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Bob Dunning: It’s an honor to crow about

By From page A2 | May 21, 2013

FOWL PLAY … because I have friends in high places, I have been invited to be an honorary “Cluckster” in the “Courage to Cluck” exhibition that kicks off Davis’ world-famous Tour de Cluck on Saturday … according to the invitation “Most ‘Courage to Cluck’ performers will simply get up to the microphone and cluck like a chicken or crow like a rooster.” … that I can do … “If you have a short chicken skit, please limit your presentation to a maximum of 45 seconds.” … sorry, but my short chicken is already booked at a county fair that day … Saturday, 9 a.m. at the U.S. Bicycling and Clucking Hall of Fame …

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS … “Good news — home prices are on the rise,” said the headline in Sunday’s paper … it’s something we hear over and over from all sorts of media outlets as home prices in California, and especially the Central Valley, have finally begun to “recover” … certainly, for some folks, “home prices on the rise” is indeed good news, but it all depends upon which side of the home ownership equation you find yourself on …

If you’re a young family looking to buy your first home in Davis, the fact that the average home price in Davis soared in a one-year period from $433,000 to $589,000 is definitely not good news … especially if your salary remained flat — or even declined — during the same time period … it’s also not good news for those families who may have outgrown their smallish “starter” home and were hoping to one day move up to something a bit larger …

Then again, if your home is paid off, or you’re hoping to tap into your equity to send a kid to college, this is most definitely good news … the bottom line is that home prices are a zero sum game … for every person higher prices help, they inevitably hurt someone else …

LAWYER WANTED, APPLY WITHIN … yes, you read it right … a recent ad in this very newspaper for an attorney at “$25 per hour” … “Staff Attorney,” it reads … “Part-time, flexible hours, real estate, land trusts, conservation, organic agriculture, in Davis.” … talk about versatility … and with a salary like that, I’m surprised they even need to advertise … who knew three extra years of schooling at, say, $50,000 a year, could reap such riches? …

ON YOUR LEFT … you know, it could be that fast-moving bikes and slow-moving pedestrians simply shouldn’t be sharing the same path … the other day, while strolling along with my sweetheart, both of us far to one side of an unusually wide path, I heard a harsh “On your left” barked out just seconds before a bike whizzed by …

Since there was plenty of room on our left, it would have been better if the bike had simply passed silently, given that this was a straight path and we weren’t exactly weaving like a couple of drunks while we walked … but when I heard the urgent “On your left,” in the split second I had to process those threatening words, I thought I must be in harm’s way, and almost took a fatal step to my left …

Next time I go out for a walk, I’m wearing a football helmet and knee pads … not to mention earplugs …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]

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