A Bird’s Eye View #518 – 1st November, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… This Saturday night/Sunday morning sees the end of Daylight Savings Time – if you’re wise like myself (?), you’ll turn your clocks back and get an extra hour in bed!…
Let’s begin this week with heartfelt wishes that everyone survived Halloween’s annual ‘Battle on the Streets of Boonville’ between The Invading Zombies and Our Brave and Angry Villagers. The Villagers, with their burning torches and sharpened pitchforks, once again saved the town from those walking corpses who will no doubt would have made things very difficult around here if they had been victorious – certainly with their plans to ban all speed limits, bring in a Starbucks and a Taco Bell, invite outsiders to plant even more vines, open a medical marijuana dispensary in the school cafeteria, and shockingly install a former School Principal as Mayor of Anderson Valley. It was no doubt a worrying evening for us all but I had every confidence in the Villagers coming out on top. If not, I might have found myself this morning ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte – espresso, pumpkin-flavored syrup and steamed milk, topped with sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices. Ridiculous, eh!? All we really need at that time of day in our already complicated lives is just a hot cup of Joe…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #542 – A very special event will take place on Saturday, November 11th at the Evergreen Cemetery on A.V. Way just north of Boonville. It’s in the annual observance of Veterans Day and will start at 10.30am. Everyone is encouraged to attend as the American Legion, with the assistance of Steve Sparks, Kirk Wilder and friends, plan to commemorate those in the military who have died and thank those who continue to serve their country. It should be stressed that this is neither an overtly political nor religious ceremony. Hopefully this important event will be well supported by our community – I urge you to please think seriously about attending… #543 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have two visits to the Valley this month. They will be here tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, from 2-4pm at the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. They will be back in two week’s time on November 16. 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!… #544 – The monthly Barn Sale returns this coming Saturday/Sunday, November 4/5 from 10am-3pm at The Big Barn next to the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on A.V. Way, just north of Boonville… #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 – Starting this coming Saturday, November 4, the Boonville Farmers’ Market will move across the street from their summer location at the Boonville Hotel parking lot to their winter venue at The General Store. They will be there from 9.30am-noon every Saturday morning. 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. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for lunches and charges $7 for Non-seniors… Tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Meat Loaf with Mashed potatoes and gravy followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, November 7, the lunch will feature Beef and Broccoli with 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!… From our 3-Dot Lounge regular, The Old Buzzard, comes a few of his thoughts on a misty morning up at The Nest down in the Deep End… “Donald Trump’s approval rating had fallen to 38%, its lowest level since he took office… In civil war-ravaged Syria, the legacy of the governing Assad regime’s strategy is dead bodies, refugees, destroyed homes, and the death from starvation of children on an unimaginable scale. And the world powers just watch and wait to see where they can most profit… Moving to a couple of far more cheerful topics… Last Saturday’s Oktoberfest event to benefit the Senior Center resulted in a wonderful evening spent at the Big Barn located at the A.V. Farm Supply. The sausages, sauerkraut, and warm potato salad dinner, followed by the apple/nut dessert, all washed down with fine ales in the appropriately decorated location made for a great time and those who were not there are advised not to miss out next year… ‘Well done!’ to the hard-working Senior Center Board and their team of volunteers!… And later that evening the community turned out in big numbers and great costumes to enjoy the annual Halloween Party at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville featuring the great live band, Bonfire… Yes, life goes on in Anderson Valley’s bucolic bubble, as it must of course…”
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…
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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