SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS AUGUST 28 2017

R.I.P. the Sac Red Lion- State workers and others will wince (or rejoice) at the news that the Old Sacramento Red Lion Inn at the Arden Fair mall is being turned into a three-story  storage facility. Apparently the place really fell apart after the State moved its nearby offices down to the Capitol Mall area. It was, at one time, a great place to stay but la plus ça change etc. 

WOULD YOU HIRE an attorney who tried to bring a loaded gun into a  courtroom? Andrew Stunich, whose offices are across from Coast Central  on Harrison Avenue, tried to do just that the other day. Apparently his excuse was that he “forgot” he had it. Jeez, what else does he forget? He’s apparently a business attorney who does a lot of insurance work.  And has some ‘splaining to do to the court.

We finally tried Shamus T Bones the other day. I was convinced from the bad reviews that  it wouldn’t be great but I wanted to check out the view. The view turned out to be mostly parking lot but at least you could see the sky and across the Bay, and the refinery is mostly obscured  by the other buildings.  The building is pretty cool, but the decor includes a lot of mounted deer heads. It was pretty empty at 2pm.  Service was quick and cheerful.  My friend had a pulled pork sandwich and, for her side, she chose the daily soup which was described as “brisket soup”.  Unfortunately, her soup contained  a  LONG hair,  which was a real turn off.  I had the brisket plate ($12.99) which was great, lots of brisket, in fact enough to make a whole ‘nother sandwich with the leftovers that night. I used Southside Mike’s BBQ sauce on the sandwich and it was better than the house sauce at ST Bones, which is just okay. I had chili for the side and it was very good. If I go back I’d try their chili burger,  except they don’t make one, or more brisket.  I’m kind of over the pulled pork thing, unless I’m in South Carolina. Their lunch menu cannot be accessed on line, which is weird.

CYBER BULLYING IN HUMBOLDT- We had a Nazi (“Johannes”) pop up on our little blog last week and when I made a very innocuous comment on LOCO to the effect that A Taste Of Bim is a good place to eat, somebody posting as “Eureka” started suggesting that I should kill myself.  Well, I might very well do that, but not at the behest of a troll. I left word at the LOCO office about what was happening and they removed the garbage instantly. Thanks, LOCO!

HURRICANE HARVEY- Corpus Christie is my birthplace (I was born in the Navy Hospital there- the doctor’s name was “R Nixon” which always made me wonder…) but we hightailed it out of there as soon as  I could fly on a plane.  You had to be 30 days old then. We left and I have spent very little time in Texas since,  but you have to be sorry for  the folks going through this nightmare. Let’s hope no one else is killed.  Disclosure:  I have a brother in Sugar Land.

OUR FAKE PRESIDENT has outdone himself again.  How low can he go? Pardoning the convicted ex-Sheriff Joe  is an outrage and a specific insult to Latinos. He obviously thinks he can hang on by playing to his 30%. Every time he shows up on TV he resembles Mussolini  more closely.  I can hardly wait to hear what Mike Flynn is going to share.

A LOT OF GRUMBLING and objections to TWO projects  that the City of Eureka hasn’t thought out very well. The idea of housing the Chamber of Commerce visitors’ services in the  lobby of the Clarke Museum would read like a bad joke except that they ‘re serious! THERE IS NO PARKING!!  And the boneheaded idea of turning one of the ballparks across from the Zoo into a City corporation yard makes no sense at all.  This is a residential neighborhood, no place for truck traffic.  Let your Council members know what you think at or before the Sept 5 Council meeting. 

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Are you a Hipster?

As far as I know, hipsters are those creatures with man buns. No one ever calls himself a hipster. Other people call you that. I think 80% of Humboldt would qualify as hipster which makes the term meaningless. The other 20% would be the low-information/Trump voters.

People have been trying to define hipsters since Norman Mailer wrote about The White Negro back in the ‘Fifties.  Now a new survey has pointed out Sacramento as being the 4th most hip city in the country. Number  One?  Hoboken, which has apparently come along way since Frank Sinatra grew up there a century ago.

Read about it HERE.

Motel Six Under Heat In Sac

Eureka is not the only town to have problem motels but the cast of characters changes. The Sac Bee recently reported that the Motel 6 chain is being told by the City of Sacramento to clean up its act. The story is HERE.

Sacramento has had other problem lodging situations.  The venerable Red Lion/Sacramento Inn complex near Arden Fair, where many of our local State workers were sent for training over the years, nosedived so badly into a dangerous and unsavory place that it was recently slated to be demolished.

In Eureka, the Motel 6 has not been a problem.   It was not included on the list of “problem”  properties that were tabulated by the Lost Coast Outpost as using a disproportionate share of the city’s resources for trouble calls etc in January of this year. Those properties were: Blue Heron Lodge (now closed), Chin’s Motel, Pine Motel, McCullens Motel, Broadway Motel, Budget Motel, Christie’s Motel, the Royal Inn, the Flamingo Motel and the Serenity Inn.  I’ve had friends and relatives stay at the Motel 6 in Eureka and they thought it was fine, for the no-frills price.

The Motel 6 chain is noted, of course, for its dog-friendly policies. I’ve stayed at the Motel 6 in Santa Rosa – because of the dog- near Coddingtown and it was fine, nothing fancy but definitely safe.  What a shame that the situation in Sacramento deteriorated so badly.  People need clean,  safe lodging at a reasonable price.

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Tower Bridge Fundraiser Sells Out In 15 Seconds

Sacramento’s Tower Bridge is the venue for a farm-to-fork dinner coming up on September 27 which sold out nearly 700 tickets in 15 seconds. That can happen with online fundraising.  Ticket prices ranged from $175 to $625, and the Sac Convention & Visitors Bureau’s CEO was heard wishing he had a bigger bridge to work with.

Now I’m NOT for one minute suggesting we have a dinner on the Samoa Bridge. People would be shivering so hard the structural integrity would be threatened.  But I think the concept of using an unlikely venue is a great one.  Isn’t everyone tired of the Wharfinger? Everyone is tired of seeing men traipse around in high heels, too. It stopped being funny about forty years ago when women quit wearing them. 

We have some great possibilities here.  The Timber Heritage Society has rolling stock at Samoa that could be used for excursion runs to Eureka. What about the recently closed fire station near Myrtle/West? Everyone loves fire stations. For that matter, what about the OLD fire station on J Street near Eureka High? That is a really neat building inside. Maybe you could charge for giving people a chance to slide down the pole. Hey, I’m trying. 

My point is, before you plan another pancake breakfast or car wash, think about our unique resources and use them as intelligently as the folks in Sac have done. They’re just like us, except they have more money. 

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A New Way To Fly?

An interesting development is reported by the Sacramento Business News.  Surf Air, a private membership airline headquartered in Santa Monica and flying out of the old McClellan AFB,  is flying round-trips between Santa Rosa, Hawthorne and San Carlos beginning next month, and will add service between Monterey and Hawthorne and San Carlos in July.  On August 24,  they’ll begin round-trips between McClellan and Hawthorne, San Carlos and Santa Barbara. Then in November they’re adding service between Palm Springs and Burbank and Oakland.

A private airline? Affordable?? Well, maybe.  Surf Air’s customers pay a flat monthly fee starting at $1750 for membership and unlimited flights.  If you’re doomed to fly more than three or four times a month, it starts looking downright reasonable.  Add in the sheer pleasure of not having to deal with the major airlines and…well, I’d sure like to try it.

In another development, Pen Air, which is supposed to start service beween Crescent City and Portland later this year, is making nice with the Redding airport folks and has been heard to say they are interested in flying out of AVC.  We’ll see. Stay tuned. 

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