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Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. I am going to be on ‘special assignment’ for the next few weeks so this column will either be very brief or non-existent during that time. I’d let you know what this ‘assignment’ is all about except it’s top secret so if I did tell you I’d have to kill you for your own safety.

Fortunately, before my departure the Senior Center held their Board elections last week and so I am able to report the results. They were as follows: Re-elected to the Board were Vice-President Steve Sparks and board member Patrick Ford, and to replace the recently resigned Loretta Houck and Linda Boudoures there were two new members elected: Cory Morse and Chris Rossi. Board members not up for election at this time were President Sheri Hansen, Eddie Pardini, and Fal Allen.

Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready. #252. There are new-laid eggs at the AV High School Ag. Department and at $3.50 a dozen for delicious ‘real’ eggs it’s a great deal. Teacher Beth Swehla reports that “the girls” are ramping up their production, so keep us in mind. Call 707-895-2514 and come by.” #253. The Variety Show is this coming weekend, 7pm curtain on both March 9th and 10th. #254. Next Tuesday, March 13th, is the second Tuesday of the month and that means ‘Dinner and Bingo Night’ at the Senior Center: good food, beer and wine, top quality bingo with prizes, and, as you know by now, you don’t have to be a senior to attend! #255. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will return to the Valley once again on March 15th and then in April on three occasions: the 5th, 12th and 19th.

Topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge: yes “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley. Here’s a quick summary of the topics discussed over the past week or so.

…A happy customer at the AV Farm Supply was made even happier when owners Dave and Nancy Gowan told him their cash till was $20 over on the day he had shopped there and they returned it to him. They knew it was him following a purchase of alfalfa hay. Ya gotta like that!

…Update on former One Horse Espresso coffee shop owner and Senior Center cook, Natalie Matson and family (husband Clay and young sons Spike (now 3 years old) and King (nine months). They have moved on from Chicago where they were for six months or so, and now Clay has found his dream job as the Main Barn Manager at a highly regarded Thoroughbred Horse ranch in Maryland. Natalie is studying for a degree on-line while working at the Spike and King “factory.”

…Cheapest gas in Boonville hit $4.79 gallon last week.

…Have a friend who likes to read and with a birthday coming up? Then check out the great t-shirts now available at Laughing Dog Books.

And with reading and books on my mind let’s have a couple of relevant Quotes of the Week. First up it’s the famous anti-reader, Chairman Mau Tse-Tung (1893-1976), the Chinese Communist revolutionary, Marxist political philosopher, and leader of the Chinese Revolution, who said, “To read too many books is harmful.” Then there is the far more enlightened view from Baron de Montesquiue (1689-1755), generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, the French social commentator and political thinker who commented, “I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.” And finally, from Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) the Irish writer, poet, and great wit, let’s go with, “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.”

Time to take my leave. So, until we talk again, 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 PPS. Hi, Silver Swan. Behaving yourself? Hopefully not!

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