Chobani vs Alex Jones-Guess Whose Side I’m On!

The first I ever heard of Chobani was an article somewhere a few years ago about a Turkish immigrant who revived a defunct yogurt factory in upstate New York. Since then Chobani has become the most popular yogurt in the US.  I’m eating a lime Chobani as I type this.  I like the raspberry, too.

Their road to success has taken them from New York to Twin Falls, Idaho, where they have built the largest yogurt plant in the country and have become well-known for championing the rights of their employees and other immigrants. This apparently brought them to the attention of the vile Alex Jones, the genius who brought you  “Sandy Hook Didn’t Happen” and Pizzagate, among other  Breitbart-type fantasies. They are suing him, and hopefully they will prevail.

The whole story is HERE

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GOOD UNION JOBS! Interviews Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

From the Times-Standard:

“Laborers’  Union Local 324 is looking for Apprentice and Journeyman Laborers.

If you are seeking a challenging career working  in construction and want to earn excellent wage and  fringe benefits: Contact  Larry Proctor at (916) 710-5195 to meet and discuss your skills. Find out how to get started! Cost for qualified candidates to join:

Apprentices: $479       Journeymen: $829

Interviews will be held on Tuesday May 2, Wednesday May 3 and Thursday May 4 at the Eureka Labor Temple,  840 E Street,  Eureka.”

GO FOR IT!   These don’t open up that often.

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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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Sara Bareilles just keeps on racking them up

Eureka’s own Sara Bareilles is making more news on Broadway. Her musical “Waitress“, which opened last spring at the Brooks Atkinson, continues its run with the composer herself taking on the title role of Jenna, a diner waitress. She’ll be there for the ten weeks following March 31and  they’re not selling tickets after June 30  so move now if you want to see our girl.  Decent tickets go for $170.  

It’s amazing to me that so little attention is paid to her.  What other Eurekan in the musical world has had such success?  Nominated for a Grammy ten times , for God’s sake,  yet the average Eurekan  has never heard of her.  What’s that quote about “a prophet without honor”? The Chamber should set a “Sara Bareilles Day” and we should have a parade. We don’t have a lot of celebrities and never hear from most of them.  Guy Fieri isn’t really from Eureka but is incredibly generous to the  Ferndale schools and always shows up for the County Fair. Jeff Bridges has never been helpful to the town where his father grew up. I don’t know where MIke Patton is now.  

You can read about Sara on page 14 of the April 3rd edition of the New Yorker. Sorry, link not available.

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Gonsea Restaurant Closed- Now Reopened

The Gonsea, that place on the way out of town at 2335 4th Street, has been closed by the County for health violations.

The Times-Standard’s account is HERE.

Personally, I wont miss the place.  We only ate there half a dozen times, were never impressed.  They were expensive and uninspired. I usually avoid restaurants that try to be both Chinese and Japanese at once. The Gonsea had a sign in front offering “Japanese sushi”.  Is there any other kind???  German sushi??? Polish sushi??

I also hated the name.  “Gonsea”,   it turns out  IS a legit Chinese name  meaning celebration or holiday.  But its a dumb name for a restaurant.  Invokes no food images or suggestions of deliciousness.  l say they might as well stay closed, although I hate to see folks losing their jobs.

May I suggest as alternatives the always -reliable Hunan in Henderson Center,  the Szechuan Village in Arcata or the good old China Buffet just down the street from the Gonsea in Eureka.  We’ve used the CB for parties.  Check out their catering menu! And if you have any other recommendations for Chinese, send them our way. We’d love to hear them.

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Are We Being Manipulated By Pix of Burning Babies?

Yes, Assad is a monster. But we should not act out of emotion to give our unhinged President the idea that he can unilaterally declare the war he wants so badly to distract from his domestic failures. There was no “emergency” here. Trump should have gone to Congress, period. For once in my life, I agree with Rand Paul.

What do you think?

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