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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Whah, where will I get my fish taco's now?????

I was walking by my FAVORITE mexican food restaurant the other day, Tortilla Grill, and saw the chairs being removed and loaded into a flatbed truck. ?????. Then I asked Dixie (who knows all) and she said that due to a "change in marital status" the owner, Andrew, has put the Commercial St. and GV Highway stores up for sale. I guess they will not be operating while on the block. Bummer. In my opinion, they had the best food and business plan in their catagory (being fresh, good, cheap food with a great casual atmosphere). Wish he'd reconsider.
Friday begins the Wild and Scenic film festival. It's our little "Sundance Film Festival." Great nature, adventure and state of our food industry films, etc. Some as short as 5 min, as long at maybe 1 hour. If you have never been, try. It's great. Later, you can rent the films from Syrcle office on Main St.
OXYGEN BAR. OMG! Dropped by there last night with the Inglises. It is in the bldg that hangs over Deer Creek at the foot of Broad St. What a great place. First of all, don't be fooled by the small storefront. The business is actually about 4 rooms, each offering a different twist. One is a great big room with a coffee, tea, smoothie, bagle bar, (+++++) with wifi and a great assortment of newpapers to peruse. Also offers outside creekview tables. Then there is a relaxing room, with 6 FULL LENGTH massage loungers and a BIG ol' screen. You pay by the minutes for massage chairs and the option of oxygen, and I'll bet 15 minutes in one of those chairs would make you a new person. Must try soon. It even massages your calves! All the while you can choose a relaxing nature film, or bump it all the way up to snowboarding scenes, your choice (think suicide scene in Soylent Green, but in a good way!). The staff is friendly and helpful. We immediately felt like family. What a great place to meet up with folks and just hang comfortably while making plans. Great choices of snackies too, and all really fresh ingredients. Check it out! If we don't use these great places, they disappear.
Snow predicted for next week. We'll see! Oops, just looked up and saw a few flakes land on skylight!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Doggie Personalities

Dixie dropped off her golden lab, Jackson today. I take care of alot of neighbors dogs, and each time they arrive, I have to recall their "pecularities." Now, Jackson is afraid of hardwood floors, and shiny bowls. Soooo, I have to bring out the throw rugs so he can traverse the living/dining rooms. He WILL NOT eat out of a shiny bowl, so I round up another ceramic bowl for his meals.
Frankie the beagle has a passion for squeaky toys, and will search every floor (all 4) of our house looking for a toy with a working squeaker, then run laps around the yard making it squeak until tackled and removed from his mouth. He also loves to corner the cats, so I have to remember to shut doors when he's around. Beautiful Bonnie the dalmatian gets 3 or 4 walks a day by her doggy daddy, Kent. When she comes to stay, she makes no bones about telling me it is time for her walk by pacing, sighing, and bumping me until I grab the leash, 3 or 4 times a day! Jasper the Aussie is a quiet and blends in to the point I forget he is here, until he helps himself to a large slice of our bed at bedtime. We always go for a long unleashed run in the woods or to explore little lake. When he is returned to Susan, he spends a good 10 minutes "talking" to her to tell her about his great time. He just gurgles and barks and rocks and paws his way thru the whole story. Duffy the shepherd is a perfect lady, quiet and polite, takes her treats quiet daintily, and attaches herself to me like a leach, (a very pretty leach). In the evening, she prefers to go to her comfy crate with her banky and her special "baby." When Carol and Bill pick her up, she always turns and cocks her pretty head as if to say, "thank you so much for the hospitality." Josie the border collie just hates to be separated from her people, Terry and Pete. She spends the first day laying by the gate, willing them to return for her. Then she makes herself a corner in our bedroom, and passes the days sleeping and dreaming of them returning. I have to coax her out for a walk, and once she tricked me and jumped out of the car and ran home. After a few days she relents, and joins the family and the other dogs for snuggling on the sofa during tv, and sharing special treats. However, her heart is always at home. For sure, every one of them is wonderful in their own way, and bring joy and comfort to their families. I love my sign that says, "Lord, please help me be half the person my dog thinks I am."


Have you heard about the 700lb black bear terrorizing Incline Village? He is reported by wildlife officials to be a "food junkie, knows a bear trap when he sees one, shakes off bullets like they were mosquito bites, and KEEPS COMING BACK." He broke into one garage and opened the fridge and feasted on frozen pizza and frozen chicken." He sauntered nonchalantly away when animal control officers came, but then returned every hour on the hour till 4 am, resuming his binge eating. He is reported to leave a humongous smelly deposit as a kind of a calling card. Bad bear. The Wildlife folks are gunning for him, literally. No witness relocation program for Bearzilla. They say he's gotta go.
He has also figured out to smash out panels on garage doors in order to break and enter. Musta been a cat burglar in his last life . . .
Can you ever remember such a snowless winter? By my count we have had exactly ONE snowfall, and that snow was rained away in 2 days. Days are getting longer, (misnomer, all days being exactly 24 hours long) and warmer as we move closer to the sun. Global warming, or just a dry year? Hope it picks up, or we're gonna have a scary fire season . . . . .my friend in Florida just emailed me that he's freezin his butt off, and it's too cold to golf out there. Weird.
Did you hear all the sea lions left pier 39 in SF a few weeks ago? Just up and left one day. News reported a herd of about 300 showed up a Sea Lion caves on Oregon coast a few days ago. They think it's the same herd. I just can't imagine Pier 39 with those howling, honking, squabbling comics. I can watch them for hours, they are so funny.
Saw that Dixie gave her movie reviews on her blog. She did not mention "The Blindside." What a wonderfully satisfying movie, with a great message. Sandra Bullock gave a great performance, as did the kid playing Michael Oher (albeit, he was as understated as she was the over the top force-to-be-reckoned-with). We're all here to get through life as best we can, so why not give each other a hand? You don't have to be a football fan or Sandra Bullock fan to love this movie.