-Here’s Jeffrey Toobin’s take on Trump:

“Today is actually a significant moment in American history. We’ve only had 45 presidents. And here we now we know, that one of them was elected with the explicit and intentional help of a foreign power, in violation of American law, with the aggressive and open support of the candidate” who benefited from the crimes…

Jeffrey Toobin on “AC360…”

In the current Sunset, I was astounded to read a plug for the Sandman motel in Santa Rosa.  When I worked for the State,  I must have stayed there a dozen times, always with the thought that, although it wasn’t luxe, it was cheap  enough for State employees. They were NOT damaged in the fire, although they barely escaped, and now they have relaunched themselves,  adding a restaurant  for breakfast, in place of the bagels they used to push. You used to have to go to the McDonald’s next door if you wanted any protein. I’m dyin’ to see if they have really changed much.  Their new rate in $177, about $50 more than before the fire.  Where will the poor State employees go?

“WHAT TIME DOES THE BALLOON GO UP?”  Do you remember the Archie comics, in which there was a heavy girl named Portia and a wag named Jackson who used to crow, every time Portia showed up, “What time does the balloon go up?”  Not PC,  but funny as hell. I find myself thinking of that phrase  whenever  I see that blimp or balloon or whatever it is with the likeness of  Baby Trump. I don’t think it’s a blimp because  blimps have  engines  and this doesn’t look like it does, but it’s a perfect reflection of his immaturity and ignorance.  I hope someone makes them commercially available SOON..

Eureka native Sara Bareilles received a Tony nomination the other day, this time for her performance opposite John Legend in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. WHY doesn’t she get more attention at home? WHEN will she do a concert for the home folks?

YAY FRANCE! for beating the Croatians in Moscow to win the World Cup.  Yes, alliances matter!  Yes, we love the French and always will, if they’re still speaking to us after the  Trump era ends.

Speaking of France, have you  been watching the Tour de France? It’s on Suddenlink Ch 57, at odd times.  It’s like a travelogue  and I love it. My knowledge of France is limited to Paris and Brittany and the Tour always includes a stretch in Brittany,  the northwest edge of France. Stage 5 went right through L’Orient, where I attended a Celtic Festival.  The Bretons do not consider themselves French and when I bought my ticket I noticed that they didn’t appreciate folks who fumbled their way in French, so I stepped right up and ordered in English and got nothing but smiles.  What a treat to see the town(s) I had driven though filled with riders and fans. I get tired just watching them.


Sara Bareilles just keeps on racking them up

Eureka’s own Sara Bareilles is making more news on Broadway. Her musical “Waitress“, which opened last spring at the Brooks Atkinson, continues its run with the composer herself taking on the title role of Jenna, a diner waitress. She’ll be there for the ten weeks following March 31and  they’re not selling tickets after June 30  so move now if you want to see our girl.  Decent tickets go for $170.  

It’s amazing to me that so little attention is paid to her.  What other Eurekan in the musical world has had such success?  Nominated for a Grammy ten times , for God’s sake,  yet the average Eurekan  has never heard of her.  What’s that quote about “a prophet without honor”? The Chamber should set a “Sara Bareilles Day” and we should have a parade. We don’t have a lot of celebrities and never hear from most of them.  Guy Fieri isn’t really from Eureka but is incredibly generous to the  Ferndale schools and always shows up for the County Fair. Jeff Bridges has never been helpful to the town where his father grew up. I don’t know where MIke Patton is now.  

You can read about Sara on page 14 of the April 3rd edition of the New Yorker. Sorry, link not available.


Our Own Sara Bareilles On Broadway!

Eureka native Sara Bareilles, already famous for Little Voice and other albums, has composed the music and lyrics for a Broadway musical,  now in previews, based on the movie Waitress. Remember that one?  With Keri Russell? The  New Yorker describes it as “based on the 2007 film about a small-town waitress who enters a baking contest.”  Maybe our other local luminary, Guy Fieri, should be involved.  Tix are available tomorrow HERE and start at $150.

Let’s wish Sara a good long run. You go, girl!