Mis Amigos Locos is an expansive, organized, and perpetually growing collection of memories, funny stories, pictures, and generally entertaining stuff from the lives of a small handful of friends who grew up in Redding, CA.

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Bill and Kathy's

Bill and Kathy’s

Bill and Kathy’s was one of the great, independent, family-owned travel-oriented restaurants along I-5 that are now virtually extinct. Situated in Dunnigan just north of where 505 and 5 meet, it opened in 1947 and was long a popular stop for families making the boring trek through the dusty northern central valley. It closed a...
Mummenschanz

Mummenschanz

A few days ago, I was sitting in the waiting area of a local business browsing through some of the magazines and brochures that were on the table. One of them was for upcoming events at our local civic center, so I thumbed through it, half-interested. There was nothing very cool in there – mostly...
Spoiler Alert!

Spoiler Alert!

I recently spotted this on my morning commute. Is it a joke? Does it actually help in some way? We may never know.
Scott's Log Cabin Security & BBQ

Scott’s Log Cabin Security & BBQ

This past Friday, about 30 minutes after I’d dropped my wife off at the airport, my phone started going crazy as a barrage of rapid-fire text messages appeared. At first, I feared something might be wrong. However, these messages were from an unknown area code, and at a glance seemed to make very little sense....
Bus Bong Located

Bus Bong Located

  Years ago, Jaime, Paco and I had a certain female friend who gradually turned from the fun person we knew into a spaced-out, earth-worshipping hippie in the years following high school. We suspected that marijuana played a central role in her transformation, due mainly to a series of very nice but equally strange letters I...

A Most Peculiar Cancelation

We live in a pretty small house, and recently decided to rent a storage locker to help free up some space around here. Late last week, my wife called to reserve a pickup truck from the local U-HAUL place that I needed for my Saturday morning storage run. She did it online, and gave them...
SUPER CUTE PUPPIES

SUPER CUTE PUPPIES

A few mornings ago on my way to work, I spotted a pickup with something important-looking crudely scrawled across the tailgate. I drove closer to get a better look, and snapped a photo.     When I eventually passed, I saw that the truck was driven by a perfectly normal-looking middle-aged guy. Since then, I’ve...
Would You Like Dorks With That?

Would You Like Dorks With That?

After being stuck in really bad traffic for over an hour on my way home the other night, I wearily stopped off at a Carl’s Jr for a quick bite and some desperately-needed caffeine. Upon ordering and sitting down to await my meal, I heard some loud, oddly excited voices nearby. “HA HA HAAA! I...
“BLLK” Revisited

“BLLK” Revisited

Last night while on our way to stay with my wife’s folks in Sacramento, we stopped to have dinner in Vacaville. We were a little pressed for time, so we pulled in to the Wendy’s there for a quick bite. As soon as we parked, I realized that it was the very place where the...

TEN YEARS.

Believe it or not, Mis Amigos Locos turned ten yesterday. Yes, this crazy thing has been with us for a full decade. You guys have made this a lot of fun, and reading through our posts here reminds me of some of the reasons why we are ‘amigos’ in the first place. We all share...
An Unusual Request

An Unusual Request

Yesterday while en route to Redding, my lovely wife and I saw an unusual sign in the back window of an RV. You may need to click on the image to see why this is noteworthy. Was this a joke played by mischievous youngsters? The guy driving the RV seemed normal enough, not the type...
Silent Onlooker: The Story of Numb John

Silent Onlooker: The Story of Numb John

This one is long overdue. As most of you Amigos remember, during the first couple of years of my college career (1992-1993) I lived at a JC in Rocklin called Sierra College. Though I didn’t think so at the time, in retrospect it was actually a pretty decent place. I’ve explained previously why I was...