Short Takes and Random Thoughts

Here is a miscellany of what’s been rambling around my brain.

MURPHY’S CUTTEN gets 4 stars for customer service.  I emailed then demanding to know why they were cutting off the BBQ at 3pm when there are 15,000 Cutten residents going past their door everyday who would love to take home some burgers or chicken.  Lo and behold manager Travis emailed me back that they will be keeping it going till 6pm M-F. That’s more like it!  Their burgers are GOOD.

NIXON/TRUMP  The last few days have been bizarre for those of us old enough to have watched every minute of the Watergate hearings, 40 years ago this week. CNN had a retrospective over the weekend and the similarities between what was being said about Nixon THEN and Trump NOW are astounding. “Isolated” is just the beginning.

THE FITZGERALD-  let’s take a few moment to mourn the loss of seven young sailors who  died a horrible death aboard the Fitzgerald.  Doesn’t matter whose fault this will turn out to be.  It’s just tragic.

BOOK CLUB-  I don’t read enough  books.  Who does? But at the behest of one of our readers I went to the Humboldt County library and checked out their copy of Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond..   It was one of the NYT’s 10 beat books last year and it is a terrific and harrowing read. I’ll return it before the end of the month.

REST IN PEACE:  Mrs Maureen Johanneson  who was my teacher at EHS in my tenth grade.  We were in her class when JFK was shot.  She was a wonderful person and wonderful teacher. Also, Fred Mangels, (Fred’s Humboldt Blog)  who I never met and seldom agreed with, has passed.  He was incredibly consistent in his blogging and was an inspiration to those of us who just can’t get it together daily.

THE WHITE HOUSE TAPES:  Isn’t it fairly obvious that there are none? If there were, Trump and his minions have had enough time to find them and erase them. Lordy, they’re gone!

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: His current show on CNN, Parts Unknown, is the best TV he’s ever done. Maybe CNN has a bigger budget that the travel Channel?  Parts Unknown is a beautiful show, fantastic photography.  Tape it. The show on Laos was particularly memorable.  

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When A Business Dies

Do you read the legal notices in the Times-Standard? It’s a lot like reading the obituaries.  Recently there were three “Notices to Creditors of Intended Bulk Transfer” on the same day. Sad!

The first was the transfer of “All stock in trade, fixtures, equipments, goodwill and inventory of that certain business known as Zoë Restaurant” at 2850 F Street in Henderson Center. This is a sad notice because everyone in Henderson Center was really hoping they’d make it.  I couldn’t figure out how they could support a restaurant  by only serving one meal a day!  Now the venue will be stripped of its restaurant  fittings and revert, apparently, to its previous existence as an unused drugstore. The transferee is listed as Uniquely Yours Catering in McKinleyville.  Best of luck to them.  They currently get 5 stars on Yelp and the owner previously owned the late,  lamented Hurricane Kate’s.  If you still have unredeemed gift cards from Zoë, you’d better get busy.

The second such Notice was of the transfer of fixtures etc including a liquor license from the CC Market in RioDell to something called JRR Inc. Not to worry! Humboldt’s best caterer (have you had their tri-tip? To die for!) is being taken over by some folks who are continuing the business, in place. I don’t get to Rio Dell often but I always stop at CC Market when I do.  Good prices on meats and good potato salad.  The market was listed for sale recently at over a mill, not surprising. Good luck, JRR, in your new venue.

The THIRD such notice advises of the transfer of all inventory etc of the Tin Can Mailman in Arcata, a store of which I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE, for which I am ashamed. Some software developers from Davis have bought it. Good luck to them. At least they seem to be staying open. And life goes on….

Golfing on Graves? Why not?

There has been a lot of gossip lately about people playing golf at Ocean View Cemetery. Perhaps they were employees. It doesn’t sound like anyone knows for sure. There have been outraged posts in places like Facebook about what a terrible outrage this is.

I have family going  back four generations in Eureka and most of them are buried at OVC. If I were buried there, I would be dead (hopefully)  and I WOULDN’T CARE if someone wanted to hit a few balls while standing on my marker. How can it be disrespectful?  For some people golf is a religion, anyway.

I lost my sister in January 2015. She had expressed a desire to be buried at sea so I made the arrangements. I found that Ayers Family Cremation provides a burial at sea and they were very kind and easy to work with.  They take the ashes and when they have two or three to sea-bury they take them in a boat out past the bar and scatter them there. Then they go surfing, which is very life-affirming. When I die, I want Ayers to deal with me.

Golf has come under a lot of criticism lately because it consumes a lot of water and land. On the other hand, golf courses DO provide recreation, exercise (if you walk) and beautiful open spaces.  The Mad River Union has been reporting on the crisis at Baywood, which has half the membership they had ten years ago, and is in such dire financial  straits that they are trying to get a THP approved so they can log the course!!!   Yup,  logging trucks on Buttermilk Drive is what the Baywood folks are pushing.  Nice way to treat Arcata. Here’s a better idea:  sell a few gravesites up there.  I’d bet there are more than a few diehard duffers who would welcome a chance to be buried on their favorite course or even their favorite hole. Am I wrong??

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Here’s How A REAL Governor Does it

God bless Jerry Brown, again. All we need is eight of him. The SF Business News covers his trip to China, including who paid.  BTW, the latest IGS Berkeley poll shows Jerry with a 59% approval rating even though the gas tax increase he supported is opposed by about that many.

Read about the trip HERE. And here’s a take, emphasizing jobs, right HERE.  For info on the Bay Area Council,  click HERE.

The May 2017 Humboldt Economic Index is IN

I’ve been wondering why we keep hearing about these ginormous land sales in Humboldt, supposedly because of the weed biz, but local real estate has been really flat.  Till now! The index shows an increase of $5K for the average house price, since March. ‘Bout time! The Index also indicates that gas has been going up just as you thought.

Read the full report HERE.

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