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Bird’s Eye View (Feb 24, 2016)

Greetings one and all. Are you are sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin. Given all the current new/revived restaurant business in the Valley, and in recent years a number of them coming and going almost as quickly as it takes to make a pizza, it is clearly a wonderful achievement that Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville will be celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary this coming Saturday, February 27. This event begins at 7pm— music by Dean Titus and the Boot Jack 5 with special guests (no cover; no dinner service that night). Lauren shared her thoughts on this milestone, “February 2, 1996 was our first night of dinner service. It was a Friday night and we were just busy enough to think this might really work. A few bumps along the way, but we’re still here 20 years later. I’ve often said I would never have wanted to open a restaurant in an anonymous strip mall and cook food for people I didn’t know. Community was vital to what I hoped to do. Cooking good food was important, but creating a place where my friends and neighbors could gather around good food and share art and music was really most important. The community of the Anderson Valley helped that happen. So a big thank you to all of you who accepted us and have continued to support us over the years, friends, neighbors and visitors.” And a very big “Thank you” to you and your staff too, Lauren.

Some related Quotes of the Week. Irving Berlin: “The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.” No retiring yet then Lauren! Fran Lebowitz: “Success didn’t spoil me; I’ve always been insufferable.” The American journalist and essayist Christopher Morley remarked, “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.” Lily Tomlin: “The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Barbara Walters: “Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, and let the nice things out.” Joseph Heller: “Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, and neurosis. With failure comes failure.” Is success really like that Lauren?

Public Service Announcements. #782. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit to the Valley this month, tomorrow, February 25, from 2-3.30pm at the AV Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. Unfortunately they will only be here just once next month: Thursday, March 24. #783. The Boonville Farmers Market continues every Saturday at its winter venue, outside The Boonville General Store, from 10am-12:30pm. For more info call Cindy at 895-2949. #784. Need a burn permit? From 11am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays you can get one from the Firehouse in Boonville. Call 895-2020 for more information or stop by. #785. The AV Lending Library run by The Unity Club, is open at The Fairgrounds on Tuesdays 1.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 2-4pm. #786. The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Remember, no dead animals! The number for the Dump is 895-3569 and checking first to see that they are open is recommended. The Recycling Center in Boonville at The Fairgrounds parking lot is open Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm (489-2033). #787. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser for the AV Senior Center is Saturday, March 12th at The Fairgrounds in Boonville with a 5.30pm Happy Hour and dinner to follow at 6.30pm featuring Corned Beef and cabbage plus “Green” Beer, Irish Coffee, Margaritas, local wine, and soft drinks. The ever-popular cake/dessert auction will follow. Tickets at the Senior Center, AV Market, and Lemons’ in Philo: $15 and $10 for Kids 10 and Under.

Here is the menu for Senior Center lunches at the Veterans Building in Boonville this week. $6 donation for seniors and $7 for Non-seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, February 25, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken Pot Pie with Citrus Cranberry Cake for dessert. Tuesday, March 1st, for the first lunch of the month, Marti and the crew presents the popular Meat Loaf, mashed Potatoes and gravy, and Birthday Cupcakes. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal, maybe the best $7 you’ll spend all week! Tai Chi is now available every Tuesday from 10-11am, while on Thursdays at the same time it is the watercolor painting class, leading into yoga at 11am. Hopefully you will be able to attend some of these events and certainly the lunches, and remember. ALL ages are welcome!

Topics and Valley events at The Three-Dot Lounge— “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…Are we all ready for Trump v Clinton? Sad but true, I feel.

…A couple of Three-Dot regulars were at The Shed behind the Farrer Building in the heart of Boonville last Friday evening for a General Knowledge Quiz hosted by High School Principal/Superintendent Michelle Hutchins and presented by Quiz Master Steve Sparks: this year’s “battleground” for the annual challenge between teachers from the High School v. the Elementary School, last year’s winners in a very different arena, the Bocce Court. Following pizza and other goodies, accompanied by a little wine and beer, the Quiz proceeded — a very close match indeed: a 1 point difference. The Elementary School held on to their trophy and celebrated vociferously to the sporting applause of the High School teams. It appeared that the teachers had a really good time, and even though The Quiz Master did not have to give out any “pink slips” he was forced to reprimand them on a couple of times for their lack of attention and talking out of turn!

…I am still surprised at how many pet dogs in this Valley get out of their homes or off their land and are found, only to be without tags so their owners are often difficult to determine. For about $8 (including free shipping) you can order a tag from the guys at Peace of mind and a relief for the person who finds your pet.

…Long-time Valley resident, Pat Hulbert writes, “Just think maybe I should let you know. I got two calls from (he said the IRS) that they are taking me to court. I hung up. This is a scam. A good friend of mine also got one. The people here in the Valley need to be warned. God Bless you Turkey Vulture. Pat H.” Consider it done, Pat.

I’m outtahere. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. So “take me drunk, I’m home.” Keep the Faith; be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; 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; and may your god go with you. The final request, “Let us prey.” Sometimes poking, often stroking, but almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me through the Letters Page or at PS. Happy 80th, Frank! PPS. Skylark, read any good books lately? Hi, Silver Swan, behaving yourself? Hopefully not! Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is.

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