Archive for October, 2017

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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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…