Modesto is a great town. My father has a very good friend living in million dollar area of Modesto, who used to teach at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Lau got her Ph.D from Univ of Pacific, and invited us to visit one year when we came to the US from Costa Rica.
The town is wonderful! So I applied for Modesto Junior College to study there before going to Berkeley. The first time I was there, I went to housing office of the school and found Paul's house; I rented a room with other students in his house when he was laid off need some income. He is a great guy.
Later I moved to Mrs Squire's home where I got a room for only $70 a month. She is awefully nice, and let me did all the yard work there and paid me $4 an hour.
We have an International Club at Modesto Junior College where we sponsor many activities each year. We had International Talent Show each year when I sold over 50% of the tickets as vice president of the club just buy word of mouth.
When I visited doctor, in the waiting room chating with other patients, they bought some tickets from me, when seening the nurse, she bought from me, and then the doctor. This could never happen in big cities. The town people is like a big family.
Sometimes, we have dancing parties at the huge ballroom. Sometimes we have swimming pool party at the professor's home who has a world map on the wall showing all the countries he and his wife visited and many postcards and xmas cards received from alumni foreign students.
My Differential Calculus professor Dr. Henry Osner was perticular great. He encouraged me to go to Berkeley where he obtain his math degree.
I was also sent to tutoring center to tutor Fred who told me he got C and F in Calculus because he was mute and deaf, and his interpreter did not know Calculus, otherwise, his math was A in high school. I told him in writing that I am deaf and mute, my English comprehension was very poor, but I always got A+ in my test, nor did I have interpreter and I never took notes in class. He became very interested in my tips, and I shared with him by showing dozens of Calculus books in library, and his graded jump to B+ and in final his teacher told me he finish 4 hour exam in just 1 hour and 45 min, and he got an A+. I asked if the professor can gave me the exam paper, and he did, I still have that paper.
I also helped many other students, and they introduced me many of their friends and local life. e.g. every Saturday nights, all young girls and gentlemen drove cars into the main street and met each other; I thought that was only seen in the movie.
Dr. Lau took me to play minigolf and told me 50 years ago when she was in Shanghi, she played minigolf a lot in Shanghi. Dr Lau is millionaire; when she drive, she will tell me she own 50% of that hundreds acre of land, that whole development of townhouses...etc.
She also introduced me to her friend who own a coffee shop there that American customers love a lot. There were also people there drove to SF every morning around 4am to deliver their fishes, and came back at the evening, it is about 2 hours drive.
Every month, we have an outside lunch prepared by a senior club who visited lots of countries in the world and like to me foreign students like myself to hear the latest stories in foreigh countries first hand. They also share their travel photos and slides, and the prepare for a free lunch for us. When I thought about all these warm receiving while I was alone in Modesto years back, my heart still so touched and tears dropping.
There was a girl who tutored me English at Modesto Junior College was so nice to me. Every morning when I went to he library, I saw may students there, chatting like a party; it was so warm.
I met so many people there because I was involved with so many clubs and activities. I always feel Modesto a very nice town to live and study.
At night, I went to the Baminton Class to pay with dozens of other adult students, and I met a doctor who played so well; he won #2 in Hong Kong years back and graduated from UCSF. When he went back to SF, he often gave me a ride home. He even gave me a guitar book that I still have it.
Sometimes, I took Greyhound from SF to Modesto, and the station is not that far from the college, nor where I live. I did not have car but a bike. I often had to bike 20 minutes to supermaket to buy $10 food each week, and the people in supermarket was so nice; they would show me what to buy, especially senior people, I could learn a lot from them.
The people there are wonderful and social is almost everywhere. It is like everyone eager to make friends with me. Modesto is the best.
I read a new recently saying nearby Stocken got hit on real estate a lot, I am not sure if Modesto is fine? I wish I can help people there if they are in trouble.