Short Ribs OCT 23 2018

“ROGUE KILLERS”   Gee, I didn’t know Mike Pompeo was a trained investigator.  The amiable buffoon allowed himself to be dispatched to Riyadh to provide credibility to the Saudi fake “rogue killer” story.  He traveled all that way to prove he’s a fool?

“CRIMINALS POURING ACROSS THE BORDER ” NYT’S EMILY COCHRANE reports (@ESCochrane): “I asked President Trump what evidence he had that ‘hardened criminals’ are trying to enter the country. ‘Oh please, please, don’t be a baby,’ was his response.”   At least two TV networks have stationed reporters with the caravan and they seem to be finding mostly women and children. Hmmmmm.

NIKKI HALEY  profiled in the WAPO.  She’s pretty formidable.  Running in 2020?  Read about her HERE

-Our Fake President is fond of murderous tyrants like Kim and the Saudis.  What more do you need to know about where he would be trying to lead our country if he had the leadership ability to do so? At this point, his incompetence is expensive but not determinative.  I wonder what his excuse will be when the GOP loses big in the midterms?  Oh,  right, blame everyone else.  Meanwhile the lies just go on and on.  Did you hear the one about how the Democrats have financed the caravan from Honduras? His screeching has long since become unendurable.

MISTER FISH-   I wasn’t a frequent customer of Mr Fish.  The owner was so rude I’d get my friends to go in so I wouldn’t have to. He survived a long time considering how obnoxious he was.   The last couple of years he was less offensive but his reputation was well-established.  It would be nice if someone else bought it  but  I’ve gotten used to buying my fish at WINCO, where I run into  the local restaurateurs buying theirs. And there’s always someone selling  tuna on the docks. We’ll survive.

CLOSINGS IN EUREKA-  But the big picture is awful.  In the past year or so we’ve lost Bien Padre, Roy’s Club,  the motorcycle café,  Bless My Soul, and I’m sure you can think of others. Can cannabis replace them? Not really. I even miss the old Marie Callender’s .  Christmas is coming and I used to love their quiche as an easy lunch for entertaining.

AVENATTI FIRM IN RENT DISPUTE-  of course in any case involving lawyers, it’s escalated to  multi -million dollar claims.  Read the LA Times account HERE.

GIVE yourself plenty of time to mark your ballot-  it’s HUGE this time.  I do mine curled up in front of the TV.  I really wonder who the  folks are who still trudge down to the polling place. And why.

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Short Ribs and Random Thoughts, November 29 2017

The constant onslaught of idiocy from the White House is so depressing I don’t blame people who have stopped paying attention. Just remember to wake up in time to vote this year.

ONE TURKEY DOWN-  David Marcus has finally quit the PD’s office and slunk off into the sunset and we the voters have yet to receive a decent explanation for his hiring in the first place.  WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE??? Who wanted him hired??  One of the Supes? In the absence of any other explanation, I’ll take that one.  Remember, elections are coming.

NIGHT MARKETS- have been a big thing in Asia for years  and I’ve wondered why we don’t do them here.  Finally,  they had one in Arcata’s Creamery District and I’m wondering how it went. Wouldn’t more people come to the Farmers’ Markets if they were in the evening? I think so.

COSTCO-  I just called in  a prescription to COSTCO and was delighted to find that their automated system now keeps track of your prescriptions and offers refills for the ones that are coming due.  At least ONE thing that ‘s improved. 

THANKSGIVING-  probably my least favorite  Holiday.  It’s too darn close to Christmas. This year,  for the first time,  I ordered the whole meal from Murphy’s and I have to say they did a good job.  Thank God I had a guest from the Bay Area who willingly took the leftover turkey home with him. I’m not real big on turkey.  For sandwiches, I prefer chicken, which you can get at WINCO. My friend drove off talking about turkey soup and turkey enchiladas.  He can have them.  Remember the hot turkey sandwiches at Stanton’s?  Now THOSE were good!

SHORT RIBS- on sale at Safeway for $5.99 through Tuesday the 5th.   And already it’s December!!!!

Welcome to Our City, Chief Mills

     Sometimes the consultants get it right. 

     The headhunters charged with finding us a new police chief- excuse me, I meant another new police chief- stated it correctly: “Eureka is unique, a rural area with serious urban issues.” Chief Mills is apparently going into this with his eyes wide open. And I guess it’s just a coincidence that the Chief is arriving just at a time when I feel my home town being taken away from me.

     I live a simple life. When I moved into my very average house in Cutten, all I demanded  was a good yard for dogs, closeby amenities like a grocery to minimize driving and  a sense of safety and security. Do I still have it? Not so much,  since a few months ago when a parolee from Oregon went on a rampage starting at Walnut and Redwood and smashed a few car windows before racing through my neighbors’ backyards before eventually being apprehended nearby.  Why he skipped my yard is a mystery.  Maybe he’s afraid of old dogs. All I know is, the tranquility is gone. 

     There was a time when I could walk my dog in Sequoia Park. Not any more. There are too many shady characters lurking along the pathways looking for a quick pickup or a drug deal. Some of them were involved in a shooting on Glatt Street the other day. But the real reason I can’t walk my dog there anymore is the huge number of unleashed or unsupervised dogs. The folks who enter the park on the Glatt Street side walk right past the sign advising that all pets must be on a leash. A large family approached me with a pit bull that was on a leash,  alright, but it was one of those extendable leashes and they thought it was just hilarious to let their dog growl and snap at my dog while letting it approach to within about half an inch. My dog was terrified and tried to get away. I ended up face down in the mud but managed to hang onto my dog. Then I had to listen to how sorry they were. I regret to this day I didn’t call the police but I was so shaken up I didn’t even get their license.

      So there’s assignment No. 1, Chief. Reclaim Sequoia  Park for us.  Instead of parking a black and white on W Street to catch those villains (like me) who don’t come to a complete stop at the corner, how about putting a black and white near the Glatt Street entrance?  A little deterrence there could do wonders. Let’s try it.  

     As I said, I live a simple life.  I shop at Winco at least twice a month but now that people are being carjacked in the Winco parking lot in broad daylight, it doesn’t seem as welcoming as it used to. Or as safe. Can you help us with ensuring folks can patronize our biggest grocery store without placing themselves and their kids in jeopardy? We’d sure appreciate it.

     I suppose you’ve heard about the series of spectacular car-pedestrian and car-motorcyle collisions.  Fifth Street is a death trap for pedestrians, especially those of us who actually try to use the clearly marked crosswalks, especially at the corner by Denny’s. When I took driving at Eureka High, they used to tell us that “pedestrians have the right of way in California”.  How about a little enforcement? It couldn’t hurt, could it?  I turn at the intersection of H and Hodgson nearly every day of my life.  I am usually impressed with the politeness  of the other drivers but that wreck the other day hit pretty close to home.  It’s sobering to think that the only thing between you and sudden death is a split second of someone  else’s attention. A stoplight or an officer nearby would do wonders. 

     So Chief, we’re glad to have you here,  and glad that you’re going to go through with this career change although it must have been disconcerting to learn that the fellow who hired you is moving on himself after only nine months on the job. When you need a break,  take a stroll through the Sequoia Park gardens.  One of your  predecessors and his wife have devoted thousands of hours to maintaining the flowers because the city can’t afford to. It’s that kind of town. 

     Welcome to Eureka .