Here is a miscellany of what’s been rambling around my brain.
MURPHY’S CUTTEN gets 4 stars for customer service. I emailed then demanding to know why they were cutting off the BBQ at 3pm when there are 15,000 Cutten residents going past their door everyday who would love to take home some burgers or chicken. Lo and behold manager Travis emailed me back that they will be keeping it going till 6pm M-F. That’s more like it! Their burgers are GOOD.
NIXON/TRUMP The last few days have been bizarre for those of us old enough to have watched every minute of the Watergate hearings, 40 years ago this week. CNN had a retrospective over the weekend and the similarities between what was being said about Nixon THEN and Trump NOW are astounding. “Isolated” is just the beginning.
THE FITZGERALD- let’s take a few moment to mourn the loss of seven young sailors who died a horrible death aboard the Fitzgerald. Doesn’t matter whose fault this will turn out to be. It’s just tragic.
BOOK CLUB- I don’t read enough books. Who does? But at the behest of one of our readers I went to the Humboldt County library and checked out their copy of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.. It was one of the NYT’s 10 beat books last year and it is a terrific and harrowing read. I’ll return it before the end of the month.
REST IN PEACE: Mrs Maureen Johanneson who was my teacher at EHS in my tenth grade. We were in her class when JFK was shot. She was a wonderful person and wonderful teacher. Also, Fred Mangels, (Fred’s Humboldt Blog) who I never met and seldom agreed with, has passed. He was incredibly consistent in his blogging and was an inspiration to those of us who just can’t get it together daily.
THE WHITE HOUSE TAPES: Isn’t it fairly obvious that there are none? If there were, Trump and his minions have had enough time to find them and erase them. Lordy, they’re gone!
ANTHONY BOURDAIN: His current show on CNN, Parts Unknown, is the best TV he’s ever done. Maybe CNN has a bigger budget that the travel Channel? Parts Unknown is a beautiful show, fantastic photography. Tape it. The show on Laos was particularly memorable.