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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Zöe, we hardly knew you.

Zöe, the upscale cafe in Henderson Center, is up for sale after barely a year in business.

The reviews all along were mixed. I only ate there once but I thought they had the  food down pretty well. There were a lot of complaints about the service. The owner has posted on the Zöe Facebook page that the closure is due to illness Damn shame,  and we  wish all the  best to her.  Ironically,  both Zöe AND The Diver had wood-fire pizza ovens so HC will be supplied for good pizza no matter who takes over Zöe.

Let’s hope that happens soon.  There is already an unhealthy amount of empty storefront space in everyone’s favorite neighborhood.  The patrons of The Diver are using the former Robert’s (“Henderson Center Marketplace”) parking lot and thank God it’s open because parking can definitely be tight.  I hate to see any business close.  Let’s hope someone can make that space work.

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Is Wells Fargo Going To Tank?

I‘ve asked  the  question before on this board:  why does anyone still do business with Wells Fargo?  I personally know TWO people who still bank with them. One has a loan with them so I guess he’s locked in.  But how much longer can a bank survive without growth and new customers?

This article from the SF Business Times says it all.

Read the whole thing HERE.

Harbor Group Hosts March 29 Update on Last Chance Grade

 

Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) welcomes Kevin A. Tucker, Caltrans Senior Transportation Planner, to this month’s No- Host Luncheon.  Mr. Tucker will provide an update on the Last Chance Ridge and what currently is being done to stabilize this portion of US Hwy-101. This forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at Samoa Cookhouse from 12:30 to 1 p.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.  Chicken Parmesan for $15, soup/salad for $11.  For more information or to RSVP, call 441-1974 or send an email to luncheon@humboldtworkingport.org

That road was built in 1937.  No wonder it needs work!  See you at the Cookhouse!

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“ROOM FOR RENT”

It’s been officially acknowledged and certified by the Lost Coast Journal that we indeed have a housing shortage, if not a crisis, on the North Coast.  Apparently something like 500 students who started school in August are still looking for  housing.  That is ridiculous!  Why hasn’t a public health crisis been declared?   What is HSU doing about it??? Many unanswered questions. 

I rent out my extra room and bath. I resisted it for years,  then got smart.  A tenant solves a lot of problems.  An extra hand for heavy chores, someone to watch the dog when I’m out of town, lots of advantages. Plus the extra income is like crack; you are instantly addicted.  What’s puzzling to me is that with all the shortage talk,  the PRICE for a room hasn’t really gone up at all.  I charge $600 for a furnished room with private bath,  in a decent area. I’ve only seen  a couple of ads on Craig’s List that want more for a room.  So the law of supply and demand doesn’t seem to be applicable.  

Craig’s List is always a good read.  It’s amazing how many folks want to rent a room for nothing  or “work in exchange for rent”. Who does that except for growers? I usually don’t have to list my vacancy.  I just scan Craig’s lIst for people looking for housing  who sound reasonable.

Anyway, my new tenant is moving in this week.   Happy New Year!

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The Humboldt Spay/Neuter Clinic is looking for a new home.

We received the  following from Jennifer Raymond of the Humboldt Spay/Neuter They sound like a worthy outfit so if you can help them,  please do so.

Hello, I wanted to let you know about our small (non-profit) business, Humboldt Spay/Neuter Clinic. We operate a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats and are presently spaying or neutering approximately 200 cats each month (that should be good news to the birds in your yard!). We would like to open our services to dogs, but need a larger location. Our present space is the building in front of The Farm Store in Eureka (the one with the great Flatmo mural of horses), which is just 800 square feet. We are seeking a location with approximately double the space. I thought I’d mention it to you in case you might be able to get word out in the business community, or could guide me to any business organizations where I could spread the word. (I am aware of Dr. Humble’s space, but it has a couple of major drawbacks: 1) right now he is asking the new tenant to buy all of his equipment and supplies for $300K or more, and 2) his surgery suite is located upstairs which is problematic, though it would indeed keep us all in great shape!).

You mentioned in your post that we have a shortage of veterinarians in Humboldt, and indeed we do, especially for affordable spaying and neutering and basic wellness care. Cat spays currently cost between $150 and $320 depending on the vet used, and dog spays are between $250 and $800 or more, depending on the size of the dog and the vet used. Our regular price to spay a cat is $85, reduced to $55 (or less) for low-income, stray and feral cats. Our dog prices would be in the same range. We know these services are desperately needed, so if there is any way you can help us spread the word that we are in need of a new space, we would be most appreciative. We are not requesting charity; we are able to pay rent and would even consider purchasing an appropriate space.

Thank you for your website and for listening to my plea. Jennifer Raymond, Director Humboldt Spay/Neuter Network 707.442.1426 (personal phone)

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Where can you get a clock fixed around here???

 

  Every wall clock I have is a cheapo from CVS except for my pride and joy- a clock shaped like a lobster that I paid 50¢ for at a garage sale in King Salmon when I was still moving in to my place baclk in ’93.  I thought perhaps it had been in a local restaurant, maybe even Gill’s, but no one claimed it.  I took it to the clock shop that the old guy used to have in back of Safeway (now Shafer’s) and had him put in a movement.  I think it cost $5.  It’s been hanging in my kitchen ever since.   If there were ever a fire and I had to get out fast, that clock is about the only thing I’d worry about taking.  When my precious lobster stopped keeping time, I called Ten Window Williams.  Who else?  
    So when I called the number, that TWW gave me, (707) 407 6622, I reached Dave of Dave’s Clock Repairs, who came to my house, picked up the clock and brought it back working a few days later. Tariff was $45. All is well again  and I highly recommend Dave for any chronological  problems you may have.  Support your local clock repair guy!
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Cutten Animal Health Center is Closing!

I’ve been taking my animals to CAHC since 1993 and have never had any complaints. Dr Humble has always been good with them and didn t try to run up the charges the way some vets do. But when I went it Tuesday to get LouLou her shots I was greeted by a sketchy looking couple who informed me that the doctor was no longer available and that the practice had been closed. The only service they were offering was to copy the vet records.  The lobby was strewn with pizza boxes. 

I knew Dr Humble had  had problems before but I thought he was great and my animals loved him. After 23 years you should at least get a cheery postcard if they’re closing. But that’s life.  If you have records down there get over there in the next day or two.. 

In Humboldt we now have a shortage of vets to go along with our shortages of doctors, nurses, surgeons and nursing-home beds.  What next?

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