Finally, new shirts are in!

Yes it took awhile but they're here and they look great! Ladies and Gents have two colors to choose from now- Black or white. Shirts come in all sizes too.

So be the first rat to sport one of these gems at the beach, a party or wherever you happen to be causing trouble. I'm wearing mine right now as a matter of fact...Cito Rats!!!

Posted on May 9, 2013 .

Cito Rats/The Shacklers

Nice Herb. And kudo's to Josh Brolin!….Dude your parties were epic!  Some of the best Cito Rat parties of all time. The Shacklers and of course RKL played the Herb Estate ragers many times in the early eighties. The last one we did, five or six cop cars showed up and busted the party. The Shacklers and Macky locked ourselves in the bathroom with our guitars and kept the party going until they split.

Hey since we're on the subject of the Shacklers, you got your Oprah Winfrey story a little twisted. First of all, long before Oprah that place was called the Bacon's Estate. Mark Bacon's (Hammonds local) grandmother lived there for years. We had some great adventures trespassing there. But anyway, we never egged the guard. We were teenagers. We had more class then that! The Bacon's Estate is where we hid from the cops one night.

Allow me to elaborate. You see the Shacklers had this late evening routine of going to the Knowlwood Tennis Club(near Bacon's estate) when no one was around and sometimes we would take girls there to the hot tub and other times it would be just us causing trouble. This night was us causing trouble. So after drinking beers in the hot tub we picked a bunch of lemons from the neighbors trees and waited for the Montecito Police Patrol to arrive for their scheduled drive by. Now these guys weren't cops, they were old fat security guards supposedly protecting Montecito. We played a cat and mouse game with those guys for a couple years by then and we were up for some more target practice that night. So we hide in the bushes, they enter the driveway and circle around a bit then exit. While they drive away we fire off rounds of lemons and pelt the patrol car. They get the hell out of there and we get a kick out of it. SSP-Standard Shackler Procedure.

So about a twenty minutes later we hear a car coming on East Vally Road and it sounds like the old guys are coming back for more lemonade. It was pitch black that night but we could see the lights coming through the hedge. So as we unload again on this car all of a sudden these bright colored lights turn on and lo and behold its the Sheriff!! The siren goes on and we run back to the farthest end of the Knowlwood property as fast as we could!. We hid back there for over an hour easily while we heard all these cop cars driving back and forth trying to find us. Then everything was dead still for the longest time. You could hear a dog barking from miles away it was so quite. So the Shacklers thought it was clear and slowly tip toe off the property. As we ever so quietly crawl thru the hedge to get onto East Valley Road Rob Henderson rips this huge fart! Just as we all start to bust up laughing a cop shines a light on us and yells "Hold it right there you assholes!!" We quickly book it down the road and the race began!

Instant adrenaline kicked in and all you could hear was everyones footsteps, heavy breathing and the rattling sound of handcuffs. The cop was running with a flashlight in hand so the light was sporadically hitting us, the trees, parked cars, everything. This went on for about two blocks. I could tell Peto was starting to slow down and the cop was inches away from him!  I thought he was a goner. Rob, Phil, Will, myself and Shackler guest star Auskie (Horm's older brother) pulled ahead of Peto and the cop and we charged into the huge Bacon's Estate and everybody scattered.

Rob and I paired up and so did Phil and Will.  Auskie? He got caught. We could hear him get smacked at the front of the estate gates. Gotta hand it to him, he never squealed us out. By 3am most of us made it home. We didn't find out about Peto till the next day. He said he couldn't keep up with the herd and stopped running thinking the cop had him. But the cop ran by him and pursued us instead so he snuck onto some neighbors front porch and slept on their couch for the rest of the night.

I'm sure Oprah would love to hear that story…Cito Rats!!!

The Shacklers


Posted on May 9, 2013 .

Here comes trouble, the Cito Rats are here!

I don’t normally read Men’s Journal for anything but when a Cito Rat is on the Cover, I couldn’t help myself. There is a great article in the Feb 2013 Issue about Josh Brolin. It starts out, “Here Comes Trouble” I love it Brolin!

With all of the news about my great friend and fellow Cito Rat getting arrested for public intoxication, being a bad ass, getting in fights, arrested for other things… I see that there is much talk about the Cito Rats of Montecito, CA. coming out of the media. Hellyeah we are still around. There is no truth that we are gone. The Cito Rats and the stories are still alive today. There are many kids living in Montecito today that call themselves Cito Rats. They are Cito Rats! Some of them have heard legends about us, places like my house, the famous Herb Estate. When the Herb Estate was in its prime, we knew the local Sherriff by name, he know us by name, and most of the time helped us keep the fun going and kept us out of trouble. The Montecito Association tried to make us move because of the mayhem.  Occasionally my buddy Jason Sears, RIP, would announce a Herb Estate Party in a radio interview. When this happened we ended up with people crossing state lines to get to my house for the party! A great time for sure. I know there are a lot of friends that still talk about this.

Cito Rats are listed as a Surf Gang based in Montecito, CA. Montecito is a small community that became very popular among the wealthy in the late 70s and 80s as more famous people decided to buy homes there. As a matter of fact, Oprah’s house once belonged to an old Cito Rat family. The Shacklers used it as a hideout before Oprah purchased the property.

Most of the Cito Rats when born and raised there, but there  are a few of us that moved to Montecito when our parents decided to get out of the Rat Race of Los Angeles, or, in Cito Rat terms, “Smell A” or “Hell A”.  Others came from other places like Paso Robles, CA where the Brolin’s came from. That is exactly how I got there and how Josh and I became great friends when we were young, 11 or 12. We ran into each other on Park Lane riding our dirt bikes. I love hearing about how the Cito Rats are a “Hardcore” surf gang, or “territorial” surf gang. I guess it was true to some extent but more true is that in the early days of the Rats, we were over the top at everything we did.

The information posted in Wikipedia, they mention all the local spots we hung out it. In this order, The “Biltmore” Pier, Dorbo Dunes, Chicken Creek, Pigion Ridge, The Underground, Mirimar, Hammond Reef, Nuns, “The Rock”, The Shooting Range, Rancho Coyote, The Herb Estate, RKL. The Extremism and craziness of the Cito Rats was our way of life. It was more important than anything!

October 20, 2012 The Cito Rats had a huge Herb Estate party at EOS Lounge in Santa Barbara, CA. EOS is a night club owned by a Cito Rat, Jeff Clark. Jeff opened the door for the Cito Rats party and the first one was a huge success. There is a 2013 Cito Rat / Herb Estate Party in the works. I will make sure to update as plans come together. In good Cito Rat form I will tell you this, the next one of going to be huge!

The October 20, 2012 party was amazing. People that had not been seen in decades came out of the wood work. Everyone was welcome! The Shacklers played a classic set including a famous song called “Twisty Mole”. Sancho played another set including their theme song a David Lindley cover called “Your Old Lady”. Then to top off the night we had Bad Neighbor killing it with classic Cito Style!

Posted on May 9, 2013 .