SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS-Oct 9 2017

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.

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Short Takes and Random Thoughts

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.  

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Tidbits and Gossip 8/5/15

The Cutten Inn reno that was supposed to be completed in July has obviously not been completed.  From the look of things it could be many months.

The Cutten Murphy’s s having their annual summer BBQ season in front of the store M-F until at least the end of August. Easy to grab on your way home! Grass-fed cheeseburgers $5.99 and the half-chickens at $4.99 are a real deal.  Support your local grocer!

CNBC’s new series The West Texas Investors Club is kind of a Shark Tank meets Hee-Haw and the shark/investors don’t have the cred of the originals but after you watch it for half an hour or so it all starts to make a loony kind of sense.  One of the sharks is Matthew McConaghy’s uglier brother.  Tuesday nights on CNBC (Ch 51 on Suddenlink).  Let us know how you like it.  Coming up on August 12 is their latest,  Make Me a Millionaire Inventor  which has to be the worst title ever but let’s hope for the best. 

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