BIEN PADRE-  I am endlessly sad about the demise of Bien Padre, the very model of a well-run, well-beloved local business. I met the owner, Benito Lim, many years ago.  I was probably still working at Redwoods United,  trying to find a job for one of our clients. I recall asking him about vacancies and he told me that no one quit once they were hired.  Everyone I talked to there seemed  to be happy, in contrast to most jobsites, where people would love to complain to a sympathetic listener. Sad!

QUITTING  MAGS- Have you ever noticed how easy it is to subscribe to something and  yet you never seem to get OFF it?  I subscribed to Newsweek for thirty years and stayed with it long after Tina What’s- her name turned it into a chaotic mess.  Now, I’m so glad to be getting TIME instead. The next candidate for the chopping block is Condé Nast Traveler  from which I planned my longish trip to Europe in 1994.  Their photography convinced  me to visit Brittany, for which I will ever be grateful,  but their latest issue, like most of the recent ones, is useless unless you like spending $500 a night  to stay someplace. And their fashion spreads are ridiculous.  If I ever take another travel mag, it would be something like the old Frommer’s which was bought out by Lonely Planet several years ago. I guess everyone’s going online for their travel  info, though.  Not to worry, I’m still subscribing to The Times-Standard, the Mad River Union, the New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, Allure, Better Homes, Sunset, the Washington Post (digital  only) , Coastal Living (good for recipes) and a number of train mags and political newsletters. a I will always prefer a paper mag to online because I like slouching in my recliner and I don’t like tablets or anything with a small screen. I wonder what is going to happen with Rolling Stone.  The latest issue weighs a TON,  and although the articles look good, it’s really not user-friendly.  BTW,  Time’s current issue, about the South,  is a must-read.

GOOD EXPERIENCES- lunch with a friend at Gallagher’s,  which I tend to forget about.  Their halibut and chips just can’t be beat.  Also my first acquaintance  with Conti’s service station on Harris, whose staff is friendly and efficient s and couldn’t have been more helpful replacing my battery.  That is one busy station!!  Finally, when my battery died in Murphy’s parking lot,  one of their staff gave me her cell to call AAA with.  Of course I didn’t bring MY phone!  What can happen only three blocks from home?   Plenty, of course.  Thanks to everyone.

WHY IS ANYONE STILL ON FACEBOOK?  Because they WANT their data to be misused? Because they can’t figure out how to share their cat videos on email?  Someone please explain it to me.  I confess I still have an account but I only use it to check “I Remember In Eureka When”.  Within three or four years, mark my words,  FB will be going out of business and there will be a new platform too which you can migrate your cat videos.

Someone said recently that the President Trump MOST resembles is Nixon and the President he LEAST resembles is Eisenhower. Discuss among yourselves.

I am sneezing from the smoke and my cousin’s cousin lost his home in Redding.  God bless the firefighters!



2 thoughts on “SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, August 6, 2018

  1. With regard to Facebook, check out the new book by Jaron Lanier entitled “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now”.(Henry Holt, $18)

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