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Bob Dunning: Tour serves up nature at its finest

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From page A2 | April 29, 2014 |

A SPLENDID SUNDAY … when an event reaches its 23rd anniversary in this town, the organizers must be doing something right … so it is with the 2014 Pence Gallery Garden Tour, which runs Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and features six magnificent rural and semi-rural gardens in and around Davis … proceeds from this much-anticipated fundraiser are used to support the Pence Gallery’s many art exhibits and art education programs throughout the coming year …

The Pence is a wonderful fixture in our community, as is the Garden Tour … the tour is a great way to get ideas for your own landscaping and gardens, or for some folks (see photo above) to learn how the Other Half lives … either way, it’s a must-see and must-experience event for anyone claiming to be a true Davisite … tickets are available at the Pence, (212 D St., 530-758-3370 or pencegallery.org) … a great way to spend a splendid Sunday afternoon …

WATER SLEIGHT-OF-HAND … one concerned resident of our fine town told me he was planning to replace his front lawn with cactus and such until the City Council announced last week that it was considering “lowering” our water rates by 8 percent … I tried to explain to him that over the next few years our water rates are going to jump by 200 or 300 percent, perhaps more, and that an 8 percent reduction was a mere drop in the bucket … in other words, if water is now $1 a gallon and is slated to go to $4 a gallon, an 8 percent “reduction” would still result in water at $3.68 a gallon …

He would have none of it, which is exactly the kind of reaction the council hoped the electorate would have when the announcement was made six weeks prior to the Measure P vote on these very water rates … you can say what you will, but tossing this crumb to the voters so close to Election Day was not one of our council’s shining moments …

FIX THIS … given that there are a considerable number of Davisites who make their living east of the Causeway, I offer the following money-back-guaranteed road map for those wishing to avoid the Fix 50 mess … take the Harbor Boulevard North exit, then turn right onto a virtually deserted West Capitol Avenue … sail unimpeded up to the Tower Bridge and into downtown Sacramento, where traffic on surface streets is pretty much normal … from the Massive East Area Tank to the Capitol rotunda will take you 20 minutes tops … as an added bonus, you get to see West Sacramento up close and personal …

SPEAKING OF OUT OF TOWN HAPPENINGS … according to the newspaper of record in the state of Oregon: “The University of Oregon and an Iowa school district have resolved a trademark dispute sparked by the use of a Nike-designed ‘O’ emblem … you may have seen that large “O” emblem on the back window of various vehicles, even in Davis … yep, it turns out that a school in tiny Okoboji, Iowa, was using a logo with striking similarities to the Oregon “O” … I am not making this up …

Not wishing to make enemies in Oregon, the good citizens of Okoboji agreed to comply with Oregon’s request to change their logo … so they contacted a marketing firm in Des Moines that came up with a bearded pioneer wearing a raccoon-skin cap, backed by an “O” that is different from the revered Oregon “O” … again, I am not making this up …

According to one Okoboji official “We were looking for things like strength, perseverance and leadership with the new logo.” … apparently a coonskin cap will do that for you … me, I’m afraid to even start a sentence with a capital “O,” lest the folks in Eugene come after me, too … Oh what a mistake that would be …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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