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Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Lets’ start off with my current favorite topic: Egg News. I find myself continuing to rave about the delicious and large free-range eggs available from Jennifer’s 100 chickens in Philo. They are just too good for me not to mention, and I can assure you I have no financial gain or ‘egg-bonus’ for doing so! They can be found in the little refrigerator a few yards off the west side of the road at 7900 Hwy 128, about half-a-mile north of downtown Philo, just past and opposite the 22.34 mile marker. I suggest you call Jennifer at 895-2585 before stopping by. Alternatively, if you’re not heading that way, there are eggs of equal deliciousness available from Beth Swehla’s High School Ag Department. Again, if you’re not nearby, a phone call to the school first, to ensure availability, might be helpful — 895-3496.

Public Service Announcements. #230. The Annual Variety Show is this coming weekend and it’s the 20th such occasion! The fun and entertainment takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 4th and 5th and will begin at 7pm each evening. #231. Next week, it’s the second Tuesday of the month on the 8th and that means time for ‘Dinner and Bingo’ at the Senior Center. Chef Natalie will be serving one of her specialties: Asian Cashew chicken at 6pm and the Bingo around 7pm. It will all be good, I can assure you. #232. A special event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a Dinner and Dance to benefit the AV Senior Center with Dean Titus and the Coyote Cowboys! This will be the biggest event of the spring and it all takes place on Saturday, March 12th at The Fairgrounds in Boonville. Tickets are on sale in Boonville at Laughing Dog Books, All that Good Stuff, and The Fairgrounds, and at Lemons’ Market in Philo. Happy Hour is at 5.30pm with dinner to follow at 6.30pm and the band will get the dance floor hopping at about 8pm. I hope to see many of you there at this community event for a wonderful cause and please do try to respond generously to my ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish’ hat.

Now for topics under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge — “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…On behalf of all our sports-loving regulars here at The 3-Dot, hearty congratulations to Coach Ed Slotte’s high school boys’ basketball team on their fine season which came to an end last week in the play-off game at Pt. Arena. And best wishes to Coach Ben Anderson’s boys’ baseball squad as they embark on yet another season filled with potential success.

…Whatever happened to Bruce Bread? One regular claims the bakery is still in town but another said they had moved to Redwood Valley. I tried calling two different phone numbers and neither was correct. Does anybody really know?

…Many regulars were amused/bemused by the fact that ‘Doctor’ Herb Ruhs has ‘flip-flopped’ in his demonization of The Boonville Saloon. In his letter last week he claims that his previous letter, the one that complained about the behavior of what he as perceived as customers of the bar, was regrettable and that he now wished that he had been able to speak to the owners before writing it. So, err, why didn’t he? Anyway, from just two weeks ago when he was demanding that the bar’s license be suspended, Herb has now moved to viewing The Saloon as being an establishment that he is ‘pleased to live across from.’ Keep taking the tablets, Doc, and we’ll all forgive and forget.

…A couple of regulars, along with myself, and our delightful significant others paid a visit to Libby’s Restaurant last Friday evening. Now having spent lots of time in Mexico and having also eaten at numerous homes in our Mexican community here in the Valley, I feel somewhat qualified to say that the food at Libby’s is not ‘Mexican’ per se. It is a sort of CaliMex fusion but when the carnitas plate served with a bottle of Pacifico beer tastes that good, it really doesn’t matter what kind of cuisine it is. It is simply delicious and surely it would be hard to better anywhere.

With snow falling up here at The Nest for the first time in at least a decade, it would seem a good time to have a few beers. Now before anyone judges that to be a bad thing, let me share with you, under the heading ‘Life Lessons,’ a wise thought from comedian Dave Barry that you may find useful, even important, to share with others at some point as you meander across life’s rich tapestry — “Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” That is your Quote of the Week.

Time to take my leave. ‘Keep the Faith’; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. One final request, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at

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