Archive for January, 2018

A Bird’s Eye View #529 – 17th January, 2018

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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…  Immigration took the spotlight in America on many occasions in 2017 and this continues to be a major talking point in the new year. President(?) Donald Trump indicated a willingness to work with Democrats on immigration reform. A judge recently ruled against the president’s attempt to end protections for people who came to America illegally as young children. Last week Trump hit a new low when he reportedly wondered why America should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa, or indeed Haiti, saying he’d prefer people from Norway. Is he nuts?!?… At 70, Mr Trump was America’s oldest newly elected president. Last week he received his first physical examination since taking office. Concerns have begun swirling about his mental health. The White House says Mr Trump will not undergo psychiatric tests, and was mum on whether his cognitive functions will be studied… Oh, dear, when and how will it all end?…

Let’s move on to a more palatable subject – Turkey Vulture’s latest update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… A number of our local eateries are operating under their Winter hours and some are closed at this time… To my knowledge, Lauren’s Restaurant, Lizbby’s, and The Redwood Drive-In are operating on their regular hours… The Buckhorn Pub’s winter hours are: Monday and Thursday: 11am open, 11pm bar; Wednesday: 4pm open, 11pm bar; Prime Rib Special Night; 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 for their Midday meal at 1pm. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… Aquarelle is closed for the next couple of months or maybe more…Stone and Embers is closed for the month of January… Down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig is closed from January 1-24, reopening on Thursday, January 25… 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’…

Let’s move to the Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #542 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital are scheduled for one more visit to the Valley this month. This is Thursday, January 25 when they will be at the A.V. Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 from 2-4pm… #543 – 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!… #544 – 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… #545 – The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, January 23. 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…#547 – Another reminder about tickets to the best Valley-centric gatherings of the year. I’m talking about our Crab Feeds! First it will be the Senior Center Crab Feed this coming Saturday, January 20 at The Apple Hall in Boonville. This is an all you can eat crab event! Margaritas are available too. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Senior Center, A.V. Market, and Lemons’ Market… The Gloria Ross Original Crab Feed is at the same venue two weeks later, on Saturday, February 3. It’s all you can eat crab, all the wine you can drink, and Margaritas are for sale also. This one is $45 for 12 and older, $25 for kids 1-11 years old. Tickets available from John Shultz 895-9552; Terry Rhoades 621-1153; and Jorge 895-2778… Don’t delay – these events will sell out…
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, January 18, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Brisket followed by Holy Cow Cake… Then, next Tuesday, January 23, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Turkey Soup with Coconut Lime Berry 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! 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; 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… On the sheep, Grace…
Missing the Venerable Pheasant…

A Bird’s Eye View #528 – 10th January, 2018

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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… At the dawn of 2017, many Democrats expected the new president to veer to the centre. He has instead leaped back and forth across the main fissure in his own party: dividing the establishment right, represented by Republican leaders in Congress, to whom he outsourced health care and tax reform, and the populist right, to whom he has thrown red-meat rhetoric and occasional action to constrain trade and immigration. The result has been underwhelming, yet divisive in a nation that is becoming increasingly at odds with itself. A controversial tax reform, which promises to simplify the business code but swell the deficit, is Mr Trump’s only major legislative achievement. He has made more progress on deregulation—but as this includes efforts to dismantle necessary environmental rules, many folks are greatly alarmed. A stream of scandals, intrigues and incendiary tweets has meanwhile cast doubt on Mr Trump’s competence and fitness for his office. With America’s foreign policy increasingly dominated by the possibility of conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea, that is worrying…

Let’s move on to a more palatable subject – Turkey Vulture’s latest update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… A number of our local eateries have introduced their Winter hours and some are closed at this time… To my knowledge, Lauren’s Restaurant, Lizbby’s, and The Redwood Drive-In are operating on their regular hours… The Buckhorn Pub’s winter hours are: 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 for their Midday meal at 1pm (?). They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… Aquarelle is closed for the next couple of months or so…Stone and Embers is closed for the month of January… Down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig is closed from January 1-24, reopening on Thursday, January 25… 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… #540 – Coming to Lauren’s Restaurant on Monday, January 15, (in the absence of the regular Libby’s Mexican evening) is a fixed-menu pop-up dinner featuring Asian food, based on the goodies from the local Mendocino Heritage Pork company. This will be available at any time between 6pm and 9pm. No reservations. Yum yummmm… #541 – Another reminder about tickets to the best Valley-centric gatherings of the year. I’m talking about our Crab Feeds! First it will be the Senior Center Crab Feed on Saturday, January 20 at The Apple Hall in Boonville. This is an all you can eat crab event! Margaritas are available too. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and are available at the Senior Center, A.V. Market, and Lemons’ Market… The Gloria Ross Original Crab Feed is at the same venue two weeks later, on Saturday, February 3. It’s all you can eat crab, all the wine you can drink, and Margaritas are for sale also. This one is $45 for 12 and older, $25 for kids 1-11 years old. Tickets available from John Shultz 895-9552; Terry Rhoades 621-1153; and Javier 895-2778… Don’t delay – these events will sell out… #542 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital are scheduled to visit the Valley twice in January. The first of these is tomorrow, January 11 when they will be at the A.V. Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 They will be back again on January 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 Grange is having its regular second Sunday Pancake Breakfast on January 14 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… #547 – The monthly meetings of the ‘Anderson Valley Village’ group will resume at Lauren’s Restaurant at 4pm on Sunday, January 14. This is a gathering at which the subject ‘End-of lives’ is discussed – an important but so often avoided topic. The issues will be discussed in a positive and enlightened way amongst Valley folks, including 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, and I am assured that an ‘End-of-Life’ will happen to all of us at some point…
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, January 11, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Fish and Chips followed by Triple Lemon Dessert… Then, next Tuesday, January 16, the lunch will feature Cajun Chicken and Sausage with Chocolate Amaretto 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! 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; 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!… How’s things south of the border, Round-eyed Robin?

A Bird’s Eye View #527 – 3rd January, 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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… #542 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital are scheduled to visit the Valley twice in January. The first of these is Thursday, January 11 when they will be at the A.V. Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 They will be back again on January 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!… #543 – 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!… #544 – 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… #545 – After a break for the holidays, the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, January 9. 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… #546 – Coming to Lauren’s Restaurant on Monday, January 15, is a pop-up dinner featuring a menu based on the goodies from the local Mendocino Heritage Pork company. More details next week… #547 – Another reminder about tickets to the best Valley-centric gatherings of the year. I’m talking about our Crab Feeds! First it will be the Senior Center Crab Feed on Saturday, January 20 at The Apple Hall in Boonville. This is an all you can eat crab event! Margaritas are available too. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Senior Center, A.V. Market, and Lemons’ Market… The Gloria Ross Original Crab Feed is at the same venue two weeks later, on Saturday, February 3. It’s all you can eat crab, all the wine you can drink, and Margaritas are for sale also… This one benefits the Catholic Church and is $45 for 12 and older, $25 for kids 1-11 years old. Tickets available from John Shultz 895-9552; Terry Rhoades 621-1153; and Jorge 895-2778… Don’t delay – these events will sell out…
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, January 4, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Vegetable Beef Soup followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, January 9, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Chicken Enchiladas with Tres Leche 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! 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…
… Kudos to the ‘Pick and Pay’ general store in Boonville for being open all day on Christmas Day until 11pm at night!… Now that is community service!…
… From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “At least 117 people have died in mass shootings this year, more than any other in recent decades. But despite the severity of these attacks, no substantive legislation to curb America’s gun problem should be expected. The slaughter of 26 church-goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November came just over a month after a gunman killed 58 at a Las Vegas concert. Despite lawmakers’ vows to ban “bump stocks”, devices used by the Las Vegas shooter that enabled his semi-automatic rifles to fire automatically, no legislation has yet been passed. President Donald Trump repeated the Republican Party’s standard line on gun violence in America, saying the mass shooting in Texas was not “a guns situation”, and argued that the death toll would have been worse had there not been an armed bystander present to shoot back… I think he is missing the point and this inaction is one more sign that the Apocalypse is approaching”…
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…