Soccer in Sacramento

The world loves soccer.  Let’s just say most of every other country besides the US is obsessed with the beautiful game.  Every country in South America and Europe have kids playing futbol all over the place.  It’s a religion to them.  You can feel the passion when countries play each other especially in the World Cup.  Every 4 years in a randomly selected country the World Cup unfolds.  Many people from all over the world flock to one country to see the best soccer played.
Throughout history there has only been a handful of countries that dominate the sport across the board.  In South America, Brazil and Argentina are the two best countries that compete at a high level.  In Europe, as of lately Spain and Germany have been very dominate in World Cup play.  It’s no surprise that countries that are obsessed with the game win every year.  It doesn’t take much for young kids to play.  All that is really needed is a ball and land.  Endless possibilities take place with the beautiful game.  Young kids that are scouted early on have a chance to develop their skills even more with a professional team.  In today’s era all the money in soccer is in Europe, so most of the talent from South America that gets scouted ends up getting bought by European powerhouse clubs.

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Sacramento Newbies

If you’re a newbie to the Sacramento area, I suggest entrenching yourself in the Sacramento lifestyle and quickly see what the city has to offer you so you know what to do for the rest of the time you are here.

Quite contrary to the downers who are always complaining that there is nothing to do in Sac, they are usually the people who sit inside their home and play video games and watch TV. There is nothing to do exciting for them because their brain is zapped by electronics that the exterior environment is no longer fun for them. Their satisfaction comes from technology and it’s tough to satisfy those kind of people. Continue reading “Sacramento Newbies”

Sacramento Bike Party

The cultural event I attended on May 6 was Bike Party Sacramento. My mother and father are long time attendees of the event, and are super passionate about making sure they don’t miss a single one. My dad just bought a brand new bike that he paid $2000 dollars for, and even though it’s an expensive toy, it sure does look beautiful. So, I thought his first time riding this bike for bike party would be the perfect time for me to join my family for my first bike party event.

Bike Party Sacramento, in general, involves decorating the bike with lights, often flashing, and riding through Sacramento with a large group of 200-500 other bike enthusiasts. Usually there is a theme to each event, and this particular one was the superhero theme. People were dressed as all kinds of make-believe superheros, some normal dressed folks, and some in completely out of pocket outfits.

Before the event, the Bike Party planners post online what the tour route will be. We met this time near the parking lot at Sacramento City College. Beforehand, people are hanging out, socializing, drinking their alcoholic beverages, eating food from a hot dog stand bike, and dressing their bike up for the ride.

When we commenced our journey, it was about 8 oclock, and just beginning to get dark. Our flashing and blinking light bikes ride through the city towards downtown Sacramento, ringing our bells and yelling to the onlookers, “BIKE PARTY!!!!!”

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The first stop we get to is the park right by the Crocker Art Museum. One of the bikers had a 5 foot tall speaker he carried, and started bumping some party music, and became our very own DJ. Some people stary dancing, while most people are drinking their alcoholic beverages. For about half an hour, we hung out and then hopped back on the bikes towards the party streets in Downtown. We rode down R street, where there are a lot of bars and restaurants with many people hanging outside. People look onto us shouting and checking out our bike parade. A lot of people will ask when the next Bike Party is, and how they can get involved.

We then continue to ride for about 6 more miles to a second stop at another park where the real dance party gets going. A lot of people are alcohol inhibited, and it turned into a mini rave. After a sweet little park party, we hop back on and ride back to Sac City. It was about a 13 mile round trip from 8pm-11pm.

The Bike Party event is primarily about having a good time with your companions. They promote exercise, good vibes, and the use of bikes in Sacramento. We also develop a good relationship with the bikers and car riders, I didn’t notice any cars that were bothered by our crowds, and whenever a car needed to get through, the bikes would separate and allow them through the crowd. More often than not, the car riders would be smiling and shouting out at as full of joy. Bike Party also promotes a happy vibe for the tourists who are visiting Sacramento, and gives them a good sense that our citizens are upbeat, social, and passionate about exercise.

I attended the event because my mom and dad are always talking about Bike Party, and I can tell this is now their passion in their old age. This is their primary way of socializing with their friends outside of work, and gives them a good change of pace compared to the sitting around at a bar drinking.

The cultural significance of the event is about bringing together groups of people, and just being able to have a good time and let loose. It’s definitely something I have never seen before in another city, and I think it helps make Sacramento a little bit original. Promoting good vibes and sharing happiness with your fellow men and women are definitely great for the city, and it’s a perfect way for a new person in town to make a whole lot of friends.

I think this event ties to a lot of subculture research we have done this semester. This group consists of bike enthusiasts, who like to party, and are generally there for the promotion of good ambiance. Like the Star Trek fan fiction people, the skaters, and the hip hop movement, bike party advertise happiness in doing what they like to do, and is just another form of entertainment and being able to let loose.

If I had more time in my life, I would love to attend these events more often. I had a blast and it was cool hanging out with my parents and their friends for the first real time of my adult years. I learned that I could now definitely fit in with my parent’s social group, and as I come up to the drinking age (not a drinker, but cool to be around), there is a lot more that I am able to share with them. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fun time on the first Saturday of every month!

Sacramento Turn-Ups

Having grown up in the city, many people are surprised to find out how lively Sacramento’s party scene truly is. Most people expect to go to the bars, nightclubs, and downtown restaurants to find their late night fun, but in truth, house parties are always better. Memories are made much more often at house parties. The rules are far less, you’re more likely to be surrounded by people with similar interests, and quite often, friends. To truly discover the house party scene, you must integrate yourself into the city.

House parties are usually invite only. It’s not like going to the bar or the club where you pretty much know where to go, and what you’re going to get. Part of the fun of going to a house party is that you never know how the night is going to turn out. So many of us go out searching for the Project X style party (the fun parts, not the destruction). And the truth is, the party lies in your hands just as much as everyone else’s. The party will get as crazy as you, the host, and the other party guests let it. So make it memorable and get loco!

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It’s getting Hot in Sacramento, What to do?

Sacramento’s heat is going to be on the rise this summer. The city has already broken many temperature milestones this year, and be prepared to break a couple more in the thick of this summer heat. The world is warming, and as much as global warming dissenters want to deny it, it’s caused by human interaction with the Earth, and it’s all of our faults for allowing this to happen. But, if you do the best you can to help the environment, and you are also looking for a way to cool of without having to spend a couple hundred dollars on air conditioning this summer, jumping in a body of water is likely your best bet in cooling off. I have compiled a short list of activities you can do to cool off this summer.

Backyard Swimming Pool

The first, and most obvious choice to cool of this summer is to jump into the swimming pool you have in your backyard if you own one. The reason this is the best option is because in your backyard, you have privacy, no travel time, can stop at any time of your choosing, and you have the least likely chance of getting an illness from swimming in the water. As compared to what you will see continuing on the list, a swimming pool in your backyard or at your local gym even can be well taken care of, cleaned, and kept at the right balance for your body and your eyes to open them under water. My uncle, who is a swimming pool cleaner for his living says that it doesn’t take more than 10-20 minutes of care every day to have a swimming pool that is optimal for anyone to swim in. So with that advice, take it, clean your pools, and enjoy your easy breezy summer.

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The Kings are coming to downtown Sac!

Maybe you’ve been to Sacramento, you can’t help to notice how boring the downtown area is.  Compared with most other big cities in the U.S. the nightlife and entertainment can use some serious uplifting.  Many people follow basketball but if you’re from Sacramento you’ve got to be a Sacramento Kings fan.  For years the Kings have played just past downtown in Natomas where it’s considered a suburb.  The biggest problem with this location is it was very far for most people and the surrounding area was boring neighborhoods.  Natomas is a great place to raise a family and live, but not for a professional basketball team.  Most of the NBA teams have their arena positioned in an area where restaurants, clubs, and dining are at the epicenter of the arena. Sacramento natives for years have been itching for a live downtown scene where people can congregate downtown for the night.
 
The effects the arena will have in downtown will be needed.  Not only will new clubs, bars, dining, shopping stores flock downtown but the real estate in the area will go up pushing out many of the trashy, homeless parts of the area.  On a side note after the basketball arena is built in downtown there is talk and plans of building a soccer stadium for the Sacramento Republic FC.  Sacramento is considered a big soccer city but many people wouldn’t realize it.  I can’t even imagine what downtown Sacramento will be like with two sporting event arenas.  The downtown will shift from a 9am-5pm downtown to a 24 hour poppin downtown in a short amount of years.sac republic fc
 

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Misc Jessica Introduction

Hi Everyone, my name is Jessica, I just had a website malfunction and am in the process of transferring articles written on the website previously. Some of the same blog article ideas will be repeated initially, thanks for hanging in there with me!

I love my town, and am excited for what the future of the city brings. I truly believe Sac is a blossoming city, and quite possibly, the centire of the universe (will be explained later). The new NBA Sacramento Kings arena is getting built downtown, and boy does it look amazing compared to the rest of the arenas around. IT surely proved a lot of the naysayers wrong who said it might be an eyesore for the city. The arena is also believed to be nearly energy efficient due to the high powered solar panels on the roof and exterior of the arena. But, one thing that I am worried about is if the traffic situation will get worse because of the arena. Sacramento highways have not been seriously updated in over a decade, and the traffic situation is actually horrendous in the city. If you are anywhere near what you think might be peak traffic hours, you will hit traffic. Don’t expect to go more than 10 miles anywhere in the city during traffic hours unless you can handle maybe 30 minutes in traffic. Continue reading “Misc Jessica Introduction”