Short Ribs and Random Thoughts- Nov 14, 2017

WHAT’S A FINIAL???  If you know what it is, you’re one of the few. Recently I knocked a lampshade off its lamp and when I tried to find the finial-  the thing that fastens the shade to the harp-  it had vaporized or been stolen by a goblin or something.  It was GONE.  Very weird. I went online and saw that Joann Fabrics claimed to carry finials so I went over there. The clerk didn’t know what a finial was  and couldn’t find what I had just found on the website so I spent awhile waiting and talking with two women who knew exactly what a finial was.  They advised me to try Shafer’s.  The clerk at Joanne eventually gave me what turned out to be a faux final,  wooden,  with no hole and no way to attach it to a harp or anything else. It was kind of like a little chess piece. I ended up at Shafer’s and was turned over to the estimable Chuck Goodwin. He proffered a selection of finals of which I picked the smallest, which came in pairs and looked like thimbles. It was cheap, worked fine and saved me a trip to Pierson’s.  I have ransacked that room and still cannot figure out what happened to the original and this time I can’t blame it on the dog.

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT KFC-Are you ready to admit you miss them?  The holidays  were  MADE for takeout chicken and WINCO’s is pretty bad.  There’s no relief unless you want to drive to Redding or Healdsburg.  Or Costco, whose chicken is good but not as festive as good ole KFC.  BTW, the Chic-Fil-A on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa DID make it through the fire.  Let me know if you’re making  a run. 

CRACKER BARREL- Speaking of food, is anyone excited about Cracker Barrel moving into California?  I didn’t think so. They are opening in Victorville, then Rocklin,  good redneck neighborhoods both.  I’ve had two meals at CB. The one in Knoxville was awful the one in Joplin was terrific. Go figure. 

PORE WITTLE PUTIN-His buddy Trump wants to save him from being insulted by

questions about the attempted (and maybe successful) hijack of the American election of 2016. Trump’s nose is so for far up Vlad’s ass it’s not only an embarrassment, it’s an indicator that he has no judgment when it comes it comes to America’s prime enemy. And this is the President who’s supposed to keep us safe?   He doesn’t have the guts to confront Putin (Or China OR the Mexicans).  Today he defended Putin while calling our intelligence personnel “hacks”. He believes what that KGB thug says over our generals and security experts. This man is not fit for his office and it becomes clearer every day.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT-  I’m not an expert but  know one thing: Some employers tolerate sexual harassment, some don’t.   l’ve always been lucky enough to work for the latter, or maybe I just gravitated  toward work in government and nonprofits. My first job out of college was with Blue Shield, a government contractor.  My friend who worked upstairs in the corporate HQ was harassed by one of the VPs.  She got him fired and the whole company knew about it. I never felt I had to put up with anything offensive but  I’ve had more choices than most women. And I’ve never been an aspiring actress who depended on the perp for employment.  God bless the women who are coming forward, however belatedly.

FINNTOWN VS FINNETOWNE:  What the heck is going on over thereWednesday’s Times-Standard was the time I saw the “new” spelling and frankly I am nauseated.  What are they planning over there? Shoppes?  Bars and Grilles?  Gentrification is raising its ugly head!. This reminds me of the old joke about the guy who built houses on Billy Goat Hill and marketed them as Angora Heights. Something tells me the rugged sailors and  shipbuilders who settled our Bay would not appreciate the effete spelling. Stop it now!

IF I THOUGHT I COULD GET AWAY WITH DECKING  HIM, I WOULD TOO:  Rand Paul has got to be the most annoying politician in the country, yet he managed to spend 17 years living next door to that doctor (in a gated development in Bowling Green OH). without incident.  Mark my words, this has the smell of an HOA gone wrong. When I was still living in Honolulu, Chris’ parents bought a gorgeous penthouse overlooking Diamond Head and the Zoo. One Sunday we went over to visit and shortly after we arrived they were visited by the  president of their tenants’ association. They settled in to talk and TWO HOURS LATER they were still going on and on about leaves in the pool and whose kids were making noise. I remember telling Chris on our way down in the elevator that I would NEVER live in a place with an HOA. And I never have.

IF TRUMP STARTS A WAR AND YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A FOXHOLE, WHO DO YOU WANT FIGHTING BESIDE YOU- DONALD TRUMP OR JOHN McCAIN? Don’t all answer at once.

OLIGARCHS-  Do we have oligarchs in Humboldt?  The dictionaries define an oligarchy as government by the few. The first name that comes to mind is Rob Arkley but you can’t be a oligarch by yourself. There have to be other oligarchs to plot with. Personally, I don’t think we’re very well set up for oligarchs. Your opinions welcomed.

ROY MOORE-  Poor Alabama! Routinely in the bottom two or three States in all the  numbers that count, they can’t catch a break.  They even have a ballet festival in Birmingham but they’re not fooling anyone. Harper Lee was no Faulkner and Roy Moore is an ignorant creep who admits to fondling a fourteen year-old. Is there another State in the Union where this guy would be running for Senator?   But wait!  There’s more!   The GOP’s nominee for a lifetime Federal judge position  has never practiced law!   And Mitch & Co are okay with this. Check it out HERE.

TRUMP ON PUTIN- “I can’t stand there and argue with him”.  Yes, you can!  That’s your job! Start doing it!

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING- Do you fall for that BOGO stuff?  You can’t tell if it’s a bargain unless you know what the regular price is. And if the product is new  to you, you can get stuck with two of something you don’t  like. I’m one of those annoying people who give popcorn tins as presents. I love them! I’m working on a whole wall of them in the garage filed with Christmas stuff, lights, etc.  They’re great for storage. As long as you don’t have to look at them.

Rolling Stone did a really nice piece on Jerry Brown in their October 19  issue.  As their piece by Tim Dickinson  points out ,”When Brown returned to (Sacramento) in 2011, California’s finances were a horror show..But with a combination of tax ahikes and temporary belt-tightening, California eliminated a $25 billion deficit, paid off $32 billion in debt and has stocked away a rainy-day fund that will soon top $8 billion…. In the past five years, with just 12 per cent of the US population, California has driven one-quarter of America’s economic growth. The state’s greatest challenge today is a downside of  a hot economy :  an affordable-housing crisis and a spike in homelessness.”  Hard to believe there are still people who call him Moonbeam.

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Tidbits and Gossip August 19 2015

One thing leads to another: I called the Kyoto Restaurant because I saw one of these liquor license notices in the window and wondered if they had changed hands.  Not so, said Jenny Masaki,  wife of owner Eric Masaki.   The liquor license transfer came about because Eric has been hired as a Deputy Sheriff and was only pinned a day or so ago. A corporate “split” was necessitated because law enforcement personnel are prohibited by law from selling booze. Good luck in your new assignment, Deputy Masaki!

The Cutten Inn is still in a holding pattern.  No less a personage than the owner’s brother gave us the word on when the Inn will be open again: “Sometime”.

I apparently don’t get  out enough or I wouldn’t be the last person on earth to know that The Works, our hallowed indy record store, has left its digs on “C” Street and is now located at 434 Second Street. They have less space but lots more visibility.  Bandon hasn’t thrown a grand opening party yet but let’s keep asking. The old space on “C” Street was taken over by neighboring Mantova’s Two Street Music.

I signed up for Newsmax by mistake- and it’s been enlightening. One of the out-of-town papers I read is showing a lot of Trump ads and when I clicked on a poll I somehow ended up with a trial subscription. I’ll be bailing soon because most of their “news” is about health matters and topics of interest to the elderly. I had expected a lot of right-wing politics,  not so much the alzheimers-and-diabetes  ads. I guess they know their market.

The ONLY fast-food chain that I would cheerfully welcome into Humboldt County,       Chick-fil-A, is opening a new store today in Rancho Cordova at 2234 Sunrise Boulevard. The closest CFA fix remains the Santa Rosa store at 1452 Mendocino Avenue. Ave. For those of us who are truly addicted, there are days when we have to stop ourselves from hitting the road in  pursuit of the Magic Sandwich. To go from the sublime to the ridiculous, I’m even having pangs for KFC lately.  We are truly a chick-deprived community.

CNBC’s latest series, “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” is an oddball show, to judge from its first episode. They followed two inventors through the initial pitch.  The first was a woman from an events-planning background whose invention was a kind of chocolate fountain but instead of chocolate, it showers down cascades of marinara sauce! I didn’t find it appetizing at all;  it reminded me of chainsaw massacres and Edgar Allen Poe, but maybe some one will find it charming.  The contraption kept breaking down, since marinara sauce is much thicker than chocolate, fountain chocolate anyway.  Maybe they should try alfredo sauce.  The other invention was a device to be worn by athletes which signals when one is in danger of sustaining a concussion. The two Silicon Valley types who pitched this came away with some seed money and a lot of compliments and encouragement from the investor. THEIR  invention didn’t remind anyone of a slasher movie.  Continues Wednesdays at 7pm, repeats at 10pm, on CNBC, Suddenlink Channel 51.  I’m in.

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What Eureka Needs- an Early Christmas List for Entrepreneurs

     Since it seems that every day I go past another shuttered business, we obviously have retail and office space to spare. Why not seize the situation as an opportunity to fill those spaces with businesses we actually NEED in town and to encourage entrepreneurs to meet those needs? Okay, here’s my  list.

A GOOD KOSHER DELI  Those healthy delis at Co-Op and ENF don’t count. Not enough cholesterol. A warm, juicy, greasy pastrami san with a latke or two can rejuvenate your soul for a week.  The pastrami Reuben at Hole-in-the- Wall is close, but where’s the chicken liver? The  matzoh ball soup? We await our deliverance.

MORE PARKING  IN HENDERSON CENTER  The situation is just on the edge of being too crowded and if the Henderson Center Market Place or anything else ever comes to roost in the old Robert’s space or along Henderson Street, the tipping point will have been reached. The demise of the Go Go Bistro, a nice little lunch spot with an unusual  menu,is truly sad, and I wouldn’t  be surprised if parking was one of the contributing factors. By the way,  it was reported in the media that Esmeralda’s restaurant on Grotto was the target of an arson attack. If so, the firebugs must have had pretty poor aim.  The morning after, Esmeralda’s was open for lunch with nary a scratch but the building NEXT to it, further  toward “G” was boarded up and as of today was sporting a “For Sale” sign. Parking’s pretty good on that block, by the way.

A RELIABLE SHUTTLE BETWEEN EUREKA AND REDDING enabling travelers to bypass our ill-located and unreliable airport. The first person to do this legally will make some money.  There are already wildcat outfits going after this market. Check Craig’s List. And how about a shuttle to Eugene? You can pick up the AMTRAK there.

HUMBOLDT-MADE YOGURT from local cows. Not that frozen stuff, real yogurt. 

TAKEOUT CHICKEN With the departure of KFC (the closest now is in Fortuna) and the fact that its sort-of replacement, Church’s, is execrable, we are left with Winco which is meh and COSTCO which is a whole different thing, being rotisserie vs. fried. When you go for takeout chicken you don’t want healthy, although El Pollo Loco is delicious and I’d be a regular if someone opened one here. Anyone? I’d be a regular at Chic-Fil-A too if they ever made it up here, even with their weird management and policies (closed on Sundays.)

GYROS  Having to drive to Valley West to the Kebab Cafe is just wrong. At one time  Simon was talking about opening in Eureka.  Hurry, Simon! and finally

KOREAN FOOD  Since that place near the Arcata Safeway closed, there is nothing. How can we have an Ethiopean restaurant in Eureka but no Korean?  Bad show.

     So come on, entrepreneurs, here are your pockets of opportunity.  I imagine you folks can think of some more felt needs around town. Let’s hear from you!