GET IN THE RING LODI: Another entry for the "Things also called Lodi" file would be the stage name of professional wrestler Brad Cain.
After taking a look at the Web site, http://www.lodirulz.com, we become acquainted with the wrestler and the fact he apparently "defeated Saturn, forcing him to be Lodi's slave until Fall Brawl '98."
The wrestler built a reputation of carrying hand-drawn signs into the ring with such phrases as: "When Lodi + Lenny are in town someone is going down," "Lodi is the best golfer!", "Luchador Lodi", and (our favorite) "Everybody loves Lodi."
According to the site's bio information, Cain earned the name Lodi because he "somewhat resembles Billy Idol, and Idol spelled backwards is "'Lodi.'"
Makes sense to us, our city is believed to have been named after either a horse or one of Napoleon's early victories.
WHO'S BRINGING THE POPCORN: The five-member Galt City Council was set for a "review of office space" during a special session last week. We can't help but wonder if there was some mixup with the 1999 comedy titled, well, "Office Space." We can imagine city staff's recommendation if that were the case: 10 thumbs up.
No word yet if Mayor Darryl Clare put a cover sheet on his TPS report.
GRAPE STOMPED: Speaking of Darryl Clare, he defended his title as grape stomp champion at this year's Primovino Heritage Festival and came out victorious once again, when pitted against Lodi Mayor Susan Hitchcock. Clare's first victory came last year, when he took on Lodi City Councilman John Beckman. In other grape stomping news, Shad Canestrino of the Lodi Police Officers Association beat Tim Ortegal of the Lodi Firefighters.
THIS WAY TO KITTLEMAN LANE: The new Taco Del Mar restaurant has opened in the Lowe's shopping center and the address is printed proudly on their take-out menus: 2533 West Kittleman Lane. What's worse? Their phone number listed is actually their fax number and vice versa. Whoops.
HERALDIN' HERALD: From the cover of the promotional guide for Herald Day: "Honor the past - look to the future, Herald Day: A people greetin', pancake eatin', parade watchin', citizen honorin', auction biddin', craft buyin', good food munchin', music listenin', beer drinkin', mud volleyball playin', horse shoe throwin', tractor showin', all around good time!"
HOME TO CHILI: Woodbridge Winery's annual Chili Cook Off will have a new flavor this year. It will include the Chili Appreciation Society International's California state championship. The top three California teams will qualify for the World Championship in Terilingua, Texas next November.
"It's safe to say the Chili Cook Off will receive statewide attention this year," said Larry Pilmaier, the winery's visitor center manager. "Who would have thought that Lodi would be known for chili?"
LUMPIA CRAVINGS: We were hankering for some lumpia last week so we headed to Evelyn's Place on Sacramento Street. Only problem? They were closed. "We've had to close temporarily for major mechanical repairs," owner Evelyn Lichthart said. The restaurant's freezer hit the fritz during our recent hot spell and she plans to replace it. And get new air conditioning and carpets, while she is at it. Hopefully the place won't be closed for too long. We are still craving those crispy lumpia.
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First published: Monday, August 7, 2006