A Bird’s Eye View #525 – 20th December, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin…
So here we are once again – the holiday season and the end of yet another year just around the corner. What happened to 2017? It was just beginning and now it’s about to end. It would appear that, just like many other folks, I was just too busy living it to really enjoy it. That’s too bad and a lesson to be learned…
But before the arrival of 2018, it’s Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzai or whatever, and all of the razzamatazz, hype, and pressure that this event smothers so many with. Every year it seems to get more frantic. However, up here at The Nest we plan to have a relatively calm and very relaxing few days. In fact, let’s be honest, ultimately this is only really for a couple of groups of people. As a result of spending many Christmas holidays in San Francisco as the only straight fellow on a construction crew of five, I feel that I can state with a degree of authority that Christmas is primarily for the enjoyment of gay men (they have the best Xmas parties) and children (for all the obvious reasons). Not that there is anything wrong with this of course… Meanwhile, if you’re out Xmas shopping try to remember that I’m an XXL; otherwise fresh carrion is always good…
Let’s move on 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… Republicans have had to come to terms this past week with Doug Jones’s victory in the race for the Senate seat from Alabama. Mr Ray Moore, the Republican incumbent, was once popular there, and had received the backing of President Donald Trump. But accusations of sexual impropriety against nine, then mostly teenage women, took their toll (Mr Moore denies the allegations). Mr Jones threaded a difficult needle. Black voters turned out in droves and Mr Jones won 96% of their votes. He also appears to have flipped some white suburbanites. White evangelicals—Mr Moore’s core supporters—comprised a smaller share of the turnout than usual. Some of them stayed home, or even voted for Mr Jones, despite vehemently disagreeing with his pro-choice position on abortion. The result leaves Mr Trump’s party with a single-seat majority in the Senate. If the president found it difficult to pass legislation this year, it is about to get tougher…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s latest update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… A number of our local eateries have introduced their Winter hours and one has already closed… The Buckhorn Pub’s winter hours: Monday and Wednesday: 4pm open, 11pm bar; Thursday: 11am open, 11pm bar; Friday: 11am open, midnight bar; Saturday: 10am open, midnight bar; Sunday: 10am open, 11pm bar; Kitchen open until 9pm every night; Brunch served at weekends 10am-3pm; closed Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel is now closed for four days but will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings serving their family-style, prix fixe menu and also Sunday lunchtimes at for their Midday meal at 1pm (?). They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… Aquarelle is closed for the next couple of months or so… Stone and Embers in The Madrones south of Philo will be open three evenings a week in December from Noon to 8pm, Friday thru’ Sunday. They will be closed for the month of January… Down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig has new winter hours for dinner that are from 5-8.30pm Thursday-Sunday. Apart from a Crab Feed special on January 19, they will be closed from January 1-24, reopening on Thursday, January 25… Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck that roamed the Valley in recent months has now left us for warmer climes (Santa Clara?) until the spring… To my knowledge, Lauren’s Restaurant and Lizbby’s are only closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, while The Redwood Drive-In is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day only. Otherwise all three are still operating on their regular hours over the holidays… 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’…

Quote of the Week… For the naysayers, perhaps consider what Carl Sagan, creator and presenter of the wonderful series ‘Cosmos’ once said – “Used properly, television can educate and inspire awe as well as any book, painting, or film”… Just sayin’…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #544 – Because these two events will sell out, here’s an early heads-up for tickets to the best Valley-centric gatherings of the year, not to mention that they make excellent holiday gifts too. I’m talking about our Crab Feeds! First it will be the Senior Center Crab Feed on Saturday, January 20 at The Apple Hall in Boonville. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Senior Center, A.V. Market, and Lemons’ Market… The Gloria Ross Original Crab Feed is at the same venue two weeks later, on Saturday, February 3. This one benefits the Catholic Church and is $45 for 12 and older, $25 for kids 1-11 years old. It’s all you can eat crab, all the wine you can drink, and margaritas for sale too. Tickets available from John Shultz 895-9552; Terry Rhoades 621-1153; and Jorge 895-2778… #545 – The Mendocino Bookmobile will not be making any more visits to the Valley until 2018…#546 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital also are not due to return here until the new year. They are scheduled to return on Thursdays, January 11 and 25…#547 – The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Dump Executive Director, Mike Mannix, rewards good customers with a star but will be very harsh with anyone thinking they can leave dead animals!…#548 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market continues at their Winter venue outside at Seabass Winery alongside the General Store in Boonville every Saturday morning, 9.30am-Noon. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949… #549 – 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… #550 – The Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville is now closed for the holidays, so lunches and dinners will not be served. The Center will be re-opening on Tuesday, January 2…

From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘The Approach of the Apocalypse’… Buzzard reports, “I just wish to thank each and everyone of the readers for supporting the newspaper, particularly my thoughts on page 5 every week. I may come across as a something of a curmudgeon but that’s not really me. I’m just trying to prepare folks for the inevitable Apocalypse… Meanwhile, on a lighter note, Merry Christmas to you all and here is a brief, off-the-top-of-my-head list of Valley things to seriously consider enjoying this holiday season… The fresh popcorn at the A.V. Market… The spectacular Christmas lights at the Navarro Store… The superbly satisfying Meatloaf at Lauren’s Restaurant… The almost perfect draft Guinness at The Buckhorn… The delicious Potato beignets at Stone and Embers… The always satisfying Roast beef deli sandwich at Lemons’ Market… And of course pages 4 and 5 in the AVA…

Thanks for sharing, Buzzard… Now 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; 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 – comforted in the knowledge that the old hare is watching over me from his 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… On the sheep, Grace… Missing the Venerable Pheasant…

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