Stanford is gaming its admissions with an eye to attracting donors

This is bad. I grew up in a family that worshipped Stanford, I married a Stanford grad student, and my cousin got her MA there. I had relatives in Palo Alto so we spent a lot of time on the campus. Stanford to me has always been the paragon of excellence in education,  but sometimes it’s wise to remember that private universities are businesses. The SV Biz Journal has the story.  Read it HERE.

Short Ribs and Random Thoughts, Dec 6 2017

As of this writing the GOP is forcing through a ‘Tax cut” of which none of them understand the consequences. This is government?  Our Fake President is on TV gloating about destroying two national monuments while playing to his ignorant base who APPLAUD  him. His hatred for Obama is more than irrational, but what else is new.

FOR THE RECORD: Number of times I have watched Matt Lauer on TV: 0

SPEAKING of TV: Is Brian Williams the only man on TV who has not been accused of harassing someone?  I really resented him when he first started on MSNBC but now I’m used to him.  It’s time for someone to put up a website with the names of  men who HAVEN’T been accused of harassment. Be easier to keep track of.

WEDNESDAY DEC 13 from 330pm to 630pm at Eureka Safeway,  drop off your donations for Food For People and say hi to State Sen Mike McGuire.  A toofer!

Dontcha love the ads for KFC in Sunday’s Parade? It must be cheaper  to deluge us with useless ads than to target their advertising.  Looks like Brookings is the closest. Another Christmas without KFC!

IRRITATION AT THE SZECHUAN-  My out-of-town guest and I were both tired of turkey by Saturday so we went to the Szechuan Garden in Arcata to fortify ourselves with soup dumplings ( “juicy pork dumplings” on the menu). The restaurant appeared to be empty except for us, but the layout is such that  you can’t really tell who’s there. The only other thing I order there is the Black Pepper Beef, ($10.50) which is a lot better than it sounds. My friend ordered the Human Beef, (also $10.50) which involved broccoli.  Everything was fine until they brought the check. At the bottom of the check they’re now printing a “Tips Suggestion” with tips at 15%, 20% and 25% all figured out for you. That’s kind of pushy for a restaurant that delivers all your food at once and never checks back with you. Plus their “suggested tips” is calculated on the TOTAL of the order, part of which was takeout.  I’m still a fan, but a grumpy one.

GOLDEN HARVEST- hadn’t been in a while and was devastated to find that my favorite, the Blue Scramble, had disappeared from the menu. Not to fear, however. The kitchen is still making it and it’s just as delicious as ever. Love their biscuits!.

NEED A CALENDAR?  Visit Jacoby’s Storehouse, check out their beautiful tree and visit the offices of the Mad River Union whose 2017 calendar is both beautiful and useful, not to mention free. If you don’t subscribe to the MRU, you should! It’s a good paper.  Support your local journalism! Also in  the Jacoby is Pasta Luego, where you can buy fresh bucatini, that tubular pasta you can never find. I cooked mine last night. Screwed up the sauce but the pasta was fine.  They close at four and they run out of things, especially the  sandwiches, so don’t wait till 230 like I did.

JERRY COLIVAS  passed recently.  Among his many accomplishments,  he was  principal  at Eureka High School. I heard him at a Historical Society meeting explain how his  father came from Greece to Eureka. He had arrived in New York, penniless,  and somehow made it to the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  Speaking not a word of English,  he looked at the posted  steamship schedules and the only word he could recognize was “EUREKA”.  He pointed at the sign, and the rest is history.  Talk about a life well lived! Godspeed, Dr Colivas.

Sorry to hear that AutoDesk, the CAD makers, are laying off 1200 tech workers in San Rafael and SF. That’s 13% of the workforce. When I worked in HR,  Autodesk was considered a model employer, not the least because they let the employees bring their dogs to work.  

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IS SINCLAIR HERE or NOT?

For months we’re been hearing that the right-wing media giant will drown us in propaganda.  (I claim it will only happen if they don[t have to pay any extra.) I tried watching North Coast News but kept falling asleep, so I’m asking for help from those of you who do watch it to give  us a head’s up if you see Boris Epshteyn or Sebastian Gorka delivering a commentary.  Note that on the graphic they could name Eureka but couldn’t find it on the map. Read about it here.

Short Ribs and Random Thoughts, November 29 2017

The constant onslaught of idiocy from the White House is so depressing I don’t blame people who have stopped paying attention. Just remember to wake up in time to vote this year.

ONE TURKEY DOWN-  David Marcus has finally quit the PD’s office and slunk off into the sunset and we the voters have yet to receive a decent explanation for his hiring in the first place.  WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE??? Who wanted him hired??  One of the Supes? In the absence of any other explanation, I’ll take that one.  Remember, elections are coming.

NIGHT MARKETS- have been a big thing in Asia for years  and I’ve wondered why we don’t do them here.  Finally,  they had one in Arcata’s Creamery District and I’m wondering how it went. Wouldn’t more people come to the Farmers’ Markets if they were in the evening? I think so.

COSTCO-  I just called in  a prescription to COSTCO and was delighted to find that their automated system now keeps track of your prescriptions and offers refills for the ones that are coming due.  At least ONE thing that ‘s improved. 

THANKSGIVING-  probably my least favorite  Holiday.  It’s too darn close to Christmas. This year,  for the first time,  I ordered the whole meal from Murphy’s and I have to say they did a good job.  Thank God I had a guest from the Bay Area who willingly took the leftover turkey home with him. I’m not real big on turkey.  For sandwiches, I prefer chicken, which you can get at WINCO. My friend drove off talking about turkey soup and turkey enchiladas.  He can have them.  Remember the hot turkey sandwiches at Stanton’s?  Now THOSE were good!

SHORT RIBS- on sale at Safeway for $5.99 through Tuesday the 5th.   And already it’s December!!!!