Menchies FUNdraiser: Saturday, July 18, 2015

Help us help provide college scholarships & classroom supplies for LOCAL students & teachers.

Buy a cool, refreshing, FROYO at Menchies on 11th Street on Saturday, July 18, 2015, and, Inc will get 20% of the purchase price (with the mention of the flyer below) to help us help local students and teachers.

For more information go to our Menchies page.


Finding the 2015 Fireworks Booths in Tracy, CA

ForCarol 2013 Booth

ForCarol 2013 Booth

Here is a list (with MAPS) of the nine fireworks booths in Tracy, CA this year (2015).  Sales start Sunday June 28, 2015 at Noon and run thru July 4, 2015.

Two of the locations appear to be very close to each other, not good…..let me know if you have a problem with the maps and I will fix.  I took a snapshot of the Google Map, but, click on MAP to go to Google.

If you like the information on this page…please DONATE a few bucks to help us help LOCAL students and teachers.  All donations are tax deductible.

All American Sports Academy

2005 N. Tracy Blvd (this is where ForCarol had our booth in 2013, near the old Save Mart)



Calvary Chapel

1801 W. 11th Street (near Safeway on 11th)



George Kelly PTO

2994 W. Grantline Rd. (too close to Walmart)



Italian American Federation

1900 W. Grant Line Rd. (near Rite Aid)



Tracy Buccaneers

2513 N. Tracy Blvd. (near ACE Hardware)



Tracy Cougars

875 S. Tracy Blvd. (near Save Mart south of Schulte)



Tracy Learning Center

3010 W. Grant Line Rd.(near Walmart)



Tracy Performing Arts

430 W. 11th Street (near the now gone KFC)



Victory Christian Church

1122 W. 11th Street (near the 99 Cent store)



Drive Safe!  Never Forget


Learning Photoshop

I have been playing around with the online version of Photoshop CC 2015.

Here are a few of my attempts. I am an engineer, not an artist, so be kind.  :-)

I like black….haha

Coming out on Sept 18, 2015


Tracy Non-Profit Facebook Page


Scholarship Winners


David Goad trying to Trump Trump


Galen from Barnes & Noble


This pages banner…


Fill the Bag 2016


Scholarships Click to Donate Button


Classroom Supplies


4th of July



A friend is running for President:


Kelli Stanley is an author and friend, this is for her Facebook page (she actually used it!):


For my TechyMike Facebook page:


The insert for my TechyMike Facebook page:


I also did this floating head goofing around (Head Geek….get it?):


An ad for MileIQ helping ForCarol:


For my TracyReaderDad Book Reviews Facebook page:


The insert for that page:


Fill-the-Bag with Classroom Supplies for ForCarol:


The original Menchies FUNdraiser on July 18, 2015 for ForCarol for Instagram:


I added Blaze to it:


For a “Fill-the-Bag” sponsor’s Facebook page:


Drive Safe!  Never Forget!

I did these for ForCarol (I like black backgrounds….and floating heads, books, etc.).  :-)

Square-black-background-250-x-250 Movie-Reviews-portfolio

Ride UBER and Donate to ForCarol: Drive Safe! Never Forget

Need a Ride?  Try Uber! and UBER are collaborating to help promote safe driving!  When you go out (like when you go partying!)  leave the driving to UBER and stay safe.  If you are using UBER for the first time….save $20 on your ride!

The basics of the promo:
-Promo only valid for new users
-Good for $20 off their first ride
-For every new user who takes a ride with that code…Uber will donate $5 to ForCarol

Click on the picture below to get started.

uber ride and donate

Pizza Party

Here is the first picture…more to follow.  Our AMAZING group of booth volunteers had a GREAT time relaxing, eating, and drinking!

pizza party

The Fireworks Booth in Pictures

We had a tremendous team of people helping in the fireworks booth.  With temperatures over 100 degrees the whole 7 days, we fought thru the pain, worked hard, and had tons of fun.  Thank you all!  :-)

Click on the pic to see it BIGGER.

booth 1 booth is up 2 inside 1

Brittany and Lori Setting Up shelves pat and earl waiting for customers

brittany and tapioca booth crew conrad 1 conrad and us

conrad and tapioca waving tiki man waving customers

booth members booth crew dcd 2 needed more room

caitlin brittany pat and stephanie lucille helping customers caitlin having fun

me dcd 1 final inventory money-graph-2013

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Visit the Fireworks Booth


Visit our booth for your fireworks this year!  All proceeds go to college scholarships for Tracy High IB / Ag Science scholars.  Tracy, CA

We are at the old Save Mart on N. Tracy Blvd near Carl’s Jr.  

The booth is UP!

booth is up 2

Phantom Fireworks Demo Videos


As you know, will have a Fireworks Booth this year on N. Tracy Blvd. at the Old Save Mart near Carl’s Jr.

All the Phantom Fireworks organizations had a really cool meeting last night capped by an awesome fireworks demo…nerd that I am….I took videos!  :-)

Here are some of those videos  (More are coming as I complete them in Windows Movie Maker and upload them to YouTube soooooo, keep checking!)

New York Harbor (my favorite!)

new york harbor

Spiral Mania

Crown Jewel

crown jewel

Phlash Phinish

phlash phinish

Night Owl

night owl

King of Bling and Hasta La Vista Baby

hasta la vista

Funky Monkey and Peacock Tail

funky monkey peacock tail

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Give a Mug for Christmas

A PERFECT  CHRISTMAS gift for someone you love.  Drive Safe!  Never Forget.   All money will go toward college scholarships for Tracy, CA scholars and for Classroom Supplies for Tracy, CA teachers.  MUGS arrive Dec 7, so I will deliver the next week!  I only have 9 8 left!

Click to order on-line. Mug for Christmas

Dogs Dining

THIS IS HILARIOUS!  Chau sent it to me last night….enjoy.  The dogs look like they are enjoying their meal at the diner.

Drive Safe! for College Scholarships

Click the coupon, print it, and bring it to Chilaberries on July 20th…


Chilaberries Frozen Yogurt FUNdraiser July 20 2011

Click the pic, print it, and bring it to Chilaberries on July 20th.

Show it to the cashier when you pay, and, Inc. gets 25% of your bill.

Thank you for supporting the Carol Phan College Scholarship.  ALL the money raised will be for Tracy, CA students!  :-)

Drive Safe!  Never Forget (Carol, Chris, Kassy and Bobby).

Einstein The Talking Parrot

Chau sent me this via email this morning!  Amazing bird.

Einstein is an African Grey Parrot and is the star of the Knoxville (TN) Zoo’s bird show.

If you want to read a terrific book (Fiction) dealing with genetically engineered animals, including one very smart parrot, read “Next” by Michael Crichton.

Drive Safe!  Never Forget. Mugs

What do you think?  Also thinking travel mugs for coffee!

Thanks to Jose at PDQ Promotions, Tracy, CA for this outstanding mug and for doing it in ONE day!

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

GlamRus Tween Girls Event in Tracy, CA

Live in Tracy, CA?  Have a Tween girl who loves makeup, fashion, and fun?

Click the picture above (or Joleen’s NOSE below…honk honk) to find out a lot more about this exciting event., Inc. will be there!

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

Joleen Ruffin, Tracy Island Online

Battlefield 3 Game Trailer

Surfing the Internet yesterday, I found this article stating that EA will be releasing Battlefield 3 on October 25 on the 360, PS3, and PC.

I remember when games on the computer consisted of a bouncing ball and paddles.  Hell, I remember when there were NO computers.

Look at the graphics on this game….absolutely ASTOUNDING.

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The Prototype T Shirts Are Here

This is the most popular logo voted on by YOU our faithful readers.  :-)

The number 2 logo will also be made.

We have LOTS of plans for the T-Shirts moving forward (I will share our ideas as time goes on)….your comments below on what you think we can do are welcome!

The $$ received will go to supporting the Carol Phan College Scholarships, more T-shirts, and education.

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

Brighter Christmas

Every year the folks at Brighter Christmas raise money to help those in need have a….hmmm, Brighter Christmas,  by putting people in jail!

This year supporter, Larry Hite, was put in jail…. so I went over to try to bail him out.

It did not seem to work….he was still in there asking (begging!) for a hacksaw as I left.  Let’s hope the bail was raised and Larry gets out….but if not, the jail is on 10th and Central…you can visit.  :-)

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

Memorial Donations for Jonathan Johnson

Update:  See Jonathan’s Memorial Service Times here.

Here is a link where you can donate to help Jonathan’s family…

This link will be here FOREVER….unlike Facebook which goes out of sight in a few minutes or Twitter which is hardly there one minute…..

Copy this link and send your friends here to show their love for Jonathan…

Comment below…send pictures…I will add approve comments, but, will filter hurtful ones.  I’ll add the photos and / or link to them.

When I  find out the service times, I will post it here then make a Memorial page for Jonathan like I did for Carol, Chris, Kassy, and Bobby (see Memorials category to the right –>).

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Memorial Car Decals Update

Kacey (good luck in the Air Force…exciting times ahead, and great times!), Travis, Mariah….and others who designed, and sold, the car stickers a BIG:

THANK YOU !!!!  You are AWESOME.

Kacey just left us $500 to be split:  $250 to the Bitticks, $125 to Carol’s Mom, and $125 to the Hoovlers.

I’ll go with Lori to deliver the money and also chat with the families to see if they might want the Memorial I am working with the city of Tracy to try to get….

Give us your opinion of the Memorial idea here the more votes we get….the better:

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

Oh yeah….Kacey left a bunch of stickers here (95 W. 11th Street, Suite 205).  Stop by to grab one and show your love for Carol, Chris, Kassy and Bobby.

ForCarol T Shirt Prototype 1

What do you think?  Can you improve it?  If so, send me a cool design.  :-)