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A Bird’s Eye View #524 – 13th December 2018

Thursday, December 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 until now – The U.S. Presidency… Judge Roy Moore is still running for Senate in Alabama, even after nine women accused him of sexual misconduct, many of whom said they were underage at the time of his actions. One said she was 14 when a 32-year-old Moore lured her to his house and tried to get her to touch his genitals. We’ve also learned Moore was banned from the local mall, and that cops were told to keep him away from cheerleaders at high school football games.
None of this has much slowed his march towards the nation’s highest legislative chamber, nor has it stopped his most shameless supporters from publicly backing him. Like, say, the president who is backing this accused child predator in his run for the Senate… Moore defender, Jane Porter, invited us to consider all the women the good Judge hasn’t assaulted. How ridiculous. Nine women have accused him, but the ‘Fake News Media’ keeps ignoring the millions of American women who haven’t.
As The Tonight Show’s Stephen Colbert pointed out with this ludicrous statement in mind, ”Everyone was so quick to call Jeffrey Dahmer a serial killer and a cannibal but we forget about all the people he didn’t eat’…Funny… Not funny is the fact that the continuing Moore candidacy is surely a new low in this country’s politics…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… # 544 – On Saturday, December 16, it’s Christmas caroling with pianist Lynn Archambault at Lauren’s Restaurant in downtown Boonville. The singing gets started at 8.30pm with a drop to two of complimentary mulled wine to help your voices along. Song books are also provided… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have their final visit of 2017 to the A.V. Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 tomorrow, Thursday, December 14 from 2-4pm. To avoid a line perhaps turn up at around 3pm – you will definitely be seen. They are scheduled to return on Thursdays, January 11 and 25. 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 – The Anderson Valley Museum is now closed for the winter months… #547 – 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 in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, December 14, is the final lunch of the year. As always it will be served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, and will feature Mustard Roasted Cod with Snickerdoodle Bars for dessert. 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 Center will be closed for the two weeks of the holidays before re-opening on Tuesday, January 2… 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…
… ’Tis the season of Holiday parties… Yes, many Valley dwellers are currently enjoying the round of gatherings that take place in the first two or three of weeks of December each year. We have already had a couple of the Valley’s book club shindigs as well as The AV Lions’, and this evening the Independent Career Women’s annual bash takes place at the Yorkville Market. Upcoming this Saturday, it’s the AV Volunteer Fire and Ambulance event and many more over the next week too – all of them by invitation only of course… I bet you’re wondering how I manage to fit them all in!…
… It was a very good turnout for last Saturday’s Unity Club Holiday Bazaar this year with the kids lining up for pics with Santa Claus and many affordable gifts available for sale… Well done to one and all involved with the event..
… From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “America’s Senator Al Franken (Democrat), Representative Trent Franks (Republican) and former congressman Harry Ford junior, until recently a banker at Morgan Stanley, became the latest men to resign following accusations of sexual harassment—some of which they deny. Mr Franken noted bitterly that ‘a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office’ – good point, and shockingly true… Almost as worrying is that the recent exposing and clear guilt of so many male celebrities, politicians, and other men in powerful positions sees a significant number of men mutter under their breath that it is exaggerated and uncalled for given that some of the claims of abuse are many years ago. That has to be wrong… The actions of these men are simply unacceptable, period. They cannot get away with it and, even though in many cases they have had careers that may have benefitted others or provided entertainment for the masses, their actions cannot be put aside. Certainly those in the entertainment industry seem to have been guilty of perpetuating a pattern of behavior that has lasted for decades. If any good can be culled from this whole, ugly thing, it’s that the Hollywood meat market has been graphically exposed as a glaring sign that the Apocalypse has actually been approaching for a long time and has finally arrived…

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 – 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. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Enjoy cycling by the ocean, Round-eyed Robin…

A Bird’s Eye View #523 – 6th December, 2017

Thursday, December 7th, 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… Donald Trump tweeted that Theresa May, the British prime minister, should focus on Islamic terrorism in Britain rather than criticizing him. Mrs May’s spokesperson had condemned the president for retweeting inflammatory videos posted by ‘Britain First,’ a British far-right group. Mr Trump is the first American president to circulate materials from extremists – no surprise there…
Donald Trump retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group. He is once again using Twitter to weigh in on contentious religious-tinged political issues in the UK. In the past, he’s attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan for mishandling a militant attack just hours after it occurred. He misattributed a rise in crime in England and Wales to the “spread of radical Islamic terror”. He supported claims that large parts of Birmingham, England’s second largest city, were a no-go area for the police due to the Muslim strongholds there. Not true at all – I’ve recently been there and had a open razor shave and haircut in the heart of the overwhelmingly Muslim district of Balsall Heath and was not beheaded. I also had a meal at a Pakistani restaurant and managed to get out alive and well following a warm welcome and some delicious Balti food…
For the president, directing attention toward the UK seems to serve a domestic political purpose. He cites events and opinions there as a warning to Americans of what could happen in the US if they do not heed his policy prescriptions on immigration and border security. The Muslim ban, the US-Mexico wall, increased deportations, the sharp reductions on refugee resettlement – it’s all part of the president’s “national security” package.
I would suggest that one would expect to see these latest actions on virulent anti-Muslim hate sites, not on the Twitter feed of the president of the United States…

Let’s move on to a far more edible topic (pun intended) – the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… A few of our local eateries have introduced their Winter hours and one has already started their break… 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 served at weekends 10am-3pm; closed Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel is now closed for four days but will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings serving their family-style, prix fixe menu and also Sunday lunchtimes at 1pm. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… Aquarelle is now closed for the next couple of months or so… Stone and Embers in The Madrones south of Philo will be open in December from Noon to 8pm, Friday thru’ Sunday. They will be closed for the month of January… Down in the deep End, The Bewildered Pig has new winter hours for dinner that are from 5-8.30pm Thursday-Sunday. They will be closed from January 1-24, reopening on Thursday, January 25… Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck that roamed the Valley in recent months has now left us for warmer climes (Santa Clara?) until the spring… To my knowledge, Lauren’s Restaurant, Lizbby’s, and The Redwood Drive-In are still operating on their regular hours and have no intention of closing apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day… 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… #541 – It’s Americana Night – tonight, Wednesday, December 6. The Real Sarah’s along with Sharon Martinson present an evening of women’s acoustic music at Lauren’s Restaurant in downtown Boonville, starting at 8pm. $10 cover. Dinner is served from 5-9pm…#542 – The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place tomorrow, Thursday, December 7 at The Boonville Hotel. Things get going at 5.30pm with soup and biscuits served. The Real Sarah’s will be playing music and the $10 suggested donation will go to the local Food Bank’s holiday efforts… #543 – The Unity Club’s annual Holiday Bazaar is coming up this Saturday, December 9 at the Apple Hall in Boonville from 10am-4pm. There will be Christmas gifts galore plus home baked goods, jams, jellies and all that good stuff, plus a snack bar for lunch. Pictures with Santa Claus from 11-1. Proceeds benefit High School Scholarships and Anderson Valley Library and other community projects. For more info call Liz at 707-895-2847. P.s. Santa Claus will not be a thinly-disguised A.V.A. Supremo Bruce Anderson despite vicious rumors to the contrary… #544 – The Anderson Valley Grange is having its Annual Community Holiday Dinner on Sunday, December 10 at 5.30pm. Call Barbara at 895-2996 to sign up to help or email kombuko@mcn.org for more details…#545 – For their final visit of 2017, the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, December 12. They are here in the Valley 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; Downtown Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm…#546 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one visit to the Valley this month. That is Thursday, December 14 from 2-4pm. They are scheduled to return on Thursdays, January 11 and 25…#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 Boonville Farmers’ Market continues 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… #549 – 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…
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, December 7, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken and Wild Rice Soup followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, December 12, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Ham and Potluck Potatoes with Pecan Pie 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!…

That’s all I have space for… 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. Keep on humming, Hummingbird… Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace…

A Bird’s Eye View #522 – 29th November, 2017

Friday, December 1st, 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 the Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one visit to the Valley this month. That is Thursday, December 14 from 2-4pm…#545 – The monthly Barn Sale returns this coming Saturday/Sunday, December 2/3 from 10am-3pm at The Big Barn next to the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on A.V. Way, just north of Boonville – plenty of bargain Xmas gift possibilities available… #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’… #547 – 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…#548 – And speaking of the Unity Club, their annual Holiday Bazaar is coming up on Saturday, December 9 at the Apple Hall in Boonville from 10am-4pm. Christmas gifts and food, raffle, snack bar, and my personal favorite, photographs with Santa Claus, who, let me assure you, is neither myself nor a thinly-disguised A.V.A. Supremo Bruce Anderson despite vicious rumors to the contrary…
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, November 30, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken “Bleu” Casserole with Chocolate Kahlua Cake for dessert… Then, next Tuesday, December 5, the lunch will feature Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes and gravy, followed by Wendy’s Chocolate Oatmeal Bars. 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 Ukiah on Mondays, and 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…

Moving quickly on to a few quick thoughts from the regulars’ discussions 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, and where we subscribe to the Winston Churchill philosophy that “A lie will get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put on its pants”… So, with that in mind, I shall quickly put my pants on and continue… This week, I’m just going to ramble on and share my humble opinions about this, that, and the other…
… Television beats the movies in telling diverse stories… Introspection is a dying skill… Without the gift giving and hype of Christmas, the pomp and nationalism of July 4th, and an absence of the various drawbacks and lack of general appreciation for what the other holidays actually mean, Thanksgiving is arguably the best holiday in this country… When some people are asked a question about something they know nothing or very little about, they should be encouraged to say, “I don’t know”. That is o.k. and is a very acceptable response is such instances. It will also save everyone lots of time… All citizens should get tags (or chips) for their pets. It’s easy and cheap atwww.tagxpress.com and all those hard working volunteers at the Animal Rescue, plus the many other animal lovers in The Valley, will certainly appreciate it… All attendees at Pot Lucks in The Valley must bring a dish or alcohol large enough to feed or quench the thirst of at least eight guests. A stick of celery/ day-old bread/two beers will no longer suffice… No more ego-vineyards are allowed. Particularly if it is to be owned by: one, a wine-guzzling know-all who assumes they can make wine just because he/she has made their millions in an entirely different field of expertise; two, someone living in some far flung location and has never lived her; and three, people who wouldn’t know a wild hog if it bit them in the ass or a Turkey Vulture if it defecated on their head… Anyone, anywhere in public, starting a sentence with “You should” will be fined $1 on the spot. All monies going towards the Save the Turkey Vulture Fund…

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 – 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. Hi, George – hope you and Sheila are well… Is that ‘lafter’ I hear, Carroll?… Bobwhite Quail – keep up the knitting!