A Bird’s Eye View #521 – 22nd November, 2017

November 23rd, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Thanksgiving is upon us! My favorite holiday of the year when all you have to do is eat, drink, and be merry, and in some case make sure Uncle Fred is just napping and hasn’t actually left this mortal coil. It’s a great all-dayer – from the inevitably of Hummingbird’s Detroit Lions losing in the morning as you enjoy some medicinal Bloody Mary’s, through the scramble for the turkey leg in the early-afternoon (a scramble I rarely come up short on obviously), on through the hot turkey sandwich and pinot noir binge around 8pm, to the concluding chocolate chip ice cream and cookies blow-out with a little brandy for more medicinal purposes late at night. This is, in my humble opinion, quite possibly the most civilized day of activities that this country has yet come up with… Well done, U.S.A.!…

On to a far less edifying topic -, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up until now – The U.S. Presidency… As we take stock of Donald Trump’s election a little over a year ago, in my mind, the most basic threat of Trumpism is the ‘War on Truth.’ ‘The Dictators’ Club’ of autocratic world leaders want to abolish the line between fact and fiction and truth and lie. The Putins and Erdogans come to mind. They figure if you don’t know what’s true, and you don’t think you can ever know, that pretty soon everybody will accept that democracy is no longer possible.
It’s hard not to immediately think of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts,” or what Dan Rather and others call the “post-truth” politics of the present.
The president, certainly, has almost no regard for whether or not something is true. It is largely irrelevant, in his view, what actually happened, so long as enough people will believe his version of events. His blow-up with a Gold Star family over a condolence call last month actually began when he made the wild claim out of thin air that previous presidents did not make condolence calls. That was completely untrue, but this is basically routine at this point. Fact-checking services like Politifact have scored as much as 69 percent of what the president says as having some degree of false. An incredibly high percentage… Furthermore, his forays into history are frequently disastrous, because he knows nothing of what actually happened and, rather than learn before speaking, simply makes something up. He described Frederick Douglass—an African-American icon who died in 1895—as “someone who is doing a terrific job that is being recognized by more and more people”… It would be laughable if he was a comedian or annoying blowhard in the bar, but he is the President of the U.S.A….
However, the rhetoric can also be more sinister. Trump has laid the groundwork for an argument that the FBI director should report to him directly, at a time when the FBI is integral to a Justice Department investigation into whether members of his campaign colluded with Russia. Making up history to justify exerting more control over the federal law enforcement apparatus, contrary to the rule of law? Yes – Trump is getting close to becoming the next member of that “Dictator’s Club… Every citizen should be concerned…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Last week we covered Boonville so this week let’s concentrate on the options outside the Valley’s main ‘metropolis’ (?)… Stone and Embers in The Madrones south of Philo is open from Noon to 8pm five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember!… And down in the Deep End, the Happy Hour at The Bewildered Pig has the Sunday brunch from 11am-2.30pm and new winter hours for dinner are from 5-8.30pm Thursday-Sunday… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’… p.s. Obviously there are a number of daytime eating options here in the Valley, many of them extremely good, but most folks ask me about the evening dining choices due to those restaurants’ often confusing and irregular hours, and with a lack of space I am limited to highlighting only those evening options for now…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have no more visits to the Valley this month. They have one visit scheduled next month, their final trip to A.V. in 2017, and that is scheduled for Thursday, December 14… #545 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!…#546 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market is now at their Winter venue outside at Seabass Winery alongside the General Store in Boonville every Saturday morning, 9.30am-Noon. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #547 – The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, November 28. For full schedule go to https://www.mendocinocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=13548. They are here in the Valley on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… However, tomorrow, Thursday, November 23rd, the Senior Center will be closed for Thanksgiving…Then, next Tuesday, November 28th, the evening meal served at 6pm, will be Lasagna with Tiramisu for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a turkey… So, until we talk again – be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; show love to your pets, they will be faithful and true to you to the last beat of their hearts; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture – saddened but ultimately comforted in the knowledge that the old hare has safely moved to his new burrow in the sky…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Skylark – read any good books lately?… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is…

A Bird’s Eye View #520 – 15th November, 2017

November 16th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… First, I must point out that almost everything below is true, probably around 99%. However, the whole truth is withheld because, as a wise Valley man known as Deekin’ once said, “If I told you the whole truth then you’d be as smart as me”… I like your thinkin,’ Deekin’…
Let’s start this week with another in our series, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up until now – The U.S. Presidency… The US is set to become isolated in its stance on the Paris climate agreement, after reports that Syria is preparing to join the deal. The Paris deal unites the world’s nations in tackling climate change and Syria and Nicaragua were the only nations outside the deal when it was agreed in 2015. Nicaragua signed in October. In June the US said it would withdraw, but the rules of the agreement state that this cannot be done until 2020. Meanwhile, French officials said US President* Donald Trump had not been invited to December’s climate summit in Paris… I see – so Trump and his cronies believe the US is right and the rest of the world is wrong… It is this kind of narrow and shortsighted politicking and posturing that Trump is so fond of. Unfortunately many folks still agree with him. And there are few in the Republican Party and even less of those in his inner circle who have the gumption to stand up to him. It is sad to see so many folks in power who are so busy with serving themselves. When referring to such people, it would appear that the slogan should be ‘Make Americans Great Again”…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Just Downtown Boonville this week… In geographical order on Highway 128… Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant in Philo fame) as the Guest Chef on Monday evenings from 5-9pm, while their regular hours remain Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch, and dinner on Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm… Lizbby’s, the Mexican Restaurant in downtown Boonville, can be enjoyed Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm, serving breakfast on Saturday, closed on Sunday… The Buckhorn Pub has announced their winter hours: Monday and Wednesday: 4pm open, 11pm bar; Thursday: 11am open, 11pm bar; Friday: 11am open, midnight bar; Saturday: 10am open, midnight bar; Sunday: 10am open, 11pm bar; Kitchen open until 9pm every night; Brunch at weekends 10am-3pm; closed Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel is no longer open on Monday evenings but continues with their family-style, prix fixe menu on Thursday thru’ Sunday evenings. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… The Q and Aquarelle, aka Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, continue their ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to many of their previous favorites, and are open from 4-8pm, Friday thru’ Sunday… The Redwood Drive-In just keeps on doing what they do, with reliable hours that everyone can remember and rely on – 6am-8pm every day! And don’t forget to try the donuts… And that’s it for now – next week I’ll have the rest of the Valley’s dining venues… Until then, remember that ‘eating out is fun’…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #543 – The AV Fire and Ambulance Department will be holding their Open House this coming Saturday, November 18, from 11am-4pm. Lots of stuff to see and enjoy. There will be complimentary burgers served until they run out and free burn permits available, not to mention a Bouncy Castle… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit to the Valley this month. That is tomorrow, Thursday, November 16 from 2-4pm. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. They have one visit next month, the final one of 2017, and that is scheduled for Thursday, December 14. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them – making this an even better service than it already is!… #545 – This Saturday, June 24, sees the next Pop-Up ‘Open Mic’ night at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville. Dinner served 5 to 9 before the Open Mic starts at 9 pm. All are welcome – musicians, singers, poets, writers, impressionists, magicians, comedians, exotic dancers, animal callers, etc. No clowns – apparently they would scare any kids who might be there, and no mimes, please – they scare almost everyone else! For more information call 895-3869… #546 – The Anderson Valley Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on A.V. Way, visiting the Museum is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. It is not without reason that it is generally regarded as ‘The Best Little Museum in the West’… #546 – The A.V. Lending Library takes place at The Fairgrounds and is run by The Unity Club. They are open Tuesday 1.30-4.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… Tomorrow, Thursday, November 16, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Smothered Steak / Holy Cow Cake… Then, next Tuesday, November 21, the lunch will feature Citrus Cod / Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week! Next Thursday, November 23, the Senior Center will be closed for Thanksgiving… Remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

Moving quickly on to a few of the topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge – yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley, a somewhat secret location that sees people get together and share their thoughts about life in Anderson Valley and often far beyond…
… My ration of successfully coming up to a green light as opposed to a red one at the traffic stop on Highway 253 is 2-of-77 at this point… Can I assume others are doing any better?… The good news is that the CalTran workers don’t seem to scowl at us menacingly like they used to… I almost miss it…
… Great turnout of 102 people for the Veterans Day of Remembrance held last Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery… Even some dignitaries made it from over the hill – District Attorney C. David Eyster and Supervisor Dan Hamburg. It was much appreciated I’m sure – and it is not even an election year for them!… (Half joking)…
… Why was the Elementary School closed on Monday? Yes, yet another day off… Skeptics who remember the knee-jerk closures last spring due to some inclement rain and wind will be relieved to know it was not due to the rainfall this week. A little bird told me that it was in fact a water issue of a different kind. Apparently, in a move that was long overdue, the head water guy was ‘let go’ a few weeks ago. Has his replacement been hired in this period of time? If not, why not? Is this actually rocket science?… I think we should be told…

Oh, dear, have I upset somebody? “Whatevs” as the younger crowd might say… I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again – be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; show love to your pets, they will be faithful and true to you to the last beat of their hearts; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. On the sheep, Grace… Keep on humming, Hummingbird…
Missing the Venerable Pheasant…

A Bird’s Eye View #519 – 8th November, 2017

November 9th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Let’s start this week with the Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #543 – A very special event will take place on Saturday, November 11th at the Evergreen Cemetery on A.V. Way just north of Boonville. It’s in the annual observance of Veterans Day and will start at 10.30am. Everyone is encouraged to attend as the American Legion, with the assistance of Steve Sparks, Kirk Wilder and friends, plan to commemorate those in the military who have died and thank those who continue to serve their country. It should be stressed that this is neither an overtly political nor religious ceremony. Hopefully this important event will be well supported by our community – I urge you to please think seriously about attending… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital are scheduled to visit the Valley once more this month – that will be on Thursday, November 16 from 2-4pm… #545 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday… #546 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market has moved across the street from the Boonville Hotel to their Winter venue outside at Seabass Winery. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #547 – The Anderson Valley Grange is having its regular second Sunday Pancake Breakfast on November 12 from 8.30-11am. Prices range from $5-10 – kids through hungry folks, for a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast… #548 – There will not be a monthly meeting of the A.V. Village until January. This group, formerly the ’Preparation for the Rest of Our Lives’ group, usually meets at Lauren’s Restaurant on the second Sunday of the month to discuss the many issues facing us all in our later years… #549 – The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, November 14. For full schedule go to https://www.mendocinocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=13548. They are here in the Valley on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm.…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… Tomorrow, Thursday, November 9, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken Pot Pie followed by Kentucky Butter Crunch Cake… Then, next Tuesday, November 14, at 6pm, the evening meal will feature Roast Turkey with Pumpkin Pie Bars for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week! The Senior Center Community Bus goes to Santa Rosa on the first Wednesday of the month and has added a second trip this month to help anyone with extra holiday shopping – that’s on Wednesday November 15. These trips fill up fast so don’t forget to sign up early at 489-1175… Hopefully you will be able to attend some of these events and certainly the lunches and dinners, and remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

Moving quickly on to a few of the topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge – yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley, a somewhat secret location that sees people get together and share their thoughts about life in Anderson Valley and often far beyond…
… Hummingbird was in a local Valley business last week and an employee working there accused her of ripping the store off a few days earlier. Completely untrue. Hummingbird was most upset as she protested her innocence and explained that it was clearly a case of mistaken identity. After a short interchange, the rude and aggressive employee retracted the statement, sort off, saying they would have to look at the video tapes again. Hummingbird was incredulous. I know the gene pool for staff around here is thin but a person like this should obviously not work anywhere near the public. I have owned and operated successful businesses in the service industry, and if such an obnoxious and basically nasty and ill-mannered employee worked for me they would most certainly be gone after such an occurrence…
… Many 3-Dot regulars attended the excellent party to celebrate the retirements from our local schools of Val Smith, Jill Rathe, and Vicky Brock last Saturday evening. With the A-Team of Steve Rhoades, Gary Abbott, and Brian Schreiner in charge of the pig roast it was a veritable feast fit for Kings, and Queens of course… We at the 3-Dot wish a long and happy retirement to all three…
…Two regulars and myself found ourselves raving about the chicken curry we had enjoyed from Bruxo, the Valley’s roving high end food truck run by Brooks Schmitt and friends… Unfortunately, Brooks will soon be moving his operation from the Valley for a winter season in the warmer and probably busier climes down in Santa Cruz… We hope to see him and his fine foods back next spring…
… Staying with the local dining scene, I have been informed that The Buckhorn is making a slight change to their hours as winter approaches. They will now not open on Monday and Wednesday until 4pm… They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-midnight, serving weekend brunch each day from 10am-3pm. They are open on Thursday and Friday at 11am and are closed on Tuesdays… To reflect the change of season, menu changes include new “yummy” desserts and an extended pizza menu also…
… I noticed that the sign outside the High School informs us all that on Friday, November 10, there would be ‘No School.’ The reason for this is the observance of Veterans Day. In my humble opinion the younger generations need to be aware of what has gone on before and start to appreciate what they have, and how and why. They should know why they have a day off. It’s part of a full education I would suggest. I hope the high school kids give it a little thought at least…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep…… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin…

A Bird’s Eye View #518 – 1st November, 2017

November 2nd, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… This Saturday night/Sunday morning sees the end of Daylight Savings Time – if you’re wise like myself (?), you’ll turn your clocks back and get an extra hour in bed!…
Let’s begin this week with heartfelt wishes that everyone survived Halloween’s annual ‘Battle on the Streets of Boonville’ between The Invading Zombies and Our Brave and Angry Villagers. The Villagers, with their burning torches and sharpened pitchforks, once again saved the town from those walking corpses who will no doubt would have made things very difficult around here if they had been victorious – certainly with their plans to ban all speed limits, bring in a Starbucks and a Taco Bell, invite outsiders to plant even more vines, open a medical marijuana dispensary in the school cafeteria, and shockingly install a former School Principal as Mayor of Anderson Valley. It was no doubt a worrying evening for us all but I had every confidence in the Villagers coming out on top. If not, I might have found myself this morning ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte – espresso, pumpkin-flavored syrup and steamed milk, topped with sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices. Ridiculous, eh!? All we really need at that time of day in our already complicated lives is just a hot cup of Joe…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #542 – A very special event will take place on Saturday, November 11th at the Evergreen Cemetery on A.V. Way just north of Boonville. It’s in the annual observance of Veterans Day and will start at 10.30am. Everyone is encouraged to attend as the American Legion, with the assistance of Steve Sparks, Kirk Wilder and friends, plan to commemorate those in the military who have died and thank those who continue to serve their country. It should be stressed that this is neither an overtly political nor religious ceremony. Hopefully this important event will be well supported by our community – I urge you to please think seriously about attending… #543 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have two visits to the Valley this month. They will be here tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. They will be back in two week’s time on November 16. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them – making this an even better service than it already is!… #544 – The monthly Barn Sale returns this coming Saturday/Sunday, November 4/5 from 10am-3pm at The Big Barn next to the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on A.V. Way, just north of Boonville… #545 – The Anderson Valley Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on A.V. Way, visiting the Museum is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. It is not without reason that it is generally regarded as ‘The Best Little Museum in the West’… #546 – Starting this coming Saturday, November 4, the Boonville Farmers’ Market will move across the street from their summer location at the Boonville Hotel parking lot to their winter venue at The General Store. They will be there from 9.30am-noon every Saturday morning. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for lunches and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Meat Loaf with Mashed potatoes and gravy followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, November 7, the lunch will feature Beef and Broccoli with Peach Cobbler for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!… From our 3-Dot Lounge regular, The Old Buzzard, comes a few of his thoughts on a misty morning up at The Nest down in the Deep End… “Donald Trump’s approval rating had fallen to 38%, its lowest level since he took office… In civil war-ravaged Syria, the legacy of the governing Assad regime’s strategy is dead bodies, refugees, destroyed homes, and the death from starvation of children on an unimaginable scale. And the world powers just watch and wait to see where they can most profit… Moving to a couple of far more cheerful topics… Last Saturday’s Oktoberfest event to benefit the Senior Center resulted in a wonderful evening spent at the Big Barn located at the A.V. Farm Supply. The sausages, sauerkraut, and warm potato salad dinner, followed by the apple/nut dessert, all washed down with fine ales in the appropriately decorated location made for a great time and those who were not there are advised not to miss out next year… ‘Well done!’ to the hard-working Senior Center Board and their team of volunteers!… And later that evening the community turned out in big numbers and great costumes to enjoy the annual Halloween Party at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville featuring the great live band, Bonfire… Yes, life goes on in Anderson Valley’s bucolic bubble, as it must of course…”
I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again – be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Keep on humming, Hummingbird… Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace…

A Bird’s Eye View #517 – 25th October, 2017

October 26th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Let’s start this week with another in our series, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up until now – The U.S. Presidency…
In an era of renewed political activism in major American sports leagues, Gregg Popovich has the assuredness of a seasoned veteran. The San Antonio Spurs head coach is a five-time NBA champion and a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he has always had vision that extends beyond the game. The Wall Street Journal once explored quite wonderfully how Popovich discusses and tests his players on American history and current events, with the ultimate goal that they will be more informed and discerning citizens. He has mused openly about whether America is an empire in decline akin to Rome, and how Donald Trump seems to think the presidency is “a game show.”
So it was no surprise to see an interview with Popovich after the same Donald J. Trump produced one of the more grotesque lies in a years-long line of them Monday. Trump threw out the wild accusation that President Obama and “others” among his presidential predecessors did not call the families of American military service members killed in combat. This was not true in any way, but Trump seemed to throw it out there to see if it would stick—and to deflect attention from the fact he had not yet spoken publicly about the deaths of four Green Berets in Niger two weeks ago.
The appalling episode struck such a chord with Popovich, an Air Force veteran, that he called up Dave Zirin of The Nation magazine and insisted his comments go on the record. He did not disappoint.
“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”
At this point, Zirin said, he thought Popovich didn’t have the words to go forward with the conversation. But then:
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
Wow – has anyone summed up the current awful situation any better? Excellent work, Pop!…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Last week we covered Boonville so this week let’s concentrate on the options outside the Valley’s main ‘metropolis’ (?)… Stone and Embers in The Madrones south of Philo is open from Noon to 8pm five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember!… And down in the Deep End, the Happy Hour at The Bewildered Pig has the Sunday brunch from 11am-2.30pm and dinner is served from 5.30-9pm Thursday-Sunday… Meanwhile, Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck roams the Valley and is tentatively at the A.V Brewery Visitor Center on Friday and Sunday, noon to 7pm; the Boonville Hotel on Wednesday, noon to 8pm; and at Balo Winery on Thursday evenings. I suggest you check their Facebook page for confirmation of these days and times… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #542 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital had to cancel last week’s visit the Valley due to the number of injured pets arriving at their hospital in Ukiah following the fires. At this time, while still being inundated with such situations, they are unsure of being able to visit the Valley again this month. However, they are scheduled to visit twice in November – on Thursdays 2 and 16…#543 – It’s the annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser for the Senior Center, this coming Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Big Barn in Philo, next to the Anderson Valley Farm Supply. Happy Hour is at 5pm with Dinner to follow at 6pm. The menu features Pork sausage, Beer-steeped sauerkraut, German-style warm potato salad with onions and bacon, and dessert. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks served. Tickets are $30, that covers dinner and dessert, a beverage of your choice, and $10 donation to the Senior Center. Tickets are limited so get them early from the A.V. Senior Center (895-3609), Lemons’ Market, or A.V. Market in Boonville… #544 – The A.V. Lending Library takes place at The Fairgrounds and is run by The Unity Club. They are open Tuesday 1.30-4.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm… #545 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!… #546 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market concludes its summer season on Saturday, October 28 from 9.30am-noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot. Starting on November 4 they will move across the street to their Winter venue at The General Store. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, October 26, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Creamy Poblano Soup followed by Banana Cake… Then, next Tuesday, October 31, the lunch will feature Chicken with Kale and  then Berry Cream Dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week! ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…
I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; the hot weather is back with us so please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture – saddened but ultimately comforted in the knowledge that the old hare has safely moved to his new burrow in the sky…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Skylark – read any good books lately?… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is…

A Bird’s Eye View #516 – 18th October, 2017

October 19th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Let’s start this week with a quick update on the some evening dining options here in the Valley that has not appeared for a few weeks. This week, due to space restrictions, let’s concentrate on Boonville only… Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant in Philo fame) as the Guest Chef on Monday evenings from 5-9pm, while their regular hours remain Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch, and dinner on Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm… Lizbby’s, the Mexican Restaurant in downtown Boonville, can be enjoyed Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm, serving breakfast on Saturday, closed on Sunday… The Buckhorn pub and restaurant is open 10am-11pm on Sunday; 11am-11pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 11am-midnight Friday; 10am-midnight on Saturday. Dinner served to 9pm every day; brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel continues with their family-style, prix fixe menu and their opening hours are Thursday thru’ Monday evenings. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… The Q and Aquarelle, formerly Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, continue their ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to many of their previous favorites, from 4-8pm, Friday thru’ Sunday… The Redwood Drive-In just keeps on doing what they do, with reliable hours that everyone can remember and rely on (6am-8pm every day!) – don’t forget to try the donuts… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital had to cancel last week’s visit the Valley due to the number of burnt pets arriving at their hospital in Ukiah following the fires. At this time, while still being inundated with injured pets, they are unsure of being able to visit the Valley again this month. However, they are tentatively scheduled to visit twice in November – on Thursdays 2 and 16… #545 – The Anderson Valley Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on A.V. Way, visiting the Museum is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. It is not without reason that it is generally regarded as ‘The Best Little Museum in the West’…  #546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, October 17. Phone 463-4694 for confirmation. They are usually here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm.… #547 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday from 9.30am-noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot generously donated each week by community-spirited hotelier, J Schmitt. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #548 – It’s the annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser for the Senior Center, on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Big Barn in Philo, next to the Anderson Valley Farm Supply. Happy Hour is at 5pm with Dinner to follow at 6pm. The menu features Pork sausage, Beer-steeped sauerkraut, German-style warm potato salad with onions and bacon, and dessert. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased. Tickets are $30, which covers dinner and dessert, a beverage of your choice, and a $10 donation to the Senior Center. Tickets are limited so get them early from the A.V. Senior Center (895-3609), Lemons’ Market, or A.V. Market in Boonville…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… Tomorrow, Thursday, October 19, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken Gloria followed by Bayou Brownies… Then, next Tuesday, October 24, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Sausage Skillet with Peanut and Chocolate Bars for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!…

From our investigative reporter and social commentator, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “There seem to be at least two core misunderstandings in the Confederate monument debate. First, there’s the notion that the Confederate states seceded from the Union and then fought a Civil War for ‘states’ rights.’ Of course, the ‘rights’ they sought to preserve were the rights of certain citizens to own other human beings. Second, there’s the idea that tearing down monuments is erasing history. But, we don’t really learn history from monuments – we use books and museums. Monuments are for honoring people, and they serve as symbols. In the case of Confederate monuments, they are statements of white supremacy in this society.
“Obviously it’s any private citizen’s free speech right to erect a monument to Robert E. Lee or raise a Confederate flag on their own property. But these symbols cannot be given pride of place in public squares, granted the authority of the state, and the tacit approval of this society as they communicate the message that one race of citizens is superior. More than that, they memorialize traitors to the United States of America who committed armed sedition to protect the institution of chattel slavery in this country, at a cost of more than 600,000 American lives. We must try to remember and learn from the whole history—particularly the worst parts. But we do not need to honor the worst with monuments in public parks and squares. Surely they belong in museums with signs alongside stating the historical facts that pertain to them. As long as they remain the symbols of white supremacy and hate groups it is a clear sign that the Apocalypse is fast approaching in this society”…

Thanks for your thoughts, Buzzard… And now I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture – saddened but ultimately comforted in the knowledge that the old hare has safely moved to his new burrow in the sky…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. On the sheep, Grace… Keep on humming, Hummingbird…Missing the Venerable Pheasant…

A Bird’s Eye View #515 – 4th October, 2017

October 9th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… For a number of reasons, I must be very brief this week and basically just focus on some Valley’s Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)…
Calendars and pens at the ready… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one visit to the Valley this month, on Thursday, October 12th, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo… #546 – The A.V. Lending Library takes place at The Fairgrounds and is run by The Unity Club. They are open Tuesday 1.30-4.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm… #547 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!… #548 – The Anderson Valley Grange is having its regular second Sunday Pancake Breakfast on October 8 from 8.30-11am. Prices range from $5-10 – kids through hungry folks, for a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast. Choices include pancakes (gluten free available but gluten extra is not), eggs, and bacon, with a choice of juice, tea or coffee included… #549 – Also on Sunday, October 8, at 4pm, the Anderson Valley Village group has invited Maggie Watson, author of ‘A Graceful Farewell: Putting Your Affairs in Order’ to come to the Senior Center in the Veterans Hall and discuss positive ways to prepare for the end of your life, with regards to finances, health, and after death. It is something many of us could certainly benefit from knowing more about, I’m sure…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… Tomorrow, Thursday, October 5, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Beef and
Broccoli followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, October 10, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Ham with Twice-Baked Potatoes, and then Carrot Cake for dessert. As this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, the dinner will be followed by Bingo at 7pm… All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week! Furthermore, on Thursdays the Center offers a Diabetes Workshop – in English from 1-3pm and in Spanish from 5.30-7.30pm. These are hosted by the A.V. Health Center and to register please call 707-895-3477… Meanwhile, on Tuesday and Thursday at 9am the Center offers ‘Young at Heart Exercise’ with Linda Boudoures… Thursdays at 9am it’s the Water Color Painting Group, with Kathy’s Easy-stretch Yoga class at 11am. The Senior Center Community Bus goes to Santa Rosa on the first Wednesday of the month. These trips fill up fast so don’t forget to sign up early at 489-1175… Hopefully you will be able to attend some of these events and certainly the lunches and dinners, and remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…
Meanwhile, due to circumstances beyond his control, my eating and drinking buddy, Steve Sparks, has been forced to delay his plan, mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, to re-launch a new version of the popular and very useful A.V. Grange Newsletter – the Valley information sheet that stopped publication a few years ago. Steve hopes to produce the ‘A.V. Community Bulletin’ every month of the year (rather than the Newsletter’s quarterly appearance) and to include even more useful details about the Valley’s social events, organizations, meetings, services, eateries, and general information… It will be a free, four-page handout of which 600 copies will distributed throughout the Valley each month at many locations. Steve now hopes to have the first issue ready for December…
I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; show love to your pets, they will be faithful and true to you to the last beat of their hearts, and please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Keep on humming, Hummingbird… Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace…

A Bird’s Eye View #514 – 27th September, 2017

September 28th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… I am taking a short break and have flown to the UK for a couple of weeks – thats 6,000 miles away and my wings are really tired… Anyway, I have been here just a day or so and already I have been asked many, many times about what on earth is going on in Trump’s America.
For most of the last century or so, the UK, and much of Europe for that matter, but particularly the UK, was a country that adored the U.S. for its leadership in the world, its vibrant society that knew how to work hard and play hard, an enlightened view on justice for all, it’s positive attitude towards life in general, its spirit of adventure and independence, it’s willingness to step in to help (for the right reasons) impoverished nations or those faced with internal strife before anyone else, and its ability to successfully deal with a society consisting of so many diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures – arguably better than anywhere else on earth … Much of this no longer remains in the eye of folks over here. The allies of the U.S. are all confused/bemused at the current political climate in the States and cannot believe the way President* Trump conducts himself and deals with important world issues as if he is making deals to build hotels or indulging in a verbal brawl in a bar… I shared these thoughts with a Valley person earlier today and he bluntly replied, “Who gives a shit what they think?”… In my opinion that is scary and sad… More on this and other aspects of life across the pond next week…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready…#543 – The annual Flu Shot clinic is available on Tuesday, October 3 from 11am to Noon at the Senior Center in Boonville at the Veterans Hall. It does make sense… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit to the Valley this month. They will be here tomorrow, Thursday, September 28, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them – making this an even better service than it already is!… #545 – The Anderson Valley Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on A.V. Way, visiting the Museum is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. It is not without reason that it is generally regarded as ‘The Best Little Museum in the West’…  #546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, October 3. Phone 463-4694 for confirmation. They are usually here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm.… #547 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday from 9.30am-noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot generously donated each week by community-spirited hotelier, J Schmitt. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #548 – On Sunday, October 8 at 4pm, the Anderson Valley Village group has invited Maggie Watson, author of ‘A Graceful Farewell: Putting Your Affairs in Order’ to come and discuss positive ways to prepare for the end of your life, with regards to finances, health, and after death. It is something many of us could certainly benefit from knowing more about, I’m sure…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, September 28, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Amish Chicken with Chocolate Pecan Bars for dessert… Then, next Tuesday, October 3, the lunch will feature Meat Loaf and Mashed potatoes and gravy, followed by Peach Cobbler for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!… And remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there… Furthermore, on Thursdays the Center offers a Diabetes Workshop – in English from 1-3pm and in Spanish from 5.30-7.30pm. These are hosted by the A.V. Health Center and to register please call 707-895-3477… Meanwhile, on Tuesday and Thursday at 9am the Center offers ‘Young at Heart Exercise’ with Linda Boudoures… Thursdays at 9am it’s the Water Color Painting Group, with Kathy’s Easy-stretch Yoga class at 11am. The Senior Center Community Bus goes to Santa Rosa on the first Wednesday of the month. These trips fill up fast so don’t forget to sign up early at 489-1175… Hopefully you will be able to attend some of these events and certainly the lunches and dinners, and remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture – saddened but ultimately comforted in the knowledge that the old hare has safely moved to his new burrow in the sky…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Skylark – read any good books lately?… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is…

A Bird’s Eye View #513 – 20th September 2017

September 20th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Having drank so much water and eaten so many salads for three days straight at the Fair, you can probably imagine that I’m inevitably not feeling very lively and creative this morning (Monday) as I contemplate my column.  As a result it will be brief…
Here’s a quick update on the evening dining scene here in the Valley that has not appeared for a few weeks… Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant in Philo fame) as the Guest Chef on Monday evenings from 5-9pm, while their regular hours remain Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch, and dinner on Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm… Lizbby’s, the Mexican Restaurant in downtown Boonville, can be enjoyed Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm, serving breakfast on Saturday, closed on Sunday… The Buckhorn is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-midnight, serving weekend brunch each day from 10am-3pm. They are open weekdays at 11am and are closed on Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel continues with their family-style, prix fixe menu and have now expanded their hours to Thursday thru’ Monday evenings. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… The Q and Aquarelle, formerly Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, is now closed on ‘Taco’ Tuesday. They continue their ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to many of their previous favorites, from 4-8pm, Friday thru’ Monday… The Redwood Drive-In just keeps on doing what they do, with reliable hours that everyone can remember and rely on (6am-8pm every day!) – don’t forget to try the donuts… Stone and Embers in The Madrones is open from Noon to 8pm five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember!… And down in the Deep End, the Happy Hour at The Bewildered Pig has ended their Happy hour but the Sunday brunch continues for now (11am-2.30pm) and dinner is still from 5.30-9pm Thursday-Sunday… Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck is at the A.V Brewery Visitor Center on Friday and Sunday, noon to 7pm; the Boonville Hotel on Wednesday, noon to 8pm; and at Balo Winery on Thursdays… And that’s it for now – remember ‘eating out is fun’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit to the Valley this month, on Thursday, September 28, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them – making this an even better service than it already is!…… #546 – Due to the County Fair that took place last weekend, the Unity Club’s Community Lending Library, held twice-weekly at The Fairgrounds, will be closed until the first week of October – if that makes sense… #547 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners, and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… Tomorrow, Thursday, September 21, the lunch, served at Noon, will be Parmesan Cod followed by Lemon Cake… Then, next Tuesday, September 26, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Pork with apples with Apple Crisp for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week! And remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

The Three-Dot lounge is closed for ‘Fair Recovery’ but we can share a few thoughts on that event from our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, in another addition to his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “Some observations, thoughts, and opinions on the 2017 County Fair… I sat at the A.V. Historical Society and Museum booth for a time on Friday afternoon and found it strange how many folks said ‘Oh, its The Hysterical Society’ – is it that funny?… On Saturday I thoroughly enjoyed a Venezuelan Arepa (like a taco but better) that I assumed would surely be in the running for Turkey Vulture’s ‘Best Food In Show’ award… If there are no Bumper Cars – it’s not a real Carnival… Many, many teenagers spotted in groups of three and four, all staring at their phones and texting, not talking to each other. Perhaps they should be hanging around with the ones they are texting and not the clearly boring ones they are with?… Superb displays of livestock… Excellent pie competition – the ones I furtively nibbled on were outstanding… Some vitriolic comments made and received by the Republican Party booth… Too many law enforcement officers present – and why are they in large groups of five or so? Surely being in pairs would be so much more efficient, and certainly more friendly and comforting for the public whom they are there to ‘protect and serve’… The A.V. Fire and Ambulance Burger was once again Turkey Vulture’s ‘Best Food in Show’ – I agreed; the aforementioned Venezuelan Arepa was runner up; the Polish Dog from the Sausage and Curly Fries Guy came third … A metal detector at the main gate???… “Wow that’s so old!” – a local 6th grader when he saw a photo of the A.V. Museum taken in 1991… “Get a beer and grab your goat” – heard at the Friday Night Unofficial Goat judging competition… By Sunday morning only two local high school girls had run off with carnies… The Fair seemed to be significantly quieter overall, but I could be wrong… Lots of smiling faces and laughter; joyous greetings as old friends met; and a heartwarming sense of community as the County and our visitors enjoyed the ‘Best Little Fair in the West”…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave your pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace… Keep on humming, Hummingbird…

A Bird’s Eye View #512 – 13th September, 2017

September 14th, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Let’s start this week with another in our series, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it had been known previously for nearly 250 years up – The U.S. Presidency… It is still baffling that Republican Senator John McCain tolerates Donald Trump in any capacity—at all—after then-candidate Trump assaulted McCain’s military record in Vietnam. The president, after all, once described avoiding sexually transmitted diseases in 1970s New York as his “personal Vietnam,” and secured five draft deferments to ensure he never had to contend with the actual struggle. However, recently, McCain called for “regular order” in Congress as it resumed its business after Labor Day. But more than that, McCain didn’t mince words about the president the body is forced to contend with: “That has never been truer than today, when Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct. We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”
This is an astounding rebuke of a sitting president from a senator of his own party, perhaps unprecedented in recent history. McCain is essentially saying that the president does not know how the government functions or how a president—or really, an adult human being—is required to conduct themselves. Even more, he pinpoints a crucial issue with Trump: that because he has no understanding or regard for the Constitution or the functions of democratic government, he believes the federal government is organized like the Trump Organization. Forget checks and balances—he thinks the senators are his regional managers and the congressmen are his sales reps…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Latest business hours updates… In Boonville, The Q and Aquarelle, formerly Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, has a ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to their previous favorites. New hours for the Fall are 4-8pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday… The Redwood Drive-In just keeps on doing what they do, with reliable hours that everyone can remember and rely on (6am-8pm every day!) – don’t forget to try the donuts… Stone and Embers in The Madrones, south of Philo, is open from Noon to 8pm five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember, for customers and owners alike!… Finally, down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig is open Thursday-Saturday from 5.30-9pm, and then on Sundays it’s brunch from 11am-2.30pm followed by dinner from 5.30-9pm as usual. You can check out all of their “insane!” offerings on their well-maintained Facebook page… And that’s it for now… Meanwhile, I encourage you all to eat, drink, and be merry at one of the above establishments whenever you can – remember ‘eating out is fun’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have two visits to the Valley this month. They will be here tomorrow, Thursday, September 14, and again on September 28, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them – making this an even better service than it already is!… #545 – The Anderson Valley Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on A.V. Way, visiting the Museum is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. It is not without reason that it is generally regarded as ‘The Best Little Museum in the West’…  #546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, September 19. Phone 463-4694 for confirmation. They are usually here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm.… #547 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday from 9.30am-noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot generously donated each week by community-spirited hotelier, J Schmitt. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949…
As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, September 14, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Beef Stew followed by Cherry Dump Cake… Then, next Tuesday, September 19, the lunch will feature Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Wendy’s Oatmeal Bars for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!… And remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, and almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture…
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin.