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Posted on August 8 at 9:38 a.m.
Actually, the annual visiting Fiestarinos from Canada were Gordon and Mildred Farquahar. Their town of residence is spelled Kamloops. Every year they drove to Santa Barbara in their Dodge Dart, as the Santa Barbara Fiesta was the high point of their existence. We were there when Gordon tasted guacamole for the first time: "That looks like--well, you don't want to KNOW what that looks like--but it's mighty tasty, eh?" We anguished with Mildred over her pronunciation of local place names: "How do we get to LaCumber Plaza?" "The Courthouse is near Anapuma Street." Etc.
For some reason, the Farquahars flew under the radar of News-Press higher-ups for several years, but one day they did something so outrageous that executive editor Paul Veblen finally took note of them, and the visiting Kamloopsians were killed in a headon collision with management. I can't remember the details, but I think it may have had something to do with Gordon and Mildred trying to spearhead a drive to bring a team of Clydesdale horses to the Red Lion, where they--the Clydesdales--would jump off a diving board into a large pool.
Gordon and Mildred, we miss you!
On No Parking, No Bucking
Posted on July 12 at 9:10 a.m.
For decades before the invention of plastic bags, grocery stores provided free paper bags. What has changed since then? Why a 10-cent fee now? The stores would no longer be buying plastic bags--plus, they all offer the option of (free) paper bags now--so why charge 10 cents? The real winners in this stupid plastic bag ban would seem to be the supermarkets.
On County Approves Plastic Bag Ban
Posted on May 18 at 1:44 p.m.
"Pearl Chase will be waiting" at El Paseo for the 50th anniversary celebration of the "Trust?" Not likely. I'm sure Miss Chase is spinning in her grave over what has become of the once-charming El Paseo, thanks to the ineptness and sheer mismanagement of the "Trust" (hah!), which is totally responsible for the conversion of this delightful downtown oasis for locals and visitors alike into a vapid, dismal office complex. Please don't even suggest that Pearl Chase would have anything to do with the Trust for Historic Preservation after what it did to our most beloved downtown landmark.
On Semicentennial Shindig
Posted on May 18 at 7:08 a.m.
The Trust's jaw-droppingly ignorant decision to divest itself of the El Paseo properties far outweighs any good it ever did or ever might do in the future. What the Trust (and boy does that word stick in my throat) did by walking away from El Paseo was turn a charming, vibrant, eclectic collection of little shops and an immensely popular coffee shop into a stark, humorless office complex. The "Trust" could have done no worse by turning El Paseo into downtown storage lockers.
Bad show, "Trust!" You irrevocably sold our town down the river when you dropped El Paseo like a bad transmission.
On Entrusted with the Past
Posted on April 16 at 5:07 a.m.
From this wall that is as artistic as...well...a wall, to the garish chromatic arch in front of the Doubletree, I seriously question whether the Santa Barbara art community would recognize real art if it bit them on the collective behind. The brick wall in front of The Habit is art? Oh, please!
On The Crescent Crossing street sculpture is
Posted on April 15 at 11:16 a.m.
That simple, tacky-looking brick wall is a "work of art?" Ye gawds! Talk about The Emperor's New Clothes!
On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece
Posted on March 13 at 4:53 p.m.
I don't think an expensive permit would work. Even a $500 annual parking permit is cheaper than paying to store one's crap at a storage facility. These storage lockers on wheels (ratty old vans) take up extremely necessary parking spaces and shouldn't be allowed at all.
On Harbor Parking Meeting Report
Posted on March 6 at 2:43 p.m.
The fact that Maldo is the best the Republicans can do is why I left the party years and years ago. Between the religious element that hijacked the Republican party during the Reagan era, and the smarmy hangers-on like Maldo, the GOP seems hell-bent on self-destruction. Maldo is a Democrat's dream--a highly beatable candidate who will seemingly run for any office.
On Maldo for Gov?
Posted on March 4 at 8:10 a.m.
For more on the McCormicks, read T.C. Boyle's "Riven Rock." It's a quasi-fictitious account of those wacky--and I DO mean wacky''--McCormicks, who, McCormick's mental illness aside (or maybe because of it), seemed to be early Montecito's premier fun couple. "Riven Rock" is one of the most interesting books ever written about early SB.
On Katharine Dexter McCormick
Posted on February 27 at 7:06 a.m.
I wonder if the Jackson woman got similarly riled when the very next day on "Chelsea Lately," a bunch of Chelsea Handler regulars did a parody song directed at men, called "They Showed Us Their Junk."
On Hannah-Beth Jackson Blasts Oscar Host