A Bird’s Eye View #526 – 27th December, 2017

Greetings one and all – if you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin… Well that’s Christmas/Whatever-you-call-it ‘done and dusted’ and now on to Act 2 – New Year’s Eve! Try to enjoy yourselves and if someone is behaving badly just smile and walk away – you know it makes sense.
With all the excesses of the holiday season I have inevitably come to the conclusion that, like Alexander Woollcott, social commentator for ‘New Yorker’ magazine, almost “all of the things I enjoy doing are immoral, illegal, or fattening”. So, with the dawn of a new year upon us, and with new resolutions bursting forth, for the Quote of the Week let me offer you these wise words by Gore Vidal to think about as we move into 2012 – “Never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television” – difficult to argue with that, I’d say…
Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s latest update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… A number of our local eateries are operating on their Winter hours and one has already closed for the time being… 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’…
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #543 – The big New Year’s Eve Bash in the Valley is at Lauren’s Restaurant on Sunday night. Live music by Tommy Brown and the Brown Brothers begins at 9pm… #544 – Here’s an early heads-up for tickets to the best Valley-centric gatherings of the year – I’m talking about our two 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 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 are for sale too. Tickets available from John Shultz 895-9552; Terry Rhoades 621-1153; and Jorge 895-2778. Beware – both of these events will sell out… #545 – 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… #546 – The Anderson Valley Museum is now closed for the winter months… #547 – The Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville is closed for the holidays, so lunches and dinners will not be served. The Center will be re-opening next Tuesday, January 2…

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…
… The award for the house with the best Christmas lights goes to the excellently festive and the ‘just right’ colorful display that adorns the home across the street from the Farrer Building in Boonville… This is the old Tolman House, now owned, I believe, by Nicole Johnson and Derek Wyant… Very cool…
… … I am very pleased to report that ‘Confused of Comptche, California’ stopped by The 3-Dot this past week and shared some words of wisdom with the regulars… “Let me share with you a little Christmas anecdote. My great Uncle Ernest was born in 1908, and he had all his own teeth until the day he died. This isn’t as impressive as it might at first seem, however, as he died aged sixteen when he choked on a turkey bone on Christmas Day 1924”… I hope I wasn’t too late in sharing this tragic tale… Eat carefully…
… Several regulars had heard the scary rumor that former A.V. Brewery owner, Ken Allen (remember him?) was now earning a little extra pocket money as a volunteer Santa Claus at Macy’s in San Francisco… Surely not?…
… It’s the final General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz of the year at Lauren’s tomorrow, Thursday, December 28 starting at 7pm… Many 3-Dot regulars intend to be there and it promises to be a lot of fun…
… From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “From the popular fiction of John Wyndham and Stephen King to the work of Pulitzer- and Booker-prize winners like Cormac McCarthy and Margaret Atwood, the apocalypse and its aftermath have long provided fertile ground for writers. The Doomsday Clock is another touchstone of apocalyptic fear. Devised by scientists in 1947 as the nuclear arms-race began, it provides a representation of the threat of global annihilation. The clock started at seven minutes to midnight, and its hands have since been adjusted 22 times. The chart maps the publication of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature over the course of the clock’s 70-year history. The fears of scientists are often echoed in fiction: as the hands edge closer to midnight, more doom-laden stories appear. In January 2017 the hands were adjusted to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, the closest they have come to catastrophe since 1953. Another wave of end-of-days literature may be on its way”.… But Happy New Year anyway!”…

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; ‘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”… Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2014… 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. Skylark – read any good books lately?… Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not!… Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is…

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.