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Keri Brenner December 2, 2013 at 08:51 pm
Hi Tom: Thanks for this. It's funny how we all think that everyone else's family has theRead More picture-perfect Christmas and only ours is dysfunctional and doesn't fit in....Good for you for (it seems) rising above the turmoil.
George Knopp May 25, 2013 at 09:55 am
Great story. Thank you for sharing your happy memories of Coombsville!
Tom Ontis May 25, 2013 at 05:18 pm
Hi George, I hope that you have read my other blog poasts, probably about 10 of them which I startedRead More writing about two years ago. Growing up in Napa was fun, but I couldn't even afford to live there now. Where did you groqw up?
Kim Smith November 29, 2012 at 04:56 pm
The Napa flood was 1986, I'm sure just a typo.
Tom Ontis November 29, 2012 at 06:59 pm
Louisa, that was just 25 years ago. Kim, it's an age thing.
Penny November 29, 2012 at 07:28 pm
When I moved to Napa in 1956, we lived downtown and I would go home from work for lunch. Many timesRead More in heavy rains, the drains would back up and I had to wade through a foot or more of water to get through the 3 blocks. That doesn't happen anymore.
Scott Yeager October 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm
In general, a fan is one who is following a team even when it isn't very good or is even really bad.Read More I remember a customer came into a store I worked at in the mid 90s and he had on all this expensive Chicago Bulls gear. I told him I worked with a guy who grew up in south Chicago and asked him where he lived in Chicago, that's when I realized he wasn't from Chicago and was a "fan" because they were winning a bunch of NBA titles. By the way, there is a really good film about an obsessed NY Giants football fan called "Big Fan" that I would recommend. It puts being a fan in perspective.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 26, 2012 at 04:32 pm
I am a fan of the sport of baseball, the game, the strategy, the atmosphere, the probability ofRead More incredible things happening or not happening. People who focus on one team are a fan of that brand or corporation, not the team of players. I split season tickets to the Oakland A's with four others. People say, "Oh, you're an A's fan." I tell them, "No, I am a baseball fan, and I can AFFORD A's season tickets and my seats are front row on the first base line.". There are teams I like better than others, but it's because the players work well together as a team, not because of the brand. Watching the SF Giants play the St. Louis Cardinals was exciting simply because it was a match between the past two World Series winners, although the two teams were slightly different. It was a good way to see which corporation made the correct choices for their team for the 2012 season. The Giants chose wisely.
Cathy Gumina Odom December 7, 2012 at 04:41 pm
I think this is a kind of difference between men and women on what defines a sports fan. My husbandRead More doesn't consider someone a fan if they don't know the current lineup (those playing baseball that night)when they go to the baseball park for a game. He's hard to learn baseball from (and golf). I've learned more with my girlfriend, Kay, than my husband. Kay will explain things nicely, with a smile, and not be upset when I ask questions. She'll make things exciting. My husband just looks at me when I ask a question like I'm asking the stupidest question in the world. Sorry, no, I didn't learn baseball at age 2, my dad wasn't into sports and throwing me a ball, and I didn't play baseball, soccer or softball in school. I ran cross country for fun in high school. I showed horses competitively at the State level, riding from the age of 5 to 20. Dad and Mom came to most of the horse shows, but never attended a cross country meet. I still ask a lot of questions, I've just learned to google stuff first before asking my husband. Or daughter. She still looks down her nose at me. Sigh.
Tom Emmons July 18, 2011 at 01:36 am
The Hatt building is still a prominent feature on Main. Revamped and gentrified, but still there!
Tom Emmons June 20, 2011 at 05:51 pm
"Flailing chaos." Ha! What an apt description. Yep, we'd trudge to one or another of theRead More school pools, even to Vintage, which wasn't quite ready for you. Great times in Jr. High and Elementry school with the Sanchez clan! This story makes me so nostalgic!
Christian Kallen June 20, 2011 at 07:35 pm
Another Facebook reader noted that it was not Kenny Loggins, but Glenn Frey who recorded "TheRead More Heat is On." To settle it once and for all I consulted Wikipedia: "The Heat is On" was written by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey. Hence, no doubt, the confusion.
Name withheld with Permission May 9, 2011 at 07:07 pm
Indeed Tom, Napa Uptown Theatre does bring a flood of memories back to many Napans. If you ever getRead More the chance to partake a musical Venue at the Uptown, You will NOT be disappointed. Welcome Home to Napa, when ever you venture back to the town, of your childhood. Name withheld By Permission
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