Steve Flores

  • Tommy Lujan at the end of his 62-mile Tobias Lujan Memorial Bike Ride as a tribute to his dad.

    STEVE FLORES: Friend honors father with memorial bike ride for one

    I know I don't look it, but for many years now I have been going to the gym at 5 a.m. There is a core group of about a dozen men and women I see almost every morning at the gym. Over the years, many of us have become close gym rat buddies. And usually during the morning smack down chatter,

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    STEVE FLORES: Scott did a 'Giant' job of emceeing

    In front of a sold-out crowd, Jim Scott, popular news anchor for KGET Channel 17, demonstrated an extraordinary sense of team loyalty or displayed a temporary loss of sanity. You gotta love him either way. Whichever you choose, Jim performed a classy job of emceeing that remarkable night at the

  • John McCook, who plays Eric Forrester on the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, and Susie Flores pose together during a backstage tour of the show's set in May 2013.

    STEVE FLORES: Bold and Beautiful more than soap opera

    My wife, Susie, had an unwavering loyalty to The Bold and the Beautiful soap opera. Most TV experts agree B&B is the world's most popular daytime drama. In case you have somehow missed catching the B&B fever, the storyline focuses on the trials and tribulations of the affluent

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    STEVE FLORES: Running story is really a family story

    It was 1997 and our Kern County job training agency had a new director, John Mollison, to whom I reported. He came to our community fresh from a 28 ½ year U.S. Air Force career and retired at the rank of colonel. He definitely had a military persona, leadership and communication style.

  • Introducing the Flores family. Left to right, back row: Sean, Steve and Aaron Flores. Front row: Brenna and Susie Flores and Nikki Ortiz. Courtesy of Carlos Ortiz

    STEVE FLORES: Join me and my family in the fight against cancer

    " We are all fighting cancer all the time." It's a scary quote. I don't remember where I read it, but it has resonated in a horrendous way to me, my children and my family. I have not spoken of this in my column but I lost Susie, my bride of 40 years, to cancer one year ago.

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    STEVE FLORES: A lesson in how to propose

    It was about a week before Christmas. It was a surprise weekday afternoon visit from my adult son Sean, who normally works from sunup to sundown as a construction superintendent for a builder here in Kern County. He was dusty, clothes disheveled and the mud from his construction site hid the

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    STEVE FLORES: Food prepared by those you love tastes best

    As I walked into my home last Saturday afternoon, the aroma took me by surprise. It was sweet to my senses and a bit overwhelming to my emotions. My daughter Nikki and her husband, Carlos, spent the day preparing for our annual tamale-making tradition. Getting the meat, chili sauce and corn husks

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    STEVE FLORES: My favorite Christmas songs

    I suspect some of you are like me. Christmas songs, decorations or advertisements anytime before Thanksgiving are annoying, at best, for me. But after Thanksgiving, I am ready for the spirit of Christmas in good deeds, joy and celebration of family and friends. Growing up in our small home in

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    STEVE FLORES: I still cherish potty training memories

    My grandson Ariyon is now 2. If you ever had children, you know the age of 2 means many things to parents and grandparents. One is potty training. Watching Ariyon's mom, Yvonne, and his dad, my son Sean, start the "potty training process" with Ariyon takes me back to when Sean, his

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    STEVE FLORES: The 'happiest place' is with family

    The scene last Saturday reminded me of a late 1950s black-and-white film capturing Walt Disney casually strolling through Disneyland. Never annoyed or not smiling in any pictures I have seen, it appeared as though Mr. Disney almost preferred not to be recognized by his Magic Kingdom guests. And

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    STEVE FLORES: Dodger games are more than games

    "I wish you could see my heart," said my daughter Nikki as we took our field seats near first base at the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the Colorado Rockies game last Sunday. My 30-plus-year-old daughter was trying to explain to me how happy she was at being at the game. The Dodgers had

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    STEVE FLORES: Movie created family tradition

    "Just try and stay out of my way. I'll get you my pretty and your little dog, too!" If you recognize this quote, you probably already know this year is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. premier of MGM's remarkable "Wizard of Oz" movie. I don't know about you, but

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    STEVE FLORES: Dining out meant more than just food

    "Table for 10." That's what my dad, Larry, would say to the hostess whenever we walked into Bakersfield's Far East Cafe restaurant for dinner. It was in the mid 1960s and the ages of me and my seven siblings ranged from infant to teenager. My mom, Emma, died at the age of 33 from

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    STEVE FLORES: 'Invisible Man' teaches a valuable lesson

    I don't know what set of circumstances brought him to Bakersfield or to his wheelchair. But the "Invisible Man" was certainly homeless, and like many in his situation, in need of hope, help and prayer. Although difficult to do so, you may have seen him downtown. I suspect I may be

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    STEVE FLORES: Young love in elderly couple inspires

    It was easy to tell how much they were in love. The only thing missing was her white wedding gown, his tuxedo and them walking through the doors of a church vestibule. As the doors opened, you could imagine the waiting throng of people throwing flowers. You could effortlessly visualize them

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    STEVE FLORES: My brothers and our swamp cooler adventures

    Coming home to a cool house after a hot August day picking grapes in the fields was a welcoming thought. It was the early 1960s and I remember record heat seemingly every day. The swamp cooler on our modest southeast Bakersfield home brought minimal comfort for my siblings...but comfort

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    STEVE FLORES: Family enjoying return to watching baseball on radio

    I am mad at DIRECTV because my daughter Nikki is mad at DIRECTV. I don't understand all the Time Warner Cable, SportsNet LA, DIRECTV licensing mumbo jumbo. All I know is my 36-year-old daughter Nikki can't watch her beloved Los Angeles Dodgers on DIRECTV this season. If she is unhappy,

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    STEVE FLORES: Cousins are truly a blessing

    It was the mid-1960s and a hot August summer day in Bakersfield. My dad, Larry, was sitting in his well-worn lawn chair under the shade of the patio cover he, my brothers Willie, Andy, Ralph, Bobbie and I built. And although I am sure the wooden structure hanging over our heads would not have