From the emails and voice mails:
Adams is an Indianapolis Colts fan. Salet is a Dallas Cowboys faithful. Their wager? The one whose team finished with the worst record would have to do – in public – whatever the other demanded.
The Colts won the AFC South with an 11-5 record before beating Kansas City and then losing to New England in the playoffs. The Cowboys finished 8-8. So Adams won. Salet’s penance for rooting for Dallas was to include wearing a woman’s wig, garments and face paint while standing at Standiford Avenue and Dale Road near Vintage Faire Mall for 21/2 hours Sunday, to greet passing cars.
Salet garnered plenty of attention as he stood next to a traffic light, with passers-by contributing a grand haul of 15 cents for his efforts.
“There were hundreds of videos and pictures,” gloated Adams, who owns a business cleaning homes vacated after foreclosures or evictions. “My 6-year-old daughter (Olivia) did his makeup.”
“It was actually kind of fun,” said Salet, who works for a telemarketing company. “Really kind of epic.”
But he failed to complete the entire mission because a Modesto police officer came along and told him to leave for safety reasons after just 18 minutes. Too many people out there, too many chances of someone getting hurt.
So much for freedom of expression. No ticket, though.
“He gave me a warning,” Salet said.
It was the friends’ second such bet. In February 2010, before the Colts faced New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV, Salet challenged Adams by wagering that if the Colts lost, Adams would have to stage a backyard barbecue for Salet and several of their friends. The Colts lost, so Adams cooked for the horde.
Maybe Salet can finish the gig by participating April 16 in the Haven Women’s Center Walk A Mile event, in which men will tread a mile in high heels to raise awareness and money to prevent domestic violence and sexual assaults. The fundraiser will benefit the nonprofit.
Jaydeen Vicente, one of ASTRO’s five directors, said Oakdale’s current shelter was built during a time when the town’s population was only 5,000. Now, between Riverbank and Oakdale, it serves more than 40,000 residents, rendering the old 800-square-foot building obsolete and overcrowded. Arizona-based Animal Shelter Fundraising will, in a few months, produce a report detailing the benefits of the new shelter, identify potential funding sources and how long it should take to raise, and assess whether the group is prepared to conduct its fundraising effort and other organizational details.
“The new shelter will incorporate a youth volunteer program, which will teach students valuable skills while offering them the pride that comes with being part of the solution to animal homelessness,” Vicente said.
Tuesday, I received an email from a foundation executive asking for me to call her. It was from Cathy Bissell herself. She’s the director of corporate affairs for Bissell Inc., which makes vacuum cleaners, carpet shampooers and other floor-related products, including those for dealing with pets. She also heads the nonprofit Bissell Foundation. According to the company’s website, the nonprofit aids “lost, abused, neglected and abandoned pets by raising funds through the sale of Bissell pet products. Since its inception, the Bissell Pet Foundation has been able to award more than $500,000 to over 375 organizations in 43 states.”
It was interesting to chat directly with one of the company’s namesakes. Because her administrative aide has been out of the office, Bissell just wanted to know whether my original email had been answered. All’s well.