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Bob Dunning: Roseville pays to get that ‘recession distressed’ look

By From page A2 | November 15, 2013

CASH FOR GRASS … I see where the fine city of Roseville is actually paying residents up to $1,000 cash on the spot if they’re willing to tear out their beautiful green lawns … the very definition of “short-sighted.” … do you know what it does to a town when little kids no longer have grass under their bare feet?

RIGHT AND RELEVANT … my friend Glen writes to say “Thanks for sticking up for the good souls in Davis dependent on leaf blowers to make a living beautifying our neighborhoods and downtown areas.” … absolutely, Glen … those folks work long and hard and then pack up their stuff and head out of town, since none of them can dream of actually living in this town … adds Glen: “Some people simply don’t appreciate how good they have it here in Davis. Noisy leaf blowers? Pretty silly if you ask me. I am grateful for what we don’t hear in our town – gunshots, squealing tires and screams from drive-by shootings.” …

Indeed, plus it’s been my experience that the guys manning leaf blowers — it’s always a guy, trust me — are uniformly polite when someone comes walking by …

A SIMPLE QUESTION ON MORALS … Harry on the Heritage Tree Street asks “If someone is demoralized, does it mean that they have no morals?” … a good question, my friend, and it seems as if you are onto something … demoralized, just like a deveined shrimp …

Adds Harry “Is it possible to be remoralized?” … I believe only if you immediately put the morals in a bucket of ice and find a good surgeon to reattach everything pronto …

FOOTBALL FOLLIES EXPLAINED … after Stanford hammered the Oregon Ducks on the football field and Baylor did the same to once-mighty Oklahoma, my friend Curt figured out how this unlikely scenario unfolded …

Writes Curt: “The Ducks were flown to Waco in the dead of night two days ago, donned Baylor uniforms, and then proceeded to whip the Sooners.” … I’m with you so far … “At the same time, a midnight bus caravan left Berkeley carrying the Cal Bears to Palo Alto for what they were told would be a ‘friendly scrimmage’ against their hated rival.” … makes sense to me …

TANNENBAUM TOSS PRECEDES THANKSGIVING … hold the phone, stop the presses and pass the ammunition, it seems the contest to find the first Christmas tree tossed unceremoniously into a Davis gutter is off to an early start … separately, but simultaneously, Erin and Nick reported seeing an extremely dry tree in the gutter at 8th and G …

I’d say this is a Tannenbaum Toss from last Christmas, but the tree is so dry it most likely dates from 2008, perhaps even earlier … the contest continues …

NOTE TO AGGIES … hey, beat the North Dakota No-Nicknames on Saturday and then hammer Sac State to end the season and all will be right with the world …

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