Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Blessed by the Lord be the land,
with the precious gifts of heaven,
with the dew, and the deep that lies beneath,
with the precious fruits brought forth by the sun
and the riches brought forth by the moon,

with the greatness of the ancient mountains,
with the abundance of the everlasting hills,
and with all the treasures of the earth
in its perfection.
                                   --Deuteronomy  33:13-16

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calling all Citrus Trees

A nice lady named Cindy, from the County Dept. of Agriculture, stopped by the house a few days ago.  For several years, the Ag folks have hung bug traps in the eucalyptus trees on the corner, looking for crop-damaging pests. Which is why Cindy was back again, this time looking for citrus trees to decorate.

Seems the citrus psyllid may be in the area, a nasty little bug that carries citrus greening disease that has the potential to wipe out the citrus industry in the state.  What she was looking for was citrus trees with easy access so she could hang some traps and change them out regularly.  And she needs to hang the trap on the tree, on the south side of the tree, actually, because apparently these bugs don't travel far so, even though I offered to have her hang the trap on the fence sort of near my lemon tree, that was a no go, gotta be on the tree itself.  And coming and going into the  yard was also a no go on account of the dogs.  So I was unable to help since she needs a tree in a yard without dogs, and a simple way to get to it without necessarily bothering the owners too much.

So, if that's something you can help with -- citrus tree, easy access --  give her a call at the Ag Dept, 781-5910.

Musique! Musique!

Cafe Musique is giving a concert on Saturday afternoon, April 26, at the Methodist Church on LOVR to kick off the release of their new CD.  They've added some more musicians, including . . . a tuba, which makes this a concert you can't possibly miss. So hurry over to and hope there's still some tickets.  (They're also performing in other venues that weekend.)

Go Fly a Kite 

And on the same weekend (26-27), kite flyers will be gathering in Morro Bay, near the rock, for the Morro Bay Kite Festival, kicking off at 11 a.m. both days Professional kite folks will be on hand to bedazzle, but everyone's welcome to come fly their kites.  Sky confetti for all!

Go See a Play

While down in Santa Maria, PCPA is presenting a classic, screwball comedy, "Noises Off."  I've read about this particular play for years, so here's a chance to go see it.  Check it out at  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Miracles

It seemed endless, didn’t it?  Like something that would last forever.  All the hills grey as death, the grass long burned off by drought to dusty brown, blasted, lifeless, and dreary.  Then came the soft rains and suddenly, miraculously, everything was green, everywhere, overnight.

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And a white faced calf stopped grazing to puzzle over a car that pulled off the road for no reason,  while little

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woolies rambled along a fence line.

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Across the street, the Madonna Ranch mares and foals found themselves in a grassy green landscape,

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and a young colt gazed at his verdant new world.

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Meanwhile, poppies struggled out of the suddenly lush grass to turn their faces to the sun,

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and even “my mountain” was dressed for Easter.

The sudden, sweet green world, a blessing on the land.  And back home, in my own front yard, the very first Matilija Poppy had opened its splendid, improbable, outlandish petals.  So many moments, so many miracles, in a world made new again.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dissed! Dissed! Can I Have Fries With That?

Ah, well, I guess the days of Board of Sups comity are over.  Years ago, you used to hear things like Supervisor A saying, "Well, I disagree with Supervisor B, but it IS his district and he knows his district's needs best, so I'll defer to his opinion and vote to support his motion." 

Not any more. At least not when it comes to Big Macs. (Or 2-1 vs 1-1 water trade-offs in Paso Robles, hmmmm?) 

I had to work Tuesday so missed the BOS hearing on whether or not Los Osos would get a McDonald's drive-thru, open 24 hours a day!  From talking with friends who were there, it seems it was a lively hearing, with over 100 people showing up, many of whom were adamantly opposed to a drive-thru of any kind and/or to a McDonald's of any shape or size. Also there, as the Tribune reports, were McDonald's employees from other sites who think the place is just swell, so Los Osos should have one, too.

And, from the Tribune story by Nick Wilson, I'm sure Supervisor Gibson argued vigorously against the eatery, claiming that a drive-thru violated the town's efforts to create a more pedestrian-friendly downtown and was a "step back" from doing "innovative things." 

That "discussion" would have been something to hear.  You know Gibson.  Once he cranks up into his stem-winder, Let-Me-Explain-It-All-To-You-So-You'll-Know-How-To-Vote mode, out pours a torrent of words, an endless overwhelming stream of relentless argle-bargle verbiage that floods out in such ever-increasingly vast quantities that it sucks all the air out of the room and  causes heads to explode until everyone's writhing on the floor with their hands over their ears, screaming,  "Stop! Stop! I'll vote any way you want me to, just please stop talking! Gaaaggghhhhh!" 

But this time, I guess the other Sups were wearing earplugs because they were unmoved and they were not into deference on this matter.  After all, if their districts had a McDonalds, then Los Osos, by God, would get one too because, as Supervisor Hill put it, being able to eat there or not was all "part of a freedom of choice."  Supervisor Ray, who doesn't live in the district either, said she didn't have a "problem with the project." 

So much for comity and deference.  Moribund. (Likely from eating too many big Macs.)   

And so it came to be, 4-1, that Los Osos will get a retro drive-thru fast-food eatery because of "seniors who can't easily get in and out of cars."  The only change is that the place won't be open round-the-clock, which will be a huge disappointment to the thousands of Los Ososians who wander the streets, bellies rumbling, at three o'clock in the morning crying, "Freedom Fries!  We want Freedom Fries!" 

Well, clearly, the community will have to do something to remedy that alarming situation.  

Monday, April 07, 2014

Food Fight! Can I have fries with that?

Tomorrow, the Board of Supervisors will be hearing an appeal on whether or not to stand by the Planning Commission's decision that disallows the drive through portion of the proposed McDonald's.  McDonald's says that's a deal breaker -- no drive through, no deal.  There's a whole lot of people weighing in on this, a petition has been passing around, there's a webpage with instructions of who and where to write,  That page includes a link to a No Mc Los Osos Facebook page where you can leave comments.   Check it out and tomorrow we'll find out if we'll get fries with that.  Or not. 

Dog Park Party

Saturday, it was fund-raising, garage-sale day for El Chorro Dog Park.  This has been an annual fund-raiser for the park for several years now and is part of the city-wide Garage Sale Day.  El Chorro (located across from Cuesta College on Hwy 1) is maintained by volunteers so every penny of the sale went to the park. The town was packed and there were lots of treasures to be found.  Weather perfect, people out having a good time.

If you've got a dog and are a regular El Chorro visitor and want to get involved in supporting the park by volunteering, there's contact information posted on the kiosk at the park.