Lucky you, your a part of the first group boarded on the airplane,  putting away your carry on was a snap, you’ve open you book and all is right with the world until……..You see me, you notice the empty seat next to you and you start to pray…oh gawd, please not here.

At 6.4 and 377 pounds I am your day mare.

I know the look, the look of  terror!

Sometimes (when I’m in a devilish mood), I taunt the passengers, walking slowly, I look at all the middle seats, I walk by, then throw it in reverse, look at my ticket and then at you.  For some reasons male passengers are more effected by this, than female passengers.

For an oversize passenger, nothing is more stressful or uncomfortable than air travel,sitting in plastic chairs and director chairs are a close second.


If you weigh less than 180 pounds and under 5.10 you may be thinking  that the obese should be banned from the seat next to  yours.

First lets examine the seat, in the last twenty years, what was four seats across is now six seats.   The average width of an airline seat is 17.5 inches, if you ride RT the width of the bus seat 19inches, Amtrak 20 inches.

Here’s the fun part.  Anyone over 5.10 can relate.   The seat pitch (legroom) average on domestic planes (with Boeing’s 737 being the favorite) 31 inches compare that with RT and Am track’s 35 inches.  In some cases you you have more leg room in rear seat of  a Ford Focus.

I am a huge fan (no pun intended) of Jet Blue.   I choose the airline because the airline fleet.    On the Airbus 320 passengers  are treated to seats that have 34 to 38 inches in legroom AND the seat are wider.

Before the airlines began assessing fees for everything, I used to request the exit rows.  Now airlines charge up to $50.00 per leg for the privilege of sitting in that row.  This could mean an additional $200.00.


The first leg of my flight to New York was perfect out of Sacramento, they were able to confirm exit  row seats on both legs, generally people are nice if your nice.  In Dallas, my wait was less than an hour.  For comfort I generally ask for an belt extension as I board, usually within seconds the attendant discreetly hands me the belt.

Again, the day was perfect, I was part of the first group boarded, I took out my book and began to read.  Minutes passed and this man poked me on the shoulder and told he I couldn’t sit in the exit row, before I could question him, he was gone.  A few minutes went by and a stewardess stopped by and said you cant sit there and left.  She returned and said that the flight wasn’t full and I would have to take a seat in the rear, I explained to her that I am a frequent traveler and usually request the exit row.  “I’m sorry you will have to move” and she left.

Passengers are now unbuckling to see whats going on.   The first man returned with a book, it seems there is a rule, that says if you need an extension, your not able to assist other passengers in the case of an emergency.

My demeanor changed as I was exiled to the rear of the plane.   Other passengers watched as I was escorted by five employee.  One good intentioned but very loud steward, announced, “oooh, you get the whole row to yourself.  The humiliation continued as this man announced that he was bringing me extra food, because I looked hungry.   I clearly remember this young pigtail child tapping her family turning around and watched me eat.

Like an embarrassed second grader,who said Is-land instead of  island.   I sat in my seat and waited for every one to leave.  Hoping never to see those passengers again.  The mean stewardess said good bye through her teeth, the good intentioned steward waved enthusiastically as I was leaving.

Like the embarrassed second grader my plan wasn’t completely thought out as forgot about the luggage carousels   There they all were, some looked down as I found a place to wait.    I over heard one women ask , I wonder what he did?

In New York, I Fed Ex a letter to the Airline. Who added extra mileage to my account, and sent. me a free ticket


73% of U.S. Population Overwieght or Obese

The latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the United States has found at 72.9% of the country’s population is overweight, obese, or extremely obese. The big news from this study is that more people over 20 years of age are now obese (34.3%) versus those who are simply overweight (32.7%)

Yes and no.

When I go to the theater, I buy a orchestra ticket or a lodge ticket because I have long legs its a small premium but worth it to me..

Southwest is a well run airline, they are  efficient and on time.  Several years ago they instituted a (POS) Person of Size to purchase a second ticket.  I discovered this on the A&E reality show Airline, where this poor  man called his girlfriend or family member for a credit card to purchase  another ticket , the man was in tears.

For several years  I’ve flown  Southwest without incident, then on one flight to Portland I was asked to purchase an additional  ticket on a flight that wasn’t full.  Southwest did refund my money when I returned to Sacramento   Today, I no longer fly Southwest..

I’m not sure if there is an immediate solution airlines are strapped for cash.  They have chosen to fly smaller fuel efficient planes, filling every inch with a human being.

My reality is at 6.4 and 377 pounds, I should pay more.  But I should get more, a wider seat with extra leg room. Would I would have no problems paying an extra $50 to $100 on a domestic flight? absolutely!    Problem is  many airlines want twice that amount and if there is a connection, you are charged for each leg.   If your flight has three legs, that extra comfort could cost you an additional $600.  Worse. they consider an extra inch and a half of leg room luxurious seating.

If you are not obese, and over 5.10 and two hundred pounds, how comfortable is your seat?

Everybody inhale.



Southwest Airlines is in midst of a 60 million dollar overhaul.  The Airline is adding slimmer and thinner seats increasing its seating capacity from 137 to 143 seats. The airline says” passengers will hardly notice”

Fewer flights, and fuller planes is the rule.  Last summer the average flight was over 84% full.

There are options:



Arnold, Maria, Arnold.  wouldn’t life be simpler if you guys had moved to Sacramento.    All those southern california  paparazzi following y’all around.

Maria ,first you were caught not once but twice on the cell phone…   In July you apologized, and then you were BUSTED in October again!  This time you were all smiles.   And while that was a nice picture of you, its not  becoming for a First Lady…..   Why don’t you have one of those nifty bluetooth’s installed on your car stereo….. 

Then yesterday, you went into Peet’s Coffee for a coffee and a muffin and didn’t feed the meter( was it the allure of the coffee or were you too busy to fumble for coins?)  and while you sat sipped and chewed,  one  your husband’s aid’s talked the meter maid from giving you a ticket…  All caught on tape (thanks TMZ)

Maria, the paparazzi is starting to love you as much as they love Britney.

Arnold, is Maria a bad influence?   Seems your also a law abiding citizen as there are pictures of you parking your Porsche  in a red zone in Beverly Hills last sunday.  Its nice to see you driving a green machine (not) 

It was the Women

who on Septmeber 20th 2005,  won Sacramento’s first and only  National Basketball  title.    

The Maloofs, who own the Sacramento Kings and the Sacramento Monarchs annonced on Friday, they were closing the WNBA franchise .  They want to focus on the Kings.

The WNBA is stuggling,with  limited TV and print exposure, the entire franchise is limping along. The average player makes less than a quarter or their male counterparts.

Unlike Sacramento Kings tickets, I could actually afford to see a Monarch game.   While it was odd, were used to seeing fathers and sons at sports events. it  was refreshing to see mothers and daughters at a sports events.

With the WNBA young girls has one more option.

Males dominate professional sports, somehow, women are less creditable.  In tennis, we are not likely to see the Williams sisters in a tournament with a male player. (many men who remembers are still smarting over, Billie Jean King’s overwheleming  victory over Bobby Riggs)

With pay, as low as $40,000 per season.there is a dedcation to the sport as  many of these women (with children) has other jobs.

The early stars Ruthie Bolton, Yolanda Griffin and current players Kara Larson and my personal favorite player (love her name) Ticha Penicherio will be missed.

WNBA will not survive without the support of women.
Rumor is they might end up in Oakland or San Jose, lets hope so…

IKEA, & The Fine Print.

IKEA,is a worldwide phenomenon.

Ikea’s furnishings is a must for college students looking for innovative unique and inexpensive.  Customers will drive 300 miles to experience Ikea.  The store has a very strong and loyal following..   There are Ikea blogs.

The Layout of the store forces the visitor to take the entire store in, every department.

Only the knowledgeable Ikea shopper know where the shortcuts are.

Ikea can accommodate nearly every shopper. You can spend thousands or twenty nine cents. Try that at Macy’s

Unlike Wal Mart, Ikea doesn’t have to remind you of low prices.



The customer assembles the furniture, it is all self service(ok I have now lost most of the boomers) no delivery, they do not assemble the furniture, they can provide the customer with an outside contractor.

However, unless you find someone to deliver the boxes, you have to take them home.

I find it nearly impossible to walk through the store (especially housewares) without purchasing something. Where else can you find two non stick skillets for $2.99? Wal Mart-Target-K-Mart no…..

There are two restaurants at Ikea, a full breakfast can be had for $1.99 a lessor breakfast for ninety nine cents. The average dinner is $5.99, stuff salmon a dollar more. Downstairs Hot dogs and soda $2.00.

The employees are very cheerful and available.

Ikea, doesn’t hide its cost cutting. Particle  board is found in nearly all of its furnishings. From tables to sofas to bed frames. Posters can be found throughout the store praising the use of the wood.

Your experience at Ikea should be a pleasant on, unless you need to return something you’ve assembled.

Imagine,after a day of assembling a huge wall unit, u discover, its too large.

Returning the furniture should be easy,after all through Ikea there are signs that say, if you don’t like it bring it back* see store representative for details.

The details,are located at the registers in very fine print. In a box that’s about four inches by six inches. A large poster size of  the Policy can be found on the right side of check out.

return policy

Relax. You have 45days to bring it back.
At the IKEA store, you can shop with assurance. If you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase, simply return the unused and unassembled item within 45 days in its original packaging together with your receipt.. However, we do not accept returns on the following products:

Cut fabrics
Cut blinds / curtains
Unwrapped mattresses or bed textiles
Products bought from our AS-IS (Bargain Corner)
Items damaged after leaving the store, except for manufacturing faults
Items made to your specific requirements such as kitchen
If you have bought a large furniture item home and encounter some difficulties with it, just call us at
6786 6868 for assistance.

There is an as is section (for those as a former employee said) who completely lost it in the store and was charged 15 to 30 percent restocking fee.

If you Google “Ikea Return Policy” you will find worldwide complaints.


Posted: 2009-06-19 by jrg512

No return even with receipt
Round Rock, Texas
United States

I recently had a very unfortunate experience with the Ikea return
policy, I bought about $300 of extra stuff on over a $1000 purchase, I kept my receipt and
brought it back to get an exchange, not a refund and exchange for credit so I
could get something i needed for my project and was denied a exchange on
planters and vases because the Ikea stickers had been removed, I explained that
the Ikea stickers had been removed by my employees because we dont leave
noticable stickers on the products when we decorate someones home or
business, I was told that since the stickers were removed they couldnt except the
item and since the stickers were removed the item was considered used and he
then advised me to sell it on Craigslist.


have just returned from a visit to the Ikea in Montreal on Cavendish and feel compelled to write this complaint.For me to actually immediately come home to write you this , is an understatement of my frustration. I am in fact outraged. 

Over the past several years I have spent several thousand dollars at Ikea ( would be willing to share account information to demonstrate this ) I own several buildings as a landlord and enjoy using Ikea products for furnishings. However, after today my wife and I are considering no longer ever shopping at any Ikea.

Over the past few months I have been renovating a property and was not able to put up the Numerar countertop 73 X 25 which I purchased in Dec 2007. Upon opening it today and seeing how it looks- size, we realized that is was far too large for what was required. The item was in perfect condition however the outer brown box ( packaging ) had some white paint on it. When we attempted to exchange this along with the Utby pedestals for a smaller version, we were only allowed to exchange the pedestals. We complained and asked for the manager Tanya. She informed us that the pedestals could be taken as they were still well packaged yet the countertop could not because it was no longer sellable. Upon hearing this I was OUTRAGED and admit using the curse words in referring to the need for a nice box. I was informed that for one, I was beyond the 90 days and 2 that because of the paint on the box , could not EXCHANGE ( never asked for a refund ) . I repeatedly told Tanya to look at the pristine condition of the countertop, but all she cared about was the box. This policy is most flawed as even other Ikea members that I spoke to acknowledged that if returned within 90 days without a box but in good condition an exchange is almost always accepted. In our case the pedestals were exchanged because the box was nice but not the countertop. I am extremely furstated that I have a countertop in mint condition yet is too large for my wife and I, and all because of paint on a box. Based on your response, we shall decide if we are too ever shop at Ikea again. I explained to Tanya how she was jeapordizing all of our future business over an exchange for $ 140.00 yet she did not care , said no exchange and simply walked away from us. Even though I did raise my voice, I truly believe that our treatment was not merited and that such rationale for exchange and treatment of a customer was unwarranted. The item is perfectly resellable and still an active product at Ikea.

IKEA Covina – I’m finding another store

by Anonymous 1 Ikea
My hubby and I have been shopping at IKEA forever. I agree with various posts I’ve seen mentioning that quality is not that great and prices not that cheap. However, we have found a number of situations – kids rooms, furnishing an office, new kitchen in a rental where the products offered were a good fit. While IKEA is not perfect, we always appreciated the fact that the return policy was lenient and making a mistake in judgement on our part was easy enough to correct.

That is until recently. IKEA (at least Covina, CA) doesn’t allow returns on RTA furniture if it is assembled it and it didn’t work out. We bought a console and shelf unit that we were going to use as a TV unit in an office and after we put it together we realized it wasn’t a good fit for the room. So my hubby carefully disassembled the unit, reboxed all the pieces carefully, and off to the store we went with receipt in hand. The CRS person immediately asked us if we assembled the unit and if so it could not be returned. Furthermore she said that this was clearly stated on the receipt.

The return policy that is posted on the IKEA site and all over the store (accompanied with a friendly, huggy red heart with arms reaching out to hug customers, ) is :
“If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return the unused item in its original packaging within 90 days unless noted below. A receipt is required for all returns and exchanges.” (“The noted below” does not mention RTA furniture.)

The receipt itself indicates that an unused item in its original packaging + a receipt is required to return an item.

During the discussion with the CRS manager(I asked for the manager not getting satisfied with the response from the first person) I told her that it looks to me that basically returns are not allowed for RTAs because we can only take the boxes home and return them without opening (the point being…?) The manager indicated we could open the box to look at the color and see how it matches the room but not assemble the item – assembling a piece of furniture makes it used. Huh? IKEA should then just provide color samples to take home like Home Depot or Lowes and save everyone a lot of hassle in carting boxes back and forth. The manager also indicated that other stores don’t allow returns on furniture. Perhaps she doesn’t shop at Costco, Lowes, TJ MAXX, etc, etc.

So here I am struggling with words in the policy such as “completely satisfied” and “unused” . I am not completely satisfied. I do not know how to find complete satisfaction with a flat pack box until I see the pieces assembled in their intended location. What other means do I or any IKEA customer have to be completely satisfied with an RTA purchase? Taking boxes home and positioning the unopened box in the room is not the same as seeing the piece of furniture in its intended completed state. Furthermore, “using” to me means that I have actually used the furniture for the purpose it was purchased such as setting up the TV in the unit not just looking at the furniture. The manager indicated that seeing the furniture in my home was not necessary to be satisfied since IKEA has displays for this purpose. I forgot to tell her that my house does not really look like an IKEA showroom.

Now the boxes for the TV unit are back at my house, and I am completely dissatisfied. After reading a bunch of posts regarding IKEA, I realized that the return policy is not the same for each store. As such it looks like the best approach to this problem is to shop in a different IKEA store. A reasonable return policy is important to me and my hubby. We, like everyone living in this area, have many options for shopping and therefore don’t need to put up with IKEA Covina’s inflexibility towards returns of RTA furniture.

To be fair, some of the other stores Home Depot, Lowe’s have similar requirement on some of the cabinetry, however,most will charge will a restocking fee unless the item is an odd or discontinued.

So word to the wise, sometimes the cheap becomes expensive, before you take on a sizable do it yourself project, or purchase any item that requires two people, check the return policy.

The Mirdle is coming ……….. The Mirdle is Coming……….

Men our time has come....

For years, all the slimming undergarments were marketed to women.     If a man wanted a device to make his tummy flat. he had to go underground….  To some big n tall catalog.

Well not any more…

Slimming undergarments have come from underneath the back counter and has proudly made its way to next to those bikini your local department store.

Mirdle’s are one of the fastest growing segments in men’s clothing..

Do you want a flatter tummy for those up coming holiday parties?  

The Mirdle may be the answer….


Is Sacramento too Liberal for Sarah Palin?

BLOW UP: (slang)
1. to phone or page excessively; to fill up the capacity of some electronic answering service (voice mail, answering machine, one’s pager, etc.)   My crazy ex keeps blowing up my cellphone.

2. to significantly increase in one’s socio-economic status.
I’m go blow up when my album is released. become extremely angry.
He totally blew up at me after I wrecked his car.

2.Sarah Palin’s book “Going Rogue” will  blow up today after her much anticipated appearance on Oprah.  Later in the week she will be interviewed by the master Ms Barbara Walters.  By the end of the week her book should top the New York Times best seller list.

All the reviews, seem to agree the book is not an attack on the Democrat’s or Obama.  It is the Mccain campaign, while she seems to have a great deal of respect for the man at the top of ticket John Mccain, she has a lot to say about the campaigns,aids. Much of her anger is directed at the campaigns Cheif Strategist  Steve Schmidt.

Ms. Palin depicts the McCain campaign as overscripted, defeatist, disorganized and dunderheaded — slow to shift focus from the Iraq war to the cratering economy, insufficiently tough on Mr. Obama and contradictory in its media strategy. She also claims that the campaign billed her nearly $50,000 for “having been vetted.” The vetting, which was widely criticized in the press as being cursory and rushed, was, she insisted, “thorough”: they knew “exactly what they’re getting.”

Love her or hate her, this book tour will have American’s talking.   In a CNN poll 7 out of 10 Americans say she is not qualified to be president..   Will this book and the tour change our perception of Sarah Palin?
Will the tour stop in Sacramento?   With the exception of Dallas, the tour seems to be avoiding major cities. She is appearing where she has had strong support.  For Sacramento that means the Roseville/Rockin area

HOTEL CONFIDENTIAL- (Do U know who I am?)

This is an vintage Hotel Confidential…….. Hope you enjoy.

Sacramento 2006,

The economy was still booming in Sacramento. The same homes that sold for $150,000 in 2003, were selling for nearly $400,000 in 06. crazy..

Many Hotels opened in area.

Despite all the new hotels most Downtown and Natomas hotels were sold out Mon-Thurs.

A gentleman in a very expensive car drives up to the front door of the hotel. Accompanied by what we believed was a close important friend.

I need a room for tonight?

I’m sorry sir, we are completely sold out, tonight.

Sold out?

yes sir.

You don’t have ANY rooms?

no sir, sorry.

He slightly backs away from the counter.


The desk agent, not sure how to reply say’s um…no…


No sir she says…..

Then the friend says ( You don’t know who he is?)

the agent thinking this is all a joke smiles.



sorry, she say’s nervously.




with the man gone (The agent say’s who is Ron Detest?)

Her colleagues corrected her (Artest) told her that he was a player for the Sacramento Kings,

oh, I hate the Kings.

Stockton California——-Valley Superstar?

EVERY city and town has the potential for greatness.  Most towns begin on paper,  an outline of what their community will look like.  Through time, the plans are altered, often to make way for the new demands of the city.
As the city grows, planning departments are added to manage that growth, these professionals advise the cities leaders on the effects a development or building may impact a community.
The Mayor and City Council is the final word on major buildings and development.   Your local government knows a smidge  more than general public when it comes to planning.    Unfortunately, professional  recommendations and studies are sometimes ignored and elected government often make decisions based on, immediate needs, public pressure,repayment of a political debt or the oh so common, (The Jones Factor)we want that too.
The current trend is locating Arenas and Ballparks in the heart of downtown.  There are several studies that conclude, these massive building do little to increase retail,hotel stays to the surrounding areas as they are self contained, the thousands of people who attend events spend dollars within the confines of the building and while there is some residual business to surround restaurants, the impact on retail is minimal.
Too many cities lack direction.  The old plan is scrapped for a new plan, and as the years go by that action is repeated again and again to the point the  original plan is unrecognizable .   Many cities needing additional revenues,accept fragile short terms solutions. From Maine to California these single anchor supermarket shopping centers are common place.

Designed around the automobile, this is the preferred design, not only by the developers but retail business. These auto dependent designs replaced the corner store.    Because these designs are a distance from the street, the surrounding businesses are dependent on the anchor.   Should Kohl’s move or fail, the other stores are immediately affected.  If the shopping center close it will effect the values of the surrounding neighborhoods.  Reducing tax revenues for the city.
Traditional street facing retail is less depended on a anchor.    This design isn’t preferred by retail, it considerably more expensive,  and store for store, these typically generate lower dollars per square foot than a typical suburban store.  The parking of this Border is the rear of the store, it has fewer parking spaces.   The benefits to this traditional design is, it more visible from the street  not lost behind a sea of parking spaces and the surrounding businesses are less depended on the anchor.Should  Borders close, the building can be reconfigured, the impact to the community isn’t as severe.

Some cities that started out with a great plan:  Fresno, Oakland, San Diego,Seattle,and Miami lost their way . Desperate to replace revenues lost to the suburbs, ( retail and the middle class)these cities lost  focus on the central city and neglected  older neighborhoods . When opened, the Fulton Mall brought national attention to Fresno, today the tall buildings on Fresno’s  Fulton Mall are empty today.
There is very little retail in downtown
 or Miami.

Progressive cities, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, Boston,and Toronto never lost their way. This cities held on to their vision.  Chicago and San Francisco took control of their skylines, these cities demanded more from developers and refused to accept bland vertical boxes. The results are unique designs that defines their cities.
Greenbelts can be found in Boston, Portland Oregon and Toronto, these cities chose not to develop every inch of the city.

Nearly three million people live in Canada’s largest city,  notice the large patch of green to the right, its nearly 10 miles long.

Most valley cities have an image/status problem. Sacramento fares better than most as the state capitol, its also benefits being the center of transportation with every major north south east west highway going through the city. The view from Interstate 5 in Sacramento looks inviting with the lights of Old Sacramento to the west and the Capitol Dome and skyline to the east.

Stockton doesn’t fare as well, like Sacramento, Interstate 5 passes through the west side of the  city, the view to the west is of an industrial area, and to the east, a view of a dark and lifeless downtown,making Stockton the city you drive through.

For those curious souls who exited I-5 discovered  a valley city with a waterfront. (Sacramento long turned its commercial back on it’s rivers many years ago)   One could tell that  was once a thriving downtown and while most building are empty, the area is well kept almost as it where waiting for business to return. .

Nearly three hundred thousand people call Stockton home, its the 4th largest city in the Valley and the 13th largest in the State.

Stockton is the first community in California to have a name not of Spanish or Native American origin.

Like many cities, Stockton’s middle class moved north and east away from the central city and following them was retail. Today, most of downtown is vacant, home to high crime (Forbes magazine calls Stockton the fifth most dangerous city in the nation)and the poor.



In the late 1990’s Stockton started transforming downtown and its waterfront. With the goal of getting residents to return. In a very short time, this city built Weber park on its waterfront.


A movie theater is located a block from the waterfront.


The city, refurbished the old 2000 seat Fox Theater (now called the Bob Hope Theater)

Constructed a 10,000 seat arena and a 5300 seat minor league ballpark


. In addition to these is a marina, luxury hotel and condominiums.



All the facilities are currently losing money, leaving the taxpayers to make up the difference.

The state of the art Arena as well as the theater,ballpark are managed by Illinois based, International Facilities Group aren’t booking acts. They blame the economy.

The Sheraton Hotel(opened in 06) went out of business and is now called the Lexington Plaza Waterfront hotel  A few months ago this hotel went out of business and an auction was held, and there were no buyers.  The condos on top of the hotel  remain unsold a casualty of the real estate burst.

There are few boats in the new marina.


PERHAPS….. it is very possible this revitalization plan might have been too ambitious.  The hope that the projects shortcomings do not impact important city services .

The downtown is barren after dark.  High density housing developments mixed with subsidized retail near may have helped.

Having said that, Stockton has to admired for completing this project in less than a decade.  Many cities up  and down the state have had plans on the drawing board for decades. Sacramento’s K Street Mall has been an issue since the 80’s, Retail abandoned Fresno’s Fulton Mall in the 70’s,  and some the land around  Oakland’s City Center has been vacant since the late 60’s.

This city is quietly getting things done.

The busiest port in the valley is in Stockton

America West, ended its commercial Stockton’s Metropolitan Airport in 2004. There were no other commercial fights out of the airport until 2006 when Allegiant Air began service to Las Vegas.  Horizon Air and Delta airline are considering flights out of the airport.


The City of Stockton has transformed the north side of its waterfront.  It’s  a new source of pride for the citizens.. It is also tells business, that this unlike larger and smaller governments, that it is a city that gets things done….    There is clearly leadership in the city, the next step is selling the city, and reversing its image in the mind of its citizens and the surrounding area.

The city is considering renegotiating its contract with ILP.   Perhaps, another management team is needed.  Nearly 2.8 million people are withing an 70 minutes of the Arena and Ballpark, (when you include, Eastern Alameda and Contra Costa Counties) and those two buildings remain a secret outside of Stockton.  A coalition of hotel owners and a new management company is needed, one who could market all of the cities facilities, including the Civic Auditorium.

With proper management and marketing of the cities facilities, Stockton’s image could change.  It has nearly all the pieces in place, whats missing is a signature building. and Arena,Auditorium,and Ball Park Signage off Interstate 5

If your driving on I-5 or 99, slow down and spend a few minutes in downtown Stockton, you may be surprised. 


Fashion Forward Woman Stopped at Airport. (the nerve!)

Shouldn’t a creative criminal get a lighter sentence. Let hope the Australian courts agree.

A Malaysian woman concealed half a kilogram of heroin in hundreds of buttons on dresses during a flight to Perth, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) allege.

The 29-year-old woman was stopped for questioning after her arrival at Perth International Airport on Tuesday.

Customs and Border Protection said officers became suspicious while examining her baggage.

“One of the buttons was deconstructed and a white powder was revealed,” Customs said in a statement.

“Predictive testing of the powder indicated the presence of heroin.”

It is alleged about 500 grams of heroin was sewed into 574 buttons on 28 dresses.

The woman was referred to the AFP and has been charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug.

She faces a maximum penalty for drug importation of 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000.

The woman appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Story from “The West” Perth Australia

SIKH FESTIVAL-Yuba City, California

Pumping nearly 20 million dollars into the local economy, the Sikh Festival in Yuba City is one of the largest festivals in California. Nearly 75,000 people attended the Parade last Nov 2

SIKH:is the title and name give to an adherent of Sikhism. The term has its origin i n the Sanskrit term meaning “disciple learner ” or siksa ,meaning instruction..

Helicopters Dropping Rose Petals 

Sikh Philosophy: There is one supreme eternal reality; the truth; imminent in all things; immanent in creation. Without fear and without hatred; not subject to time; beyond birth and death; self revealing . Known by the Guru’s grace.

1) One Source
Energy is the Creator of the Universe

2) Equality
All human beings are equal
People of all religions and races are welcome in Sikh Gurdwaras
Women have equal status with men in religious services and ceremonies

One’s next life depends on his deeds in the past life
The human life is supreme and it is through this life that we can achieve oneness with Gods will.
Finding God in this life and living by his commands helps us to attain Gods mercy.

4) Non-Violence
Sikhs are a peace loving people and stand for Truth and Justice
Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, “It is right to use force as a last resort when all other peaceful means fail.”

these can be summed up in the Mul Mantra (or mool) which is:

* there is one god
* whose name is truth
* god is the creator
* and is without hate
* god is timeless
* gods spirit is throughout the universe
* god is not born
* nor will die to be born again
* god is self-existent
* by the grace of the gurus
* god is made known to man kind.

The greater Punjab region of India is the historic homeland of Sikhism.

Sikhism is currently the fifth largest religion in the world with 25 million followers. There are over five hundred thousand Sikh’s in the United States with one hundred thousand in California,the largest concentration of those is in Yuba City Area. Sikhs are the second largest religion in Yuba City.

Due to the customs of beards and wearing turban’s, many people confused Sikh with Muslims and others of middle eastern countries. Since 9/11 many Sikhs have faced persecution and violence.

The Sikh turban symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility, and spirituality. The turban is a mandatory part of Sikh faith, not a social custom, or a hat that can be easily taken on or off. Most people in North America with turbans are Sikhs.

Sikhism has little in common with the Muslims, primarily in there treatment of women, Sikhism, does not require its followers to renounce the world, and Sikhism has fought again slavery, and for human rights.

As early as the 15th Century, Guru Nanak promoted woman’s rights and equality.

All human beings are equal.
The idealistic approach of Sikhism is that it recognizes the existence of the same heavenly Light in every human being, rich or poor, high or low irrespective of caste, creed, color, race, sex, religion or nationality. The Guru’s stressed the full equality of women, rejecting female infanticide, wife burning, permitting widow remarriage and rejects women wearing veils.
In the late sixteen hundreds, Sikh women fought next to men in liberation battles against the Mogul Empire.

Therefore the doors of the Sikh temple are open for all in this world without any prejudice or social discrimination. Every person in this world has equal right to enter and join the services in the Sikh temple.

Free Food For All
The institution of Langar (Free Food in Temples) was started by the first Guru and strengthened further by the later Gurus. The rules of the Langar require that all should sit in the same row and partake of the same food without any discrimination of being high or low, rich or poor, and prince or the peasant. The institution of Langar, thus, translates the principle of equality into practice. It was the injunction of the third Guru that none would have his audience unless one had eaten in the Langar. Even Akbar, the Emperor of India, had to sit with common people and dine before he could see the Guru.

Source. Sikhism Guide,Wikipedia,

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