A Bird’s Eye View #527 – 3rd January, 2018

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… First, I must point out that almost everything below is true, probably around 99%. However, the whole truth is withheld because, as a wise Valley man known as Deekin’ once said, “If I told you the whole truth then you’d be as smart as me”… I like your thinkin,’ Deekin’…

Let’s start this week with the Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #542 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital are scheduled to visit the Valley twice in January. The first of these is Thursday, January 11 when they will be at the A.V. Farm Supply north of Philo on Highway 128 They will be back again on January 25. 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!… #543 – 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!… #544 – 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… #545 – After a break for the holidays, the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, January 9. 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… #546 – Coming to Lauren’s Restaurant on Monday, January 15, is a pop-up dinner featuring a menu based on the goodies from the local Mendocino Heritage Pork company. More details next week… #547 – Another reminder about tickets to the best Valley-centric gatherings of the year. 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. This is an all you can eat crab event! Margaritas are available too. 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. It’s all you can eat crab, all the wine you can drink, and Margaritas are for sale also… This one benefits the Catholic Church and is $45 for 12 and older, $25 for kids 1-11 years old. Tickets available from John Shultz 895-9552; Terry Rhoades 621-1153; and Jorge 895-2778… Don’t delay – these events will sell out…
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, January 4, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Vegetable Beef Soup followed by Birthday Cupcakes… Then, next Tuesday, January 9, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Chicken Enchiladas with Tres Leche Cake for dessert. As this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, the dinner will be followed by Bingo at 7pm… 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…

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…
… Kudos to the ‘Pick and Pay’ general store in Boonville for being open all day on Christmas Day until 11pm at night!… Now that is community service!…
… From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series – ‘Signs that the Apocalypse is Approaching’… Buzzard reports, “At least 117 people have died in mass shootings this year, more than any other in recent decades. But despite the severity of these attacks, no substantive legislation to curb America’s gun problem should be expected. The slaughter of 26 church-goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November came just over a month after a gunman killed 58 at a Las Vegas concert. Despite lawmakers’ vows to ban “bump stocks”, devices used by the Las Vegas shooter that enabled his semi-automatic rifles to fire automatically, no legislation has yet been passed. President Donald Trump repeated the Republican Party’s standard line on gun violence in America, saying the mass shooting in Texas was not “a guns situation”, and argued that the death toll would have been worse had there not been an armed bystander present to shoot back… I think he is missing the point and this inaction is one more sign that the Apocalypse is approaching”…
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…
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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