Archive for August, 2010

Best Inn in Mendocino

Posted in animal, food, travel on August 31, 2010 by Nada

I always thought Mendocino was the bastard stepchild of Napa because Napa is cool and was in the Sideways movie, and there are a lot of good restaurants and wineries. Forget all that. Mendocino trumps Napa in spades. Mendocino is funkier, smaller, more real and less chi chi. AND the big plus, it’s cool and near the ocean. Napa is as hot as a firecracker in the summer.

My friend and I took her tiny dog to Mendocino and stayed overnight at the Inn at School House Creek in Little River in Mendocino. I know I’m always calling eats and retreats, The Best, but honestly, this place was The Best. The Inn kind of reminded me of my stay at Deetjens Inn but with rolling meadows, and they really go the extra mile for the canines there. They say, “Dog Friendly” and they mean “Uber Dog Friendly.” When my friend and I checked in we got this hilarious little doggie backpack with a tennis ball and a door hanger that said on one side, “Housekeeping, please don’t disturb. Dog is in residence,” or something. I can’t remember the exact working. But you know if you have a dog and love ’em as much as I do, you always worry about housekeeping coming in and the four legger shooting out the door. Can’t happen. Door hanger provided by the Inn. Such a nice touch.

The other thing I really enjoyed is everyone had dogs there. The Inn gave us dog bowls, and place mats (of course). We had a meadow for the dogs to all meet and greet and romp off leash. WONDERFUL!!!! And there were miniature donkeys in residence, who are very tame and love the dogs. So funny. I found out later they have a blog, which is hilarious.

The Inn also has a yurt which is their spa area. I’ve spent so many hours looking at yurts and quonset huts on the internet, in my dreams of getting off the grid, I was curious what a yurt was actually like. It’s large. I was surprised. It has soothing decor for their massages and facials. I didn’t partake of that but I poked around, looking. They also had something I had read about on the internet – a composting toilet. I was envious and curious. To my surprise no smell at all. At the yurt was a huge hot tub anyone could use also. I saw a Dad and his two kids coming back from the hot tub the next morning, past the meadow, in their flip flops, and Inn bath robs. It’s a very family/dog friendly quiet, soothing, ocean side Inn.

I slept like a rock. We were in the Rose Cottage. It’s a small house with two beds, stove/fireplace, giant bathroom with a jetted tub, ocean view from the front deck and from one of the beds, kitchenette, and coffee maker with coffee and assortment of teas. We also had a jug of spring water for our consumption.

And now the food. To beat Napa you have to get down and dirty about the quality/deliciousness and variety of the food. The Inn has their own restaurant, La Petite Rive. I had the scallops for dinner. YUMMIE! Fantastic. And since they were running a little late, they gave us FREE champagne. You know how I’m all about the free. Their rolls were magnificent, spread with their own rosemary butter. I stuffed myself.

The Inn’s food beat Napa at it’s own game. HA! On our way to the Inn, we stopped the day before in Hopland at a place called The Bluebird Cafe with the smiling moose head. The Bluebird Cafe has the Best BLT. Yup, another best. I consider myself an authority on bacon by my Southern birthright, and their bacon is home grown, sliced and fried by a pro. More Yum! On our way home, we stopped for lunch in the Village of Mendocino at Mendo Burgers. Another best! This time the burgers. Do NOT drive by this place. It is a tad difficult to find, tucked up in the middle of buildings, but this is THE BEST BURGER, and there are a couple of dogs working there. Boots is the older, plumper dog who seems to know more about what’s going on.

Hummingbird Surveillance

Posted in animal, Oakland on August 31, 2010 by Nada

Spam, et al.

Posted in general weirdness on August 30, 2010 by Nada

This bus was pulled up at Pier 39. Not sure what to make of it. I did check out their web site and was still not sure what to make of it. Maybe Jesus is on board. Then again, maybe there won’t be any pot smoking and liquored up women on that transport. Hard to say.

In the same vein (or maybe not), I got a lot of traffic from the Russians on my last blog post about The League of Women Voters. One of ’em tried to leave a comment, but my spam catcher corralled it. It went something like this…”If you’ve absolute on your dress, now comes the absolutely complex bit, the hunt seek after in behalf of the proper shoes. Should you burst the budget and plaster thoroughly on a brace of Christian ******** Pumps, or should you be sensible and stick to the more affordable consequential street?“. Umm, sure. I think I’ll stick to the more affordable consequential street.

District 4, City Council Candidate Forum

Posted in Oakland, politics on August 25, 2010 by Nada

The League of Women Voters of Oakland is co-sponsoring a public forum for candidates running for the City Council, District 4. This forum is scheduled for Thursday, September 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fruitvale Presbyterian Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd. Any questions about the format of this forum can be directed to the League of Women Voters of Oakland representative Mary Weinstein: 510-238-9240 or lwvocandidateforums@gmail.com

Earthquake

Posted in Dimond District, Oakland, weather on August 25, 2010 by Nada

Just happened. It was a “boomer,” meaning there was a loud boom akin to someone dropping a firecracker in the sewer. The house took a small hop in the air. Fortunately, it was only a hop and not the hop, skip, jump, fall into the street. 2.2. Mild. I’ve noticed these boomers sometimes show up when we’ve had a long cool spell followed by an abrupt change in weather to intense heat for a few days. I was a mile from the epicenter. EPICENTER. I think that would be a good name for a grocery.

Hell on Wheels

Posted in general weirdness, Oakland on August 24, 2010 by Nada

Don’t know the story on this bus. I took the picture because it’s broken down, in tow, and the name of my blog is Crazy 57 Bus. I be crazy with a bus picture. It’s in my blog.

It’s hot as hell here. Yup. I said, “hell.” I was trying to run a PG blog, but yesterday I realized the person(s) I was PGing for flew the coop, so screw it. Expect the F word in a bit. Yesterday, the temp went up to 97 and teetered around there for hours before giving it up and “dipping” into the 80’s overnight. We are expecting more of the same today. Hell. Okay, maybe not east coast hell with all the humidity, but hell because we have no A.C. The big dog panted so much yesterday I thought she was going to hyperventilate.

In other news, Oakland PD you are the best. I know I’m always saying someone or something is the best, but I don’t throw that adjective around lightly. Oakland Police Department really is the best. THE BEST! I can’t go into specifics but the mess involved a crackhead, stalking, etc. Anyway, if these 2 lieutenants, who helped me, ever want to run for chief of police, I am going to lead their campaign because they are life savers. Not sure if the chief of police is an elected position, though, but you get my drift. I took the lieutenants “thank you” notes yesterday and a couple of loaves of cinnamon bread from the store, but I found out they can’t accept food because someone might put something weird in it. Thank you, Oakland PD, for being diligent, resourceful, nice, kind, concerned, proactive, and inventing air conditioning. Maybe not the last one, but all the rest.

Take Me to Your Leader

Posted in general weirdness, San Francisco, YouTube on August 21, 2010 by Nada

This is some new art – okay new to me. I’ve got no idea when the spaceship landed in San Francisco on the waterfront walk. It has landed, though. and will be there for a spell, refueling I suppose. I think the thing runs on Slim Jims from the 7-Eleven.

And one comment about You Tube. I love it, but I find it annoying that a lot of the instructional videos are made by kids. I watched one today on some quirky HTML trick. The teacher was all of 14 years old, and his voice cracked from high to low several times. He diddled with the camera, repeated himself, but knew what the heck he was talking about. My theory has always been that the kids “think” they’re smarter than me. It was a sobering thought when I realized as I watched the video today, not only do they think that, but it’s probably true. Then, I thought, “HA! I can drive and that punk can’t.” Well, that’s not even true. I’m grounded just like he is (but for different reasons) and he’s probably got more energy than I do and can bike 5 miles to the 7-Eleven to refuel on Slim Jims.