Short Ribs and Random Thoughts

Though I’d call our short takes this week “short ribs”. This county, like Napoleon’s army, lives on its stomach.

Eating Out:   we had out of town company and ended up unexpectedly in two  Asian places I hadn’t tried.  The A&J Ichiban had had some so-so reviews but we found it delightful.  I didn’t take notes but the food was fine. Good service, too. Will definitely be back.  The other was the Siam Orchid, tucked behind the lock shop at 4th and V Streets.   The shrimp curry was so good I took the sauce home in a little box. Again, we will return.

Dumping on Uber- seems to be the new cottage industry. I don’t CARE what happens to  their goofy CEO, I don’t CARE what happens to anyone there, I just want to  salute their magnificent software that AWAYS  WORKS. My friend got a ride to ACV the morning he left, no hassles. Like Obamacare,  now that we’re used to it, it won’t go away. Hopefully.

Old Town Sac- There are plans to our a lot of money into ti to make OTS a destination “such as Beale Street or the French Quarter”.  Well, Beale Street is nothing special but I’d sure like to see them do something with Old Sac.  Some former Disney Imagineers are apparently involved.  Read about it HERE.

Kushner’s Middle East Mess and Other Distractions of the Trump Era

Jared Kushner, Presidential son-in-law and Minister of Everything, has been charged by his lazy father-in-law with running the government. He is not particularly suited for this. Trump has selected the worst tinpot dictators on the planet as his role models,  hence the assignments of his famdamly to jobs which other  Presidents took seriously. Now Ivanka is ensconced in a White House office where she states she “stays out of politics”.  Stays out of the old man’s way, is more like it.  OUR GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUSLY DYSFUNCTIONAL due to empty positions not filled,  policies dropped without backup and confusion of roles.  

Six months into his term, Trump has not signed into law a single statute except for the change in the VA law that supposedly makes it easier to fire VA executives. Big whoop. Don doesn’t understand management.  That’s why he thinks all you have to do to solve your problems is to fire someone. He’ll probably leave the White House without having learned any different. He’s such a poor salesman that there will be no health care bill, nor any other major piece of legislation.  Those Executive Orders that he signs with great pomp and ceremony have no weight.  He minces around showing off his signature as if he’s just learned to write,  flashing these specious “orders” like (as somebody said) “a damn Price is Right girl”   Just remember, his aim is to distract. Mueller and company are on his track  and are looking into his Russian money ties.  

The NYT tells it best. Read about it HERE

..And You Think YOU’VE Got Problems

Sometimes it helps to be aware of what folks in other reaches of our fair land are putting up with.  Here’s some people in my second-favorite state trying to do the right thing. If you’ve ever travelled in South Carolina,  you’ve likely eaten at one of Bessinger’s BBQ shacks. Mustard Barbecue! Can’t beat it.  The New Yorker covered this recently also. Read about it HERE

HARBOR GROUP To Discuss Forming CSD In Samoa

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) welcomes Troy Nicolini, member of the Samoa Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors, who will present the effort by the Samoa Fire Department to reorganize as a Community Services District. The goal is to maintain fire and medical aid services on the peninsula while also providing  additional benefits to the community.  This is a multi-year effort that is slated to be on the ballot in November.

The forum is being held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at noon at the Samoa Cookhouse. Check in at 12pm, lunch served at 1215pm, presentation at 1245pm., close at 130pm. Lunch is $16 for southern fried chicken or $12 for soup and salad.  RSVP by calling Charlie Bean at 707-441-1974.

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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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