A Bird’s Eye View #506 – 2nd August, 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… Tensions inside the White House grew tauter as Mr Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, appeared to accuse the chief of staff, Reince Priebus, of leaking documents. Earlier, in an expletive-filled call to a journalist at the New Yorker, Mr Scaramucci said that he wanted to “kill all the leakers”. Yes, this country’s national reality show is taking a new and even more implausible turn with the appointment of ‘The Mooch’. Gliding into an administration full of outsized, often cartoonishly evil figures, is this Goodfellas-type character who is set on finding The Leakers. Scaramucci called up The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza to unleash an extraordinarily vulgar tirade about Reince Priebus whom he accused of being a “paranoid schizophrenic”… Mooch added that he was trying to help the country, not his own self interests; he was no Steve Bannon, who was “trying to suck his own ****”… These were the publicly spoken words and thoughts of The White House Communications Director… How low can this go?… It is a national disgrace…

Let’s move straight on to far more civilized matters – 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 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… Going from the newest eatery 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, aka 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… #543 – The monthly Barn Sale at The Big Barn alongside the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on A.V. Way, just north of Boonville, will take place this coming weekend, Saturday/Sunday, August 5/6 from 9am to 3pm each day…#544 – 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’… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one visit this month to the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo, They will be here next week, on Thursday, August 10 from 2-4pm. They will be here twice in September… #546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, August 8. 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 Boonville Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday from 9.30am-noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot generously donated each week by community-spirited hotelier J Schmitt. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #548 – The 18th Annual Boonville Aviation Knowledge and Folklore Convention, and Potluck Dinner, aka ‘The Airport Party’, will be held on Saturday, August 12. 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 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, August 3, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Hamburgers and Potato salad, followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, August 8, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Pineapple-Pepper Chicken with Strawberry Cream 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!… 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…

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… Just a few quickies from the conversations among the 3-Dot regulars over the past week…
… After a shaky start the food at The Buckhorn keeps improving… My recent burger, fries, and spicy wings were very good… Pizza is now available and by several accounts it is good… Now if they could just get the only draft Guinness available in the Valley to pour correctly?!…
… A compliment to a restaurant beyond the Valley…The chef running the open-flamed grill at The Broiler just north of Ukiah, who serves up dozens and dozens of steaks perfectly cooked every time to a packed house, does a remarkable job and is fascinating to watch in action… This guy is a true professional and he helps to provide a classic American dining experience…
… Best strawberries in the County? My vote, not for the first time, goes to the Saechao Strawberry Farm on Highway 101, a couple of exits south of Ukiah… Truly outstanding strawberries, just like they used to taste from Grandma’s garden many decades ago (and nothing at all like those ‘pretend’ strawberries you get from Walmart, Raleys, Safeway, etc)…
… Be wary of buying alfalfa hay from the Mendocino Farm Supply in Ukiah… With our local Farm Supply out of stock, I had no choice and trusted these guys to provide good quality stuff, even though the outside of each bale seemed weathered and questionable. Upon my return to the Valley, I discovered that the inside of each was no better and provided very little nutritional value to my sheep… They surely should have been aware of that and should not have been selling such crap – which they were, at $18 a bale… It makes a mockery of the store’s name – shame on them…
… From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘The Approach of the Apocalypse’… Buzzard reports, “I have nothing of any interest to anyone to say at this point, so I will say nothing”… Why can’t more folks be like that?…

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, 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 humming, Hummingbird… Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace…

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