Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Councilman Charles Manne and Councilwoman Nancy Young donned Tracy High football jerseys at the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, paying off a friendly wager on the 18th annual Crosstown Classic football game between the Tracy High Bulldogs and the West High Wolf Pack.
Fellow Councilman Robert Rickman bet Manne and Young that Tracy High, Rickman’s alma mater, would beat West High, the school attended by Manne and by Young’s children. The loser promised to wear the opposing school’s football jersey during both October council meetings.
Tracy High defeated West High 60-0 on Friday, Sept. 27, at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
It’s not often I find myself on a lonely country road, sitting in a car with a man wearing a red cape and SpongeBob SquarePants boxer shorts. Holiday SpongeBob SquarePants boxers to be exact. But I never know where my camera will take me and on Monday I was on a stretch of Midway Road west of town watching the return of Skateman.
David Goad brought his alter ego to life last year as he paid of Facebook wager to roller skate from the
subdivision across town to
the mall in his colorful costume with vintage style roller skates. Goad is
raising funds for research on multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer that his older
brother Jeff has. Hidden
To raise funds this year Goad decided on a more daunting task, a roller skate feat not yet attempted, or at least no one has owned up about trying this before. On Oct. 6 Goad will roller skate 4 and-a-half miles up the 12 percent grade of Patterson Pass Road to the top and back down.
I’m a hiker and I know what a 4 mile, 1,300 foot climb feels like. It’s not easy. It can’t be any easier wearing roller skates, vintage ones at that. I watched Goad’s first training run up the winding Midway Road. Not a fun time at all. The skates vibrate on the rough road, there is traffic to contend with and the downhill leg is precarious at best. Why do it?
I talked to Jeff’s brother in
and in the short conversation with the two brothers I know the love they have
for each other and each would suffer any burden for the other. Though David
Goad’s task is daunting his motivation is sure to keep him going to the top.