Have We Discussed Raliberto’s?

Raliberto’s has been open in Eureka since September or so.  I had never heard of them before.  They changed  my life.  I was a steady customer at Tasty Tacos, the place across from the Cutten Inn, but no more. I feel terrible guilt when I drive  past them to go to Raliberto’s,  but I’ve hardened myself.

Raliberto’s is located in the little “log cabin”  building  at the corner of 4th and K, 1039 4th Street,  catty-corner from the Carter House   That building has housed at least six restaurants that I can recall. (Remember the “Generous Armenian”?   If that wasn’t the worst name for a restaurant ever to grace our fair city, I don’t know what was.)  They have no amenities, no drive-through, (the one in Crescent City has a drive-through) and only a tiny parking lot but everyone seems to get served.  It’s the kind of place that will charge you a dollar for carrots /jalapeños  but keep their base prices lower than anyone else.  For example, carnitas burritos (BIG one ) for $5.95,  fish tacos for A DOLLAR,  Ground beef tacos also A DOLLAR.  I love this place. I make three meals out of the carnitas burrito. 

If you haven’t checked out Raliberto’s, do so soon. You wont be sorry. 

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“China Live” Opening Soon in Chinatown

Need an excuse to dig yourself out of the mud and head south?  “China Live” , a kind of West Coast version of Eataly,  is opening soon at 644 Broadway. which is either Chinatown  or North Beach depending on who you ask. This will apparently  be a paradise for gourmets and gourmands, with every kind of food, cookware and kitchen gear imaginable, Chinese-style of course.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend.   For lodgings I would recommend the venerable  Royal Pacific, where we had good luck in November.

Read about it HERE.

And if anyone in Humboldt is making soup dumplings, please let me know. 

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Life In The Bubble

I don’t know how I would survive the Age of Trump if I had to live in a more “normal ” environment.  I know two people who voted for Trump and they both live on the East Coast, so I don’t see them often. Here, I can go everywhere knowing I will seldom or ever be reminded of the sordid mess gripping our nation.  We have an orange -haired asshole  screeching that  Putin is our friend. We have wierdo Steve Bannon displacing sober and intelligent military representatives on the national security council  and announcing that the sees his role as “deconstructing ” the government, or whichever  part of the government  he thinks he can do without that particular day.  And we have that same orange -haired asshole bleating  that the newspapers and TV etc are WRONG-  WRONG-  and that only HE can be believed. Someone estimated he told  1300+lies during the past month. That sounds about right.  HERE‘s another account of just a few days in February.

Trump, it’s clear, is not a traitor. The most undereducated man to ever occupy the White House doesn’t have the analytical skills to commit treason ; he’d need a lot of help.   His BA in Real Estate from Wharton didn’t teach him critical thinking or even punctuation .  There are other ways to end a sentence besides the exclamation point. Sad!  Nor apparently  did he learn to think on his feet.  He favors Twitter because he can just shoot his BS without fearing contradiction but is too chicken to face the White House Correspondents Dinner.  His cowardice will be marveled at by future generations.  But thin-skilled Don the Con is too chicken to show up.  JFK, Obama, both the Bushes showed up but not our little flower Don.  I don’t think he’ll be missed. The man has NO sense of humor, a dreadful deficiency for so someone in power. He’s too insecure.

I didn’t make it to Jared’s town hall on Thursday. I have the luxury o f knowing that my reps- and that includes Mike McGuire and Jim Woods also- will not disgrace me.   God, I love living up here in the bubble. 

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Don the Con: Why Salesmen Don’t Make Good Presidents

You don’t have to read “The Art Of The DeaL” to understand sales. Just read this:

I want to sell you a car.  I tell you, “This is a nice car”.  My SAYING “This is a nice car” doesn’t  make it a nice car, but the SUGGESTION that this is a nice car hangs in the air like a bad odor until  someone counters it by saying “NO, this POS is NOT a nice car”. What does the con do then?  He/She doesn’t engage in debate. They just move on to the next selling point.  “This car is a bargain.”  “This car gets good mileage”. They will hop all over and around and never stick to one argument long enough to be contradicted. They prevail by SUGGESTION and simply change the subject when someone contradicts them. Sound familiar?

Any lie has its own truth for a moment. “I saw thousands of Muslims dancing for joy on 9-11” hangs in the air until someone pulls it down. “Three million people voted illegally”. “They bused people in from Vermont to vote in New Hampshire”.  “I had the largest inaugural crowd in history” and on and on and on.  When anyone  tries to confront him, he walks away.  That’s what cons do. 

Donald isn’t the only con in the White House these days, of course. Kellianne and that idiot Steven Miller,  the clown who botched the Muslim ban order, are front and center. Bill Clinton had a Rolodex of 2500 names he could call on; Don has Jared.  The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight  would have enough problems  if they were straight shooters. Being cons-in -training is challenging.

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The Flu

I got it. I’ve been sick for two weeks. First, three days of sneezing, then three days of coughing followed by a week of misery/fatigued/fitful sleep. Hope none of you have to go through this.

Our friend Fred suggested I should have had a flu shot.  I DID have a flu shot, back in October. It was one of the  last things I did  before we left on our train trip.  I cannot imagine trying to travel with this. Unfortunately, there is more than one type of flu,  and the shots are helpful  but not a slam -dunk guarantee.  HERE’s some guidance from the County.

My diet has consisted  of Paul Newman’s Limeade, and delivery from Babe’s.  LOTS of Limeade. I can go through a carton in a morning. I actually have a doctor appointment tomorrow-  it was for something else but had to be postponed  because of the flu.  Maybe she’ll be able to do something for me. Or maybe I’ll cancel again, since I’m still not feeling great. Calling in sick to my doctor appointment.  Sometimes the best thing to do.  Don’t want to make THEM sick too. Between the lousy weather and the flu I have missed out entirely on the Lebowski  events and Chinese New Year.  But there’s still a few more days when you can squeeze in CNY.

Up to 50,000 people have the flu right now in the US. The flu is nothing to mess with. Every year people die from it.  My own great-grandmother died of the 1918 flu that killed thousands.  That was right here in Eureka. Bottom line:   if you haven’t  had your shot, do it now.  Anything is better than this.

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All My Immigrants

I never thought of myself as coming from a family of immigrants, but the barbaric actions of our new President have put me in my place. My best and closest friend is an immigrant. His mother was an immigrant.  My sister-in–law is an immigrant. My cousin’s kid is about to marry an immigrant.  All my great-grandparents on my mom’s side were immigrants.  I know I’m leaving someone out.

My great-grandfather’s “naturalization papers” consisted of a page in a ledger that listed his name, and said that he came from Ireland.  His wife, my great-grandmother, didn’t warrant a listing of her own, nor did any of the kids.  I found it down in the courthouse. All the people on a page were sworn in on the same day. One of the folks on my great-grandfather’s page was David Cutten, so we’re going back aways.

I would be okay with not having immigration laws at all.  The growth that this country experienced in the 19th century was essentially unregulated.  It was chaos! But somehow it all worked out. They were suspicious of immigrants then,  too.  Did you read the obituary in Sunday’s Times-Standard that referenced our Italian folks from right here in Eureka being restricted and relocated  due to the WWII scare over Italian and Japanese immigrants?  A lot of injustices were done during that time, all in the name of “national security”.  Have you ever in your life met someone who actually lost a job- or anything else- to an undocumented worker? I haven’t.

The ineptitude of the right-wing ideologues who are occupying the White House is actually a good thing.  Bannon, Spicer etc don’t seem to have a clue.  Trump’s first and only term will apparently be a full-employment act for lawyers. Expensive for the taxpayers, but in the end the Constitution will prevail. Hopefully.

I lived in Sacramento for a year and I find myself thinking  of my dentist there, who was a Syrian immigrant, a graduate of the University of Damascus. I hope  he and his family will not be  terrorized by the Trumpies. They are a nice family and a good dentist is hard to find.  

What a bitter backdrop as we welcome the Year of the Rooster.

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Me and the ACLU

Like everyone who joins the ACLU, I get mad and quit them every once in a while. Their positions in defense of liberty are sometimes extreme. I remember the first time I  quit them.  It was over the kid from Russia ;who was being made to go back to Russia and I don’t even recall the legal issue.  But the way they stepped up over this past weekend to fight the “Muslim ban” was definitely heartwarming.  And reassuring.

So now I’ll have to write them a check.  You can, too.   HERE’S the website.  For as little as $35 (or less- they’re not going to turn anyone down)  you can be a soldier in the good fight. 

When I think of all the other entities I write checks to- the Zoo, the THA,  the Democrats, Food for People, EPIC, the Chamber, etc.- it doesn’t seem like much.

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Bamboo for the Pandas

A few weeks ago I got a call from the Sequoia Park Zoo, asking about bamboo.  I had apparently let them know that I had some and they were interested in getting some for the little red pandas. Who could say no?

When I bought my place back in ’93 I planted five black bamboos in the far corner.  I got them from a place called Bamboo and Maples that used to be  sort of inside the nursery that used to exist where the Safeway is now.  I used to love going there.  It was like an arboretum  and I miss it dearly.  Then they moved over to Hubbard Lane but didn’t last long.  The fellow who sold me the bamboos even planted them for me! They were only 4 or 5 feet then;  now they’re 12 feet or more. They are a lovely addition that turned a boring corner into a tropical  paradise if it were ever warm enough to sit on the bench and relax out there. It never is.

Anyway, the young people from the Zoo do a great job of harvesting the bamboo and it always looks better after they’ve been there.  The last time they came, they said the incessant rains had created a bamboo emergency. If you want to do your part to make sure those cute little devils have enough food and if you have bamboo in your yard, give the Zoo a call at 441 4263. They can use the help.

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