A Bird’s Eye View #519 – 8th November, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
Let’s start this week with the Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #543 – 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… #544 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital are scheduled to visit the Valley once more this month – that will be on Thursday, November 16 from 2-4pm… #545 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday… #546 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market has moved across the street from the Boonville Hotel to their Winter venue outside at Seabass Winery. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #547 – The Anderson Valley Grange is having its regular second Sunday Pancake Breakfast on November 12 from 8.30-11am. Prices range from $5-10 – kids through hungry folks, for a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast… #548 – There will not be a monthly meeting of the A.V. Village until January. This group, formerly the ’Preparation for the Rest of Our Lives’ group, usually meets at Lauren’s Restaurant on the second Sunday of the month to discuss the many issues facing us all in our later years… #549 – The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, November 14. For full schedule go to https://www.mendocinocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=13548. They are here in the Valley 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.…
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, November 9, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken Pot Pie followed by Kentucky Butter Crunch Cake… Then, next Tuesday, November 14, at 6pm, the evening meal will feature Roast Turkey with Pumpkin Pie Bars 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! The Senior Center Community Bus goes to Santa Rosa on the first Wednesday of the month and has added a second trip this month to help anyone with extra holiday shopping – that’s on Wednesday November 15. 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…
… Hummingbird was in a local Valley business last week and an employee working there accused her of ripping the store off a few days earlier. Completely untrue. Hummingbird was most upset as she protested her innocence and explained that it was clearly a case of mistaken identity. After a short interchange, the rude and aggressive employee retracted the statement, sort off, saying they would have to look at the video tapes again. Hummingbird was incredulous. I know the gene pool for staff around here is thin but a person like this should obviously not work anywhere near the public. I have owned and operated successful businesses in the service industry, and if such an obnoxious and basically nasty and ill-mannered employee worked for me they would most certainly be gone after such an occurrence…
… Many 3-Dot regulars attended the excellent party to celebrate the retirements from our local schools of Val Smith, Jill Rathe, and Vicky Brock last Saturday evening. With the A-Team of Steve Rhoades, Gary Abbott, and Brian Schreiner in charge of the pig roast it was a veritable feast fit for Kings, and Queens of course… We at the 3-Dot wish a long and happy retirement to all three…
…Two regulars and myself found ourselves raving about the chicken curry we had enjoyed from Bruxo, the Valley’s roving high end food truck run by Brooks Schmitt and friends… Unfortunately, Brooks will soon be moving his operation from the Valley for a winter season in the warmer and probably busier climes down in Santa Cruz… We hope to see him and his fine foods back next spring…
… Staying with the local dining scene, I have been informed that The Buckhorn is making a slight change to their hours as winter approaches. They will now not open on Monday and Wednesday until 4pm… They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-midnight, serving weekend brunch each day from 10am-3pm. They are open on Thursday and Friday at 11am and are closed on Tuesdays… To reflect the change of season, menu changes include new “yummy” desserts and an extended pizza menu also…
… I noticed that the sign outside the High School informs us all that on Friday, November 10, there would be ‘No School.’ The reason for this is the observance of Veterans Day. In my humble opinion the younger generations need to be aware of what has gone on before and start to appreciate what they have, and how and why. They should know why they have a day off. It’s part of a full education I would suggest. I hope the high school kids give it a little thought at least…

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 wagging that tail, Fred… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin…

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