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Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. How about a few birthday greetings, no doubt belated in some cases, for those celebrating a December birthday? Here we go, ‘Many Happy Returns’ to Wilma Brink, Cleo Hixon, Bill Holcomb, Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Peterson, Pete Benville, Harold Hulbert, and Rick Rajeski. As my old friend Bill Shakespeare once wrote, referring to the female lead in a little play he wrote entitled ‘Anthony and Cleopatra,’ “Age cannot whither her nor custom stale her infinite variety.” So that’s your Quote of the Week and hopefully those words can be applied to each of our Birthday boys and girls, but I’ll let their friends, families, and acquaintances decide on that.

Public Service Announcements. #33. Another heads-up for the upcoming Crab Feeds that will take place in the New Year and for which tickets, that make excellent Xmas gifts, are now available. The first feed will benefit the Senior Center and takes place on Saturday, January 15th; call Gina Pardini for tickets at 895-3609. Then it is the ‘Original’ Crab Feed on Saturday, February 5th for which you can get tickets by calling Gloria Ross at 895-3071 or Eva Holcomb at 895-3307. #34. Grange Groove with D.J. Pete this Friday evening, Dec 17th from 7:30pm onwards at, where else, The Grange in Philo. #35. The Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long at Lauren’s is this Saturday, Dec 18th at 8.30pm. It’s a beautiful thing. #36. The Senior Center will be closed from Dec 20th to January 2nd inclusive, although there is a casino trip on Dec 27th. Call 972-2723 for details.

Now some 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.

…Dog lovers at The 3-Dot were both excited and yet concerned at the news that the female McNab sheepdog of Sam Prather, the Valley’s #1 Shepherd, has most unexpectedly given birth to a litter of pups. These will be excellent dogs for the right owners. Someone who can at best work them on sheep or at worse spend lots of time exercising them and not leaving them at home all day long. So if anyone is interested they should contact Sam at 895-3049.

…Several regulars enjoyed the appearance of ‘local boy done good’ Mo Mandel on ABC television’s ‘Modern Family’ last week. Branching out from his stand-up comedian vocation, Mo produced a fine two minutes of comedic acting playing opposite Ed O’Neil (of ‘Married with Children’ fame). I only hope that friends of Mo’s parents’ (Danny Mandelbaum and Benna Kolinsky), several of whom I believe may not have televisions, did not miss out on seeing the young man’s latest successful step up the entertainment world’s very steep ladder.

…Word spread like wildfire around The Three-Dot this past week that Patty Liddy was on the winning team at last week’s General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz at Lauren’s Restaurant. Along with teammates Alan ‘The Butcher’ Thomas, Matthew ‘Yves St. Laurent’ McMullen (all the way from Healdsburg), Beverly Bennett (Philo Pottery Inn), Peter ‘Pool Man’ Field, and Nikola Milojevich (from Serbia via the East Bay), she claimed the first place prize and then had to fend off accusations that she had inside information as a result of her ‘excessive canoodling’ with the Quiz Master. She sincerely defends herself, saying, “So I ‘canoodle’ with the bastard, yet despite my efforts he has never told me a single answer and if that doesn’t change soon then I will be withdrawing his privileges I can assure you.”

…A few people turned up at The 3-Dot following the Community Pot Luck at The Grange on Sunday evening. It was a fine affair by all accounts but they were gasping for a beer and/or glass of wine as the gathering was ‘a non-alcohol event.’ That sounds sort of scary to me.

…Speaking of which, Independent Career Women’s Christmas party, to which I was invited, was cancelled this past Sunday. They had hoped to get about 40 attendees, a number that is traditionally easily reached for such an occasion, but ended up a few short for various reasons, one of which was the clash with the Community Pot Luck. Many people were disappointed, particularly those who like to sip a little wine with their meal, a very civilized thing to do I should add, and one can only hope that this will not happen again. Meanwhile I shall forlornly await my invitation to the group’s first meeting of the New Year.

…It was a busy Sunday afternoon at the County Dump but new Dump Guy, Will Housley, kept everything in order and managed to have a pleasant chat with everyone, complain about his defeated Oakland Raiders, and still make sure nobody was trying to drop off any dead animals.

Time to take my leave. Be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey.” Poking and stroking egos wherever necessary and, as always, humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Keep the Faith. PPS. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or by e-mail at . PPPS. On the sheep, Grace. PPPPS. Is that ‘lafter’ I hear, Carroll?

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