Bird’s Eye View

by Turkey Vulture, October 2, 2013

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. Lots and lots of frogs are out in this weather so inevitably I have been very busy eating them and as a result have had little time for the column this week. My apologies, but at least I have the Public Service Announcements with information about upcoming events, not to mention that I think you will agree that “time,” its use and waste, does provide an excellent topic for some Quotes of the Week.

Here we go with wise words from Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), the French Romantic composer: “Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.” Our high school kids think they have it tough? This is from Coco Chanel, (1883-1971), the French fashion designer who clearly hasn’t enjoyed my baby-back ribs in a sweet bbq sauce. “There is a time for work. And there is a time for love. That leaves no other time.” And this from Golda Meir, (1898-1978), the former Prime Minister of Israel, who wisely observed, “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” A personal favorite is from Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” “I have wasted time and now doth time waste me.” And let’s get all philosophical with this very obvious but necessary comment by Arthur Schopenhauer, (1788-1860) the German philosopher, who said, “Time is that thing in which all things must pass away.” For the final contribution, we turn to Pericles, (495-429 BC), the most prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age, who cannily observed, “Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time.”

Onward. Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready. #380. The monthly Barn Sale returns on Saturday/Sunday, October 5/6 at The Big Barn on AV Way just north of Boonville, and runs from 10am to 3pm each day. #381. Leslie and Michael Hubbert present the live music this coming Saturday (Oct. 5) at the weekly Boonville Farmer’s Market. The market takes place in the Boonville Hotel parking lot and runs from 10am to 12.30pm. #382. For those so inclined, the monthly Community Drum Session is next Wednesday, Oct. 9 at The Grange. Contact Rob 3897 or Andy 3020 for further details. #383. The next visit to the Valley by the vets from Mendocino Animal Hospital will be Thursday, Oct. 17. Unfortunately, due to staffing issues, this will be their only visit of the month. #384. The quarterly (?) visit to the Valley by the County HazMat vehicles will be on Friday/Saturday, October 11/12, at the County Fairgrounds. I urge you take the opportunity to get rid of your nasty rubbish as these guys will take virtually anything that you cannot take to the County Dump, including batteries and toxic materials, but not dead animals. Leave them to me and my relatives! Call 895-3011 for further details. Upcoming events for your calendars include a Guest Chef Dinner at the unusual location of the Big Barn next to the AV Farm Supply north of Philo. This will benefit the Senior Center. On Friday, October 25 there’s the Halloween Dark Carnival presentation at The Shed behind the Farrer Building; a Veterans Day Observation service on Monday, November 11 at the Evergreen Cemetery; hopefully November play-offs for all three of the school’s fall sports — volleyball, soccer, and football. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 28; a “Cops and Robbers Ball” at The Grange on a date that I am not aware of yet; and of course the annual New Year’s Eve party at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville.

Here’s the menu for the Community Lunches and Dinners next week at the Senior Center in the Veterans Hall in Boonville. The Center suggests a $6 donation from Seniors for both the lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-Seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 3, the lunch, always served by Marti Titus and her crew at 12.15pm, will be Sausage Rigatoni w/Vodka Sauce, Green Beans, Ferro Salad, Garlic Bread, and Triple Lemon Dessert. Then next Tuesday, October 8, for the 6pm dinner, the menu will feature Rosemary Pork Roast, twice Baked Potatoes, Carrots, Gravy Rolls, Apple Salad, Apple Sauce, and Carrot Cake for dessert. As this is the 2nd Tuesday, this feast will be followed by Bingo at 7pm. Hopefully you will be able to attend, and remember. ALL ages welcome! Hope to see you there.

Time to take my leave. I hear the frogs croaking. 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 turkeyvulture1@earthlink.net. PPPS. Hi, George. Hope you and Sheila are well; Keep on humming, Hummingbird.

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