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Posted on May 10 at 12:33 a.m.
We are nothing if not 110% owned by the alcohol industry here ...it seems to be the only business to get so much free and continual advertising everywhere, all the time, in every possible instance. Even a grand opening of a zoo exhibit of flamingoes in Atascadero was yep...you guessed it...a drunkfest at $45.00 a head. I can't remember when there was a public function that did not involve wine in some form or other. We truly are a "company town" on the Central Coast.
In a somewhat related observation, I drove out to Lompoc today and was shocked to see a handful of fields growing FOOD (GASP!) still hanging on for dear life, and amazingly...a flower field. I can't remember the last time I saw a flower field.
It was purple and white and just breathtakingly beautiful. It brought back memories of colorful flower fields and horse farms and orchards everywhere....now sadly all replaced by wine growing operations as far as the eye can see.
Adding to the tsunami of alcohol is the new 'still in Buellton, featuring not just chi-chi designer beer, but moonshine as well. Something for everyone!
And yet, we worry about pot shops. The hypocrisy just boggles the mind...
On Buellton Brew Fest
Posted on May 10 at 12:21 a.m.
oh crap, it's back! Thanks for the warning; will be sure we are out of town when this mess reappears.
On Tour de Santa Barbara
Posted on May 8 at 10:20 a.m.
Does this organization do anything to help people in need here in the US, or do they just help people in need everywhere else?
Seems that a lot of these charitable medical groups do all their work elsewhere, and not here. Could that be something as simple as the fact that the cost is so high and the regulations are so strict for literally EVERYTHING in this country that it's less of a logistical nightmare to fix teeth in India and eyes in Africa than it is to do the exact same things right here in the US?
I wonder the same thing when I see people adopting babies and children from anywhere but here...and I KNOW there are US children in dire need of homes. Is the cost of doing business here now so high and the regulations so strict that it is less expensive and more realistic to go overseas? Kind of like why everything is made in China now, and not here...we've gone from a manufacturer and supplier of goods to a consumer of goods...
What is the answer to these questions? These situations DO exist, whether any of us necessarily like it or not. Medical care and assistance goes overseas, manufacturing goes overseas, people who can do it adopt their children from overseas.
What's going on here? Moreover, what is the solution which will bring adoptions, affordable medical care, and manufacturing back here?
Just a few thoughts on a sunny Wednesday...
On Luis Perez, Director of Operations, Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International
Posted on May 6 at 12:27 a.m.
Here's a thought; how about just doing the donation WITHOUT the publicity for yourselves, folks?
This kind of self-promotion is on a par with these egomaniacs who shell out money for a ballfield, or a wing at a school, or a park, hospital area etc....and plant their names on it like dogs hiking a leg on a tree.
Disgusting displays of "look at MEEE!" all the way around.
On Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Donates $300K to Unity Shoppe’s Capital Campaign
Posted on May 3 at 1:38 a.m.
Another bar. How unusual.
On The Coming of Caveau
Posted on May 3 at 1:35 a.m.
On Extreme Makeover: McMuffin Edition
Posted on April 29 at 1:43 a.m.
If I'm not mistaken, I believe the name is spelled "Haydn"...not "Hayden".
On Handel and Haydn Society
Posted on April 24 at 3:12 p.m.
Good heavens is that ugly! It looks like a warehouse...no character or warmth whatsoever...just industrial and boxy and dead ugly.
The beauty of modular homes is that they generally look very nice, with real home-like features. They aren't all "sleek" and "modern"...thank goodness!
I can tell you this...if a neighbor bought a lot near us and wanted to build something like this, I would do all in my power to prevent it. The last thing I want to do is look at an industrial, ugly building masquerading as a home in our neighborhood. If I wanted to live in an industrial area, I would have moved to one.
On Modern and Modular Homes of S.B.
Posted on April 17 at 3:03 p.m.
Don't worry Ken...there are no more artists left there to worry about anyway. The art galleries have all been replaced with wine bars.
On Los Olivos Quick Draw Seeks Artists
Posted on April 15 at 10:23 p.m.
Good question, Ken Volok!
On Wine 101: The Buds Are Breaking
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