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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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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