Brexit: the Aftermath

I’m sad that the EU is failing. It was a noble experiment and a source of hope for those of us who are congenitally opposed to tariffs, borders and immigration laws. And of course, the parallels between the fascist campaigns in Europe and the Trump campaign can’t be denied. It’s going to be a L-O-N-G election season. Fasten your seat belts.


My Favorite Businesses: Rosewood Body Shop and A-1 Carpet Cleaning

I always complain about bad service. Here’s a tribute to those who provide GOOD service.

Recently I snapped off my passenger side mirror while exiting my garage. This is about the fourth time. I don’t recall where I took it the other times but this time I consulted Yelp and decided to go with Rosewood, a family-owned detail-and-body shop in Eureka  at 842 W 14th St, kind of across from Walgreen’s past the freeway. I don’t have a lot of details to go into because the service was quick and efficient and thorough. It took a couple of days to order a new mirror (my friend had done a great job of taping the old one on except I couldn’t open the window) but it only took a few minutes to install and I was good to go. The price of $186 was fair, and enough to make me more  careful about my garage exits.

The place is clean and cheerful with a nice little waiting area and the staff are friendly and  helpful.  I think it’s the mom who acts as receptionist but I was in and out so quickly I didn’t have time to find out!  We like that!

BTW, the defunct Asian restaurant catty-corner from the Walgreens has had a “Rita’s Taqueria Coming Soon” in the window for several weeks. Hurry, Rita!!!

The other great experience we had lately was having our rugs done, again, by A-1 Carpet Cleaners. They restored  our dining room carpet that I thought had been ruined by an inconsiderate dog. Phil and his helper did a great job for a reasonable price (two rooms for $97). Definitely recommended.. Their site is HERE.


TV Worth Watching: “Illuminated Wildlife” and other joys of “North Woods Law”

Those of you who read the blog regularly know that I have a high tolerance for junk TV, especially “reality”. I can watch reruns of The Profit or Save My Bakery. 

But recently I discovered North Woods Law on Animal Planet.  It’s about Maine game wardens tracking illegal hunters,  rescuing lost fishermen and just generally being helpful. They rescue eagles from traps, find old ladies lost in the woods and arrest a lot of people for shooting guns out of automobiles. I didn’t even know that was a thing.  When you watch North Woods Law you learn a lot about Maine, it’s geography, it’s people.  It looks awfully cold.

A lot of it sounds just like Humboldt. They find a medical marijuana farmer cheating by growing an extra field. When they find folks with small amount of weed, they seem to cut them a break.  A LOT of the hunters they deal with are drunk. Just like here. One of the charges they issue tickets for is “illuminating wildlife”.  You’re not supposed to go into the dark woods and shine your headlights or anything else on them because it causes them to freeze in panic making an easy shot for a hunter.   That “deer in the headlights” phenomenon is real!  Sometimes their work is somber as when they recover bodies of missing fishermen.  On Suddenlink this is all available on Channel 233. 

There are half a dozen episodes left in the current season, which is the last one filmed in Maine. Why?   Because of everyone’s favorite idiot Governor, Paul Le Page, who has never been known to walk and chew gum at the same time. Hizzoner  objected to his state employees being filmed so the show is moving to New Hampshire. Read about it HERE. 

Think I’ll go out and illuminate something.





Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote for Idiots

The only thing  more amusing than a blowhard laid low is a blowhard making a fool of himself in public.  We’ve had a lot of such amusement lately.  It’s getting tiresome.

Personally, I’m so sick of Donald Trump’s screeching that I turn off the sound when I see his face on TV.  I haven’t missed anything significant. The tide has turned for “Chicken Don”.  For the first ten months or so of his campaign, he could spew out any kind of garbage and no one challenged him. That’s changed. Both CNN and MSNBC, among others, are directly fact-checking him now and pointing out his lies as soon as he utters them.  That’s a good start, for the candidate who has been found to have spoken truthfully only 13% of the time.

His response to the Orlando shooting was particularly disgusting.    His tweeted reaction was to gloat over his supposedly having predicted- what? More terrorist attacks?  My dog could predict that!  To Trump, it’s all about him. One pundit described him as “isolated and unhinged”. That’s a good start.  He doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know! Surrounded by paid help and sycophants,  he blunders onward like an out-of-control tank, spreading lies and hatred. This combination of arrogance and ignorance isn’t fooling anyone except, well, the fools. 

Do YOU know anyone personally who is planning to vote for Trump?  Do them a favor and talk them out of it. They’ll be ashamed to tell their kids that they voted for this idiot. And no, don’t roll out the old “Hilary is just as bad” line.  When it comes to dealing with ISIS or Putin, who do you want; the former Secretary of State or the guy who says the Orlando shooter is from “Afghan”?  Yes, watch the tape.  This guy couldn’t find Afghanistan on a globe and he wants to be President?

Ain’t gonna happen. No thanks to the lazy and foolish Republican party that lay down in surrender to this screeching ignoramus. Hope that doesn’t include you.



Forwarded to us by a true Friend of the Blog, Gregg Foster,  the table below compares flights out of ACV to last years’.

As Gregg says,  “Traffic is up significantly over last year. The bottom line is that for the first five months, the number of departing passengers is up nearly 27%.”

I’d say that’s significant.




% Change from 2014


% Change from 2015

(Jan) 3,386




(Feb) 3,092




(Mar) 4,006




(Apr) 4,727




(May) 4,540




(Total) 19,751





The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group is having its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, June 29 at the Cookhouse which will feature a presentation by the Timber Heritage Association. Those are the great folks who bring out the speeder trains on holidays and are working on a round-the-Bay tourist train.  

The flyer for the event is HERE.   Pork steak! See you there!


The Best Things In LIfe Are Free – at Bug Press

Last weeks’ Mad River Union, an indispensable paper if there ever were one, featured an announcement from Arcata’s venerable Bug Press that in celebration of the National Parks Service centennial and in view of the budget cuts with which the NPS is struggling, “Bug Press is sharing restored National Parks and Works Progress Administration posters as a gift to the community, and a plea to help support parks. Donations to help NPS can be made directly at

To encourage donations, Bug Press is offering  restored National Park posters through Friday, June 17.  A selection of 11 original WPA designs, including those for the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion and Lassen will be available daily at the front counter at 1461 M Street in Arcata. Quantities are limited. (707) 822-2001.

FREE!  I found the Bug Press office on a quiet street kind of near Arcata High and walked in. It was a peaceful scene.  There didn’t seem to be anyone there.   I scored five GORGEOUS posters including one of the Castillo at  St Augustine during the period when it was renamed Fort Marion.  That’s going to my brother in Jacksonville. I left $10, probably should have left more. 

Anyway, get over there before the 17th.   And thanks, Bug Press, for a truly great gift to the community.


SHOPPING MYSTERIES: Loleta Cheese Version

You’ve heard of Mystery Shoppers? This is our new feature, Shopping Mysteries, wherein we will point out various incongruities and contradictions in our local retail scene.  To wit:

The Loleta Cheese Factory is always a great place to take visitors.  Surely they can pick up an edible souvenir at the very cheapest price because they’re right there at the source, right?  Wrong.  The cheese at the store is confusingly packaged in 11-oz chunks, but the bottom line is you pay 53¢ per ounce or $8.48 a pound. 

Loleta Cheese at Murphy’s Market (we shop in Cutten) is $7.99 a pound. 

Loleta Cheese at Winco is, apparently, $6.99 a pound but there were several more cheaply marked packages that were close to their expiration date. 

So there you have it.  The “close-to-the source” mythology doesn’t work with cheese factories any better than it does at our outrageously expensive farmers’ markets. The laws of supply and demand  are not subject to strict enforcement.