Saturday, June 27, 2009

Out of Town For A Welding

That's a wedding. Which in reality is a bit like a welding in that we hope that the two parts getting welded never separate. My nephew Michael is getting married to Lisa and they are having one heck of a celebration at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library after the wedding ceremony today. That's not to mention the party last night at Tapps in Brea that was first class. There will also be a brunch on Sunday that I will attend.

The happy couple wears the dark hair in the picture. The other beautiful girl belongs to my brother or the other way around.
Hope the station holds together till I get back, I did leave it in good hands with Sarah and Dana.
Sorry Crabs fans, I wont be handing out hats till Wednesday at the soonest.
I only have 8 left but boss man Rob was saying something to J. B. about getting more.
It had something to do with me dressing up as George Washington on the 4th. of July.
That's not going to happen.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

And Then The Wind Really Kicked Up!

On the bright side, the power stayed on, at least until this last post just before 4 pm.

All was well until the wind decided to kick things up a couple of notches. large wooden carvings at the Artisans Market started to blow down. The vendors had to remove the tops and sides of their booths to keep the wind from taking them away.

The Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department got a call and had to take their truck through the crowd that despite the wind, was still going strong.

Blolgging Live from The Beachcomber Cafe in Trinidad

They are open 7-4 week days and 9 to 4 weekends. This time of the year they are open for dinner on Sunday and Monday nights till 9 pm.

Tonight the special is pulled pork.

Lots of vegetarian and vegan stuff too.

Melissa serves up ice cold beer on tap with a smile. They have free Wi-Fi and great food.

I just had to have a slug with all the nuts and seeds bagel with cream cheese and a Trumer Pilsner beer. I should have lined up for the salmon but it is pretty happening right across the street at The Beachcomber Cafe.

Trinidad Fish Festival Is On!

From kayaking to the kids slide and bouncing dragon room, it's a perfect day to party in Trinidad.

Music from Blue Rhythm Review fills the air as people eat, and eat and somehow find room for a beer or two.

Trinidad Fish Festival Today!

I am posting from the Beachcomber Cafe, next to Town Hall in Trinidad. They have free Wi-fi and are right in the heart of the festival.

Cher-Ae-Heights Casino was doing oysters down by the pier. Across from there, All Hits 95.5 FM was broadcasting live. John and Dawn from the Breakfast Club were trying out a wireless Internet card on their laptop and it seemed to work great for their broadcast.

The fish looks great today, I haven't yet tried it because I had a big breakfast at The Eatery.
More pics to come.

I hope there is some left when I get hungry again.
It is windy but sunny and not cold. Everyone seems to be having a great time.

I photographed an octopus at the marine laboratory that was also open to the public today.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Awe Shucks, More Oyster Photos

I saw two oysters on a stick above the Virtue of Shellfishness booth.

The Steve Watts Band played while the wind blew and the clouds gathered. That didn't even put a damper on the festivities today in Arcata.

The beer lines weren't too bad today. There were two booths and one had a big line and the other was, walk up and get a beer.
I think her name is Little Miss Oyster. She was posing for pictures with her catch.

Oysters, Oysters Everywhere and Pleanty to Drink

Master of Oyster Ceremonies, Dave Silverbrand oversaw the oyster calling contest.

The Steve Watts Band played as people gobbled up the recently unshelled creatures.

Beer and Oysters were bountiful on the Arcata Plaza today during Arcata Main Street's 19th Annual Oyster Festival. You could get them grilled, on the barbie or breaded and deep fried.
I read somewhere that over 100-thousand oysters would be consumed at the festival today.

It all goes till 5:30 pm today followed by baseball 1 block away at the Arcata Ball Park with the Humboldt Crabs.

Tomorrow it's north to Trinidad for the Fish Festival. That starts at 11am and goes till 4pm. I'm going to try to blog from the event at the Beachcomber Cafe next to Town Hall.
This is the best time of the year to be in Humboldt County California!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Obama Regulatory Reform Plan Officially Establishes Banking Dictatorship

Paul Joseph Watson & Steve WatsonPrison Planet.comThursday, June 18, 2009

President Obama’s plan to give the privately-owned and unaccountable Federal Reserve complete regulatory oversight across the entire U.S. economy, which is likely to be enacted before the end of the year, will officially herald the beginning of a new form of government in the United States - an ultra-powerful banking dictatorship controlled by a small gaggle of shadowy and corrupt elitists.
The new rules would see the Fed given the authority to “regulate” any company whose activity it believes could threaten the economy and the markets.
This goes a step further than the centrally planned economies of the Soviet Union or Communist China, in that the Federal Reserve is not even accountable to the U.S. government, it is a private entity that according to former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, is accountable to nobody but the banking families that own it.
Obama’s regulatory “reform” plan is nothing less than a green light for the complete and total takeover of the United States by a private banking cartel that will usurp the power of existing regulatory bodies, who are now being blamed for the financial crisis in order that their status can be abolished and their roles handed over to the all-powerful Fed.
According to an Associated Press report today, Democratic leaders have committed to enacting the plan before the end of the year and Republicans in both the House and Senate have indicated that they won’t stand in the way of the overhaul.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chicken in Old Town

Gas prices got you down? There is an alternative. Old Town Carriage Co. is up and running in Old Town Eureka Ca. People enjoyed carriage rides through Old Town as music filled the air from the concert at the end of F. Street. Marty & Michele L'Herault are the owners of the carriage and can be reached at 608-588-4638 or at

Rollin Treahearne and Pete Meyer are seen at the door of their mobile studio.

The Madaket made a stop, right next to the concert. Word has it, the genuine antique harbor cruise boat has the smallest legally licensed cocktail lounge in the state.

Chicken and The Defenders rocked the boardwalk this evening in Old Town Eureka. Chicken does a real mean Janis Joplin as well as well as other great cover tunes and even some originals.

The 10 week Summer Concert Series has 8 more free concerts to offer to the public. They are every Thursday from 6 to 8pm at the F. Street Plaza.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Message From Peter B. Collins

Dear Friend,

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I'm pleased to tell you that Katrina Rill will continue as my producer, helping me shape the topics and lining up great guests to talk with. We are ready to bring you more > great—well, I guess I still think of them as “radio programs”—but they will be on your computer instead of your radio. With the right accessories, you can even listen in the car. So stand by for our next communiqué! And if you can help, go to pbc


The Mad River north of Arcata has been tamed for the summer. A large, long, water tight bag has been stretched across the entire river, about 200 yards from U.S. Highway 101. (notice I didn't say the 101). The river is closed to anglers, kayaks and boats of any kind during construction of the first of two new bridges to replace the two old and aging ones. The oldest of the two will be left in place for bicycles and pedestrians.

The rear of a sign that alerts boaters of the closure is what I assume I photographed. It may also say, "End Construction". I have noticed they have to put those signs all over the place to let the construction workers know where to stop.

The water filled dam does make for a small lake of sorts.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Reminder, GPU land use element meeting at CR tomorrow evening

Sohum Parlance II

Health Professionals Tell Congress They Want Single-Payer

Published on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by The Huffington Post
by Jeff Muskus

At a long-awaited House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, health-care professionals made it clear that they believe a single-payer system to be the best and perhaps only workable option for health care reform.

"Single-payer is the only reform that can control health care costs," said Walter Tsou, a University of Pennsylvania professor and an adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program. The last 50 years of government policy have protected insurance industry profits at the expense of taxpayers, doctors and hospitals, he said.

"Our most famous radical document begins with the words, 'We the People.' Not 'We the Insurers,'" he said. "It is time for our own generation's revolution."

Get the rest at the Huffington Post

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

B of A Scam To Nickle and Dime The Houseless?

I ran into a friend of mine who is currently housless, and has been for some time now. We were talking and he brought up that he had gotten a 250-dollar check from Barack Obama. He said he was quite pleased since he lives on social security and as I remember, disability. He had paid his bills and was out of money in his account at Bank of America. He said he checked his balance and it showed the check came in. He bought a cup of coffee. Later that day he made four other purchases, all under 5 dollars. Check Spelling

When the first came around and he checked his balance, there was a problem. His stimulus had all but disappeared. B of A had shown the check was in but did not post it to his account. Because of this, he was charged 35-dollars on each purchase because he was overdrawn.

He told me that he felt that it was his fault at first for not calling the bank and and taking their word for it (or an atm's word for it).

He said that a couple of days later he ran into an acquaintance that is also on the streets. His acquaintance asked if he had gotten his stimulus check and my friend replied that B of A had taken all of his, his friend interrupted him and said: "Me too!"

They talked for a while and they each had the same story about B of A and the stimulus checks.

I am just wondering if this has happened to anyone else?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Which way to the Airport?

A lost jet over Eureka today made for an interesting photo. It's contrail showed it did a complete u-turn over the radio station at Humboldt Hill . Now I have to get the wide angle lens for my Cannon. The thing was too close to shoot the whole thing.
I wouldn't even have seen it but my boss had me go to their car to get
a box of posters for the stations up coming Summer Concert Series.
Without mentioning the stations, I will say that they start this Thursday at the end of F st. at the boardwalk in Old Town Eureka. They are free and go every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm for 10 weeks.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Crabs Win Season Opener

The Humboldt Crabs beat the Fairfield Indians 4 - 2 this afternoon in the first game of the season. The Crabs play a double header and will back at the Arcata Ball Park for another game tonight at 7 pm.

The weather was great. The fog burned off and it actually got a bit warm.
That's Hok Holcomb, announcer for the Crabs on Am 1480.

There was a great crowd, I didn't get the attendance numbers but the photos should say it all.

That is Jo on the grill doing Crabs cheese burgers. Those were as good as the weather.

Art Bell Back On The Air Tonight

Saturday June 6, 2009
Filling in for Ian Punnett, Art Bell will chat with experimental nuclear physicist Dr. Bob Koontz about anti-gravity propulsion, Tesla technology, UFOs, free energy, the breakdown of electrodynamics, and the physics of Art's massive ham radio antenna.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Corporations behind efforts to label Sotomayor ‘racist’

By Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane Published: June 5, 2009
From the
How corporations are buying the judiciary: Part I
Corporate interests posing as a grassroots conservative group are behind attacks on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, a RAW STORY investigation has found.
The Committee for Justice (CFJ), an astroturf group established by big business in July 2002 to create an appearance of popular support for President Bush’s judicial nominees, is now leading the effort to oppose the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Gas hits 3.07

It's $3.07 and nint tenths per gallon of regular in Eureka today but still $3.01 and nine tenths in Trinidad. It will probably will go up tomorrow.

Pony Express Days Start Today In McKinleyville

The McKinleyville Press newspaper says there will be music and clam chowder in bread bowls tonight at around 5:30 pm. Pierson Park is the place and the Silver Lining and Sunset Restaurant will be preparing the clam chowder.

Tomorrow is the Fireman's Muster in front of Ray's Food Place and I would tell you more, but then you might not want to buy the newspaper. They have an entire section devoted to this 5 day event.
I couldn't find any good pictures from years past. I guess I will have to try to get some this weekend.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Crabs Baseball Comming This Weekend

You know it's just about summer when you start getting that itch. It only comes around once a year and last for about 2 months. It always seems to go away on it's own. We're talking Crabs.
Word has it that the radio station that broadcasts the Crabs will be giving away some really cool Crabs baseball caps with the station logo embroidered on either the back or the side.
Solo Sports in Arcata is where you can get Crabs gear if you miss out on the free give aways.
Beer, hot dogs and other summer fun are almost here, along with the Crab Grass Band.

It's Official! Gas is over 3- Dollars A Gallon

Took this on my way home today.

No, this hasn't become the gas price blog. Unless...

Monday, June 1, 2009


It almost made it 18 months. Doing a blog wasn't my idea. It was something recommended by my employers. We were either to do a Face book, MySpace or Blog. I chose to do a blog since I wasn't into the MySpace or Face book thing. I guess if I was still in a band, MySpace would be the clear choice.

Since I put a counter on the old blog last November, I got over 6,400 hits.I have to admit that I really like having a place to share my rants, thoughts, and pictures with the rest of the world. A blog kind of gets under your skin like radio or music.

Due to my big mouth, my employer didn't want their name attached to anything having to do with me blogging so I had to move to a site without their name attached.It will take me a while to get things back to normal here but it is my intent to continue blogging about politics, the local scene, veterans issues, and of course (beer, bbq and things in the sky).

Just What We Need, 3-Dollar A Gallon Gas

As if things weren't hard enough on the economy, have you checked out the gas prices lately?

This afternoon I snapped this picture in Trinidad Ca.

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur