SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS- May 21 2018

“CRACKS IN HIGHWAY”– I hope to God I never drive down a road and see a highway marker warning of upcoming cracks in the highway such as they’re experiencing  on the Big Island.  Of course, my heart goes out to those who live their because it’s their ancestral home but those subdivisions look to me like recent construction,  funded by those who wanted cheap housing and decided to take their chances. WHO would want to live on a volcano?  Not me. The feng shui must be horrible.

COLD CUTS?  There’s a mortuary on Winding Way in FairOaks which is being converted to a restaurant. I wish them the best. I wonder what they’ll call it? The Cold  Room?  The Chiller?  I’ll be following this one.

SEAMUS T BONES:  I’m surprised to find myself posting a second good review of ST Bones,  the kind of place I usually don’t  like.  We dropped in in mid-afternoon when the place was almost empty and the server at first gave us only the bar menu,  which is extensive,   but then we were told we could order anything.  I stuck with the bar menu and had a beef slider which was excellent and a taco which was okay, plus an order of fried green beans which came with a nice chipotle mayo. ($5 for each) My friend got ziti with slices of prime rib ($16 I think. These  guys never have their full menu online) and it was a rich gooey mess with lots of cheese.  Definitely satisfying. I had crossed them off our list due to an unfortunate incident with a hair in some soup but everything was fine on our return visit. We’ll be back.   BTW they’re pushing  a new “dry-aged ” steaks treatment.

PASTA LUEGO- Have you checked out this place on the ground floor of Jacoby’s Storehouse?  The sell FRESH pasta and the best sandwiches you ever had. Highly recommended. Try the bucatini!  It’s a tubular pasta which some folks liken to eating a bunch of rubber hoses but I think it’s wonderful . http://www.cocopastaluego.com/

GIULIANI- WHY does the same expression occur to me every time I see him, as in “There’s no fool like an old fool”.  He was NEVER “America’s mayor”.  He was a godawful asshole as NYC’s mayor, racist and divisive just like now. He and Trump are busily destroying what is left of the Trump administration, the most corrupt and inept in history,  which is good.  The two dotards in action.

TRUMP/GATES:  I hope you all got to see the clip they were running on CNNN this weekend of Bill Gates recounting his meetings with Our Fake President.  Trump asked him TWICE what the difference was between HIV and HPV when left  the meeting by car so that he could make a helicopter entrance. The man is sick.

GRUB HUB: I saw so many of those commercials I started wondering what I could order.  Unfortunately the only restaurant that comes up currently  on their website is Tandoori Bites which already has a delivery service.  I’m not real big on Indian food but I do like shrimp curry and I just might try them.  $35 minimum for delivery.   http://www.tandooribitesindiancuisine.com/

THANK GOD HE’S GONE-  Kevin McKenny is finally bailing from the Planning Commission to which he should have never been appointed. His appointment was almost as bad as that jackass who was running the PD’s department until recently.  HOW can experienced Supes, with all the resources of the County behind them,  make such poor appointments?  Another indicator for my “two terms and out”  approach.

GUNS- The logical first step toward better gun control is to make parents liable for the mayhem their unsupervised kids cause.  Starting yesterday.

BATTLEBOTS is BACK, on Ch 31 (Discovery Channel on Suddenlink)  and ot a minute too soon.  AND the guilty pleasure show of all time, 90 Day Fiancee, is back on TLC.  I’ll watch but they will never have a trainwreck couple as good as Mohammed and Danielle.  Stay tuned.

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Monthly Harbor Lunch on Wednesday Feb 28 at the Cookhouse!

The Harbor Group is holding its monthly luncheon NEXT Wednesday! Call to reserve your place. Meatloaf!!

CBP’s Role in International Seaports

EUREKA– Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) welcomes  John Prince, Customs and Border Protection Federal Officer, Department of Homeland Security.  

Prince will provide an outline of the processes of an active seaport, focusing on what is required to import or export federally. Following Mr. Prince’s presentation, he will field questions!

This forum is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28th, at Samoa Cookhouse from 12:30 to 1 p.m., with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Meatloaf will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12.  To RSVP please contact 707-441-1974 or email:  Charles.Bean@Yahoo.com

Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Aug 14 2017

Our Fake President can’t bring himself to condemn the racists in Charlottesville but can’t stop running his mouth re: North Korea. He needs to SHUT UP. Meanwhile, for the grown ups……

HIGH-SPEED RAIL- ain’t it comforting to know that they now have HSR in Inner Mongolia while California is still arguing over the Central Valley routes? They’ll have it in Fiji before Trump delivers on his great “infrastructure” initiative.

RESTAURANT  ROULETTE- Everyone’s abuzz this morning over the news that the China Buffet is closed for a few days due to sanitary deficiencies. Haven’t been there in a while although in the past I counted on them for dependable takeout, and even used them to cater parties. I hope they’re back online soon.  The also-closed  Gonsea, on the other hand, was a mediocre place I didn’t miss.  The good news is that the Gonsea has been purchased by the owner of A& J Ichiban and will reopen under the name “OISHII”, which is Japanese for “delicious”. Sounds good.

MORE RESTAURANT STUFF- I posted this on Yelp yesterday re: ESMERALDA’S

“We went yesterday (a Friday) to check out the $1 tacos. I’d only eaten there once before. Service was prompt and cheery. The deal is you have to order TEN tacos to get the $1 price but you can take them home if you don’t finish them. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of taking home leftover tacos with all the mess that that would entail so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the tacos were tiny! Even smaller than the normal “street taco”. There were several choices. We both had chicken and carnitas . The carnitas was great- good char! And the chicken was good but not the standout that the carnitas tacos were. I had NO PROBLEM finishing off five tacos . Our bill was $13 because I ordered a Mexican Coke. The Taco special runs from 130 to 4pm and again in the evening, I THINK from 8 to 9 but you’d better call. We will definitely be back!”

NEXTDOOR- those of you who are active on NextDoor have been seeing real estate ads that weren’t there before. We’ve been wondering how NextDoor was ever going to make any money. Guess this is how.  Read about it HERE
 
WHY CAN’T TRUMP CONDEMN WHITE NATIONALISM? He runs his mouth to condemn John McCain for being captured, Gold Star families and our European allies but can’t say an unpleasant word against the alt-right hoodlums or, God forbid, against  Vladimir Putin. He doesn’t have it in him to disavow his racist supporters and it looks like he never will. He started to read an acceptable statement but decided to wing it  and spoil it all by throwing in  the idea that there was violence  “on many sides”.  There was not. He’s making it easy for Mike Pence to look good.
 
PRIMAL DECOR- I needed an ear piercing redone but I hate the Mall so much I went online for more options and found out that this place is not far from me,  on Myrtle Avenue. It was a good experience and the staff were very professional. I was the only person in sight without a lot of tats and piercings but they were very welcoming and I would recommend them.  More fun than the Mall !!
 
I-NEED-TO-GET-OUT-MORE-DEPT- As I was leaving said Mall  after my annual visit to BBB  I saw a bunch of objects in the row closest to the street that  looked like hitching posts. Did you know the Mall has electric car chargers??  Good for them!!
 
The ECLIPSE-  From here, you have to drive to Eugene or thereabouts to get the full effect. I was still living in Hawaii in 1991 when we had a full eclipse over there.  It was around 10 or 11 in the morning and the Shipyard didn’t let people off their jobs lightly (something about preparedness)  but I found myself with about 500 of my colleagues up on top of the Supply Building hoping that the roof would hold.  It did.
 
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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts July 31 2017

We missed a week due to a near-nervous breakdown I experienced from the dual evils of having my TIVO go out again so I could only watch TV in the kitchen and, concurrently, a totally unrelated mishap involving my computer KEYBOARD which stopped functioning. The emails kept coming in but I couldn’t delete them or respond. Wonderful Cory from Cornerstone Computers fixed the keyboard in about a minute but it took Suddenlink SIX DAYS to fix the TIVO. I heard from four other people in the area that theirs was out too but S’link hates the term “outage”.

-You want loyalty? Get a dog.  Here’s POLITICO’S  read on Trump’s record on loyalty. Read it HERE.

-Have I railed  lately about the Zoo charging $100 to attend the Zootini?  I cant recall how much it was last year but I bought tickets for myself and a friend and didn’t think twice about it so it couldn’t have been that much. I  understand the  canopy will be expensive but sheese!  I was on the Zoo board when they were deciding whether to charge admission at all.  Those were the days!  Look for them to propose a big hike in admission fees. Well, I propose it’s time for the rest of the County, not just Eureka, to bear the cost of this REGIONAL tourist attraction.

-If Jeff Sessions isn’t the LEAST impressive person the in Federal government,  I don’t know who is.  There are counter clerks at Six Rivers Forest with more presence and composure. There are TSA baggage inspectors at the airport who inspire more confidence. But NO ONE including Jeff Sessions should be humiliated in the way Trump is humiliating him. Is he a masochist? We already know what Trump is…….BTW I hear that if you Google “Scaramucci divorce” you get some interesting stuff. 

-BTW if you listened carefully, Trump’s announcement on firing Priebus/Hiring Kelly reflected his thinking perfectly.  He referred to Kelly as a “Star”, reflecting his belief that he’s still a reality TV star, and referred to Priebus as “a good man”, meant to be damning with faint praise.  IF he ever figures out that he’s supposed to be the President of the United States, he’ll realize that “a good man” in government is ten times more valuable than a “star”. 

-What is the idea behind the stupid Sam Jackson commercials where he’s singing “Let’s Stay Together”? HE CAN’T SING!!!  Was that the whole point, to show that there are Black guys that cant sing?  We already knew that.

-Will Kid Rock run for  President? Swear to God he’s more qualified than Don the Con. The Kid (Robert Richie) even has a similar bio.  Both were  born into wealth (the Kid’s father owned several auto dealerships) and, like Trump, he borrowed money from the old man to start his career ($7500 to record an album). He’s not been known to file serial bankruptcies like Trump so he probably knows more about business  and government. He’s not quite as crazy as Ted Nugent, says he supports gay marriage. Maybe he’ll  reconcile with Pamela Anderson so she can be our First Lady. No crazier than what’s going on now.

-ANOTHER BOS SCREWUP- Ain’t it wonderful to hear that, 12 years after entering into a consent agreement, the County is finally going to abide by the ADA?  This County is very anti-ADA,  a function of poor education. Jason Singleton was either hounded out of town or left for greener pastures so I don’t know who you go to to file an ADA suit. There are several prominent businesses in flagrant violation  that need to be sued.  This is the same BOS, more or less, that brought us the 12-year GPU update and who hired an incompetent as Public Defender.  We STILL don’t know why he was hired. Everyone on the BOS, with the exception of Mike Wilson,  has had at least  one term already. ALL of them should move on when their current term ends.  It’s not supposed to be a lifetime job!

Just one more thought- who would you want next to you  in a foxhole,   Donald Trump or John McCain?  I thought so.

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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts -July 17 17

Carter/Trump- If we live to be a hundred will we ever see Donald Trump breaking a sweat to benefit another human being?  Much less building houses in Winnipeg for Habitat, getting overheated , spending the night in the hospital  and going back to work THE NEXT DAY?  Carter was not one of our more effective Presidents,  but he’s been our best ex-President ever. And as a human being, worth about 4,000 Trumps.

JOBCASE- Are you getting emails from something called Jobcase? be advised that no matter how many times you click on “unsubscribe”,  you keep getting their damn emails. It must be really hard for the folks who actually subscribed to the service.

CLASS vs NO-CLASS-  We wondered how long it would take our oafish President to embarrass us in France.  Well, he didn’t even make it off the tarmac before remarking to the elegant Mme Macron that she was in “great shape”.  Meanwhile, her husband, who is ten days younger than Don Trump Jr., is playing Trump Sr. like a cello.  Good for him!

SPEAKING OF FRANCE- the Zoë venue in Henderson Center is being taken over by the folks who run Uniquely Yours Catering (and used to have the late lamented Hurricane Kate’s).  They’re calling it Le Monde and Chef Alex Begovic is staffing now.  Hope Le Monde lasts longer than Zoë did.  Open in August.

DO YOU USE DELUXE CHECKS? From A Friend of The Blog, here’s a tale of woe.

“Exactly one month ago, realizing I was down to my last book of checks, I ordered online. But I wasn’t seeing any withdrawal from checking to pay for this nor tracking. So I asked CCCU to order one for me. I had to fight tooth and nail to get this. I mean like a dozen times she stated I had already ordered a book of checks. I explained repeatedly that I wanted backup. 100% of my income from SSA and Cal-PERS retirement monthly deposits goes into this checking account. Now I am down to four checks. It turns our two of my online orders were cancelled (neither Deluxe nor CCCU notified me) due to CCCU not verifying my address in a timely manner so Deluxe just cancelled both. The orders literally disappear from the online record of my orders. It is nearly impossible to get a human at Deluxe. After a long phone conversation with CCCU on the issue of CCCU dropping the ball, my second order for a book of checks was cancelled without notice to me. Now it looks like maybe the order I did in house on the phone with CCCU went through—maybe they do the address verification. My fourth order for a book of checks are now also coming by USPS. It looks like a painfully slow process, to say the least.”

I definitely feel for you.  CCCU doesn’t screw up often but when they do it’s a doozy. I’m still recovering from that time they  LOST a check order and I had to close my account.

REST IN PEACE, DAVE PERRY-  I seem to be losing a lot of friends lately.  Dave was my supervisor for ten years at the Dept of Rehab and helped many many people in this community,  most of whom didn’t know him. It’s always a cliché to say, but he truly was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Happy Trails, Dave.

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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….