Short Ribs and Random Thoughts- Nov 14, 2017

WHAT’S A FINIAL???  If you know what it is, you’re one of the few. Recently I knocked a lampshade off its lamp and when I tried to find the finial-  the thing that fastens the shade to the harp-  it had vaporized or been stolen by a goblin or something.  It was GONE.  Very weird. I went online and saw that Joann Fabrics claimed to carry finials so I went over there. The clerk didn’t know what a finial was  and couldn’t find what I had just found on the website so I spent awhile waiting and talking with two women who knew exactly what a finial was.  They advised me to try Shafer’s.  The clerk at Joanne eventually gave me what turned out to be a faux final,  wooden,  with no hole and no way to attach it to a harp or anything else. It was kind of like a little chess piece. I ended up at Shafer’s and was turned over to the estimable Chuck Goodwin. He proffered a selection of finals of which I picked the smallest, which came in pairs and looked like thimbles. It was cheap, worked fine and saved me a trip to Pierson’s.  I have ransacked that room and still cannot figure out what happened to the original and this time I can’t blame it on the dog.

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT KFC-Are you ready to admit you miss them?  The holidays  were  MADE for takeout chicken and WINCO’s is pretty bad.  There’s no relief unless you want to drive to Redding or Healdsburg.  Or Costco, whose chicken is good but not as festive as good ole KFC.  BTW, the Chic-Fil-A on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa DID make it through the fire.  Let me know if you’re making  a run. 

CRACKER BARREL- Speaking of food, is anyone excited about Cracker Barrel moving into California?  I didn’t think so. They are opening in Victorville, then Rocklin,  good redneck neighborhoods both.  I’ve had two meals at CB. The one in Knoxville was awful the one in Joplin was terrific. Go figure. 

PORE WITTLE PUTIN-His buddy Trump wants to save him from being insulted by

questions about the attempted (and maybe successful) hijack of the American election of 2016. Trump’s nose is so for far up Vlad’s ass it’s not only an embarrassment, it’s an indicator that he has no judgment when it comes it comes to America’s prime enemy. And this is the President who’s supposed to keep us safe?   He doesn’t have the guts to confront Putin (Or China OR the Mexicans).  Today he defended Putin while calling our intelligence personnel “hacks”. He believes what that KGB thug says over our generals and security experts. This man is not fit for his office and it becomes clearer every day.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT-  I’m not an expert but  know one thing: Some employers tolerate sexual harassment, some don’t.   l’ve always been lucky enough to work for the latter, or maybe I just gravitated  toward work in government and nonprofits. My first job out of college was with Blue Shield, a government contractor.  My friend who worked upstairs in the corporate HQ was harassed by one of the VPs.  She got him fired and the whole company knew about it. I never felt I had to put up with anything offensive but  I’ve had more choices than most women. And I’ve never been an aspiring actress who depended on the perp for employment.  God bless the women who are coming forward, however belatedly.

FINNTOWN VS FINNETOWNE:  What the heck is going on over thereWednesday’s Times-Standard was the time I saw the “new” spelling and frankly I am nauseated.  What are they planning over there? Shoppes?  Bars and Grilles?  Gentrification is raising its ugly head!. This reminds me of the old joke about the guy who built houses on Billy Goat Hill and marketed them as Angora Heights. Something tells me the rugged sailors and  shipbuilders who settled our Bay would not appreciate the effete spelling. Stop it now!

IF I THOUGHT I COULD GET AWAY WITH DECKING  HIM, I WOULD TOO:  Rand Paul has got to be the most annoying politician in the country, yet he managed to spend 17 years living next door to that doctor (in a gated development in Bowling Green OH). without incident.  Mark my words, this has the smell of an HOA gone wrong. When I was still living in Honolulu, Chris’ parents bought a gorgeous penthouse overlooking Diamond Head and the Zoo. One Sunday we went over to visit and shortly after we arrived they were visited by the  president of their tenants’ association. They settled in to talk and TWO HOURS LATER they were still going on and on about leaves in the pool and whose kids were making noise. I remember telling Chris on our way down in the elevator that I would NEVER live in a place with an HOA. And I never have.


OLIGARCHS-  Do we have oligarchs in Humboldt?  The dictionaries define an oligarchy as government by the few. The first name that comes to mind is Rob Arkley but you can’t be a oligarch by yourself. There have to be other oligarchs to plot with. Personally, I don’t think we’re very well set up for oligarchs. Your opinions welcomed.

ROY MOORE-  Poor Alabama! Routinely in the bottom two or three States in all the  numbers that count, they can’t catch a break.  They even have a ballet festival in Birmingham but they’re not fooling anyone. Harper Lee was no Faulkner and Roy Moore is an ignorant creep who admits to fondling a fourteen year-old. Is there another State in the Union where this guy would be running for Senator?   But wait!  There’s more!   The GOP’s nominee for a lifetime Federal judge position  has never practiced law!   And Mitch & Co are okay with this. Check it out HERE.

TRUMP ON PUTIN- “I can’t stand there and argue with him”.  Yes, you can!  That’s your job! Start doing it!

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING- Do you fall for that BOGO stuff?  You can’t tell if it’s a bargain unless you know what the regular price is. And if the product is new  to you, you can get stuck with two of something you don’t  like. I’m one of those annoying people who give popcorn tins as presents. I love them! I’m working on a whole wall of them in the garage filed with Christmas stuff, lights, etc.  They’re great for storage. As long as you don’t have to look at them.

Rolling Stone did a really nice piece on Jerry Brown in their October 19  issue.  As their piece by Tim Dickinson  points out ,”When Brown returned to (Sacramento) in 2011, California’s finances were a horror show..But with a combination of tax ahikes and temporary belt-tightening, California eliminated a $25 billion deficit, paid off $32 billion in debt and has stocked away a rainy-day fund that will soon top $8 billion…. In the past five years, with just 12 per cent of the US population, California has driven one-quarter of America’s economic growth. The state’s greatest challenge today is a downside of  a hot economy :  an affordable-housing crisis and a spike in homelessness.”  Hard to believe there are still people who call him Moonbeam.



PLAGIARISM hits the Mad River Union-  Check out their latest issue.  They had to fire their sports editor and what a blow to a small community paper. Jack and Kevin put out a great paper.  What a shame!

According to the Biz News papers, Santa Rosa lost fully 5% of their housing stock in the fire. Will folks be moving up here as a result? I was pleased to find out that the Sandman, the handiest, most affordable motel in SR, made it through the fire. I must have stayed there a dozen times when I worked for the State. Glad they made it through.

Last week’s  New Yorker had a piece about Mike Pence that was a lot more interesting than it had any right to be.  Did you know that he served 12 years in Congress without having  a single bill passed?  Talk about useless!  Javanka  apparently pushed him for Veep. I’ve claimed since our trip last year that Indiana is the weirdest State.

LIU’S -is not dead, they’re only sleeping or on vacation.  We pulled into their parking lot Friday to find they’d posted a sign saying they would be closed until November15th.  Hope they’re having a good time!   Liu’s is a good dependable  restaurant.  I like their broccoli beef and the hot and sour soup.

MORE BAD NEWS-  the Benbow construction project, which was supposed to be competed about now, is not.   They’re talking December but that’s just gossip. I hope they’ll be able to recover from the loss of revenue. People are still staying there, but I’m sure they’ve had lots of cancellations.  We cancelled my birthday party there  because of the construction.  Hurry back, Benbow!  We need you. There was no finer place to have a drink and some lunch than the old bar and I’m sure the replacement will be equally wonderful.  Especially on a winter day.

Didja notice that Trump gave himself a “10” for his handling of the Puerto Rico crisis? With 80% of the power still out? He must grade on a curve.

Does anyone watch the North Coast News on Ch 7? Have you noticed any rightwing propaganda yet? Please let me know if you do. That was supposed to be the result of the recent sale to Sinclair.  If you see clips with Sebastian Gorka commentaries, that’s a tell.

HSU FOOTBALL- I went to my first HSU football game when I was 17. It was also my last, but I do hope they’ll  be able to salvage the  program. At this point,  it seems the community wants it more than the  school does. There IS something beautiful about a football game on a Fall day except that the players break their necks. Would anyone show up for flag football? Why not?

EUREKA is going all-out  for Hallowe’en this year. I’ve never seen so many displays. Will we see a lot of Trump masks?   Would go well with a Dracula costume. You’re welcome.