SHORT RIBS and Random Thoughts, Wed Nov 21, 2021

BE GLAD you’re not enrolled in Kaiser! My friend got into a billing dispute with them and they actually hung up on him, then they transferred him to someone who didn’t know what they were doing. TIP: call early in the day.

Are you sick of those commercials for Classico spaghetti sauce that indicate any food that you heat up and serve is “COOKED?” I don’t think so.

Speaking of food, we’re going light since there are only two of us this year. Neither of us likes turkey so we’re doing a couple of Cornish hens, quick, tasty and nothing to clean up.

IS the County falling apart? I don’t know enough about accounting to be calm about it. And who’s paying for Sheriff Honsal’s ads in the NCJ? That makes me nervous too.

AND it makes we nervous that a Black man can be trashed by a prosecutor fo having “long dirty toenails”, even in 2021. And I don’t like that every nothing town in the Midwest is pushing their way to the front of the line to be noticed. Or it seems that way.

TRAGEDY! The Lost Coast Outpost reports that Bob’s Footlongs at 12th st in Fortuna is closing. Sad details in the NCJ. Yes, it’s a tough business.

Happy Thanksgiving!

SHORT RIBS and Random Thoughts, Nov 14 2021

WHO THE HELL rented out space in my brain for Aaron Rodgers to occupy? Just what we need -another ill-informed ballplayer to gum up the works. There outghta be a law that says anyone drawing an NFL salary should STFU.

AND WHO THE HELL turned our county government into a shitshow?

And why are we subjected to all these stupid ads about Iowa? Years ago when Chris Kerrigan and some other locals went to Iowa to campaign they came back with genererably favorable comments but I don’t recall that they were raving about the place.

And while we’re at it, WHO decided, years ago, that it was OK to use live ammo, for films??? WHO??

I love the way the sun slants this time of year. Our front window makes a checkerboard pattern on Bella as she squeezes into a sunny patch.

From the Whistle Punk, publication of the Timber Heritage Association. October issue: “”By 1889 John Vance had 9700 acres of timberlands which he believed was worth $643,000….Vance voluntarily cut the workday from 12 to 10 hours.” The THA is a fine organization which has taken the lead on the restoration of the Samoa shops.


Our Hallowe’en wasn’t worth mentioning so let’s skip that.

I suppose everyone in town knows that the Carter House is being sold. I wouldn’t have the nerve to buy a hotel in Eureka but hopefully someone will. Best of luck to Mr Carter, now in Tennessee, and thank for keeping the property up.

GLASGOW! The most interesting small city I have ever been in. The news this week has made me nostalgic. The damn networks are showing Edinburgh instead of Glasgow. What’s up with that ? Can’ t they afford a two-hour train ride? Glasgow is an amazing, quirky city . Only place I ever had a cabbie return a tip because he was a good Socialist. Glasgow used to send a Communist to Parliament regularly, don’t know about now.

DAVE GROHL’S book– Chris came home from COSTCO with a copy of The Storyteller , a funny warm memoir about parenthood from the frontman of the Foo Fighters. Stocked at COSTCO before Christmas! How clever! Remember when All Things Must Pass came out right before Christmas and we all bought it for our moms? Those were the days.


I love October. It’s my favorite month. Too glorious to stay at the computer.

FACEBOOK and its spawn- I am reminded of the famous New Yorker cartoon showing a baby flinging his food around and screaming, “I say it’s broccoli and I say the hell with it”. I say the same- GET OFF FACEBOOK or whatever they rebrand it as.

It had been a LONG time since we tried the Hunan in Henderson Center. NO MORE! That place is great especially the sweet.sour pork. A new favorite!

SHORT RIBS and random thoughts, Oct 11 2021

I LOVE COLUMBUS DAY but it’s a lost holiday now. Why can’t they designate another day as IP day? We need more holidays anyway.

And here’s the best advice I’ve ever given you- GET OFF FACEBOOK!! I’ve known more marriages stressed, more friendships broken, more hurt feelings from that damn Facebook than any other source. Use email! Be civilized!

It says here that The Squid Game rattled around in someone’s briefcase for TEN YEARS before it was picked up far a series . So there.

SHORT RIBS and random thoughts, October 3 2021

Gen Milley- I hope that none of the spineless cretins who attacked the General during his Congressional testimony never show up at my house. “Thank you for your service” is supposed to apply to people with BRAINS. We are damn lucky to have Milley and his like.

THE EMPIRE BUILDER- I was sad to hear of the disruption of the Empire Builder right during the height of the Fall colors. I only rode it once but it’s an experience everyone should have , especially if you have kids. You can pick it up at either Portland or Seattle for the two day mountainous ride to Chicago. If you can’t figure out a way to have fun in Chicago, I can’t help you.

I’m not an admirer of Sen Joe Manchin but he does have a nifty answer to the housing prices in DC, –he lives on a boat (!) at least part time. Further investigation is warranted.

We don’t know how lucky we are to be trapped behind the Humboldt bubble. My brother in Jacksonville just lost TWO friends to COVID, both healthy guys in their ‘fifties. I thank God everyday we live here.


Wasn’t that a thrill to wake up to the sound of rain Saturday morning? I loved it. This has been a garbage summer anyway.

And thank God the primary is done. Was anyone looking forward to a shitshow starring Larry Elder? Me either. Now we have to get rid of this ridiculous primary routine.

The Amazon boys are still lurking. I got a call from one of them telling me that there had been suspicious activity regarding a card associated with my account. Sure there was. These guys don’t have Indian accents, though. More like South Bay.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Clark Museum is selling vintage reproductions of Hallowe’en cards. They’ll go fast.

SHORT RIBS and RANDOM THOUGHTS- Why I voted not to recall Gavin.

(GAVIN) OK, he’s not perfect. The lunch at the French Laundry was dumb. I remember when I used to curse him for being entitled, for being careless. But it turns out that if you have the stomach to read through all the candidate statements, there ain’t nothin’ there. Of all the misfits, wannabes, and pathetic losers in the bunch I’d rather stand pat with Gavin that risk having an idiot like Larry Elder for our Governor. It’s not rocket science . And don’t forget to vote. A lot of folks are ignoring this election , which ain’t good.

AMAZON Blues- I’m cutting this really short, but I was hacked recently by some lowlifes who claimed to be from Amazon customer service. I almost fell for it but then they wanted me to do silly things things like buy Amazon gift cards to pay off my supposed debt. Luckily, Amazon Customer service is quick and effective. Consult them fast if you have any problems.