’t found anyone but Mike opposed to the big annual fireworks show sponsored by the Dixon Rotary Club and co-sponsored by the city. If I hear the majority of folks are in favor of something I’m going to push my own opinion to make thing happen or not happen. I was elected to serve the voters and their will not Mike’s way which h is very simply and very consistent…”My way or the highway.” So if he wants to be mean to me along with everyone else so be… But this snake can bite back. So all I have to say to his comments about my city council votes is… “Bite me”.
More Things For Thought
My only real goal in life is too pass gas loud enough to set off a car alarm.
Facebook is going to start scanning your brain through your computer monitor in search of private information. To prevent this from happening go to “kitchen” -> “cabinets” -> “upper right drawer” -> at this point remove the box marked “aluminum foil”… then wrap foil all around your head.
What do you call a fat psychic… a four-chin teller?
Domino’s dropped the “pizza” from their name… legally they’re not allowed to call that pizza.
When my cousin came out as gay his parents wanted him to see a psychiatrist… which was really a shame ‘cuz he was already seeing a handsome lawyer.
When I die I’d like to have someone fill my coffin with Reese’s Pieces… then my headstone can say “R.I.R.P.”
The idiot next door was ranting about how he wasn’t going to have his son vaccinated, “it’s not healthy and they’re full of dangerous preservatives”…. then he handed the kid a pop tart for breakfast.
Both bungee jumping and hookers cost about a hundred bucks… and if the rubber breaks you’re skrewed.
I lost a good friend today… he asked me to bring over some non-alcoholic beer.
I’m always amazed during cop shows when someone takes a pistol and slips into the back of their pants… how do you not get a “weapon wedgie”?
Have you noticed that none of the child prodigy national spelling bee champions have solved any of the world’s problems…thanks for nothing you little burn-outs!
People who say they “don’t have time” for all my bullshit need to manage their time better… get up an hour earlier!
For Valentine’s Day I took my wife to see “fifty shades of grey” but I need to know how long the movie is… so I’ll know when to pick her up. For a lot of women it must have been 50 shades of blush.
They should put a statue of me next to the Statue of Liberty so immigrants realize the American Dream is hit or miss.
Have you ever wondered why Rice Krispies cost the same as other cereals…it’s ‘cuz they’re sold by weight and not by volume.
Everyone has that one friend that can turn any conversation into something nonsensical….I am usually that friend.
Checking into the hotel I accidentally pronounced “Wi-Fi” as “wifey”… the concierge told me the password was helping out around the house and being a good listener.
The cop asked me if I could describe the person who robbed me… of course. He had on a black shirt and hat, was wearing a green apron and charged me $6 for coffee.
My life is like a movie where two soulmates meet in the checkout line at the grocery store… except I’m the guy in line behind them buying beer and dog food.
I just thot about sex for maybe the 100th time today… and let me tell you, it’s definitely not the thot that counts.
Oh,oh! Trouble brewing at the Symphony Hall… it’s the bottom of Beethoven’s 9th and the bassists are loaded!
Financial tip: when laundering money always separate the bills from the coins. Use the delicate cycle with a mild detergent.
I would like to think I’ll die a heroic death… but I’ll probably trip over the damn cat and choke on a spoonful of cookie dough!
It never fails. Run around all day looking good and I see no one I know… sneak out for 5 minutes looking like crap and it’s all of a sudden a damn reunion!
What’s four inches long, 2 inches wide and drives women crazy… that damn empty toilet paper roll. Again.
I don’t understand why people pay big money for prescription colon cleansers… they can go to their nearest Taco Bell and order a bean burrito for a buck.
If you drive a Nissan and your nickname for your car isn’t Liam then you’re just sort of a big waste of time.
I have sexdaily… I mean dyslexia! STIH!
Technically speaking, every failed attempt at getting out of bed is a sit-up… so I did 17 sit-ups this morning!
My wife said she wanted to feel “special” so I gave her a helmet and some crayons… maybe I misunderstood her.
I wish more of my handcuff stories involved sex… instead of police officers.