jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 11:45am

I bumped into an old bumper sticker on my book shelf this week as I zigged and zagged to inaugural events for new Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingen.

The "Feelin' Good About Fresno" bumper sticker slogan goes back to the Mayor Dan Whitehurst era when he was on national TV talking up the quiet virtues of a little-noticed California city.

There certainly was a lot of good feeling among the 500 or so who gathered on a drizzling, chilly Monday night at the "New" Exhibit Hall, and the 50 or so who had lunch with the mayor Tuesday at the Downtown Club.

jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 8:54am

When Dollar Tree-type stores and discounters (no sales tax, free shipping, etc.) like Amazon rule the world, as it seems now, politicians and would-be fiscal wisemen start wondering when everyone's feet will touch bottom.

During the recent holidays, the University of the Pacific Business Forecasting Center released its California forecast. Here are some takeaways, keeping in mind numerous unknowns like what's in the next federal economic stimulus plan or how California's multi-billion-dollar, multi-year budget cuts might unfold:

wholderman's picture
Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 4:13pm

Well, that's what they're doing in Japan anyway! The "blood-type" social group...what?!?

I guess it's the latest trend among those that arrange social events to meet new people. One of the organizers indicated he had over 100 participants for the gathering. He's been doing the "party planning" thing for about 13 years and indicates that getting folks to come is no effort at all, it's actually the greatest response he's received for any one event. He says the blood-type group draws the biggest crowd compared to all other events.

wholderman's picture
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 11:20am

...well, by only one second.

Yep, time will stand still for a second before we ring in the new year. The "world's timekeepers" indicate that the extra second is needed to keep the time current with the rotation of the planet. Atomic clocks have an inaccuracy of about a second compared with the rotation of the Earth. All that "stuff" we learned about solar and lunar gravity, rolling oceans, the sloshing molten core, and melting polar ice...well, it apparently impacts the synchronization of the timing rate!

jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 9:31am

A former boss of mine at the Fresno Bee once described a daily newspaper as a snapshot of history. Don't know what he'd call a blog, but in 2008 I've blogged more than 100 times about such things as the vital roles Community Medical Centers plays in people's lives, about political shenanigans at every level of government and about whimsy -- the kindness of strangers, the wonders of newborns.