PLAGIARISM hits the Mad River Union-  Check out their latest issue.  They had to fire their sports editor and what a blow to a small community paper. Jack and Kevin put out a great paper.  What a shame!

According to the Biz News papers, Santa Rosa lost fully 5% of their housing stock in the fire. Will folks be moving up here as a result? I was pleased to find out that the Sandman, the handiest, most affordable motel in SR, made it through the fire. I must have stayed there a dozen times when I worked for the State. Glad they made it through.

Last week’s  New Yorker had a piece about Mike Pence that was a lot more interesting than it had any right to be.  Did you know that he served 12 years in Congress without having  a single bill passed?  Talk about useless!  Javanka  apparently pushed him for Veep. I’ve claimed since our trip last year that Indiana is the weirdest State.

LIU’S -is not dead, they’re only sleeping or on vacation.  We pulled into their parking lot Friday to find they’d posted a sign saying they would be closed until November15th.  Hope they’re having a good time!   Liu’s is a good dependable  restaurant.  I like their broccoli beef and the hot and sour soup.

MORE BAD NEWS-  the Benbow construction project, which was supposed to be competed about now, is not.   They’re talking December but that’s just gossip. I hope they’ll be able to recover from the loss of revenue. People are still staying there, but I’m sure they’ve had lots of cancellations.  We cancelled my birthday party there  because of the construction.  Hurry back, Benbow!  We need you. There was no finer place to have a drink and some lunch than the old bar and I’m sure the replacement will be equally wonderful.  Especially on a winter day.

Didja notice that Trump gave himself a “10” for his handling of the Puerto Rico crisis? With 80% of the power still out? He must grade on a curve.

Does anyone watch the North Coast News on Ch 7? Have you noticed any rightwing propaganda yet? Please let me know if you do. That was supposed to be the result of the recent sale to Sinclair.  If you see clips with Sebastian Gorka commentaries, that’s a tell.

HSU FOOTBALL- I went to my first HSU football game when I was 17. It was also my last, but I do hope they’ll  be able to salvage the  program. At this point,  it seems the community wants it more than the  school does. There IS something beautiful about a football game on a Fall day except that the players break their necks. Would anyone show up for flag football? Why not?

EUREKA is going all-out  for Hallowe’en this year. I’ve never seen so many displays. Will we see a lot of Trump masks?   Would go well with a Dracula costume. You’re welcome.



The Big Four Running for Governor

From POLITICO, here’s a rundown of the only debate so far among the four main candidates for California governor. The range from Gavin Loathsome  to Tony cant-keep-his-pants-on to Delaine Eastin to my own favorite, John Chiang. Chiang has promised to visit each county in California so I guess we have a visit coming up from him. 

Read about it HERE


Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Oct 23 2017

Short ribs at Safeway are $6.99 through Tuesday. That’s on SALE. Sheesh.

“Me, Al Franken”.  I am sad to hear that Al Franken has removed himself from the 2020 -presidential race. I was looking forward to a Trump/Franken battle-of-the-network-stars. Franken, of course, would give the Twitler a real debate, not just a string of insults.

This is the best time of year to ride along the Old Arcata Road. It’s one of the most spectacular drives in America and in a few weeks it will be unsafe because of the black ice, so enjoy NOW!

The Pathetic Ballot-   I’ve already mailed back that pathetic ballot for CR trustee.  Tracy Coppini couldn’t be bothered to fill  out the voter profile to be included with the ballot. His opponent got my vote for that reason but also because I can’t figure out how anybody who has admittedly been on the CR board for 20 years  -during which the school damn near lost its accreditation and DID lose its coop RN program with HSU-  has the nerve to ask  for another term. Maybe some of you  can explain it to me.

ANNALS OF MEDICINE- I had an MRI and a catscan at St Joe’s on Sept 7.  My doctor is part of the St Joe’s network- isn’t everything?-so I patiently (no pun) waited for a call from the doctor who had ordered them about a followup appointment. Finally after a month I called them and was told that I SHOULD have been given an instruction sheet at the appointment that apparently told me to call my doctor. When I called, they made me an appointment for another month out. So when you’re referred out, call your primary to let them know you followed their orders.  The millions of dollars that they spend on medical records retention doesn’t mean that any one has your back or that anyone is paying attention.  By the time I see an actual MD,  it will have been ONE YEAR since I called to complain that my neck hurt.  Will single-payer be worse?  Don’t see how it could be.

Tom Petty- I was never a great fan of Tom Petty but I’m sad to hear of his passing. “They are all gone, gone into the light.”

Just spoke to my cousin, who’s moved back into her house in Santa Rosa.  She tells me THE SANDMAN IS STILL THERE! That great motel on Hopper that I stayed at a dozen times when I worked for the State IS STILL THERE! Everything around is is black, but they’re open.

YOUR HALLOWE’EN READING ASSIGNMENT – There are a few things I like to read over and over.  “A Christmas  Carol ” at Christmas  is one.  Another is Washington Irving’s “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”,  which is still great literature no matter what Johnny Depp has done. This year, pay particular attention to the description of Baltus Van Tassel, father of the  beauteous and rich Katrina Van Tassel  whom Ichabod Crane goes courting. The description of old Baltus, about six pages in, will make you think of Our Fake President-  his complacency, his incuriousness about anything beyond the farm but without his generosity. Read it again. Read it to your  kids, You won’t be sorry.

WHO’S TACKIER? Our Fake President has finally found a foil who is as tacky as he is!!!! IF I wanted to honor MY mother, I would find a million better ways than to wear a stupid  cowboy hat! They don’t even look good on cowboys! Trump and Rep Wilson deserve each other.




October! Best month ever!   I love October.

KENNEDY FIELD- This has got to be the feel-good story of the year.  My intrepid neighbors made their feelings known and, at least for now, the hideous scheme to relocate the City corporation yard to the ball field across from the Zoo is on hold. Kudos to those who took the lead on this.  I’ve driven past that field for twenty years and never knew it was called Kennedy Field.

HOBBY LOBBY- the right-wing Christian-owned store opened in Redding this week, with a staff of 80!!   It’s supposed to be like a MIchael’s on steroids. This was the company that wouldn’t provide contraceptive care in its health plan. Bring me a plastic Jesus if you go.

HAVE YOU BEEN EQUIFAXED??  I got an email from Equifax telling me my data MAY have been breached and asking me to fill out a form including my FULL SSN.  I’ve decided to ignore it. I don’t need their monitoring to keep track of my two credit cards. I’ve been there before.  When I was working for the State, we all got hacked and they told us to notify the three credit agencies and get copies of our credit reports.  THAT was a revelation. All the credit reports could have qualified for the Pulitzer prize for Fiction but Equifax was the craziest. The showed me as having several charge accounts at Dayton-Hudson, a store in Minneapolis.   I’ve never been to Minneapolis  except passing through on the train. They would only correct errors one at a time!  You had to keep calling and calling.  Someday when I have absolutely nothing else to do,  I will worry about my credit reports.

FAREWELL CARPATHIAN!!!  What a horrible development!   I’ve dragged three or four people to Carpathian shows .  They were wonderful !  I never figured out whether he/she /it was male or female.  Child molestation is a tragedy whenever it happens, or is even alleged.   There is no good outcome.

THOSE BAGS OF HERSHEY’S HALLOWE’EN FUN-SIZE BARS have settled into a  price of 2/$7 IF you can find them.  Don’t pay any more. If you see them cheaper,  let us know. Hershey’s has started including the vile Twix in their bags. Twix just doesn’t cut it.  I discovered Skittles this past year.  They’re good!

MURPHY’S TO THE RESCUE-  I am an almost daily visitor to the Cutten Murphy’s.  Last week I apparently got separated from my wallet there.  I didn’t even know it till I got a call at 11pm from Joseph letting me know they had my wallet and it looked like everything was there. Everything was and  the Murphy’s staff has my eternal gratitude.  Support your local markets!

SI NEWHOUSE died the other day. He was in his ‘nineties and most of you have probably never heard of him but his family’s wealth and  patience have kept The New Yorker afloat for many years while other magazines bit the dust.  I literally learned to read from The New Yorker,  hanging in my aunt’s madrone tree in Mill Valley.  Well, that and Little Lulu comics. SUPPORT THE BEST MAGAZINE IN THE WORLD.   $99 for print AND digital if you get in on a promotion.

“PUERTO RICO’S DEBT MUST BE WIPED OUT” says our Fake President, who obviously has no plan to do so.  Maybe he’s so dumb he thinks territories can just file bankruptcy like he did.  Four times.

GOODBYE COLUMBUS?  When I was growing up, Columbus Day was  a day to honor our Italian citizens, not a glorification of the oppression of Native Americans. Outside  New York and SF, I guess no one has parades any more but I hope the holiday survives. We need an October holiday and why not have a Native Peoples’ Day during another month?

TEA FOR THE TILLERSON-  Overnight the most useless Secretary of State in history has secured his everlasting fame. For the record,  Tillerson is not accused of calling Trump a “moron”.  The exact term was “fucking moron”,  which sounds about right.  Trump, who seems to think he can govern by tweeting, is about to lose another Cabinet secretary to join those who have already proven themselves too corrupt or stupid to serve in government and those who have or are going to quit out of frustration with the man-child in the White House.

THE SPOOKS ON HARRISON-  That wonderful family across from the Immanuel Church has their display up again,  eight spooks dancing around in a circle  This year they have an addition,  a ghoulish “Last Supper” display. Thank you. folks!  If you see any outstanding Hallowe’en displays, let us know. We’ll spread the word.