A few weeks ago, the printer at home stopped working. I am the IT man in our house, which sounds good but it isn’t. Dante’s description about the entrance of hell also applies to me being the IT man: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

Kids are big business in America. Marketers often target families with children because they are a large segment of the consumer economy. Raising a child could cost parents nearly a quarter of a million dollars over the life of the child.

All safaris start with good safari wear and I couldn’t wait to wear mine. I had a tan tracker shirt and tan pants, both with multiple pockets in which the brave tracker can stash ranch-flavored Corn Nuts should he have to distract an angry rhino who is hot on his trail.

A few years ago on one of my trips filming in Canada, a group of hunters were discussing hunting techniques after dinner one evening. One of the guys, Bob, mentioned that he rarely could bag a "triple" when hunting ducks and geese....a triple being able to bring down three birds with three c…

I have childhood memories of visiting the Beale Memorial Library with my mom and brothers. I remember asking the librarians for assistance locating books, and look back fondly on the day I received my first library card, a yellow plastic card with my personal paper barcode pasted to the front.

I recently traveled to visit our northern neighbor, Fresno, as part of a convoy representing Kern Economic Development Corporation. Kern EDC recently launched Advance Kern, a “talent attraction and retention initiative designed to support the creation of a regional center of innovation” to h…

When you walk up to my front door, you are surrounded by about one dozen individually potted purple flowers and one young Leyland Cypress tree. Please don’t ask me what kind of flowers. All I know is they are purple and very easy to maintain. Purple was my wife, Susie’s, favorite color.

Over the past few months since I started writing columns, I have mentioned a lot of great places that I was fortunate enough to travel to with good friends and videotape the hunts: Canada quite a few times. Argentina and Mexico for waterfowl, doves and deer. And a number of terrific spots ar…

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.

The rest of year, it’s nothing. Not nothing, but almost nothing. Near enough to nothing that when I drive by the fairgrounds in February, May or in the dead of August, I am flooded by memories of the fair in all its homey, corny and magnificent-in-its-own way glory.

If, when I die, I end up in music heaven, my requested lineup will be the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia intact), Crosby Stills Nash (with Neil Young) and, as the opening act, the Cordovas. But luckily I don't have to wait until I punch my ticket to enjoy one of those acts, since the Nashville-…

This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday by The Californian’s Robert Price.

Very often on Saturday mornings (usually quite early — before the brunching set has wandered over to The Padre), groups of volunteers patrol the streets of downtown Bakersfield, scooping up and bagging litter, reporting graffiti through the city’s app, and generally trying to keep the area c…