Have We Discussed Raliberto’s?

Raliberto’s has been open in Eureka since September or so.  I had never heard of them before.  They changed  my life.  I was a steady customer at Tasty Tacos, the place across from the Cutten Inn, but no more. I feel terrible guilt when I drive  past them to go to Raliberto’s,  but I’ve hardened myself.

Raliberto’s is located in the little “log cabin”  building  at the corner of 4th and K, 1039 4th Street,  catty-corner from the Carter House   That building has housed at least six restaurants that I can recall. (Remember the “Generous Armenian”?   If that wasn’t the worst name for a restaurant ever to grace our fair city, I don’t know what was.)  They have no amenities, no drive-through, (the one in Crescent City has a drive-through) and only a tiny parking lot but everyone seems to get served.  It’s the kind of place that will charge you a dollar for carrots /jalapeños  but keep their base prices lower than anyone else.  For example, carnitas burritos (BIG one ) for $5.95,  fish tacos for A DOLLAR,  Ground beef tacos also A DOLLAR.  I love this place. I make three meals out of the carnitas burrito. 

If you haven’t checked out Raliberto’s, do so soon. You wont be sorry. 

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“China Live” Opening Soon in Chinatown

Need an excuse to dig yourself out of the mud and head south?  “China Live” , a kind of West Coast version of Eataly,  is opening soon at 644 Broadway. which is either Chinatown  or North Beach depending on who you ask. This will apparently  be a paradise for gourmets and gourmands, with every kind of food, cookware and kitchen gear imaginable, Chinese-style of course.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend.   For lodgings I would recommend the venerable  Royal Pacific, where we had good luck in November.

Read about it HERE.

And if anyone in Humboldt is making soup dumplings, please let me know. 

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Life In The Bubble

I don’t know how I would survive the Age of Trump if I had to live in a more “normal ” environment.  I know two people who voted for Trump and they both live on the East Coast, so I don’t see them often. Here, I can go everywhere knowing I will seldom or ever be reminded of the sordid mess gripping our nation.  We have an orange -haired asshole  screeching that  Putin is our friend. We have wierdo Steve Bannon displacing sober and intelligent military representatives on the national security council  and announcing that the sees his role as “deconstructing ” the government, or whichever  part of the government  he thinks he can do without that particular day.  And we have that same orange -haired asshole bleating  that the newspapers and TV etc are WRONG-  WRONG-  and that only HE can be believed. Someone estimated he told  1300+lies during the past month. That sounds about right.  HERE‘s another account of just a few days in February.

Trump, it’s clear, is not a traitor. The most undereducated man to ever occupy the White House doesn’t have the analytical skills to commit treason ; he’d need a lot of help.   His BA in Real Estate from Wharton didn’t teach him critical thinking or even punctuation .  There are other ways to end a sentence besides the exclamation point. Sad!  Nor apparently  did he learn to think on his feet.  He favors Twitter because he can just shoot his BS without fearing contradiction but is too chicken to face the White House Correspondents Dinner.  His cowardice will be marveled at by future generations.  But thin-skilled Don the Con is too chicken to show up.  JFK, Obama, both the Bushes showed up but not our little flower Don.  I don’t think he’ll be missed. The man has NO sense of humor, a dreadful deficiency for so someone in power. He’s too insecure.

I didn’t make it to Jared’s town hall on Thursday. I have the luxury o f knowing that my reps- and that includes Mike McGuire and Jim Woods also- will not disgrace me.   God, I love living up here in the bubble. 

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Don the Con: Why Salesmen Don’t Make Good Presidents

You don’t have to read “The Art Of The DeaL” to understand sales. Just read this:

I want to sell you a car.  I tell you, “This is a nice car”.  My SAYING “This is a nice car” doesn’t  make it a nice car, but the SUGGESTION that this is a nice car hangs in the air like a bad odor until  someone counters it by saying “NO, this POS is NOT a nice car”. What does the con do then?  He/She doesn’t engage in debate. They just move on to the next selling point.  “This car is a bargain.”  “This car gets good mileage”. They will hop all over and around and never stick to one argument long enough to be contradicted. They prevail by SUGGESTION and simply change the subject when someone contradicts them. Sound familiar?

Any lie has its own truth for a moment. “I saw thousands of Muslims dancing for joy on 9-11” hangs in the air until someone pulls it down. “Three million people voted illegally”. “They bused people in from Vermont to vote in New Hampshire”.  “I had the largest inaugural crowd in history” and on and on and on.  When anyone  tries to confront him, he walks away.  That’s what cons do. 

Donald isn’t the only con in the White House these days, of course. Kellianne and that idiot Steven Miller,  the clown who botched the Muslim ban order, are front and center. Bill Clinton had a Rolodex of 2500 names he could call on; Don has Jared.  The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight  would have enough problems  if they were straight shooters. Being cons-in -training is challenging.

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The Flu

I got it. I’ve been sick for two weeks. First, three days of sneezing, then three days of coughing followed by a week of misery/fatigued/fitful sleep. Hope none of you have to go through this.

Our friend Fred suggested I should have had a flu shot.  I DID have a flu shot, back in October. It was one of the  last things I did  before we left on our train trip.  I cannot imagine trying to travel with this. Unfortunately, there is more than one type of flu,  and the shots are helpful  but not a slam -dunk guarantee.  HERE’s some guidance from the County.

My diet has consisted  of Paul Newman’s Limeade, and delivery from Babe’s.  LOTS of Limeade. I can go through a carton in a morning. I actually have a doctor appointment tomorrow-  it was for something else but had to be postponed  because of the flu.  Maybe she’ll be able to do something for me. Or maybe I’ll cancel again, since I’m still not feeling great. Calling in sick to my doctor appointment.  Sometimes the best thing to do.  Don’t want to make THEM sick too. Between the lousy weather and the flu I have missed out entirely on the Lebowski  events and Chinese New Year.  But there’s still a few more days when you can squeeze in CNY.

Up to 50,000 people have the flu right now in the US. The flu is nothing to mess with. Every year people die from it.  My own great-grandmother died of the 1918 flu that killed thousands.  That was right here in Eureka. Bottom line:   if you haven’t  had your shot, do it now.  Anything is better than this.

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