Short Ribs and Random Thoughts

KMart closing- Is anyone surprised? I haven’t been in there in years. Actually,  since they stopped carrying Martha Stewart dinnerware. Retail is in trouble all over the country, largely because of Amazon and other online buying. Nordstrom is closing a huge store in Washington DC. It just goes on and on.

Sinclair Broadcasting-  I guess I’m supposed to be upset about right-wing Sinclair buying up local stations but it’s hard for me to imagine that they’re going to put any money into this market and I don’t watch that awful North Coast News anyway .  If some of you could volunteer to keep me informed when you start seeing the canned propaganda they are supposedly going to unleash on us, I’d appreciate it. 

Coast Oyster in Peril- this has got to be the worst news ever. I’m an environmentalist but I’ll take oysters over eel grass anytime.  Dreadful!

Junk TV I Love–  Have you been watching A&E’s LIVE PD?  Nobody admits to watching it because you have to be brain-dead and a social reject to stay in on Friday and Saturday nights watching people being pulled over for missing tail lights but I swear it’s sort of hypnotic. Most of it is filmed at night and the lights and constant sirens sort of draw  of draw you in. It’s better than North Coast News, anyway. And did you notice that Crescent City made Beachfront Bargain Hunt?  The other night they showed a Redding couple who were looking to purchase a getaway and looked a three not-cheap places,  two on Pebble Beach Drive and one nearby .  All of them were in the close-to-$400K range, which is about $400K more than I would pay to live in that hellhole. (Our regular readers know I’m not crazy abut Crescent City). HGTV didn’t give a hint that  CC was other than a bucolic paradise. Just like when they featured King Salmon, they didn’t bother to mention the ten-year floods.  Buyer beware!

Take your daughter to work day–  Trump continues to embarrass the American people  by acting like the dictator of a banana republic.  Seating his daughter at the table with the G20 leaders was a insult.  This is what happens when you put amateurs in charge of the White House.

Upscale sushi in Palo Alto–  the famed Nobu restaurant now has a branch in downtown Palo Alto. I can’t even bear to visit PA anymore, it’s become such a bloated, trendy travesty of the  laidback college town it used to be.  I looked for a menu to post, but they don’t have one online. Obviously, it you have to ask the price, you don’t belong there. That hotel is near the coffee shop I worked in when I was a grad student.  Read HERE.  

Medi-Cal fraud has reared its ugly head in Sacramento.  Walmart too!   Read about it HERE.

3 thoughts on “Short Ribs and Random Thoughts

  1. As a case in point, go to or and enter Schooner Bay Dr Brookings OR into the search. There are three oceanfront townhomes listed with the highest at $525K The Cove At Brookings is a gated community with features that I have not found elsewhere..

  2. I have driven along Pebble Beach Dr in Crescent City, and some of the homes are very nice and possibly worth $400K. However, 95% of them on on the east side of the road meaning a steady stream of traffic noise and nearly zero privacy between your home and the ocean. Yet Crescent City is the last remaining place on the entire California coast where one can buy a home for under a half million.

    Better yet, check out Brookings which has similarly priced oceanfront homes, many of them townhomes and condos, two categories that are very rare in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. While property taxes are higher in Oregon, lower vehicle registration, gas prices about .20/gallon lower than Eureka, and no sales tax can balance that out. Also, the electric company in Curry County is a consumer-owned cooperative which strives to keep electric rates much lower than Pacific Gas and Electric.

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