I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK

Now that Sarah Palin has come and gone, and it’s safe to go outdoors again, I find myself strangely drawn to the exposition that sponsored her two speeches in Redding.

The annual Forest Products and Construction Equipment Exposition at the Redding Convention Center is a show full of big-boy toys and logging derring-do. The heavy equipment on display takes many of us back to our Tonka toy days. Pretty soon, grown men are making vroom-vroom noises.

The exposition, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, will include wildlife demonstrations, ax-throwing competitions and something called a “backhoe rodeo.” Admission is FREE.

For the schedule of events and other info, click here.

  • They Fired All the Copy Editors, Part XLIV: When you visit the website for the equipment expo, be sure to take note of the official poster. It says this year’s event will be the “sixtieth-first annual” expo.
  • Mark Your Calendars for Friday night, when Chico pianist Robert Bowman performs “For the Love of Beethoven” at Old City Hall in Redding. The 7:30 p.m. performance, sponsored by the Shasta County Arts Council, is FREE, but donations will be accepted.
  • Movies We’ve Seen: On a whim, we hit a bargain matinee of “From Paris With Love,” the new shoot-em-up with John Travolta. Boy, what a stinker. Lots of violence, but almost no plot. Popcorn was good.
  • Rules for Successful Living #37: If that French fry burns your fingers, popping it into your mouth is probably not the answer.

sb-07-09A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.

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