Ryan Avalos

About Ryan Avalos
Mr. Avalos works at FedEx Ground. He holds Bachelors degrees in English and Classical Studies from Santa Clara University. He is passionate about writing, and believes the most critical issues for discussion are equality, opportunity and jobs creation specific to underserved neighborhoods in South Sacramento. He has three sons, and is versed in Latin.

Your neighborhood: use it or lose it


Over the past few years, as I’ve begun to truly set down roots in my neighborhood, I decided that being a good member of my community meant actually making an effort to support the local business in my area. It feels honest, and it feels good to support businesses around here, and maybe it doesn’t […]

They say you get the government you deserve


I’ve never considered myself a political person. Modern politics, in my opinion, always seem to fall into the vain and rather tacky American tendency to pick a side of something, whether it be sports teams, abortions, Kim Kardashian, Chik-fil-a, whatever, and blindly lockstep yourself into whatever ideology that can give you enough convenient moral high […]

Candles and curses: Occult boutiques of Franklin Boulevard

Candles and curses: Occult boutiques of Franklin Boulevard

A few months ago, my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to get a better feel for our neighborhood, to have a bit more of a visceral experience than the oblique impressions gleaned from walks around the block, or the banda music that comes in through the windows from the parties down the street. […]

Tales from the Front: A trip to the store


The thing is, I don’t like going to the grocery store and I never have. Something about it makes me feel, I don’t know, kind of frantic. That’s the best I can explain it. Now, mind you, I don’t really frequent posh grocery stores. This is not Raley’s or Bel Air. It isn’t Nugget. It […]

Tales from the front: those dogs and their jazz


“I’ve got my own jazz, and I improvised my way down the street, all these dogs barking staccato barks to the syncopation of my steps, chain-linked dogs behind chain-link fences, and they have a story to tell or a song to sing and no one listens anyway.”

Call me canine breakfast


I grew up in a fairly nice part of town, and one of the things I’ve noticed as a major difference between where I grew up and where I live now in South Sacramento is the prevalence of unsupervised dogs that roam the streets. It’s not The Wild Kingdom outside my front door. But it’s […]