Bob Dunning

Service bills almost as good as Cracker Jack boxes

By From page A2 | August 09, 2012

EXTRA ADDED BONUS FROM CITY … the nice thing about living in Davis is that when our painful city services bills arrive in the mail, the city softens the blow with some extra goodies hidden among the charges for garbage, sewage and water … for August, my bill was accompanied by the always welcome “Davis Neighborhood News,” which told me I live in “One Cool City.” … which is true if you run your air conditioner day and night … turns out the city has signed up for some sort of social network called “Nextdoor” that “fosters neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication.” … or, you can simply walk across the street and say “hi,” but I guess that might not be official enough for everybody … “Nextdoor makes it easy to connect with your neighbors and build stronger, safer, happier places to call home.” …or, you can simply walk across the street and ask if someone can please feed your cat and bring in the mail while you’re visiting the relatives in Medford … “You can use your Nextdoor neighborhood website to get to know your neighbors, share information about lost pets or a break-in, ask questions or get advice on babysitters, restaurants, carpet cleaners, etc., sell, borrow or give away tools, furniture, bicycles and other items.” … or, you can simply walk across the street …

SPEAKING OF NEIGHBORS … according to a UC Davis study, your neighbor’s lawn sign may be more influential than you think when it comes to which candidate you vote for … according to UCD psychology prof Alison Ledgerwood, “We clearly use other people to help us make our decision, but what this research shows is that we rely on different people’s opinions for near-future and distant-future events.” … all I know is I see which campaign sign is on one particular neighbor’s lawn and vote exactly the opposite …

FOOTBALL, AT LAST … nice to see Sacramento has landed its own NFL franchise … wait, make that the UFL, which has actually been hanging around the area for two seasons, even if most folks haven’t been paying attention … with the season little more than a month away, there are still no players on the roster, but the team did announce it will play all four home games at Raley Field, which is, of course, a baseball stadium … yes, a full-length football field does — barely — fit within a baseball stadium, but it puts most seats far, far from the action … those coveted seats behind home plate become almost the worst seats in the house with the football layout … while games will be televised, what this newish league desperately needs — in addition to some warm bodies — is for the folks in Reno and Las Vegas to post point spreads and accept bets on UFL games … that alone would cause interest in the UFL to soar and TV ratings would quadruple overnight …

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS … the New Belgium and Clips of Faith Film Festival promises all sorts of fun Friday night (7:30 p.m.) at Central Park … billed as a fundraiser for Davis bicycles, organizers promise that “Every dime we make goes to our programs to support bicycling in town, especially in the schools.” … there will be food, beer tasting, fun and games, and, of course, valet bike parking … films begin at dark … for more information, go to clipsoffaith.com …

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