TWO YEARS OUT- and we’re just about where we’d expect to be with a moron in the White House and the GOP toadies still hanging around.  Our credibility among the  nations has withered to the point where our Fake President is obviously ready to trade our country’s  rectitude for a mess of pottage, or more specifically,  billions of dollars of (possible) arms  sales to the murderous Saudis.  Why not a wall to keep THOSE  guys out?  This is what happens when you don’t require income tax disclosure,  tolerate nepotism, and give an idiot the keys to the kingdom. One more week to register to vote!

TIME MACHINES-  is a nifty name for a new clock repair business opening at 494 Third St in Eureka.  When I moved back here in ’93,  I bought a clock at a garage sale in King Salmon that must have come from a restaurant. It’s shaped like a lobster and it is just about my favorite possession. I paid 50¢ for it.  I first took it to the older fellow who had the  clock repair shop in back of the then-Safeway (now Shaffer’s on Harris) and he got it working .  Then a couple of years ago it needed some more work and a genial person from Fortuna named David Bellairs got it working again .  Mr Bellairs will now have his own operation in Eureka, co-located with Ten Window Williams which sounds like a fortuitous marriage.  Good luck to him/them.



MH: If you were Conan the King, what would be your first royal decree?

AS:  Access for everyone to health care. And to get off the arms race and to get off Verschmutzung [polluting]. It’s inexcusable to have so much plastic floating around in the oceans.

MH:  Do you think any of those things will happen?

AS:  It will not happen if people just sit around and complain when they hear something on the news. I’m a big advocate of “get off your fucking couch and do something about it.” If you believe there’s something being done wrong by legislators, go out and do everything you can to unseat that person. The same if you see a president acting strange: Do everything you can to unseat that president. My father said to me, “Be useful.” Useful not only to yourself, but useful to your neighborhood, your country, the world. It entails everything.

Be useful.


JEEZ, YOU CAN’T TRUST ANYONE-  A Palo Cedro chiropractor told his patients to ignore their doctors’ orders because he alone could cure their cancer.  Sound like anyone? The Searchlight-Record tells the tale. Read it HERE.

Now that we  have rumors of BOTH  KFC and In & Out burger coming to town, I’m not sure I can stand the excitement. I’d just gotten used to Winco’s chicken (which is actually  good) and the one time I tried I&O I wasn’t real impressed.  Don Chin was apparently the driving force in the KFC connection.  I think I’d vote for him for City Council.  If I could.

When was the last time you bought anything at Sears?  I swear they could have closed the place and I wouldn’t have noticed.  Always sad to lose jobs  if they do close ours.


Short Ribs and Random Thoughts, Dec 6 2017

As of this writing the GOP is forcing through a ‘Tax cut” of which none of them understand the consequences. This is government?  Our Fake President is on TV gloating about destroying two national monuments while playing to his ignorant base who APPLAUD  him. His hatred for Obama is more than irrational, but what else is new.

FOR THE RECORD: Number of times I have watched Matt Lauer on TV: 0

SPEAKING of TV: Is Brian Williams the only man on TV who has not been accused of harassing someone?  I really resented him when he first started on MSNBC but now I’m used to him.  It’s time for someone to put up a website with the names of  men who HAVEN’T been accused of harassment. Be easier to keep track of.

WEDNESDAY DEC 13 from 330pm to 630pm at Eureka Safeway,  drop off your donations for Food For People and say hi to State Sen Mike McGuire.  A toofer!

Dontcha love the ads for KFC in Sunday’s Parade? It must be cheaper  to deluge us with useless ads than to target their advertising.  Looks like Brookings is the closest. Another Christmas without KFC!

IRRITATION AT THE SZECHUAN-  My out-of-town guest and I were both tired of turkey by Saturday so we went to the Szechuan Garden in Arcata to fortify ourselves with soup dumplings ( “juicy pork dumplings” on the menu). The restaurant appeared to be empty except for us, but the layout is such that  you can’t really tell who’s there. The only other thing I order there is the Black Pepper Beef, ($10.50) which is a lot better than it sounds. My friend ordered the Human Beef, (also $10.50) which involved broccoli.  Everything was fine until they brought the check. At the bottom of the check they’re now printing a “Tips Suggestion” with tips at 15%, 20% and 25% all figured out for you. That’s kind of pushy for a restaurant that delivers all your food at once and never checks back with you. Plus their “suggested tips” is calculated on the TOTAL of the order, part of which was takeout.  I’m still a fan, but a grumpy one.

GOLDEN HARVEST- hadn’t been in a while and was devastated to find that my favorite, the Blue Scramble, had disappeared from the menu. Not to fear, however. The kitchen is still making it and it’s just as delicious as ever. Love their biscuits!.

NEED A CALENDAR?  Visit Jacoby’s Storehouse, check out their beautiful tree and visit the offices of the Mad River Union whose 2017 calendar is both beautiful and useful, not to mention free. If you don’t subscribe to the MRU, you should! It’s a good paper.  Support your local journalism! Also in  the Jacoby is Pasta Luego, where you can buy fresh bucatini, that tubular pasta you can never find. I cooked mine last night. Screwed up the sauce but the pasta was fine.  They close at four and they run out of things, especially the  sandwiches, so don’t wait till 230 like I did.

JERRY COLIVAS  passed recently.  Among his many accomplishments,  he was  principal  at Eureka High School. I heard him at a Historical Society meeting explain how his  father came from Greece to Eureka. He had arrived in New York, penniless,  and somehow made it to the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  Speaking not a word of English,  he looked at the posted  steamship schedules and the only word he could recognize was “EUREKA”.  He pointed at the sign, and the rest is history.  Talk about a life well lived! Godspeed, Dr Colivas.

Sorry to hear that AutoDesk, the CAD makers, are laying off 1200 tech workers in San Rafael and SF. That’s 13% of the workforce. When I worked in HR,  Autodesk was considered a model employer, not the least because they let the employees bring their dogs to work.