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More Deliciousness In Sac Perks...
This week in Sac Perks, save on delicious fare at two of our area’s most popular eateries.  Get $25 worth of eats and drinks at Streets of London Pub for just $12.50.  We’re talkin’ Bangers and Mash, Scotch Eggs and Battered Sausage, Steak Pie… and how can you go wrong with Pint Night?  And we have the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of Bidwell Street Bistro, Folsom.  Enjoy $25 worth of exquisite French cuisine for $12.50.  Save now in Sac Perks, Eagle969.com.
 
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Does This Make Him A Whipping Post?
Gregg Allman is getting married for… count ‘em….  the seventh time.  Yikes.  His 24-year-old fiancé Shannon is 40 years his junior and is younger than any of his children.  But this time Gregg says he’s  “really in love.”  Well that takes care of that.  This reminds me of a quote from Mickey Rooney, who was married 8 times.  “Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted a whole day.”
 
 
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Woodsquawk Will Be A Workout.. For Derek Moore...
Yeah, it’s the greatest gathering of live classic rock performers in the world… one venue, one weekend… ever assembled at Max Keller’s 600 acre farm off the 50 freeway.  But for Derek Moore, he has a front row seat for even more excitement.  All the hotties are asking for him… so he’ll have his hands full.  I hope he survives to tell about it.
 
 
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Woodsquawk... Gates Open In Less Than 24 Hours....
The offramp construction is always a little challenging… but we manage to somehow pull it off each year.  Woodsquawk 2012 at Grandpa Max Keller’s Farm swings open the gates tomorrow morning at 10.  The greatest gathering of live classic rock performers in the world… one place, one weekend… is a can’t miss event.  Click the tab in the upper right corner of the Eagle Facebook page… and arrange to get your VIP All Access Badge.
 
 
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Horsepower Equals Family Fun...
A great week in Sac Perks..   Save 50 percent on an adult admission ($13 value) at All American Speedway, Roseville… just $6.50.  See the race of your choice through September 29, including Nascar points races or the Open Wheel Spectacular.  Terrific action and great family fun.  Save now in Sac Perks, Eagle969.com.
 
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The Pig.. Can Pick 'Em...
This reminds me of the late prognosticator… Paul the Octopus.  Some gamblers in the Ukraine swear by a pig.  That is, an “oracle hog” who seems to have an uncanny knack for picking winners of soccer matches.  From what I hear, the Ukrainian porker also liked I’ll Have Another in the Preakness, and promised that the Lakers would choke.  I hope he can keep it going.  It’s a good way to avoid being bacon.
 
 
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I'll Have Another.. The Stretch Run Of A Lifetime...
I’ve seen the replay of the Preakness Stakes five times.. and it still gives me the chills.   In a stunning come-from-behind charge,  I’ll Have Another runs down odds-on-favorite Bodemeister, just as he did to win the Kentucky Derby.  Next up, the third race in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.  There’s a reason… well, there are many reasons why winning the Triple Crown is almost impossible.  Everything has to go perfectly to win the Derby… and also win the Preakness.  Then you’re asking the stars to line up and 50 other factors have to go your way to win the Belmont.  Oh, and the Belmont race is more than a quarter mile LONGER than the Preakness.  There is that.  That’s why no horse has done it in 34 years.  But make no mistake, all eyes will be on I’ll Have Another at Belmont Park June 9.  How can you root against him?


 
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Be Our Guest For Kenny Wayne Shepherd...
Here’s your chance to score 4 tickets to see bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd Friday night, July 20… at the Woodlake Hotel (the former Radisson).  Text key RIFF to 45797.  You may enter once per person… we’ll select a lucky winner Monday.
 
 
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Nothing Bundt The Best...
It’s a great week in Sac Perks…  How about a 10 inch decorated cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes ($39.50 value) for 19 dollars!  Or enjoy scrumptious Japanese delicacies at Sushimono in Fair Oaks.  Get $20 worth of fare for 10 bucks.  Now in Sac Perks.
 
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Jackass Fans Must Now Apologize...
I heard that idiot football fans who get kicked out of NFL stadiums this year will be required to pass a code-of-conduct exam and write a letter of apology…. or they will not be allowed back in for another game.  Hilarious.   If you’re that abusive to others, and can’t seem to control yourself…  I’m thinking a four hour $75 online course and letter writing might be a little out of your comfort zone.
 
 
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A Little Drinky Could Help...

I ran across a story that suggested drinking some booze might improve your chances of surviving a heart attack.  Researchers found that guys who drink about two alcoholic beverages each and every day have a 42 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular causes.  Now, I’m sure we’re not supposed to go out and get liquored up, and there are other factors involved… but sometimes it just feels good to accept the truth.  I might need a little drinky tonight.
 

 
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Frank Hironymous.. Rides Off With The Harley...

The 2012 Harley Fat Boy has found a new home.  Thanks to everyone who entered to win this gorgeous bike, which went to Frank Hironymous of Elk Grove, a long time Eagle listener.   It was pretty tense there at Harley Davidson of Sacramento, as we slowly counted down from 33 qualifiers… all the way to the last man standing.  And thanks to Capital City Loan and Jewelry for coming on board this year. 
 

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Even The Swallows Aren't Coming Back To Capistrano...
Are you kidding?  What is this world coming to?  I saw in Gillian Flaccus’s piece that the famous Swallows of Capistrano are no longer returning to nest at the 236 year old Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Wait… there was a song written about them back in the 30s… they HAVE to come back.  Tales of swallows returning from Argentina to what is now Southern California date back to the beginning of our republic, but in recent years the birds have all but vanished.  Some experts blame urban sprawl, or changing landscapes.  I blame the Maloofs.  Oh wait…
 
 
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Obesity? Get Over It...
Study after study tell us that more American adults are overweight or obese than are not.  We get it.  Oh the horror of it all.  But so much of the food we’re supposed to avoid tastes great.  What is this, a cruel joke?  It’s an outrage.  Yes, I admire those who only eat the healthiest morsels… but I feel they’re looking down their noses at the rest of us.  Hey, if you want to eat turf builder and strained tofu all your life, knock yourself out.  Yeah, you might be skinny… but what a miserable existence.  For all the enjoyment that would bring me, I might as well crawl in hole and die.  I’d rather go for moderation.  Healthy stuff when I can, but I’ll save room for Luigi’s Pizza… and the occasional bacon cheeseburger.  I feel better already.
 

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Snook's Chocolate Factory.. I'm In...
As soon as I heard “Good Ol’ Fashioned Chocolate Shop”… I’ll be right there.  Today in Sac Perks, get $10 worth of handmade chocolate goodness and other treats… for 5 dollars, at Snook’s Chocolate Factory, Folsom.  This is where they lovingly create rocky road fudge, truffles, pecan turtles… and of course there’s a special box for MOM…  at Snook’s Chocolate Factory, family owned for nearly 50 years.
 
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Poetry With Legs...Tomorrow Night...
This is an ongoing poetry reading series at the Shine Café, 1400 E Street, downtown Sacramento.  I suppose anything with legs is always a good draw.  What I do know is that our own James Lee Jobe will be sharing his work tomorrow night at 7:30.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and there’s no cover charge… how can you go wrong?
 
 
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T Ball.. Everybody Comes To The Plate?
The other day I saw about a thousand parents watching a T Ball game.  Yeah, it’s pretty big.  Do you mean to tell me everybody gets to bat?  I wish they had this when I was getting started.  I think my self esteem would have been stronger.  Back in ancient times, when I stepped into the batter’s box, and a kid threw three strikes by me…. it was GRAB SOME PINE, MEAT.
 
 
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Junior Seau.. Gone Too Soon...
Sadly, this story has played out before.  But it never gets any easier.  Shock, sadness, disbelief, bewilderment.  Future Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau is gone, the victim of an apparent suicide, and there are so many questions yet to be answered.  But we know he is the latest in a disturbing number of football players who have taken their own lives.  Some have suggested that depression can be brought on by brain trauma associated with years of playing football. Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson said “he was not shocked” to hear of Seau’s death.  And sports agent Leigh Steinberg says that "while normally, speculation as to causation would be premature… these are not normal times."  He calls the long term effects of head injury a largely undiagnosed health epidemic.  What we do know is that Junior Seau, one of the most popular players in NFL history, must have seen no other way out.  And there are other players and former players who are feeling the same way.  Here’s hoping they get the help that they desperately need.
 
 
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Great Week In Sac Perks...
I had a feeling Sac Perks would blow up this week.  How about INK Eats and Drinks, the great late night spot?  $20 worth of fare for 9 dollars!  And there’s a fantastic golf deal at a terrific nine-hole in Auburn.. Black Oak Golf Course.  You get a two-some for golf, PLUS beverages and cart ($45 value) for 20 bucks.  Please… that’s killer.  Jump in now before these deals go night night.
 
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Closed Circuit TV Boxing.. The Golden Era...
Not only is Mayweather vs. Cotto on PPV this weekend, the bout is being shown on the big screen at theaters around town.  It takes me back to the pre-cable days (remember how long it took to even get Cable in Sacramento?) when we’d pay to see Closed Circuit boxing at the Memorial Auditorium.  Sometimes the picture was so bad, you couldn’t distinguish one boxer from another.  When you can’t tell Pipino Cuevas from Thomas Hearns, you have a challenging video feed.  Yeah, Pay Per View is great at home, but there’s something about watching championship boxing with 5,000 other screaming fans.  By the way, the Hearns-Cuevas fight was a classic. 





 
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Bikini Hockey.. They're Not Kidding...
I know you’ve heard of the Lingerie Football League.  Well, this might be cooler… quite a bit cooler.  The Bikini Hockey League is looking for women who would like to don some blades and hit the ice – in their bikinis.  I’ve been out to see some great rec league games in Roseville.  I think Bikini Hockey would be exactly the same, except there would be 12,000 people in the stands.  Better fire up some more hot dogs…. and can we sit down front?
 
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