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….

Here’s How A REAL Governor Does it

God bless Jerry Brown, again. All we need is eight of him. The SF Business News covers his trip to China, including who paid.  BTW, the latest IGS Berkeley poll shows Jerry with a 59% approval rating even though the gas tax increase he supported is opposed by about that many.

Read about the trip HERE. And here’s a take, emphasizing jobs, right HERE.  For info on the Bay Area Council,  click HERE.

The May 2017 Humboldt Economic Index is IN

I’ve been wondering why we keep hearing about these ginormous land sales in Humboldt, supposedly because of the weed biz, but local real estate has been really flat.  Till now! The index shows an increase of $5K for the average house price, since March. ‘Bout time! The Index also indicates that gas has been going up just as you thought.

Read the full report HERE.

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Eureka’s Food Truck Pod

They call them pods in Portland, hubs in other places. They’re semi-legit places where your local food purveyors can offer their wares without interference. WE HAVE ONE!  It’s next to Mr Fish on Broadway (between Mr Fish and Les Schwab) and the current occupants are Taco El Pueblo,  Yo’Mamma’s Fish & Shrimp and our ninja BBQ maestro SOUTHSIDE MIKE  who keeps disappearing and reappearing.  Right now he’s doing T-F, 11-7 at the Mr FIsh site and Saturdays 12-7 in Old Town.  I had his Southsider,  a tri-tip san that comes with fries for $11.99. His fries are fabulous.

Drop by soon to support our local food truck culture, and our local entrepreneurs.

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Happy Easter? Bah, Humbug!

***Here’s an oldie but a goodie in the holiday spirit.***

Easter is my least-favorite holiday.  At Christmas you get good chocolate and lots of presents.  At Easter you get Peeps. No comparison.

As a kid growing up in Eureka, I was subjected to all kinds of barbaric treatment by well-meaning family members. I HAD to have a new coat, made from scratch by a lady on “A” Street, Audrey Hansen and her mother. Anyone remember them? Every coat involved two or three fittings all of which involved repeatedly being stuck with pins. These days we’d call it child abuse. The ladies were still in business when I was in sixth grade and had to have a Tiger Lily costume for the Christmas Pageant. More pins.

My normal hair wouldn’t do for Easter, either. My grandmother would march me down to Daly’s to have my hair permed. Remember that salon on the mezzanine level?  The sulphurous fumes from the frying hair filled the whole store.  Ah, the good old days.

Like it or not, Easter is a big holiday for retail spending. The National Retail Federation tells us each of us will spend $140 on Easter this year.  I’m not even close. I bought some Reese’s and a Paas egg coloring kit.  Don’t ask.  Our Easter Dinner will be a pork roast rescued from the freezer. I like to slow-cook them so that the house smells good for hours.  

That NRF article includes some fascinating data on how people plan to spend the holiday. almost half of you will be in church.  Which is good.  I don’t go myself, but I definitely  approve of church. Almost a third of you will be surfing the web on Easter, maybe doing some online buying. I asked the friendly staff at Partrick’s the other day about their holiday sales and they reported that while their big days are Christmas and Valentine’s,  Easter comes in a close third,  representing maybe 15% of yearly revenues. That’s pretty much the same as on the national level.  

So Happy Easter, everyone.  Support your local candy store and don’t make your kids get their hair fried. And go to the Zoo. It’ll make you feel good.

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