A Bird’s Eye View #514 – 27th September, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… I am taking a short break and have flown to the UK for a couple of weeks – thats 6,000 miles away and my wings are really tired… Anyway, I have been here just a day or so and already I have been asked many, many times about what on earth is going on in Trump’s America.
For most of the last century or so, the UK, and much of Europe for that matter, but particularly the UK, was a country that adored the U.S. for its leadership in the world, its vibrant society that knew how to work hard and play hard, an enlightened view on justice for all, it’s positive attitude towards life in general, its spirit of adventure and independence, it’s willingness to step in to help (for the right reasons) impoverished nations or those faced with internal strife before anyone else, and its ability to successfully deal with a society consisting of so many diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures – arguably better than anywhere else on earth … Much of this no longer remains in the eye of folks over here. The allies of the U.S. are all confused/bemused at the current political climate in the States and cannot believe the way President* Trump conducts himself and deals with important world issues as if he is making deals to build hotels or indulging in a verbal brawl in a bar… I shared these thoughts with a Valley person earlier today and he bluntly replied, “Who gives a shit what they think?”… In my opinion that is scary and sad… More on this and other aspects of life across the pond next week…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready…#543 – The annual Flu Shot clinic is available on Tuesday, October 3 from 11am to Noon at the Senior Center in Boonville at the Veterans Hall. It does make sense… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit to the Valley this month. They will be here tomorrow, Thursday, September 28, 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!… #545 – 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’…  #546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, October 3. 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 – On Sunday, October 8 at 4pm, the Anderson Valley Village group has invited Maggie Watson, author of ‘A Graceful Farewell: Putting Your Affairs in Order’ to come and discuss 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…
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, September 28, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Amish Chicken with Chocolate Pecan Bars for dessert… Then, next Tuesday, October 3, the lunch will feature Meat Loaf and Mashed potatoes and gravy, followed by Peach Cobbler 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… 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…

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; 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, 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. 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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