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Bird’s Eye View 8/05/2009

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin.

Two of the Valley’s most popular events are coming up this weekend. On Saturday, August 8th at noon it’s the Annual Airport Party (on Airport Drive believe it or not) with free rides up in the skies above the Valley offered by our local expert pilots. Drinks are provided and you are encouraged to bring goodies for a potluck that starts at 5pm. The following day at 4:30pm in the Fairgrounds it’s the Lions’ Club tri-tip bbq to benefit The AV Volunteer Ambulance Service. Two excellent occasions not to be missed. You can definitely trust me on this and thank me later.

Talking of trust, the very wise English philosopher and social commentator Dr. Samuel Johnson provides The Quote of the Week: “We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” Well, that may be true but even though you all know me well I still haven’t deceived you yet, have I?

On to a couple of the topics under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge — Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors.”

…This past week saw an in-depth discussion at The 3-Dot on the Valley’s ‘Who’s Who?’ Everyone knows that Colin Wilson is the Fire Chief and I can confirm that David Norfleet is the Grange Master, Christine Clark is head Lioness of the Lions’ Club, Sandra Nimmons is the current ‘Queen’ of The Independent Career Women, and I am the long-serving Head of Valley VICE (Vultures Involved in Cultural Education). However, 3-Dot regulars are still asking: Who is on The Chamber of Commerce? And who is on the School Board? I think we should be told. Meanwhile, I have my top team of investigative reporters on the case and their full exposé is expected on my desk any day now.

…I shared more disappointing news on the ‘Valley Traditions’ front with 3-Dot regulars this week. Not as serious as the final sawmill in the Valley closing a couple of months ago (first time since 1860 that there are no mills in the Valley), nor as disappointing as the cancellation of The Woolgrowers BBQ, but I was certainly frustrated when I was unable to buy any lamb (apart from frozen ground lamb) anywhere in the Valley last Sunday. My guest, the Windsor Woodpecker, a curry expert from the UK, was looking forward to preparing his signature Lamb Curry dish but had to go with chicken instead. It’s a sad day in the Valley when you can risk your life crossing the road in downtown Boonville because of all the wine-guzzling crazy drivers and yet cannot get a good piece of lamb.

…The buzz is getting louder among the hip crowd in the Valley with regard to the superb DJs that KZYX has on offer every Saturday night. From 10pm it’s the Blue Note Lounge followed at midnight by D.J. Pete. Both guys do an excellent job and if you’re sitting around with friends, sipping a libation or two, then I strongly urge you to tune in. Some might say it could be the best thing on our local public radio station.

Tuning in to these guys is the perfect ‘night-cap’ following an evening of fun in The Deep End. After a week off, live music returned to The Navarro Store last Saturday night with the wonderful harmonica playing and singing of the talented Mark Hummal and the tight sounds of his impressive band. Impresario and Store Owner Dave Evans and his crew did a great job once again and the crowd of about 80 people had an excellent time, either listening to the sounds from under the redwoods as they sipped beer and/or munched on Pablo’s delights off the grill or dancing along in front of the stage alongside Tommy ‘The Dance Man’ Hopper and the usual assortment of Valley folk joining him on the dance floor. They were all there, from the expressive Detroit soul moves of Hummingbird dancing to ‘Georgia Slide,’ to the gyrations of Sharon of Roederer Estate winery dancing with Chris of Navarro Winery doing a very rhythmic Austin Powers-type dance; from the slick moves of David Jones and son Stringbean to the unadulterated fun of Ernie Pardini dancing with daughter Sarah Jane; and from the very sensuous moves of two blonde women from Boonville to the truly unique display by Kathy Hulbert, who kindly gave me a bowl of delicious green salad to nibble on as I sat and observed all before me. Yes, Valley Dwellers who were not there, I can assure you it was yet another very good time in The Deep End. This week it’s The House of Floyd — a Pink Floyd Tribute. That’s not my cup of tea, but I’m sure it is for many of you and I just thought you should know.

The Value of a Drink. Under the heading Life Lessons, here’s a little advice that you may find useful, even important, at some point as you meander across life’s rich tapestry. “The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.” Obviously I have never done this myself but I can assure you that it is quite common.

Time to take my leave. Be careful out there, stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts, and, with the continuing warm weather, please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle. May your god go with you. One final request: “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture.

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