A Bird’s Eye View #498 – 7th June, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Following the remarkably short-sighted and extremely serious wrong decision made by The President* last week regarding climate control, let’s start this week with another in our series, ’This Trump Thing,’ or as it had been known for nearly 250 years up until now The U.S. Presidency… (President* – this word just has to have an asterisk when referring to Trump)…
And who better to address this development than our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, ‘On Thursday, in a speech that was basically a towering pile of complete gibberish, President* Donald Trump told the country that the rest of the world is wrong. I didn’t think he could top his inaugural address for sheer fact-free and paranoiac nonsense, but he managed to do it. By announcing that the United States was withdrawing from the groundbreaking Paris Accords regarding the world climate crisis, the President* wallowed in xenophobic victimhood while basking in the scattered applause of the his sycophantic advisors whose self-respect is sufficiently low that they still work for him…
It was appalling. It was condescending. This was a speech written by a fool, to be delivered by a fool, with the presumption that a great percentage of its target audience is made up of fools.
But the really noxious stuff was the attempt at transforming a worldwide agreement to combat an existential threat to life on this planet into what he stupidly called a scheme to redistribute our wealth to China. The really noxious stuff was all that simpering about how the rest of the world is playing us for suckers and laughing at us, as though the rest of the world doesn’t think we’ve lost our mind as a nation simply by electing a vulgar talking bullying businessman like Trump.
President* Trump said, “The rest of the world applauded when we signed the Paris agreement. They went wild. They were so happy, for the simple reason that it put our country, the United States of America, which we love, at a very, very big economic disadvantage. A cynic would say that the obvious reasons were for economic competitiveness and their wish to see us remain in the agreement is that we continue to suffer from this self-inflicted economic wound. You see what’s happening. It’s pretty obvious to those who want to keep an open mind. At what point does American get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us at a country? We want fair treatment for our citizens, and fair treatment for our taxpayers and we don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more”…
He spoke like a spoiled and angry child with the assumption that he was addressing and audience made up of angry children. He lined the United States up with the anti-science side of the most pressing global issue of our time… And yet, none of that matters in the big picture as, while the President* was speaking, a huge chunk of Antarctica was preparing to break off. The nonsense he spewed doesn’t matter – the oceans are not listening to him and the ultimate Apocalypse is now approaching far more quickly than it was a week ago… Trump must go…’

Let’s move on to more edible aspects of life – the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… In geographical order, as you travel through the Valley on Highway 128, here is the latest on ‘The Big Eight Eateries’… Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant fame) as the Guest Chef every Monday evening 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 featuring Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, and ‘healthy stuff’ like Jean’s Greek Yoghurt parfait served with muesli and fresh berries! 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, has a new ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to their previous favorites. Open 4-8pm from Friday thru’ Taco Tuesday… 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 Friday-Sunday and Noon to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday… Finally, down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig is open Thursday-Saturday, 4:30-5.30pm Happy Hour, Supper served from 5.30-9pm, and then on Sunday 11.30am-7pm. 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… #542 – Live music returns to the Valley this Saturday, June 10, when The High Rollers, featuring Mendocino ‘All-stars’ Pilar Duran, Kevin Owens, and Tom Brown, will take the stage at Lauren’s Restaurant at 9pm – not to be missed!…#543 – In celebration of their 100th birthday today (June 7) the A.V. Lions have been waving entrance fees for all new members signing up in the last week and will continue to do so until Saturday, June 10. Not only will new members help the local club make an even bigger impact, they will belong to a distinguished group of “Centennial Lions,” in recognition of this unique moment in their history. Contact President Bill Harper at 895-2609…. #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visits this month to the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo, that is next week on Thursday June 15. 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 Grange is having its regular second Sunday Pancake Breakfast on June 11 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… #546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, June 13. 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 Anderson Valley Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-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’… #548 – The monthly meeting of the ‘Preparation for the Rest of Our Lives’ group takes pace at Lauren’s Restaurant at 4pm on Sunday, June 11. This is a gathering at which this important but so often avoided topic, and the options available to all of us at some point, will be discussed amongst Valley folks… #549 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market has moved from its winter location at The General Store and taken up residence across the street at the usual spot in the Boonville Hotel parking lot with their new summer hours 9.30am-Noon. For more info, call Cindy at 895-2949… #550 – Need a burn permit? Well the Fire Department no longer issues them so you now have to go to the Cal Fire Buildings at the far south end of town, beyond the gravel pits and behind the San Quentin-esque style fences…
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, June 8, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Beef Stroganoff followed by Carrot Cake… Then, next Tuesday, June 13, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Ham, Potluck Potatoes and Banana Split 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!… Meanwhile, on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9.45am the Center offers ‘Young at Heart Exercise’ with Linda Boudoures and Karen DeFalco… Tai Chi is now available every Tuesday at 11am, while on Thursdays at 11am-Noon it is Kathy’s Easy-stretch Yoga class. Also on Thursdays, the Active Life Club runs from 10am to 2pm and features games, crafts, and music. The Senior Center/Community Bus goes to Ukiah on Monday’s and also 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; 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, but 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…

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