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Brad Stanhope

Trains, sports memories and ‘whitesploitation’

It’s the final Sunday of the first half of the last year of the first half of the second decade of the first century of the third millennium. What better time to empty the columnist’s notebook with the topics du jour? Let’s roll . . . • • • Of all the things I like […]

Join me in making America great again

I’ve never been particularly good at standing up to peer pressure, which is why I followed all my friends off the bridge during the famous 1985 Lemming Incident. That was, of course, a couple of years after I joined everybody that one night and Wang Chunged. So when it became obvious that I was in danger of […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Up Cache Creek without a paddle

Maybe we should have paid more attention to the fact that the liability release we had to sign mentioned the word “death” seven times. (Rafting tip: Pay attention to the details.) It was a week ago, on a camping trip with folks from Mrs. Brad’s office, a friendly, enthusiastic bunch that was ready to have fun floating […]

Strange days for Warriors fans

Sports fans are strange. They love success, but resent those who celebrate it with them. Take the Golden State Warriors, who play the second game Sunday in a previously unthinkable NBA Finals. After years as a Bay Area sports version of that cool band with a few hardcore fans, they’re now The Black Eyed Peas. Everybody […]

Eyebrow cure worse than the problem

She said she wouldn’t laugh. Then she laughed so hard she couldn’t speak, which just goes to show you: Never let your wife apply eyeliner to your brows. Wait. There’s a story behind it. There’s always a story behind it. It starts several years ago when I realized that my eyebrows (or iBrows, if the […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Name your job? Maybe the other way around

It turns out that your name might be your destiny. Or at least there’s a correlation. According to a study done by Verdunt Labs (which is also a good description of a green Labrador retriever, assuming that you’re OK with misspelling “verdant”), there is a connection between names and professions. The group studied the Social Security […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Cautionary tale about using spell check

Many years ago, in a story that lives in infamy within the halls of the Daily Republic, the spell-check function on our computers was given too much power and we paid for it. And I say “our” and “we” in the most royal way possible, since I wasn’t involved. At all. Thankfully. The result was catastrophic, […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Lawsuits, ‘Mad Men’ finale and more

Time to empty out the columnist notebook with notes, quotes and anecdotes. It’s Mother’s Day, which is appropriate, since this is the mother of all notes columns. On to the topics du jour . . . • • • The Golden State Warriors and ticket-seller website StubHub are involved in a lawsuit that every fan […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Calico’s legacy lives on to this day

She lived a full life, representative of her era: She ate a lot, was promiscuous and stayed out late. Yet she was beloved. Today would have been her 50th birthday. She was gone too soon. I write, of course, about Calico, my childhood dog. I don’t know her death date, which is lost to history (sometime in early […]

May 03, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Those addictive, terrible, wonderful smartphones

Don’t let technology enslave you! #PutYourPhoneDown. It’s a quandary, isn’t it? Even those of us who make fun of kids having their noses in their smartphones become slaves to technology. If you don’t believe it, look up from your phone and look around. The other day, I went walking outside my office complex and wasn’t surprised. […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Who is the Bay Area’s most popular athlete?

The Golden State Warriors are the best team as the NBA playoffs start. They’re the most exciting team in their sport. They have a charismatic star who will be named the league’s most valuable player in a couple of weeks, a player who is perhaps the league’s most popular. But he’s the second-most-popular active athlete […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Does the ordre of letters in a word mattre?

For the past several years, a behind-the-scenes war played out between the acting world and traditional media. The issue: Spelling. Of one specific word. Is it “theater” or “theatre?” It’s “theater,” of course, but not everyone agrees. The tension is particularly rampant in Fairfield-Suisun, because the drama groups all decided to spell their facilities wrong. At […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Missing silverware mystery not so mysterious

It was like a science fiction movie where people start disappearing, but no one realizes it’s widespread. Except it was spoons, forks and plates, not people. And it was only at the homes of people who have a certain type of resident: High school and college-age students. It’s chilling. And it happened to us. Mrs. Brad […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Cheers for Jupiter – and roller derby

It’s time to give Jupiter some props: Like a bodyguard in school who keeps the goons away, the planet may have cleared the way for Earth. To exist. At least according to scientists, whom I never question. Even when they insist that canals exist on Mars, draining blood can cure illnesses or that a walk is as good as […]

March 29, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s hope comments let off steam

A longtime radio host once expressed it simply: “I love the listeners, hate the callers.” My feelings aren’t that strong, but sometimes they get close. Not about callers, but about some of the people who post comments on this and other websites. Calling someone a “troll” is now a cliché, but spend a few minutes or hours reading the […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Like Churchill said, always tell the truth

Can we trust anyone with the news? In the wake of NBC’s six-month suspension of Brian Williams for embellishing the truth about a helicopter incident in Iraq came word that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is accused of telling untruths about the danger he was in while covering hostilities in Argentina, El Salvador and Northern Ireland. […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Love for DST, Suisun City; not Smokey Bear

Today marks the official turning of the seasons in Solano County: From gloomy to sunny. We have pleasant winters here, but the start of daylight saving time – extending sunlight into the evening – makes it an even better place. I’m a longtime proponent of daylight saving time, much to the chagrin of some people who would apparently prefer to live in […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Calling someone a ‘smoker’ is hilarious

Mrs. Brad just couldn’t stop laughing. I wasn’t sure why. She gets that way sometimes. Finally . . . after I asked what was so funny and she started and stopped several times because she was laughing so hard . . . she told me. “I said ‘OK, smoker,’ ” she said. Then she started laughing […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

What message should we send aliens?

You may have heard the shocking story: Scientists are considering whether we should change our approach to contacting extraterrestrials. After decades of figuratively sitting by the phone, waiting for ET to call, many scientists (when they’re not creating toothpaste to make our teeth whiter) now say we should send out messages. We should do the calling! Not […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Time doesn’t diminish power of a watch

When does a boy become a man? When he turns 18 or 21? When he graduates from high school? When he drives? When he has sex? When he marries or fathers a child? When he moves out and can pay his own bills? When he acquires some symbol of manhood? Who knows? But I discovered what […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s rank top 10 holidays on calendar

The worst major holiday of the year is this Saturday: Valentine’s Day. Being the worst holiday of the year isn’t necessarily bad. It’s like being the worst cupcake in a bakery or the worst player on a championship team. Valentine’s Day is great holiday if you’re young, in love and creative. If you’re single, it’s a […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Everything you need to know about Super Bowl

America’s greatest national holiday is today, when we watch Katy Perry sing a medley of songs that we vaguely recognize, laugh and cry after watching 30-second commercials and pass judgment on Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth as announcers. Oh, and watch two teams that are not very likeable play for the championship. The start of […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Scientists think Earth doomed: I disagree

We’re 44 percent doomed and it’s our own fault. That’s not me saying it. It’s science! According to a paper published in the journal Science last week and written about on the blog site Science 2.0 (it has to be real science! Otherwise, they couldn’t write about it in Science and on Science 2.0!), the […]

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Diabetes will be the death of me – soon

My day, as usual, was going along pretty well. I walked around whistling the theme from “The Andy Griffith Show” while waving at people and thinking, “There’s no such thing as strangers, just friends I haven’t met.” Then I saw the article and everything turned gloomy. The headline said, “Type 1 Diabetes Linked To Lower Life Expectancy.” Oh […]

January 18, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

When my car disappeared at a BART station

A 12-year-old Chinese boy received a certain amount of notoriety recently when he was lost for six days in an IKEA store. The kid actually spent nearly a week inside the store (and it was a real week, not the “it feels like a week” experience that many of us have in big-box stores). It started when […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Become a better writer in 2 simple steps

The young reporter walked into the office where his boss waited, like you wait when it takes a long time to be served at a restaurant. “Sit down,” the boss grumbled, pointing to a chair with his right index finger. The reporter swallowed hard. The kind of swallow that hurts your Adam’s apple. He sat […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Picking the year’s biggest story: A playoff

I believe in competition. I also believe I can fly and that children are our future, but those are both future columns. This is about competition. Unlike most year-in-review news stories, I don’t just issue rankings. I hold a tournament: December Madness. I’ve picked the top eight stories of the year, based on how they […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Time for annual Solano County quiz

It’s almost Christmas, which means one thing: It’s time for the annual “How Well Do You Know Solano County” quiz. That’s right! Time to see how well you know your home county. Time to see if you can remember details about the region. Write down your answers to the following 20 questions, check them against […]

December 21, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Make your Christmas lists, check them twice

It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . for lists. While Santa makes his list of who’s naughty and who’s nice and Tony Wade makes his list of what he wants, why don’t you join me in making lists of the best parts of the holiday season? There are plenty of top-five […]

December 14, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

My aging home is full of sacred spots

Here’s an underrated part of living in the same place for a long time: Sacred places. Not sacred in a religious sort of way. More like in a “remember when we used to . . .” way. Spots that look like a backyard or entryway to someone else. Mrs. Brad and I have lived in […]

December 07, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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