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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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts Aug 14 2017

Our Fake President can’t bring himself to condemn the racists in Charlottesville but can’t stop running his mouth re: North Korea. He needs to SHUT UP. Meanwhile, for the grown ups……

HIGH-SPEED RAIL- ain’t it comforting to know that they now have HSR in Inner Mongolia while California is still arguing over the Central Valley routes? They’ll have it in Fiji before Trump delivers on his great “infrastructure” initiative.

RESTAURANT  ROULETTE- Everyone’s abuzz this morning over the news that the China Buffet is closed for a few days due to sanitary deficiencies. Haven’t been there in a while although in the past I counted on them for dependable takeout, and even used them to cater parties. I hope they’re back online soon.  The also-closed  Gonsea, on the other hand, was a mediocre place I didn’t miss.  The good news is that the Gonsea has been purchased by the owner of A& J Ichiban and will reopen under the name “OISHII”, which is Japanese for “delicious”. Sounds good.

MORE RESTAURANT STUFF- I posted this on Yelp yesterday re: ESMERALDA’S

“We went yesterday (a Friday) to check out the $1 tacos. I’d only eaten there once before. Service was prompt and cheery. The deal is you have to order TEN tacos to get the $1 price but you can take them home if you don’t finish them. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of taking home leftover tacos with all the mess that that would entail so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the tacos were tiny! Even smaller than the normal “street taco”. There were several choices. We both had chicken and carnitas . The carnitas was great- good char! And the chicken was good but not the standout that the carnitas tacos were. I had NO PROBLEM finishing off five tacos . Our bill was $13 because I ordered a Mexican Coke. The Taco special runs from 130 to 4pm and again in the evening, I THINK from 8 to 9 but you’d better call. We will definitely be back!”

NEXTDOOR- those of you who are active on NextDoor have been seeing real estate ads that weren’t there before. We’ve been wondering how NextDoor was ever going to make any money. Guess this is how.  Read about it HERE
 
WHY CAN’T TRUMP CONDEMN WHITE NATIONALISM? He runs his mouth to condemn John McCain for being captured, Gold Star families and our European allies but can’t say an unpleasant word against the alt-right hoodlums or, God forbid, against  Vladimir Putin. He doesn’t have it in him to disavow his racist supporters and it looks like he never will. He started to read an acceptable statement but decided to wing it  and spoil it all by throwing in  the idea that there was violence  “on many sides”.  There was not. He’s making it easy for Mike Pence to look good.
 
PRIMAL DECOR- I needed an ear piercing redone but I hate the Mall so much I went online for more options and found out that this place is not far from me,  on Myrtle Avenue. It was a good experience and the staff were very professional. I was the only person in sight without a lot of tats and piercings but they were very welcoming and I would recommend them.  More fun than the Mall !!
 
I-NEED-TO-GET-OUT-MORE-DEPT- As I was leaving said Mall  after my annual visit to BBB  I saw a bunch of objects in the row closest to the street that  looked like hitching posts. Did you know the Mall has electric car chargers??  Good for them!!
 
The ECLIPSE-  From here, you have to drive to Eugene or thereabouts to get the full effect. I was still living in Hawaii in 1991 when we had a full eclipse over there.  It was around 10 or 11 in the morning and the Shipyard didn’t let people off their jobs lightly (something about preparedness)  but I found myself with about 500 of my colleagues up on top of the Supply Building hoping that the roof would hold.  It did.
 
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