Sunday, December 28, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: Scrooge strangled my acting debut

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | October 16, 2012 |

ACTING DREAMS DASHED … one of the reasons I felt so strongly about last week’s school district cancellation of Emerson Junior High’s presentation of “A Christmas Carol” is that I had a part in a play of the same name at the old Davis Junior High School a few dozen Decembers ago … there were three Scrooge parts that many of us tried out for: teenage Scrooge, middle-age Scrooge and old and crotchety Scrooge … the last was easily the main and most coveted role, while the first two Scrooges were bit parts at best to be filled by kids who didn’t have much future in the theater, but whose parents could be counted on to buy tickets …

I got the part of the teenage Scrooge and had but one line, consisting of two words … seems teenage Scrooge’s lady friend, Bell, played by my classmate Sally McKinney, was about to dump Scrooge for being so, well, Scrooge-like, and it was my job to raise a half-hearted protest with the words “but Bell” …

Suffice it to say, when I stepped onto the makeshift stage of the multipurpose room where I had eaten more tuna fish sandwiches than I dared to count and looked out at all those expectant parents, I froze … my big line came and went and I couldn’t salvage the moment no matter how hard I tried … I couldn’t remember Sally’s stage name after I mumbled the word “but,” and I knew I couldn’t call her “Sally” or everyone would laugh …

I haven’t been on the stage since …

TAKING HOT-DOGGING TO A NEW LEVEL … Superintendent of Schools Winfred Roberson was a busy man last week, first canceling, then reviving “A Christmas Carol,” followed by a letter to the editor decrying the behavior of three fans at the recent Davis-Jesuit soccer game at DHS … wrote Roberson: “The three fans, dressed as hot dogs, displayed a large banner that read ‘Jesuit (heart symbol) Loves Wieners.’ Students and staff agree that the sign was a clear anti-gay message targeting the Jesuit all-male student body population.” …

Despite his disgust, Roberson was quick to point out that the three weenies who pulled this stunt “were not currently enrolled DJUSD students,” implying that they probably once were …

Clearly, this town is slipping if this is the best we can come up with for a banner at one of the top high school rivalries in the region … it doesn’t get much better than a Jesuit-Davis soccer showdown before a packed stadium … has creativity gone on vacation in the City of All Things Right and Relevant? … since Jesuit won the game, 4-0, the banner was hardly the main topic of conversation for the Jesuit lads on the bus ride back to their Carmichael campus …

FOOD FOR THOUGHT … after I complained last week that the Blue-and-Gold Food Police inhospitably confiscate all edible items from unsuspecting fans trying to enter Aggie Stadium to enjoy a college football game, the reaction was fast and furious … Bonnie, who has been attending UC Davis games for a long while, called the food ban “unpublicized, inexplicable and unexplained.” … I’ll give you the explanation, Bonnie … they want you to buy the overpriced food and drinks at the concession stands inside the stadium … there’s nothing more to it than that … adds Bonnie, “The whole stop and frisk mentality of the gate personnel at Aggie games is really off-putting.” … amen to that … not only do they take your food without just compensation, the very notion of a bag search immediately puts otherwise happy patrons on the defensive …

“As a 30-year plus season ticket holder, this non-welcoming approach really makes me pause and wonder how much longer I want be treated in this antagonistic manner,” Bonnie notes … “I really feel badly for families wanting to bring food/snacks for their kids to avoid the exorbitant prices in the stadium. This food confiscation approach seems especially short-sighted.” … welcome to Aggie stadium … now hand over that sandwich, young man … Go Ags …

EVEN MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT … one Aggie fan who wished to remain anonymous told me that the food ban is “all about security.” … in other words, you never know what evil lurks in that battered green backpack or overstuffed handbag … “Fans might bring things in that can be thrown on the field.” … of course … how did I miss that? … then again, in my many decades of watching Aggie football, first on Toomey Field and now at Aggie Stadium, I’ve yet to see a fan throw even one Subway sandwich onto the field of play … or an orange, an apple, a bottle of water or a bag of peanut M&M’s … it’s time for UC Davis to revisit this decidedly unfriendly approach to its fan base … let’s ban the ban …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Yolo makes hydrogen connection

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

AirAsia plane with 162 aboard missing in Indonesia

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Sacramento man convicted for 2011 bar shooting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Drugs, stolen car lead to women’s arrests

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Supplies collected for victims of abuse

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sweet success: Cancer Center helps young patient celebrate end of treatment

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Reserve tickets soon for Chamber’s Installation Gala

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Holiday hours continue at The Enterprise

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Covell Gardens hosts New Year’s Eve dance

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
UC Davis debate team wins national championship

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Portuguese breakfast set for Jan. 25

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Nominate teens for Golden Heart awards

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
USA Weekend calls it quits

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

At the Pond: It all started with kayaking on Putah Creek

By Jean Jackman | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Find the first cabbage white butterfly, and win a pitcher

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Does pre-eclampsia raise autism risk?

By Phyllis Brown | From Page: A6

 
Long will talk about value of hedgerows for adjacent farms

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
It’s a wonderful life — and a wonderful state

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

College sees benefits in loan guarantees

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Tickets for New Year’s Eve party going fast

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

.

Forum

 
It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

This cat is on life No. 7

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B4

 
Say thanks to the caregivers

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Bombing is not the answer

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

Just Us in Davis: Despair and hope for the new year

By Jonathan London | From Page: A10

 
Commission’s list needs vetting

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Rifkin’s statement is offensive

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Cuba policy changes highlight a momentous opportunity

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

Writer’s arguments fall flat

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Sacramento survives Knicks in OT

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Kings cruise past Sharks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Lady Blue Devils top Tigers to reach Ram Jam title game

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS boys get good film in tournament loss

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Sports briefs: Republic FC to host camp series

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
College bowl roundup: Sun Bowl goes to the Sun Devils

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Rob White: Davis tech community is growing

By Rob White | From Page: A9

 
Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

First Northern adds Peyret to agribusiness loan team

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Kaiser’s trauma center in Vacaville earns verification

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

.

Obituaries

Ruth Allen Barr

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Charles ‘Bud’ Meyer

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, December 28, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8