A Bird’s Eye View #505 – 26th July, 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 move straight into the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Work continues on a new restaurant going into the building in downtown Philo that until six months ago had been the home of Libby’s Restaurant for sixteen years. The kind of eatery has yet to be announced but rumors abound about a quality breakfast/diner establishment that the Valley lacks at this point. Steak and eggs? Corned beef hash and eggs? Served at 8am? Such simple pleasures made America great! Can somebody just take care of this, please?… Meanwhile, in geographical order, as you travel through the Valley on Highway 128, here is the latest on dining options. It’s ’The Nighttime Nine’… The latest addition to this distinguished group is Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck owned and operated by Brooks Schmitt who will be moving between the A.V Brewery Visitor Center (Friday and Sunday, noon to 7pm), the Boonville Hotel (Wednesday, noon to 8pm), and perhaps a spot in Philo on Thursdays, while Saturday remains a weekly mystery. He is presenting a constantly-changing menu featuring a range of cuisines and street foods from around the world, with the weekly menu information spread via social media… From the newest to one of the longest established, we turn to Lauren’s Restaurant which 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 is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-midnight, serving weekend brunch each day from 10am-3pm. 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, continues their ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to many of 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 five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember!… Finally, down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig is open Thursday-Saturday, 4.30-5.30pm Happy Hour with supper served from 5.30-9pm, and then on Sundays they have new hours – brunch from 11am-2.30pm followed by dinner from 5.30-9pm as usual. 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’… p.s. Obviously there are a number of daytime eating options here in the Valley, many of them extremely good, but most folks ask me about the evening dining choices due to those restaurants’ often confusing and irregular hours, and with a lack of space I am limited to highlighting only those evening options for now…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – This year’s ‘Actually-Quite-Difficult Living Fair’ (officially titled The Not-So-Simple Living Fair) will take place this coming weekend, Friday-Sunday, July 28-30 at the Fairgrounds in Boonville. This event is all about sharing rural living skills and celebrating country life and the gates will open at 3pm on Friday and 9am on both Saturday and Sunday. The entrance fee is $35 daily, $50 for the weekend, cash or personal check only at the gate. Youth under-16 free. Tickets available at Brown Paper tickets and locally from Boont Berry Farm in Boonville… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit to the Valley this month. They will be here tomorrow, Thursday, July 27 from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. 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!… #546 – The A.V. Lending Library run by The Unity Club is open Tuesday and Saturday at The Fairgrounds – Tuesday 1.30-4.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm… #547 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Remember, no dead animals!… #548 – Velma’s fruit and veggie stand on Anderson Valley Way, a little northwest of the Elementary school, is now open Friday, Sunday and Monday from noon-5pm and on Saturday from 11-4pm. Blueberries, peaches, plums, olive oil by the gallon, half gallon, 750 and 500ml, and much more… #549 – A heads-up on the 18th Annual Boonville Aviation Knowledge and Folklore Convention, and Potluck Dinner to be held on Saturday, August 12 – aka ‘The Airport Party’. Festivities take place at the hangar at the corner of Estate Drive and Airport Road in Boonville and begin at noon, with dinner served at 5pm. Please bring your favorite potluck dish. Drinks provided. Pre-party party for the early arrivals on Friday evening, August 11 featuring Happy Hour at the local brewery followed by pizza and goodies in the hangar. For additional information contact Cindy or Kirk at (707)-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, July 27, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon as always, will be Salisbury steak followed by Chocolate Zucchini cake for dessert… Then, next Tuesday, August 1st, the lunch will feature Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes and gravy and ‘Surprise’ 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!… 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…

The Three-Dot Lounge is closed this week but from our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports on a very important topic… “Summer is in full swing and I believe it’s time for a little life lesson relevant to this time of year – there is one acceptable way to eat a hot dog: with brown mustard. To do something as destructive as cover a perfectly cooked grilled all-beef hot dog with yellow mustard or ketchup is to really destroy the sanctity of flame-kissed meat. A hot dog’s savory, salty flavor shouldn’t be sugar-coated, literally, with watery tomato sauce. Although for some I understand the yellow mustard is a necessity, for the sake of the pure taste of the Dog it shouldn’t be doused with such stuff, which is basically a pitcher of vinegar, a cup of artificial sweetener, and a pinch of mustard seed mixed together. It is fairly crap if we’re honest… Relish is fine in some rare instances I suppose, but it is too sweet, although dill relish can be acceptable on occasions. In some places they dump yellow mustard, relish, tomato, onion, pickles, and peppers onto a hot dog before shoving it into a bun, as if to hide the hot dog taste in an array of acidic vegetables. I could be forced to concede that yes, such a hot dog with all those fixins is good – if you’re in the mood for a salad. And on a hot day when cold beer is flowing, a chili dog can serve a purpose if you are in the mood for getting food all over your shirt, which I sometimes am… But most often, I am in the mood for just a damn good American hot dog. So, grill the all-beef dog to the perfect moment – toughened on the outside, streaked with char, oozing with juicy goodness, place it in a ‘significant’ bun, add the aforementioned brown mustard (sometimes known as deli mustard), which is a sinfully spiced pairing of tang and bite – aka the grown-up’s condiment, and perhaps sprinkle some diced onions on top – the great American Hot Dog as it was intended. Stop the other stuff, we don’t need the Apocalypse to arrive any sooner than it already will… And on an unrelated topic, other than it being another sign that the Apocalypse is getting pretty close at this point, I am still reeling at the fact that the exceedingly narcissistic President* Trump drove his golf cart on to the putting green a few weeks ago. A small but very pointed insight to this man’s very questionable character. One of many of course…”

Couldn’t agree more Buzzard… Now I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep and then devour a few hot dogs… Besides, that’s enough for now, so “please take me drunk, I’m home,” and, 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 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, 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. Skylark – read any good books lately?… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is…

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