A Bird’s Eye View #499 – 14th June, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, the American media’s default reaction to this last week’s terror attack in London was to assume the British people were “reeling.” The word, which means “to lose one’s balance and stagger or lurch violently,” implies the country had lost its way and was staggering around in the dark, consumed by shock and fear. However, as John Oliver, a Brit himself, explained on his tv show, Last Week Tonight’, the Brits found this characterization flatly insulting. He derided the notion that Britain “was somehow weak enough to be brought to its knees by three monumental assholes.”
British resilience and fortitude has never been in doubt to anyone with an insight into the country’s long and illustrious past. This is, after all, a country whose biggest cities have seen much worse. That “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster craze (and all its spin-offs) is actually from the Second World War, when Nazi bombing raids were leveling buildings in London and other British cities on a nightly basis for months on end and the Brits responded by going to work and doing their jobs as normal and of course taking the time to sit on the rubble and drink a hot cup of tea!
Of course, not every Brit’s reaction was calm or embodied British values. Nigel Farage, the absolute tosser who led his country into Brexit on the back of xenophobic fear-mongering and outright lies about expanding the national healthcare budget, went on Fox News to declare that “the calls for internment will grow.” (Farage is a noted ally of President Trump, and is “a person of interest” in the Russia investigation according to The Guardian newspaper. He bills himself as a populist outsider.) By this, Farage meant that Britons would soon demand that Muslims in Britain be put in internment camps as, in an act of national disgrace, the U.S. did to Japanese-Americans during World War II. That was the opposite of Britain’s “Keep Calm and Carry On” ethos then, and it will not be something that happens now, I can assure you. Farage and his ilk, together with the majority of U.S. news outlets, have got it wrong once again… It’s pathetic. Pass me the sick bag, please, Bruce…

Let’s move on to more edible aspects of Valley life – the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Following constructive input from non other than Corporal Raindrop, previously Captain Rainbow, I have made this paragraph, and parts of the next two, a little easier to read through quickly by putting the ‘title’ of each item in bold print – hopefully it will get past the censors. Anything I can do to help is fine with me. I hope he was right… So work continues on the building in the heart of Philo that until recently had been the home of Libby’s Restaurant for the past sixteen years and, prior to that, various other eating and dining establishments since the mid-1940s when the whole building was transported there from Boonville (I suggest you read the local history book, ‘Then and Now – an Anderson Valley Journey’ for more information). I am reliably informed that a new restaurant will be going in there but I cannot as yet reveal what kind of restaurant that will be… Meanwhile, in geographical order, as you travel through the Valley on Highway 128, here is the latest on ‘The Big Eight Eateries’ – soon to be ‘The Nighttime Nine’… Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant in Philo 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…. #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit this month to the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo, that is tomorrow, Thursday June 15. They are there from 2-3.30pm but 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 A.V. Lending Library run by The Unity Club is open Tuesdays from 1.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 2-4pm at The Fairgrounds in Boonville…#546 – 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!… #547 – Resuming their summer hours of 9.30am-Noon, the Boonville Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday 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 (895-3609). The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, June 15, the Senior Center will be closed… However, next Tuesday, June 20, the lunch will feature The Sausage Skillet followed by Holy Cow 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!… Meanwhile, on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9.45am the Center offers ‘Young at Heart Exercise’ with Linda Boudoures and Karen DeFalco… Every Thursday there is a Diabetes workshop hosted by our local health center – call 895-3477 to register… 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 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 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… All of our regulars were too busy watching the Warriors and attending the many school graduation ceremonies to contribute this week, apart from the stalwart reporter The Old Buzzard, who once again provides us with more wise words in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, ‘Last week President* Trump said that America will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord, calling it a “draconian” pact that gives unfair economic advantages to poorer countries. European Union and Chinese officials, meeting in Brussels, issued a joint statement in defense of the agreement. The deal still has 194 signatories—albeit no longer the world’s second-largest polluter – the U.S.of A… Issues of concern over the ocean began the next day in New York as scientists, officials, executives and experts discuss how to save the sea by attending the Ocean Conference. Of particular concern will be overfishing (almost 90% of marine stocks are fished at or beyond sustainable limits), plastic pollution (by the middle of the century the ocean could contain, by weight, more plastic than fish) and the plight of coral reefs (most of which will struggle to survive the next three decades). Rising carbon-dioxide emissions are changing the ocean’s chemistry and temperature. The sea is now about 0.7°C warmer on average than it was in the 19th century. The best attempt so far to abate the larger changes, the Paris agreement on climate, will be weakened by the aforementioned withdrawal by the U.S. and none of President* Trump’s administration’s high-ranking officials are expected to attend the Ocean Conference. Oh dear, the approach of the Apocalypse is speeding up and it’s enough to make old salts like myself weep…”

Sobering thoughts indeed, Buzzard – but much appreciated to the realists among us, I’m sure… 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 – 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!… Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin.

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