The silly season

We went to Buellton on Friday to pick up some olive oil bottles.  We got smaller ones this year because of the lousy harvest.  Hopefully, our friends and relatives won’t notice the size reduction.  And if they do, maybe they’ll use the precious oil with greater discretion.

Buellton’s the place where Pea Soup Anderson is.  I don’t know why they sell pea soup.  Tried it once and nearly gagged.  It’s an another example of how advertising can paper over a lousy product.  GM cars also come to mind.

Buellton is the wrong-side-of-the-freeway stepchild of Solvang, another overrated town that you just have to stop at if you want some Danish trinkets or must have some faux Danish delicacy.  Sweetie and I had lunch at Ellen’s Danish Pancake House surrounded by truckers and old ladies with blue hair.  Food was good, promptly and pleasantly served…and cheap.  The diner’s been there since 1943.  I don’t think Ellen is.

Takes about four hours for the round trip from Ojai.  Plenty of time to stare at the ocean, the oak-studded hills and the red tailed hawks that occasionally soar over the freeway.   The ride demands a pit stop at Gaviota, about twenty-five miles north of Santa Barbara.  It’s a smallish state-run freeway toilet house where you are amazed at the inability of the guy ahead of you to hit the urinal.  And why is it that the same jerk has to scratch unintelligible marks onto the top of  the hand dryer?  Isn’t it bad enough that it takes two days to dry my hands with that war-surplus dryer?  Do I have to gaze at graffiti too?

FM reception is spotty through the hills.  But you can usually get an NPR station that keeps you up-to-date on the lunacy of the moment.  Today was no exception.  Governor Blagojevich was still prominent with his attempt to cash in on a senate seat and assorted other outrages.   Candidates for the seat were falling all over themselves claiming to have never heard of the Governor.  One good thing about this absurdity was that I could now pronounce his name.

The on-again, off-again Car Guy bailout was a heavy hitter, with UAW leader Ron Gettelfinger refusing to back down even if it meant no Christmas goose for a couple hundred thousand of his colleagues.  In response to why it wasn’t fair to save the autoworkers,  Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina had this to say…

We’re going to have riots. There are already people rioting because they’re losing their jobs when everybody else is being bailed out.

I’m certain that Toyota’s and BMW’s presence in his state had nothing to do with his hysteria.

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri was worried about a rider to the bailout bill that gave a pay raise to federal judges…

And my phone is ringing off the hook, Mr. President,” she said, “from people who want to be federal judges.”

But the funniest thing of all was the reporting of the remarks made earlier in the week by the Deluder-in-Chief at West Point.  This was the same setting where in 2002 the Chief enunciated the “Bush Doctrine of Preventive Attack.”   Never one to waiver from a bonehead decision, he now said…

In the years ahead, our nation must continue developing the capabilities to take the fight to our enemies across the world.  We must stay on the offensive.

Silly wabbit.


2 Responses to “The silly season”

  1. 1 Mark Schneider December 15, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Trix are for Kids!


  2. 2 myrna cambianica December 15, 2008 at 8:49 am

    well … forget politics for the moment as that world will not change much until january 20th

    this is about eating out in Buellton and not at the pea place … try the Hitching Post sometime … we have been there on and off for about 15 years now … it remains the same despite the notoriety from the movie “Side Ways” … food is simple, good and the freshest ingredients … see:

    … dinner only



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