Merle Haggard- A Great Californian

Who isn’t sad about the passing of the great Merle Haggard?T

“The first thing I remember knowin’ was a lonesome whistle blowin’,

  • And a youngun’s dream of growin’ up to ride,
  • On a freight train leavin’ town, not knowin’ where I’m bound.
  • And no one could change my mind but Momma Tried.
  • One and only Rebel child from a fam’ly meek and mild
  • My momma seemed to to know what lay in store,
  • ‘Spite all my Sunday learnin’ towards the bad I kept on turnin’,
  • ‘Til momma couldn’t hold me anymore.
  • And I turned twenty-one in prison doin’ life without parole,
  • No one could steer me right but Momma Tried, Momma Tried
  • Momma Tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied
  • And that leaves only me to blame, cause Momma Tried
  • Dear ole’ daddy, rest his soul left my mom a heavy load,
  • She tried so very hard to feel his shoes,
  • Workin’ hours without rest, wanted me to have the best
  • She tried to raise me right but I refused.
  • And I turned twenty-one in prison doin’ life without parole,
  • No one could steer me right but Momma Tried, Momma Tried
  • Momma Tried to raise me better but her pleading I denied
  • And that leaves only me to blame, cause Momma Tried”

This song is pretty near perfect.  Merle, you will be missed. Happy trails.

Sports Authority Store Closings List

Sports Authority is closing 140  stores, 19 of which are in California.  The closures do not include the Eureka store,  according to this list.  Nearby SA stores that will be closing include those in Redding, Corte Madera and Stockton and, in Oregon, those in Roseburg, Klamath Falls, Salem and Hillsboro. 


Three Things I Didn’t Know Until Now

Forwarded for your edification:

‘Fraid of spiders? Get used to them. Every household in the United States harbors about 100 of them.  But they only kill about seven people a year. Snakes kill five. This was in Better Homes and Gardens so it has to be true.

That actor who plays The Asshole in the National Car Rental ads, the guy who doesn’t want to talk to mere humans and negotiates a raise with himself, is Patrick Warburton, who played Elaine’s idiot used-car salesman boyfriend, the one who told her she was going to Hell.  I sure didn’t recognize him. Guy is a genius. I didn’t used to appreciate those ads but I’ve seen the light.

The unemployment rate in Shasta County  is 8% according to the Redding Searchlight-Record.  That’s compared to 5% for Humboldt County.

(Bonus)   According to the same paper, Red Emmerson of Sierra Pacific Industries is still rich. In fact, his Forbes ranking increased from 481 to 435 while his worth remained about the same, meaning some folks above him in the list had a tough year.  HERE’S the story.

(Another bonus)  Wild Rose Farm in Blue Lake is the larges quinoa producer in the US. You would have known that if you’d read the Greenway newsletter last week.


Neighborhood Watch Run Amok?

Thank God this didn’t happen in Eureka, but over in Redding an overenthusiastic neighborhood patrol volunteer is up for charges that he pepper-sprayed a neighborhood resident who ran a stop sign.  Details HERE.

I generally support a neighborhood watch if the residents really believe they need it and are willing to staff it. Unfortunately, there are always a few idiots in any civic group who let their egos take over. If this creep had pulled up on MY lawn I’d take the max action allowed by the law.  Maybe this guy needs a few lawsuits as a reality check. Or Maybe the Redding police need to be more deeply involved in the programs they sponsor.


Three Things I Just Learned

1. Mega-uber-Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy, the godmother of the Star Wars franchise, is a graduate of Shasta High School. That’s in Redding.

2.  14% of the State of California is pavement. That includes roads.

3.  When the Humboldt Soup Company says on its Facebook page that they have Chicken Cocoanut Curry Soup, you HAVE to get there before 2pm or it will be gone.

Speaking of gone, we are taking a hiatus until the New Year. Stay dry and and take care of each other. Hopefully the new year will not be as ugly as the old was. Our very best wishes to each of you!



Aviation News

A lot of hoopla was generated to welcome the “new” service at ACV yesterday (jet vs prop, bigger planes) but the Country’s Aviation Advisory Committee couldn’t come up with a quorum for its November 24th meeting. A number of important items were listed on the agenda for that day, including “Nominations and elections of HCAAC Board Members” and the annual presentation /status report to the Supervisors.  An additional meeting of the HCAAC has been scheduled for Dec 15, apparently to deal with that. It was mentioned during the non-meeting that the airport will be issuing a press release around Christmas to address drone registration and assistance  available from ACV and from the FAA.

Meanwhile the folks in Redding have added a new daily flight to SFO, the story HERE.  
Redding now has three flights daily to SFO, just like we do.   It is clear that community support is very, very important in luring air service to Humboldt.