22nd 2017
That’s Life©1966 #686 (7-21-17…Feel Free to Email: Tedhick@gmail.com

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 What Did You Do Last Weekend ?

We Went Froggin and Crawdading!


Well Friday night we went “froggin” for the first time in  like 30 years; It’s a little like riding a bike, just a little harder now because the stealth varies with age and the terrain. We set out crawdad (lobster’s smaller fresh water cousin) traps and then spotlighted and gigged bull frogs in ditches from like 10 pm to 2 am when the winds came up and the temp dropped. Every body of water and ditch in the rural areas holds both frogs and crawdads and with a little (sometimes big) effort you can provide a feast for your family. Crawdads in butter taste like lobster and in cocktail sauce taste like shrimp… Yum, yum! Frog legs really do taste like the best chicken you ever had (no fishy taste) and even resemble rattlesnake a little, but no gamey taste or rib bones to deal with.



How About Some Signs Like Vacaville?

You gotta be as annoyed about illegal fireworks going off as we are… and everyone I talked to. If your go to Vacaville a week or so before the 4th you can hardly find a street corner without a big sign saying fireworks are illegal and you will be arrested if you’re caught with them.  Folks in Vacaville heard they were legal in Dixon (they were half right) so they came here to Hall Park on the 4th to set them off. Hey didn’t plan on running into Dixon’s new police chief, Robert Thompson, who kept his word about a crackdown and personally citing people and taking away their illegal stuff as he walked around Hall Park on the night of the 4th. He was a little surprised by the amount of stuff going off and acted on the problem himself as well as having his people try to put a lid on the illegal stuff.

In 2016 there were 37 calls for disturbances related to fireworks He said, “I can’t find any data on enforcement for fireworks specific actions, and we are tracking this on a go forward basis”. Translation: Nobody did nothing…

In 2017, 49 calls for disturbances related to fireworks and 11 Administrative Citations were issued for city ordinance violations; Five seizures of illegal fireworks (three from non-residents).

“Anecdotally, half of the citations were written to non-residents who thought “fireworks” were legal in Dixon, and were not in their town (primarily Vacaville)”.

The chief said, “We will detail officers to Hall Park next year, not use patrol resources for the size of the crowd. Maybe Fire could stage there as well, the size of the crowds and the detonation of illegal fireworks in the uncontrolled setting was troublesome. We got lucky none tipped over and fired in to the crowd. He said, “We will work with Fire next year to coordinate our efforts,” and I believe they will have even better results.


 2017 Dixon TFt’s/ Christmas Programs gets a head start


For the 51st year, through no fault of our own we are heading into starting the Dixon Toys for Tots/Community Christmas Programs… In July…Well someone has to do it don’t they? …

As they have for the past several years, management of the Dixon Walmart store (the biggest community support group in the area) called to tell us they were starting their stock reduction in the toy department and we could get special deals on items they were discontinuing or were they were wanting to reduce inventory So several of the TFT’s board members like Jack Caldwell, (Dixon’s main line to Santa and current “Citizen of the Year”), Linda Hickman and Missy Nichols met with management and Purchased about $10,000  (retail) worth of right now popular toys at 75% to $90% per cent off retail.

This was Caldwell’s first buying trip and he now has a head’s up on what hundreds of Dixon area children will be wanting and getting for Christmas this year. Caldwell was surprised and delighted with the cooperation and help (and prices) Walmart and its staff give to Dixon’s only local, all volunteer, 501-C-3 charity. He now has prior knowledge to what Santa’s elves will have on hand for 500 to 600 children this coming Christmas season…. Mike Hamilton, as tired as he was from Grillin and Chillin came to the rescue to help pick up the many pallets and help store them until they can be placed in storage.


Speaking of Grillin & Chillin


The mayor and the rest of the city council were expected to be at Grillin & Chillin since the city is a partial sponsor of the event. The turnout, if you missed it, was the biggest ever in my opinion in both amounts of attendees, cars, retail and community booths. Next year plan on attending…

I talked to dozens of people many recognizing me/us from my weekly mug in the paper and some from the City of Dixon City council badge I wore. To a person they had nothing but good things to say with one negative they all seemed to agree on… ‘It was too damned hot”. (“Have you thought about moving it to October?” or “How about having a big shade tent where we can eat and not fry? “Was a popular question to which I copped out saying I had nothing to say about the date.

Everybody was there from the Solano county D.A. and Sheriff to the CHP and even a big gun toting Forest Ranger (who looked more like a Texas Ranger see photo above) who was handing out Marijuana is still illegal (on federal property) posters.  The Dixon police officers and Cadets and Fire personnel looked sharp in the heat and did a great job and did a little PR at the same time… good going.

I was glad to see city staff handing out info on the city’s new “Fixin Dixon” phone App. If you haven’t downloaded  it free yet do so. You can report about anything to the city staff and get quick feedback and follow up on what happens to your complaint or question. Take a picture of a pot hole in front of your house and send it. Anything dealing with the city you want to bitch about (or even say something nice I guess) is now at your fingertips (or thumb tips).

It was really gratifying for Linda and me to have so many people sincerely inquire about my health at both the Grillin & Chillin and the boat club dinner Saturday night. I was truly surprised and touched by people that weren’t just curious, but were really concerned about my well-being… try getting that in a bigger city. Frogging, Friday night, Grillin and Chillin Saturday and the Dixon Boast Club Dinner Saturday night and almost comatose on Sunday… Gotta get it through my head I‘m not 30, 40, or even 50 anymore!.


TOO FUNNY! This was a real Ad…

This is a genuine ad from 1964 when WD-40 was first released.

Their ad department certainly had a way with words !





Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash in Alaska with bush pilot, Wiley Post, was one of the greatest political country/cowboy sages this country has ever known.)  Here’s some of his sayings:


  1. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.
  2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
  3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
  4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  5. Always drink upstream from the herd. 
  6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
  8. There are three kinds of men:  

          The ones that learn by reading.

          The few who learn by observation.

          The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

  1. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  2. If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
  3. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n than puttin’ it back in.
  4. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.  He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.

The moral:  When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.



First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.


Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.


Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me.  I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way.  I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.


Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of algebra … 


Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.


Sixth ~ I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.  


Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about ageing is that it’s such a nice change from being young.


Eight ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.


Ninth ~  Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable and relaxed.


Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft.  Today it’s called golf.


And, finally ~ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.

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