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by Matt Mazza

Cruel Summer


he end of summer – not the technical end but the end in spirit for many of us – is a funny time of year. It provokes all sorts of conflicting emotions for kids and parents alike. (Just read You Have Your Hands Full, p. 22, and The Rant, p. 23, this week to get a feel for different perspectives. Classic.) Some are good, some are not so good, but all are there, swirling around each and every year. For me, frankly, it’s usually more of a relief than anything else. Not because the kids are going back to school – actually I prefer the freedom of summer – but because I’m usually exhausted from running around like a lunatic (in a mostly good way) for the previous three months. Family trips and incessant summer barbecues and parties are the norm for our family in these wonderful warm months, and we always indulge and generally have a blast. But come Labor Day, man, I’m straight burnt. Worn out. Beat down. Bushed. Bonked. Bagged. Zonked. Tuckered. Fried. Whipped. (I love my thesaurus.) I’m typically looking forward to re-focusing on the office (gasp!) and ...continued p.2 PAGE 29


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The world famous Catalina Casino was a beautiful sight on a long, slow Avalon walk one evening. We also saw The Four Preps perform there in a time warp on Friday night and loved every minute of it. (Photo credit: Wendi Mazza)

by Matt Mazza ...continued from COVER Mike Escobar backed the wood-fired pizza into my yard for that surprise party I mentioned. He and the crew nailed it and kept everybody well-nourished. Thanks again you guys… and thanks Wendi for the thoughtful birthday and good time. (What the hell am I going to do for your 40th now woman?)

putting some damned structure back into things. All the partying and vacationing and merrymaking is fun, very fun, but it’s also grueling. (Punishing. Debilitating. Told you I love my thesaurus.) And this year was no different. In fact, this year was particularly egregious. Here’s the thing, though. Despite an absolutely crippling last couple of weeks

that left me emotionally, mentally and physically drained, I recently discovered a wonderful remedy that, when coupled with the aforementioned structure and focus, already has me reenergized and reinvigorated for the impending school year. What’s the cure, you ask expectantly? What doctor is most likely to prescribe it? Spoiler alert, folks: It’s not something

you take, and there ain’t no doctor who can give it to you. My cure is somewhere you go. Just for a night or two. It’s simple, and it’s right here in our collective backyard. Three(ish) words: Bacara Resort & Spa.

Might As Well Face It You’re Addicted to Fun The whole end-of-summer debacle really started with my 38th birthday a couple weeks ago. I thought it was going to be (very) mellow, involving a little family-only barbecue at the house. So when Wendi told me I had to be gone for five or six hours so she and the kids could set everything up and cook my favorite

dinner, I had no idea that she was, ah, sandbagging me. (Anything else you’re blatantly lying to me about, sweetheart?) My inability to comprehend what was happening right under my very own nose was perhaps especially excusable since I’d been busy with work and my father and brother were in town (father Georgie’s birthday is just a couple days before mine, so there was nothing fishy about his presence) and wanted to play Glenn Annie. So I took them out for a lazy weekend round. I knew only when I got out of the Volvo in my driveway that evening that I’d been suckered. ...continued p.11

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 Mazza’s Missive – Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza finds his happy place at Bacara Resort & Spa after a cruel summer of fun. (We know you’re “the boss” and everything, Matt, but we don’t feel sorry for you at all. We do love the Banarama reference, though. It’s a Cruel (Cruel) Summer, and it takes us back to 1984 and The Karate Kid.)

Sharon’s Take – Sharon Byrne shares a little more knowledge about what’s actually going P.5  on behind the scenes this election season. The reality is that this piece (and Loretta Redd’s

last week) really shed some light on today’s electoral politics, and we think everybody should have a read before voting. It ain’t always what you think, folks, so get educated and vote for what you actually believe in. (That’s probably harder than you think.)

It’s Crime Time – We think most readers know what to expect here at this point. If you’re P.6  new to the Sentinel, though, just go have a read. Hopefully, Crime Time won’t have any

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 Letters to the Editor – Rhonda’s a Puma and wants to meet EIC Matt at Uptown (ah,

Matt’s married, Rhonda, totally inappropriate, even if he has the “sexual appetite of a domesticated and neutered Labrador”); addicts treat their parents badly; the democratic platform in just over 700 words; Book Ends Café really likes the Food File (and vice versa); Ron Atwood scores a terrific harbor sunrise.

In the Zone – Jeremy Harbin uncovers the best little foodie secret in the Funk Zone at Michael P.8  Glazer’s Organic Kitchen. (Wait, you’ve heard of it before? Seriously? Well, for those few of you

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T he Beer Guy – Everybody knows Zach Rosen likes beer. It turns out that he also likes food. So the Firestone Walker beer dinner at Arlington Tavern was right up his alley. Check out what Chef Ron and Barrelworks Director Jeffers Richardson (and Diego Barbieri!) came up with right here in this very column.

Eight Days a Week – Do you ever find yourself asking your significant other, “Honey, P.10  what in the hell should we do this 8 Day week?” We do, all the time. And every week, our significant other rolls its (yeah, its) eyes and points us to Jeremy Harbin’s calendareditorial-thingamajig. And arguments are avoided. And happiness reigns supreme.

Man About Town – Modern Lover Mark Léisuré needs some down time to “catch up on his P.13  sleeping in.” Will he get it this Labor Day weekend? (Maybe. Hmmm.) View – Pushy Shovels represents one of the (many) things that is right with P.14 Sourantatown,Barbara says Sharon Byrne; Loretta Redd questions state legislation regarding eligibility

of non-citizen immigrants for jury duty. (Can you say “jury of your peers” in California? How about “confusing and conflicting immigration policies? Now, can you say them in Spanish?) Faces of Santa Barbara – Patricia Clarke walks a lot. And she takes lots of pictures. And she P.15  publishes them in the Sentinel. And we like them. And so do others. And that is good. n the Garden with Mr. Greeenjeans – Longhaired weiner dogs eat smelly fertilizer. (Ah, P.16 IRandy, this is a gardening column, right?)

Sports – Robbie Wade swam, biked and ran all over Santa Barbara really fast P.20 Plastresidio week in an organized race called the Santa Barbara Triathlon. (Sounds terrible, right?

People actually sign up en masse to do these things. Unbelievable.) And the “Gauchos” beat the “Warriors” in a game involving a round ball that 10 of 11 players on each side can only touch with their feet. (That’s even more ridiculous than these “triathlons.” Why would Spanish-speaking cowboys enter into such a contest with violent militants?)


 Pump It – Jenny Schatzle wants you to drink more water and do an excruciatingly difficult

workout. (Um, we think we’d rather try that game with the ball and the feet mentioned above.)

Have Your Hands Full – The Peters family’s end of summer tradition – making a P.22 You blackberry pie – has gotten sweeter over the years. Or has it? Rant – The Cuisimano family’s end of summer tradition – celebrating Thanksgiving – is P.23 The patently ridiculous. Or is it? (Or something like that. Whatever. Fun piece, Katie, thanks.) Girl – Jana Mackin enjoys a morning at Valley Grind, the happiest place on earth. (Or P.26 Valley in Santa Ynez, at least.) LOVEmikana – Get up to Bell Street in Los Alamos this week (Wine & Dine!) and get your P.29  fall running regimen worked out (Be Active!)! And don’t forget about the Weekend Guide! 

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Sharon Byrne is a lead writer for, an outlet for informed opinion writing and thoughtful analysis about the stories, events and people that shape Santa Barbara. Sharon’s education in engineering and psychology gives her a distinctive mix of skills for writing about and working on quality-of-life, public safety and public policy issues. Her hyper-local Milpas on the Move column can be found each week on page 12.

Let the Games Begin


October 21 – Deadline to register to vote in this City Council election; November 5 – Election Night. All ballots must have been received by 8pm.

In reality, the calendar looks like this: October 7 – Ballots mailed to all registered city voters;

Which explains why you’re seeing all that activity now. Everyone wants to influence your vote by October 7. Then you wait until November 5 to see who won. Weird, huh? In our city elections, candidates do not list party affiliation on the ballot. It is all supposed to be non-partisan. It’s anything but. The endorsements, money, and ground game are stacked in favor of party candidates, particularly Democrats. Indies navigating that landscape will find few non-partisan endorsements out there, and some of those expose non-Democratic-Partyendorsed campaigns to sabotage. Very often, a board member reviewing your endorsement application will also be

ou barely got the kids back to school. Suddenly there are multiple campaign events, candidate forums, phone calls and emails asking for your support, yard signs going up, and precinct walkers at your door Saturday mornings. All of this could only mean one thing: it’s campaign season. What?! Who’s paying attention in summer to something that’s going to happen in November? Elections are no longer the lofty exercise in democracy where the best people run, the best candidates win, your vote counts, and we all do what’s best for the city, county, state, country. Elections these days are about getting in the guy or gal that will do one’s bidding, so lots of inside baseball players are jockeying about now to make sure their candidate wins in November.

working with Democratic campaigns. Exposing your campaign plan is therefore highly unadvisable. Some nonDemocratic candidates wisely choose not to go that route, losing out on the endorsement and funding that follows it, hurting their electoral chances.

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Non-partisan endorsements: Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee Planned Parenthood Santa Barbara Association of Realtors Santa Barbara Police Officers Association Santa Barbara City Firefighters Association The first two have board members that also work on Democratic Party-endorsed candidate campaigns. The last two were slammed mightily as public employee unions in the last election. So that leaves just the realtors... No matter how much we eschew big money and partisanship, the reality is they are the proven machinery of elections.

The Players On the left, that machinery is the Democratic Central Committee, unions, Democratic Women, CAUSE and more. They provide walkers, callers and funds for their candidates. The Democrats ...continued p.25


he Santa Barbara Sculptors Guild is pleased to announce Nathan Vonk, Curator of Sculpture for “The Sullivan Goss Gallery” as the Juror and Curator of our up coming exhibition at the Faulkner Gallery. It’s an open call to ALL artists and it begins on Sunday September 1st,Labor Day. We will have our ingathering from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. at the Faulkner Gallery at the Public Library. Submissions are $25.00 for one entry, $35.00 for two entries and $45.00 for 3 entries. If you are a guild member or student the third entry is free. Remember Nathan will be done jurying and start curating at 3:00 which is when you must return to see if you’ve been accepted and to remove those pieces that were rejected and to sign up for a sitting time to watch the gallery for the Pieces that did make it into the show. There will be a First Thursday reception on September 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 with refreshments being served and awards being shared. Our show strike will be Saturday September 28th from 1:00- 3:00p.m. As well we ask that members please submit a recent 11x8.5 manifesto of their work and vitals for our new exhibition advertising booklet.

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...with the SBPD

A variety of crimes are committed every day in Santa Barbara; most of these crimes are petty but they do offer a window into if not the soul of the perpetrator, at least his or her thought process. Our following (and totally unsolicited) thoughts, observations, and comments are put forth for your consideration.

Crime Time Double Double… Animal Style


ell this doesn’t happen every week. (That’s conceivably because we aren’t paying close enough attention to the dozens of police reports we read each Tuesday, of course, but we doubt that’s the case. Mostly.) Here are two different local people who were arrested twice each in the span of just three days last week. On August 22, while most of you were finishing another workday lunch, a wellknown (to SBPD, anyway) local 61-year-old urine-soaked homeless man was being arrested for extreme intoxication at a downtown area park for “causing disturbances likely to invoke violence with others.” (Hey Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza, does one invoke violence with others? We think it depends on what the writer is trying to convey but we’ll leave it to you to work that one out.) (Editor’s Note: Seems to me that invoking violence with others would relate to inciting group violence rather than provoking a violent fight between the invoker and the invokee. But that’s just me and it’s unclear what the hell the reporting officer was trying to say. Let’s get back to it. – MSM) After being released (we’re inferring that), the same guy was arrested on August 23 at about the same time as you were walking back to the office from a leisurely lunch. This time he’d grabbed a “three-pack of beer” (do they come in “three-sers” these days?) from a local store and seemed ready to either guzzle on the spot or otherwise steal them. So store employees approached and asked if he would put the three-pack down and leave. He slurred something like, “But I want to buy the damned beers!” Due to his level of intoxication, however, the store refused to sell them to him. So the man walked outside and socked one of the employees in the chest. He was arrested for battery. (We didn’t see anything about urine in this report, so there’s a positive change, we suppose.) That’s one double arrest. But don’t worry, there’s another. (Thus the title.) Right around the time you were finishing your second nightcap (our collective

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CRIME TIME QUOTE OF THE WEEK “[It’s so bad we can’t even publish it. Now that’s saying something.]” - A drunken 59-year-old homeless man yelling highly offensive remarks regarding child abuse… at a crowded kids’ park. He was arrested after at least one responsible citizen signed an arrest form. Grandfather used to call them High Balls) and considering flipping the tube off and hitting the sack, SBPD arrested a 53-year-old local transient who was seen intermittently “sleeping” on State, then rising and staggering into traffic, then “sleeping,” then staggering into traffic, etc. When officers approached the man – for his safety – he began screaming incoherent drunken babble (which, anecdotally, works reasonably often for picking up college co-eds but doesn’t fare so well for engaging with the fuzz) and urinated in his pants. (Latex uniforms for the cops, we’re telling you.) He was arrested for public intoxication. Just two days later the same guy was picked up again at about the same time you were eating that Hot Pocket for dinner (Jim Gaffigan’s related standup routine is classic) for disturbing customers at a popular local restaurant, hammered, panhandling, refusing to leave, etc. Bet you’re glad you stayed home for that Hot Pocket rather than going out and being harassed over dinner by an aggressive drunken homeless guy who wanted a handful of change. But we’ve been wrong before. Maybe that’s your thing. (For the record, the “popular local restaurant” mentioned above was not In-n-Out, so quit trying to connect the dots between the title and the substance of this ridiculously long entry. There are no dots here, folks, we’re just not that witty.)

Solving the Mysterious Case of the Bare-Legged Twenty-Something A 23-year-old local woman was found walking down State Street without any pants. She was, predictably, intoxicated, and was ultimately unable to convey to officers – whether via drunken slurs or grunts or hand gestures or any other form of communication – where she came from or was heading, and she couldn’t answer basic welfare questions. Arrested. Public intoxication. Had we been the responding officers, we’d have used the process of deduction to better understand and identify the woman. For example, we know she’s not coming from a local pants store, but she could very well be heading to one (there are many fine State Street establishments that sell pants, even shorts or clamdiggers). We also know that she is likely a bit chilly and could use a blanket. Wait a second, we know where you can get some free pants and a blanket. Jail! She was heading to jail! Nice work officers, you hit the nail on the head here and really got her to where she was going. We’re feeling a promotion to detective for all involved in solving this one.

There’s a Reasonable Probability that Your Gardener Might Rob You SBPD arrested a 30-year-old local gardener and self-described “avocado picker” last week after he was caught on a stolen motorbike with a bag of meth in his pocket. Oops. The man told officers that he gardens and picks avos to support his daily habit. Ironically, perhaps, the theft victim had reported to SBPD at the time of the theft that the only outside people in his yard were his gardeners. Apparently, the lead wasn’t followed…

Friends Like These An intoxicated 29-year-old Santa Barbara man asked a cab driver to take him to a local motel late one night last week. The cabbie agreed and drove him to the appointed place. Then the fare demanded that the cab wait for him in the parking lot, which was a request that the driver refused for reasons unknown. But the fare wasn’t to be denied. He first jumped in front of the cab, blocking its exit; then he forced his way inside, jammed it into park, stole the keys and fled. Bad call. After police had arrived and taken the cabbie’s statement, the man returned with the keys and told officers that he and the driver “were friends.” The cabbie disagreed, strenuously, and the man – who’d probably made a responsible decision to take a cab in the first place – was arrested for Strong Arm Robbery. We’ll say. 

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A Cougar, A Bobcat and A Puma Walk Into A Bar…


ear Matt, I was prompted by the Sentinel’s Crime Time column last week to divulge the beastly title of a woman in the 60+ age range who preys upon younger men. (Truly Ancient Late Night Partier Tossed From Local Watering Hole, Vol. 2, Issue 32) I do believe they are officially called Coyotes. It’s interesting that you begin in your 30s as a Puma, build up to Cougar in your 40s, and graduate to Jaguar in your 50s. If you are still able to hunt in your 60s, you obtain the revered Coyote status. I myself am a Puma but I really liked the ring of Bobcat that the Crime Time crew coined last week. I’m happy to romp around town with that title for a few more years before stepping up to Cougar. But enough of that. How old are you, kitten? (P.S. If you ever want to chat with this little Bobcat, stop by the Uptown Lounge and look for me bellied up. The kitty is a bit too dirty for my taste.) Rhonda (Remember me?) Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Wow, Rhonda, I’m strangely aroused by the detailed explanation in your letter. Wait… that didn’t sound right. My CURIOSITY is strangely aroused by the detailed explanation in your letter. I’m just fascinated, I guess, with all these different predatory feline variations. My beloved wife, Wendi, is a beautiful Bobcat/ Puma for now, though Cougar status – which started this whole quasi-degrading naming convention thingy, I think – is not

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Doped Up and Homeless Matt, a friend, who is a small business owner and recently single dad, finds his daughter on the steps, broke, homeless, pregnant and on dope. He has a small attic apartment (storage really) above the business and suggests she camp out there, get straightened out and off dope for the sake of the unborn and do something with her life. She was once an A-student. His business partner gives her tuition money for SBCC and buys the books, takes her to school and gives her lunch money. But soon she moves her doper boyfriend in. Then she quits school shortly after classes start, and things start disappearing from the business. At the same time, other things start appearing around her place… but there was no money to buy them. The white leather furniture in the office is smudged, an expensive business computer is ruined, a mirror and some small plastic bags appear with a cut off ...continued p.18 Santa Barbara's greatest resource is its residents. Elect a common sense leader who will listen and act on your behalf. Paid for by Friends of Jason Nelson for Santa Barbara City Council 2013 FPPC # 1356633


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An Organic Oasis on Santa Barbara Street

The main course is served: fresh rigatoni made inhouse with roasted red bell pepper cream.

Chef Michael getting ready to drop off course four, mixed farms lettuces with a tomato vinaigrette.

You can find the Organic Kitchen on the corner of East Yanonali and Santa Barbara.


onsider this week’s In the Zone a whisper in your ear about the FZ’s best-kept food secret. But know that some folks might balk at that classification. They’ve enjoyed the fresh, locally sourced, unembellishedbut-delectable fare from Chef Michael Glazer’s Organic Kitchen for about

two years now. And it has what Michael speculates might be “one of the best addresses in the Funk Zone.” So how could it be a secret? For almost 15 years, 205 Santa Barbara Street, Suite B has been home to the catering company Events Unlimited. Owner James Johnson decided to expand


Someone couldn’t wait and got into this melon tartare before the picture was snapped.

operations roughly three years ago, and the Organic Kitchen started cooking shortly thereafter. It serves lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner on Friday nights only, which may have something to do with its inconspicuous status. But according to Chef Michael, “There’s definitely more so than ever a buzz in regards to lunch and dinners.” That word-of-mouth is only going to increase as the neighborhood continues to evolve. “I love what’s going on down here,” Michael tells us. “Clearly the new restaurants that have opened up are great for the area – and the wine bars, as well. “I think it’ll be beneficial to and for us,” he predicts, referencing the area’s current development, “It’s a win-win at this point for us.” He pauses to think before adding: “It’s just a matter of capturing the clientele.”

Meet the Chef Michael Glazer is a Philadelphia native who made his way to Santa Barbara for the first time in 1993. After chasing



Back for lunch: we could have written a thousand more words on this sandwich with parsley puree, fontina, roasted eggplant, squash, zucchini, poblano and heirloom tomato on whole wheat sourdough.

some opportunities to Atlanta, Georgia in 2002, he made his way back here in 2006. He gained experience along the way, studying and working in some highly regarded kitchens. Michael’s initial foray into the restaurant business came when he bought Pasta 101 during his first stay in town (it transitioned into Pasta Garden under his ownership), but he’d been around food since long before that. “I’ve more or less been in the industry my whole life,” Michael says as he reminisces about working at his uncle’s food distribution business as a young boy. “My brother and I had the opportunity to work in his warehouse. It was just a chance to go into the inner city and be in this huge place and get lost.” These days, Michael not only mans the Organic Kitchen’s lunch and dinner ...continued p.12

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by Zach Rosen

That’s Diego Barbieri (left), Jeffers (center) and Chef Ron True (right), making it look easy. (Well done, guys, great night.)


Starting With a Snack The evening started with a blend of Watermelon Juice and Firestone 805 Blonde Ale. This refreshing twist was served alongside a plate of “snacks” that included Pulled Pork Sliders, Cheddar Biscuits with Chicken Gravy and a Watermelon Salad. The blended beer

had a soft tickle of carbonation which moved slowly through the watermelon pulp and grasped onto the crispness of the slider’s slaw. The pulled pork had a tangy sauce that was soothed by the velvety texture of the beverage. The beer’s quenching watermelon flavor made an enticing combination with the herbal saltiness of the chicken gravy and touch of cheddar sharpness in the biscuit. The fruit salad was adorned with onions and crumbles of fresh cheese that brought a spicy, tart touch to the fruit flavors in the beverage. So far, so good.

A First Course The first course combined the bright, floral Firestone Pale 31 with a Duck Confit Stroganoff in a red winemustard cream sauce. The house-made handcut noodles were light and buttery yet still had enough heartiness to support the biscuit-malt character of the beer. The Pale 31’s bitterness cut through the gamey duck and rich, flavorful sauce, cleansing the palate. Roasted trumpet mushrooms and wild arugula supplied an earthy bitterness that grasped the

grassy, green character of the hops with Parmesan cheese providing a nutty-salt note to the finish. Still rolling.

And A Second Course

Firestone Walker Shines at Arlington Tavern

ake a turn off of State and head down to 21 West Victoria, where you will find Arlington Tavern. Brick archways give the restaurant its tavernlike feel and the respectful beer selection completes the setting. Open since April of 2012, this tavern is the brainchild of the established Chef Ron True and restaurateur Diego Barbieri. Arlington Tavern’s farm-to-table dishes emphasize top quality ingredients that are sourced from local farmers and meat markets. (You can read a lot more about AT in Christina Enoch’s Food File column a few weeks back if you’re interested. Check out Chef Ron Blew My Mind, Vol. 2, Issue 25.) The restaurant also hosts beer dinners and most recently they held a four-course meal paired with the award winning brews of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Guests entered the building prepared for an intimate evening of beer, food and tales from Chef Ron and Jeffers Richardson, Director of Barrelworks, Firestone Walker’s innovative barrel aging installation. On Tuesday, August 20, guests (including a few members of the Firestone family) entered a side room of the building. Each wooden table was set with a crossed fork and knife atop a porcelain white plate and folded black napkin, forming the emblem of Arlington Tavern. Let the feast begin!


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In the spirit of a summer BBQ, Chef Ron prepared a main course of Smoked Spare Ribs, Tri-Tip and Grilled Chicken to go with Firestone’s flagship Double Barrel Ale (DBA). The three different meats showed the versatility of this beer’s flavor. The spare ribs fell right off the bone and their savory, smokey flavors were soothed by the DBA’s maltiness ...continued p.25

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Space is limited, but if you have an event, exhibit, performance, book signing, sale, opening, trunk show, or anything else interesting or creative that readers can attend, let us know at 805-845-1673 or email us at We’ll consider all suggestions, but we will give extra consideration to unusual events and/or items, especially those accompanied by a good visual, particularly one that has yet to be published.

Friday August 30

Brady in the Barrel Room

Tonight in Carr Winery’s Santa Barbara Barrel Room from 6 to 8pm, the musician Brady Harris will play his Beatles-influenced songs. Find the winery at 414 North Salsipuedes Street. Admission is Free. Before the music at Carr, head over to State & Fig at 1114 State Street for dinner. Their braised short ribs should pair well with the guitar-pop you’re about to take in. If you’re not a meat eater, the ricotta gnocchi will surely do the trick. And be sure to order a fig toast for the table.

Saturday August 31 Get Dressed

Fashion is hard. Here at 8 Days, we’re constantly left guessing at major questions (should I own a shirt with sleeves? At what point do shorts become pants?) that are better handled by industry professionals, or at least students. Tonight at 7pm, MichaelKate Interiors and Art Gallery (132 Santa Barbara Street) will host the Fashion Funk Zone event, the De Marcos Fashion Academy’s annual student fashion show. Let the show’s headliners BestDressedMonk, a new brand for stylish men, teach you a thing or two about how to dress well. There will be hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and work by a slew of DMFA students. Tickets are $35 and available by calling 805.637.6989. More information at

Sunday September 1

The Bacara Gets Abstract

A piece of Santa Barbara trivia: What work of abstract art hangs in Mayor Helene Schneider’s office? It’s “Breakfast in Space” by Christa Lyons, one of the artists represented in the Abstract Art Collective’s exhibition and benefit at the Bacara Resort (8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta) that features over 70 works. Though the event began yesterday,

a wine reception takes place today from 2 to 4pm. Other artists with works for sale include Laurie MacMillan, Karin Aggeler and Wayne Hoffman. Proceeds benefit the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara. This event is free and open to the public from 10am to 6pm on Saturday (the 31st) and today from 10am to 5pm.

Monday September 2

The Price is Right

Someone at the Santa Barbara County Public Heath Department has a pretty good sense of humor; their initiative to increase spaying and neutering among our local cat population during September, a time when many become pregnant, is called Beat the Heat. The first 200 folks to call the Project Pet Safe Team at 805.934.6968 to make an appointment for their cat will be charged only $20. So “come on down,” as Bob used to say, and be a responsible pet owner.

Tuesday September 3

A Publicist Speaks

All the authors out there – published, self-published or not published at all – might want to consider today’s lecture in the conference room of the Montecito Inn (1295 Coast Village Road). From 4 to 5:15pm, Milton Kahn will discuss book publicity. Mr. Kahn is a publicist and president of Milton Kahn Associates, Inc. Call the Inn at 800.843.2017 for more information. See www. for more on the presenter.


September 4

Long, Winding Road to SOhO

Everybody knows that people who say they don’t like the Beatles are obnoxious or have never listened to the Beatles – or both. So take tonight’s opportunity to be in a room without any of those people for the event at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club (1221 State Street) called Andre Feriante Celebrating Songs by the Beatles on his 13th CD Beatles Masquerade. The Italian-born Seattle, Washington resident who was once on an MSN list titled “12 Sexy Bald Men” will play songs from the new disc at 8pm. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $12. See for more information.

Thursday September 5

First One of the Month

It’s First Thursday; let’s go downtown. There’s more happening than you’ll have time for, but here are a few highlights: Granada Books (1224 State Street) makes its first foray into First Thursday by hosting Leslie Zemeckis, who will talk about her film Bound by Flesh; The Blue Moon Quartet jazzes up awareness for African Schools of Kenya at Encanto (1114 State Street); and The Sustainability Project presents the photography of Bill Dewey and Roe Anne White in a show called “King Tides: A Visual Indicator of Climate Change” at Peikert Group Architects (10 East Figueroa Street). First Thursday events are free. See for a full listing.

Friday September 6

Art History and Present

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Though it opened yesterday – better late than never when it comes to art exhibits here in 8 Days – Tonalism: The Present Moment is on view today from 10am to 5:30pm at Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery (7 East Anapamu Street) and will not close until December 29th. If I had to put it into words, I’d say Tonalism is not so much a particular school but a pictorial approach that’s the result of the overlap between the French Barbizon school, certain elements of the Aesthetic Movement and the sensibility of the Symbolists. And that synopsis was definitely not pulled from the press release (read: it definitely was). Curated by Jeremy Tessmer, the show features artists like Wolf Kahn, April Gornik and Terry DeLapp. 


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...continued from p.2 Friends Jeff and Heather McGuire post-dinner at The Bistro, looking quite happy after thirteen years. (Congrats, you guys, it was really great to see you. Come up and visit soon!)

Jennifer Webb-Shabestari watched the kids for a couple hours at Bacara. (Thanks so much, great to meet you Jennifer!)

My wife threw me a damned surprise party. And it was genuinely surprising. It was also a blast. (I certainly had a blast, anyway, as everyone in attendance likely knows.) Not only were there lots of good friends old and new, there were lights strung up and hay bales all over our rustic yard. There was terrific food; Wendi had brought in Mike Escobar and the gang at California Wood Fired Catering (805.722.9792) to supply revelers with delicious artisan pizzas cooked right in the oven they towed into the yard. Mike brought in super fresh local ingredients – well, all except for the Italian flour they

use to make that magically light and crispy thin crust – and a few basil plants and other herbs straight from the garden. The pizzas are built to cook quickly in that mobile oven of pleasure, so they are constantly coming out fresh and delicious, topped with quality cheese and meat products that will blow your mind. But there was more than wonderful wood fired pizza being passed around. There were a couple kegs of Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy and Davy Brown Ale. There was booze. There was wine. Etcetera. And, of course, there was music. I’ve written about The Kinsella Brothers Band before – I went to a great party last year up at El Cap for Austin and Nicole Herlihy’s seventh anniversary where they rocked the house all night (come to think

of it, I wrote about way back in Vol. 1, Issue 2… damn, we’ve been doing this a long time, Tim) – but feel the need to mention them again. If you don’t know these guys, go out and see them. (Every Friday at 10pm at the James Joyce, for example, and bring Brian a Jameson from me.) They are bad ass rock and roll musicians who play your favorite tunes in their own unbelievably cool way with style and some intensity, and we are lucky to have them in town. Brian Kinsella (vocals etc.), Rob Crocker (lead guitar and sax) and Matt Grover (aka Skippy, drums) played a sold out backyard dance party at my place and everybody loved them. Period. ...continued p.28

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The heirloom tomatoes with herbs, Bariani olive oil and burrata might be even better than it looks.

service, but is also the proprietor of the Mission Rose Pasta Company. He makes his fresh pasta on site, and it’s always a highlight of each dinner. Because the Organic Kitchen doesn’t have one set host or even servers like most restaurants – a very small team works together to service tables – Michael himself moves between the kitchen and the dining room. “My involvement in bringing food to the table is not only to briefly describe the food,” he explains, “but the guest engagement and interaction is what brings people back. I think people do appreciate it if I can spend some time with them and give them the origin of their food.”

Time for Dinner Care to join us? The menu here changes from week to week based on what’s fresh and available, but Michael says tonight’s six courses (the “four-course dinners” here


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often become five or six) were sourced from three farms – Ellwood Canyon, Finley and Earthtrine. As we sit, A.J. DeNecochea pours a taste of strawberry kombucha that he brewed himself in-house. It’s available by the bottle for those who might like to take some home. Chef Michael brings out bowls preset with seasonal vegetables drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. He then pours the roasted poblano-smoked tomato broth over the top.

Course one is served. The heat of the peppers is the star here, balancing out the tomato and framing the snap of the diced veggies. Michael cools us off with his second course, an heirloom tomato salad with herbs, Bariani olive oil and burrata. With it flavorful, fresh fruit and creamy Italian cheese, this dish enters early into the running for the night’s best – until course three. You wouldn’t think a dish consisting largely of cantaloupe could be this good,

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but Michael’s melon tartare is a treat. Its aromatic spices and Banyuls vinegar – especially its vinegar – combine to not complicate things, but to draw out the flavor of the melon. Course four: mixed farms lettuces with a tomato vinaigrette. That may sound simple, but you’ve never had greens this complex. Michael wonders if this might be the menu’s most challenging dish. Perhaps; but refreshing or just-plain-tasty suffice just the same. The main course is herb rigatoni with roasted red bell pepper cream. Like every other dish, it’s fresh and flavorful, understated yet sumptuous. Or as the chef puts it: “I’m a purist. This is as good as it gets and there doesn’t have to be anything else added to it.” Here comes the night’s sixth and final course. It’s a cup of mousse made with dark chocolate from the local company Twenty-Four Blackbirds. Both rich and lighter than air, this dessert is a fitting end to our lively but leisurely-paced dinner. How did you not know about this place before? The Organic Kitchen is located in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone at 205 Santa Barbara Street, Suite B. Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday. Friday night dinners are $35 per person. They encourage a reservation; make one by calling 805.637.8222. They are BYOB. 

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Mark spends much of his time wandering Santa Barbara and environs, enjoying the simple things that come his way. A show here, a benefit there, he is generally out and about and typically has a good time. He says that he writes “when he feels the urge” and doesn’t want his identity known for fear of an experience that is “less than authentic.” So he remains at large, roaming the town, having fun. Be warned.

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onathan Richman sings pretty simple folk ditties about pretty normal stuff like love and lust and hope and dreams. He plays a very basic acoustic guitar (with nylon strings!), strumming basic bar chords and once in a while picking out a very basic solo, which he usually introduces by chanting “geetar.” Yet you cannot help but fall hopelessly in love with him every time he performs. The man is as magnetic as they come, as he proved once again at an early set at SOhO last Friday night. The simple tunes are far more complex thematically (“Let her go into the darkness / Let her learn from all the things there”), he expresses a level of optimism with both his songs (“When We Refuse to Suffer”) and his wide-eyed expressions that seem nearly impossible in our time, and he’s as unashamedly un-hip and unapologetically romantic as anyone, even at age 62. So you can keep your Mumford & Sons, Lumineers and Civil Wars – I’ll take Jonathan Richman, once and always Modern Lover, every time.

Labor-Less Weekend

I’ve always been a bit confused about why they call it “Labor Day Weekend” when most of us end up not working at all, instead spending a good part of the three days lying on the beach or sitting around the backyard grilling steaks and downing beers. That whole connotation

thing can be a bit disconcerting for a man of leisure, who might even find contemplating conundrums a little taxing. Either way, there’s plenty of time for rest and relaxation this weekend, without feeling like you’ve missed something terribly important. Promoters know folks are on vacation or grappling with the fact that school has already started – classes before Labor Day just seems wrong; how that change surreptitiously snuck up on us I don’t recall – and adjust their booking schedules accordingly. So all I know about besides a few pop music gigs (and without doing exhaustive research, which would be counterproductive on Labor Day Weekend) is a couple of plays still gracing stages this weekend. Cyrano de Bergerac winds up its run at the Festival Theater in Solvang, where the most decidedly non-leisurely man I know, Derrick Weeden, wraps up is stunningly energetic performance as the heroic, word-slinging, swordfighting title character. Hanging outside under the stars with this romantic and bloodthirsty crew seems appropriate for the final unofficial weekend of summer. And Ken Ludwig’s latest laugher, The Fox on the Fairway, continues at Circle Bar B, which at least is about a nice leisurely activity like golf and serves up a fine BBQ supper overlooking the ranch’s swimming pool prior to the show. More

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lines from the links arrive next weekend, by the way, when Speaking of Stories debuts Golf with Alan Shepard as a staged reading (as an actor, that would be my kind of show; you don’t have to memorize the words). There are a couple of interesting concerts, including the local official debut of Jessie Bridges, who just happens to be the daughter of an actor you may have heard of by the name of Jeff Bridges. (You might recall he played “The Dude,” a man of leisure’s ultimate action hero.) Dad’s been doing music recently too, and Jessie channels a lot of his classic singersongwriter influences, but with a lot less country and much more pop. Check her out at SOhO Saturday night, promoting her first album-length CD Let It Breathe, backed by the band of local heroes who have been doing the same for Jeff’s recent tour, including drummer Tom Lackner, bassist Randy Tico, guitarist Chris

Pelonis and multi-instrumentalist Bill Flores, another of those guys who just doesn’t get the man of leisure concept – he plays just about everything with strings. Laid back folk-pop-rocker Jason Mraz shows up at the Bowl on Monday, but it’s an afternoon show, so that cuts into beach and BBQ time. You can also watch a lot of rich guys on very fast and expensive horses whack a little plastic ball around a very big field on Sunday afternoon, when high-goal season comes to a close with final of the Pacific Coast Open on Sunday afternoon. They (both the players and mostly the horses) work hard and get very dirty, but you can sit in the grandstands sipping cocktails and shooting the breeze. Other than that, there’s just not a whole heckuva lot going on this weekend. Which suits me just fine – I’ve been meaning to catch up on my sleeping in anyway.

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Milpas on the Move by Sharon Byrne

What’s Right With Santa Barbara: Pushy Shovels Yield A Collective Healing Garden

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met Marcos two years ago at the corner of Cacique and Milpas. He was the ringleader of a cluster of people drinking and congregating at that corner. He’d been permanently banned from Casa Esperanza. That was his shelter. He was mad over being banned. He didn’t care who knew it. A crowd drinking at the corner every day was not good for Milpas. So we started talking to Marcos about getting off that corner. It didn’t go well at first. Over time, a strange friendship developed. Strange because we started as adversaries, but gradually developed a sort of mutual respect. As I listened to him, I suspected he was putting up a tough front to cover a softer inside that was likely a major vulnerability in his world. I saw his health decline at an alarming pace, so I called the Restorative Police, and Officer Hove hustled to get Marcos to come inside. He did, to Sally’s Hospitality House, where he has thrived. He got them interested in organic gardening, and they installed two gardens on the premises. As part of his requirement through Restorative Court to do community service hours, Marcos got involved in a gardening project at the city’s community garden plots on Yanonali. He met Maureen Mina and Mavis from the Mental Wellness Center, and began working with Pushy Shovels, a title given by one of the original founding members, Dion Cherot. “We’re pushy – we have attitude,” Cherot laughs. Maureen’s idea was to plant a garden, bring people together and begin working on collective wellness. She felt clients would open up as they put their hands in soil.


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Sharon Byrne is executive director for the Milpas Community Association, and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Salvation Army Hospitality House and Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Problems.

Pushy Shovels members working hard at one of the city’s community garden plots on Yanonali.

She was right. Marcos is a genius with gardening. Plants thrive under his care because he truly loves them, knows what they need and enjoys the work. He’s got a similar feel for people – their quirks, needs and wounded places. He knows how to approach gingerly, demonstrate tasks that need doing in a calm, caring voice, and get them working in groups. That garden is the perfect spot for those skills to come together, where connecting with the earth is therapy. The gardening project is less about production, though they do produce quite a bit. It’s more about healing. Just like a plant might need a little extra help, so do people at times. Visiting with Pushy Shovels at work on a warm Saturday morning, I could feel that calming, healing energy. I admired the stepping stones, created by Irina Ksynkina, part of the project before she began a program at Antioch. As he showed me the garden, Marcos said, “When you get sober, you start seeing. You see nature, plants, and you start connecting with that. You plant seeds in the ground, but what you’re really doing is planting seeds within yourself.” Maureen added, “And you work together. We bring different skills that each of us possess, here to the garden, and we work together.” Marcos pointed out, “That connection [to others] is what keeps you from going over the edge again when things get rough.” Pushy Shovels began in 2011 with $3,600 through a grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara for six months. The team has stretched that funding to last two years, demonstrating significant frugality, recycling a discarded compost receptacle, and other creative ideas. Maureen might soon be going back to school, so Marcos is stepping up to take over the garden. He wants to expand from three plots to five, and bring in more people doing community service. And

the harvest? Remember, Marcos can coax plants into generous yields. So what will he do with it? “Well, I’d like to invite senior folks in need to come here and harvest as much as they want. The rest we can take back to Sally’s and use it in the meals we provide to the homeless.” Marcos loves fresh, organic veggies, but it’s a sad fact that shelters mostly use canned. That’s what gets donated, as it’s easily stored. While it’s uplifting to see Marcos turn his life around, what struck me is the way he’s driving his recovery to help others: working the garden, bringing in others in recovery, teaching them to work together and heal one another, all on the financial equivalent of peanuts. Then using what they produce to help other in the community, spreading benefits outwards in ever widening circles. This from the guy we used to have trouble with on the corner! This kind of personal turnaround and giving back to the community is exactly what’s right with Santa Barbara.

Privilege or Patsy? by Loretta Redd


aiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature this week is a piece of legislation that may raise more questions than it answers. AB 1401, authored by Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), will expand immigrant rights to the doors of the courthouse by proposing that non-citizen immigrants lawfully residing in California can now be eligible for jury duty. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, some of the Rights of an American Citizen include: freedom of expression and worship, the right to vote in elections, to run for elected office, and “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” among others. Responsibilities of Citizenship are also listed on the website, including: to support and defend the Constitution, participate in the democratic process, respect and obey federal, state and local laws, pay income tax and “serve on a jury when called upon.” One of the bills’ supporter’s, Luis Alejo

Loretta Redd’s diverse background includes being a psychologist, business owner, non-profit director, Air Force officer, writer, speaker, and executive coach. Loretta has served on several Santa Barbara city committees and has been a candidate for public office.

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(D-Watsonville) points out, “You are not required to be a citizen to participate in the judicial process as a party, as a witness, to work for the courts or even to be a judge.” Assembly Speaker John Pérez is also a supporter, underscoring that, “noncitizens deserve a jury of their peers.” I wish I could accept this reasoning on face value, but we live in an era of democrats doing political handstands in their attempt to appeal to the hearts, minds and – call me a cynic – votes from the growing Latino population in California. I don’t know if I buy the “jury of your peers” justification. Especially as I witness countless numbers of my “peers,” for whom jury duty should be a privilege, use every excuse in the book to get out of serving because their time is entirely too precious to waste in a trial of indeterminate length and questionable relevance to them. Though jury selection has become a game of odds-making, played out by competing attorneys both looking to stack the deck in their favor, should we want non-citizen, legal immigrants serving simply because of the possibility that the defendant might originate from a similar culture? Perhaps increasing the size of the jury pool will take the pressure off of the courts, and maybe help immigrants integrate into our society. But a significant paradox arises when one considers the differences between our legal system and those in other countries. In Mexico, for instance, they are just beginning to transform their judicial system to include juries. Originally, it was based on the Napoleonic Code, which reasons that a suspect is guilty until proven innocent. Typically, the Judge decides the cases – sometimes dozens a day – on the basis of the documentation presented. And although Judges may not be “for sale,” the process like filing documents usually involves significant costs, or “gratificaciones.” There’s also the matter of whether the legally entered but non-citizen is educated on our legal system of due process and deliberation. For instance, do they know that criminal verdicts must be unanimous, or understand the role of deliberation, or the complex responsibility of jury nullification, in which a verdict can be reached that is contrary to the evidence? There is also the issue of anxiety and fear that a jury summons could strike in immigrants who are unaware of its

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Faces Of Santa Barbara by Patricia Clarke Patricia Clarke is an award-winning international photographer based in Santa Barbara. Her work has been featured in London, Italy and Prague, as well as around the United States. In recent years she has been turning her lens more and more to the people who live in this diverse community she calls home. Patricia’s fine art photography can be seen at www.patriciahoughtonclarke. com. She can be reached at 805.452.7739.

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meaning or requirements. Remember that ignoring a jury duty summons can result in a bench warrant for your arrest or a significant fine being levied. By offering non-citizens this supposed opportunity, are we also increasing the likelihood of their getting in trouble with the courts? Our country is already sending such mixed signals to immigrants, both those with a legal status and those who are undocumented. It’s as though there are two signs on the Mexican border: “No Trespassing” and “Help Wanted.” Have they thought carefully through the advantages to the legal non-citizens, or are they masking this “privilege” in order to expand the jury rolls and enable

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those of us who were born with the Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship to continue to shirk our duty? Do the authors of Assembly Bill 1401 believe it is a privilege to require legally entered immigrants to serve on our juries, while we hunt and arrest their undocumented peers? Or is this more of a pandering to the politically connected immigration rights groups responsible for putting people in office? In a state where of the 40% Latino population, 15% are legal non-US citizens, Governor Brown will have to determine whether this group, still without the right to vote in elections, is being offered a privilege or being used as a patsy. 

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A good friend and reader writes: Dear Randy,

My best-in-the-universe mini longhaired Dachshund will always eat any granulated fertilizer I put on my roses. I have yet to find a soluble one like the fish emulsion I use elsewhere. Please do not tell me to cover the food with mulch, etc., as it doesn’t work. Is fish emulsion enough? Any thoughts? We both know Goldens and Dachshunds rock. Yours, Susan

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your question and for reading my column and yeah, Goldens and Dachshunds do indeed rock! Your situation is tough, and one that I often find myself up against. Many of my rose clients also have dogs, and if their rose gardens are not fenced off, feeding the roses can be a challenge. Seems to

me that the healthier the rose food – that is, the more organic and less chemical ingredients – the worse it stinks. The worse it stinks, the more the dogs want to eat or roll in it. My new favorite rose and garden food is Biotic Organic 4-4-4 Perfect Blend. There are almost no words to describe how this stuff smells. Let’s just say that when I head back to my truck after I get coffee in the morning, there’s usually no other vehicles parked near me. However, I have seen hyenas circling and turkey vultures perched nearby. Anyway, one suggestion would be to use a good organic-type food like the Perfect Blend I mentioned above, or another organic fertilizer made by Dr. Earth or E.B. Stone. After applying the food, you could put a chicken wire collar around each plant and make it as Dachshund proof as possible, using soil staples to

Yum, organic rose food – the worse it smells, the better it tastes!

she doesn’t eat the food once you put it down. Fish emulsion is good stuff but I tend to use it as a between meal snack or tonic rather than a main course. Generally, I’ll give my roses from two to three big hearty meals per year with fish emulsion in between when the plants seem to stall out or get lazy. Incidentally, Island Seed And Feed in Goleta carries some wicked good fish emulsion that they bottle up themselves and it’s reasonably priced. Susan, I hope this helps, and give that wiener dog of yours an extra treat from me. See you at the dog park!

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secure the bottoms of the hoop to the ground. After a few weeks of thorough watering the food may have broken down enough so that your dog can’t eat it. You can then remove the wire between rose feedings or leave it in place. As the plant grows through the hoop, it isn’t so unsightly. Also, the chicken wire will deter rabbits if they’re a problem in your garden. You said in your note that your pup will eat all granular fertilizer. In my experience, a combination of granular Gro-Power (which is supposedly an organic food) and worm castings doesn’t seem to interest dogs because neither seem to have much odor. As a last resort, and I generally don’t recommend the salty, chemical types of fertilizer, but I don’t think they smell very appetizing and don’t know that your dog would eat them. Of course, if you go this route to be sure you watch to make sure

It’s a little late to keep planting summer annual color and too early to plant the winter stuff, but you can start planting seeds of the winter annuals now. Sow seeds of calendula, cineraria, delphiniums, dianthus, Iceland poppies, nemesia, pansies, primroses, snapdragons, stock and violas into flats or containers of potting soil. In October after our last heat wave (second week?), transplant into your garden beds or thin out and leave in the pots. If I wait and plant my winter color from established 4’ or 6-pack containers, then I take the time this month to amend and turn under any beds that I’m going to plant later on. 

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o you like roses and want to learn more about them? Are you a joiner? Do you like cookies? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may want to check out a monthly meeting at The Santa Barbara Rose Society (“Beautifying Santa Barbara since 1959”). They meet on the second Thursday of the month; the next meeting is September 12 at 7pm at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina. The featured guest will be Elda Bielanski from The Ventura Rose Society, who will speak about the 35-million-year history of roses. Sometimes they serve Oreos at the break.

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...continued from p.7 straw in the waiting room for the customers to find. The kids are asked to leave. They refuse. The police are called but nothing happens. The kids engage an attorney to get an injunction stopping dad and the partner from entering the property. Go figure. Dr. Edo McGowan Montecito (Editor’s Note: Thanks for the note, Dr. McGowan, but I can’t say I enjoyed reading it. (Although, admittedly, I did consider it for Crime Time this week. Just for a second.) My own life experience tells me loudly and clearly that all the love and caring and support in the world doesn’t mean a damned thing if an addict doesn’t want to get clean. My own life experience also tells me loudly and clearly that this, sadly, is a difficult thing for a parent to grasp, under even the most egregious and horrifying circumstances. With all of that said, however, I know that it is a terrible set of circumstances for all involved (understatement of the year, by the way), and that it is perhaps most important to believe and to never give up hope. So that’s what I’d like to offer to your friend. Hope. – MSM)

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The definition of insanity, as the saying goes, is to do the same thing over and over but expect a different result. Yet that is exactly what the Republican Party is doing on the contentious issue of the federal debt ceiling. Even after two bruising fights over the issue, which the GOP wants to use as leverage to force spending cuts from the Democrats and which did great damage to the political credibility of the Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner is promising a repeat performance in the fall – when theoretically the government will run out of money to fund itself. This insanity really needs to stop. The spirit behind the negotiation, namely achieving spending cuts in government, is absolutely fine. But despite the heated rhetoric, the fact is that our deficit this year will actually be lower than previously feared ($759 billion) and our economy is slowly but surely recovering from the recession that we were mired in for so long. These two facts alone reduce the urgency and the depth of the spending cuts required to move our nation towards better fiscal health, and render the tactic of holding America’s debt ceiling hostage excessive and counterproductive. There is also the matter of what the debt ceiling really represents. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a blank check for the U.S. government to spend money but a mechanism to enable it to pay for things it has already purchased, and like anyone with a financial obligation, inability to pay would render the country insolvent, leading to instant and vast economic turmoil. In fact, it is not an overstatement that should the debt ceiling not be raised (as it has been dozens of times by both political parties for nearly a century), it would bring our economy to a grinding halt due to the massive financial interrelationships between the private sector and our government, not to mention with foreign nations. The U.S. government, for good or bad, is the premier creditor and debtor to the world, which means that it really cannot go bankrupt without dragging the planet down with it both in pure dollar terms as well as through a domino-effect economic meltdown. America’s economic health cannot be measured in budget deficits alone. Rising inequality, in both income and wealth, have the capacity to derail any recovery that is achieved. In addition, two-thirds of minimum wage workers and 28 percent of all workers get paid at levels far below what is required to rise above the federal poverty line. This stifling of opportunity for lower and middle income Americans is a serious impediment to our future productivity and actually increases the public’s dependence on financial assistance from the government. Addressing it then should be a higher priority for our political leaders than the deficit. If the Republicans really want to lower the government’s expenses, they should start with helping to eradicate inequality, lean on corporations to pay better wages, close wasteful tax loopholes that benefit only the rich but do little to spur spending or the economy, and stop fixating on budget battles with Democrats. The debt ceiling is not a credible bargaining chip, and trying to use it as such shows desperation and bad faith on the part of the GOP. President Obama was right to shut down debt ceiling talks the last

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time around and try to keep the focus on initiatives that will actually help improve the nation’s economic health (and thus organically reduce the need for people’s dependence on government) rather than cut spending recklessly at a time when it can do a lot of damage. Taking a hacksaw to public services that make commerce possible in the first place, public education that produce our next generation of workers, temporary financial relief for millions of unemployed Americans, social safety nets that enable underpaid workers to supplement their meager incomes and survive, small business sector lending, and many other vital components of our government would narrow the deficit in the short term but lead to an even bigger shortfall in the future when the harmful effect of such policies erode economic growth. It is time for the Republicans to acknowledge the real problems confronting our nation, stop distracting the public with specious political gambits, and negotiate with their Democratic colleagues in better faith. Leaving the debt ceiling off the table this fall would be a good place to start. Leoncio Martins Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Well, Leoncio, you pretty well spelled out the entire Democratic platform and agenda in just over 700 words. Not bad… do you work for the party? (If not, maybe you should.) Is there a local

us to get the word out to Santa Barbara. And if we only ever received one review, I would be completely happy and contented with this one. We couldn’t do any better. Thank you so much Christina. I hope to see you again very soon! Carmen Deforest Book Ends Café Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Well, ah, this is uncomfortable, Carmen, what the hell am I doing responding to your letter when it isn’t even addressed to me? I’ll let Christina Enoch from the Food File take it from here… but please know, for the record, that I loved my lunch at Book Ends a few weeks back. Thanks to local Ice Cream Maker extraordinaire Michael Palmer – of McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams – for bringing your place to my attention (and paying for lunch... I owe you one, Michael). And thanks to you and Dominic for a pleasant surprise and terrific meal. Here’s Christina. – MSM) (Hi Carmen, you are so welcome! I’m really glad we could help, there’s nothing wrong with a little Sentinel Surge! Places like yours not only deserve great reviews and success, they actually earn them. Keep it up, I can’t wait for my next Pickled Beet Sandwich! – Christina Enoch)

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Hi Christina, I can’t express how thrilled I was to read your incredibly kind and generous article about Book Ends Café in the Sentinel (Feeling the Love, Vol. 2, Issue 32). First of all, I am so glad that you like what we are doing! It gives us a lot of validation, and assures us that doing what we love will be well received. And I really felt that you got what is one of the most important things to me: The food we are offering is prepared with care and thought, as well as great ingredients. To me, that’s the “love” you mentioned... exactly! I am so very grateful to you for helping

Ron Atwood Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: I get a lot of pictures, Ron, and we’ve published a few of yours in the past. This one really stands out for me, my friend, and I think it might just remind everybody reading of what a special place it is that we all call home. Peace and love; have a great week. And thanks for the lovely capture. – MSM) 


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Long Course champion Robbie Wade (photo: John Dvorak).

“And then I was running, figured I had a decent gap that I could try to make up, ���������� and ran off course again. I don’t what was ������������������������������������ going on today, but I had a great day, you ������������������������������������ know. I kept levelheaded so ����� I’m happy. ���� ���� ��������� ������� ���� Second place is good for me.” ��������������������� Other winners included Kyle Visin ���������������������������������� in the aqua bike race and the Platinum ������������������������������������� Performance of ���� Gary Hall ������� ���� Elite ����� team ������� ��������� Jr., Andres Malovos and Todd Booth in �������������������������������������� ����������������������������������� the relay. The trio’s combined time was ������������������������������� 2:48.38. ����� ������������ ���� �� The relay������ team consisting of Adrienne ��������Kevin ����������� ����� ��� Brown, Frederick Lewis and Joy Moats triumphed in the co-ed relay. The Santa Barbara High team of Ben Brewer, Jack Leach and Tanner Munizich finished third. In Sunday’s sprint course race, Matt Organista returned from a year’s absence to reclaim his short-course title. The ������������������������������������� Carpinterian edged SB local Jason Smith ������������������������������������������ with a winning time of 34 minutes and ����������������������������������� 22 seconds. ���� ��� ������� ���������������� �� Organista topped by ��� just���� 13 ����������� ������Smith ������� seconds after the pair started the running ��������������������������� leg ������������������������������������� in a virtual dead heat. Both came on ������������������������������������� strong during the bike and run sections �������������������������������������� of the course. ����������������������������������� It was the second straight year that ���������������������������������������� Smith has recorded a runner-up finish �������� ��� ���� ������������ ����� on the sprint course. It’s also���� the second ������������������������������������� consecutive year that he has completed ������������������������������������� the long course and short course at the ��������� ���������� ��� ������� ��� triathlon in the same weekend. ��������� For Organista, the 24 year old won the ���������������������������������� sprint course 2011 and placed����� sixth on ������ �����in �������� �� ������ ��� the long course in 2010. He also won the ����������������������������������� Carpinteria Triathlon sprint course race �������������������������������������� in 2010. ����������������������������������� Sixteen-year-old Walker Bell was ���������������������������������� ���� ����������� ������������ the�������� youngest athlete in the top 10. The ������������������������������������������� swimming specialist left the ocean in first ������������������������������������� place. Adrienne Hengels won the women’s race the day after finishing second in the long course race. Hengel’s time of 39:17 was good for 9th overall.

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Teammates mob Achille Campion after he scored UCSB’s first goal (photo: John Dvorak).

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Fitness Professional/Life Motivator Jenny Schatzle runs the popular Jenny Schatzle Bootcamp right here in Santa Barbara. N.A.S.M , Cardio Kickboxing and SPIN Certified, Jenny was recently awarded Best Outdoor Fitness Program in town. Her motivation, energy and enthusiasm have created a community and program of all ages and fitness levels that cannot be described. It has to be experienced! Free on Saturdays at 8:30am. Go to for details.

Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes

W completed the scoring in a 3-0 exhibition win over Westmont before 3,219 at Harder Stadium. It was the 13th straight victory for the Gauchos in the series. UCSB struck quickly. At 3:06 into the match, Murphy sent a free kick into the box, where the 6-4 DePuy adroitly headed the ball across to senior Achille Campion, who nodded it past Warriors’ goalkeeper Josh Glover at the left post. “He’s an absolute beast in the air,” UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said of DePuy. “He’s as good as we’ve had at UCSB in a real long time.” Campion, who’s fully recovered from a nagging ankle injury he suffered last season, said the incorporation of the new players into the program has gone smoothly. “Honestly, it’s been awesome,” he said. “We came into captain’s practice, and even during regular practice, with a real positive energy, welcoming everybody and trying to build positive chemistry, something that’s reliable; being honest with each other. That’s what we’ve been doing and you could see it on the field tonight.” He added: “The senior leadership, we tried to release the pressure on [the freshmen] and ease them into the program, making it easier for them to be here and perform at their best.” Murphy showed that he might be one of the best left-footed Gaucho midfielders in quite some time. The accuracy of his passes and set pieces was impressive. “You have to go back to Danny Barrera to find a left foot like that on set pieces,” Vom Steeg said. UCSB dominated possession and outshot Westmont 20-1. But the Warriors kept the game close thanks to the hard work and courageous play of its back line. Marcos Lopez (Santa Barbara High) and Muhammad Mehai (Carpinteria) led the strong defensive effort for the NAIA school. “Defensively, I thought we were very well organized,” Westmont coach Dave Wolf said. “What I liked about us defensively was I thought we were very brave. I thought we stepped [high] and we pressed a little bit. We don’t always do that against them because it takes a lot of

courage to do it, because you know they can open you up when you step high. We stepped high, we defended in their half of the field.” The score remained 1-0 until the 84th minute when Ehmann ripped a shot from 20 yards that deflected off Glover’s hands, off the cross bar and into the net. Four minutes later, Perez jumped on a loose ball in the 6-yard box and put it away to cap the scoring. The 3-0 score was the same result Westmont experienced playing at UCLA last week. Wolf said the matches against the Division 1 powerhouse programs can only help his team get better. “You get exposed in ways that are very, very stark and you risk some humiliation,” he said of playing UCLA and UCSB. “You put yourself in those situations and that’s hard, but the learning that’s available to you is significant. We have a week before we open up (regular season play) and we got lots of good information to work with.” Rick McCarthy had Westmont’s only shot on goal, but it was saved by UCSB freshman goalkeeper Josh McNeely, who replaced returning starter Austin Mansker in the second half. Saturday’s game was UCSB’s only tune-up before it opens at defending Big 10 champion Northwestern on Friday, August 26. (Find results on PresidioSports. com) “They play a 4-5-1, it’s on turf and it’s a tough place to play,” Vom Steeg said of the 19th-ranked Wildcats. “But we’re better built for playing a team like that than we’ve been in the last three to four years. We’re big, we have a lot of size, we’re able to cover a lot of ground. It’s a matter of having the young players mature quickly with the older guys that we have. “It’s going to take a little while to make sure we all get on the same page, but in terns of all the pieces, I think everything is here to have a really good season.” NOTE: Before the match, UCSB paid tribute to Jimmy McLeod. A native of Scotland, he played on the first men’s soccer team at the university and later officiated local college and high school matches. McLeod passed away in March at the age of 79. 

eek 1 is done and done. Did you follow through? Are you enjoying a piece of fruit right now, feeling amazing, full of energy having done your workout? I sure hope so. If the answer is no, however, read the title of this column again. My program works but you have to want it and you have to do it. We all say we want things to change, but often we don’t take the steps to make change happen. Noodle that one people. This is important: If you didn’t follow through last week, I want you to embrace it. Embrace the fact that you didn’t live up to the goal(s) you set and ask yourself why. And that, friends, is your goal for this week: Figure out and overcome what is stopping you from doing this. Don’t dwell on the negative, just accept it, learn from it and move forward. Now let’s get to Week 2. First, pick something in your life that you want to change or improve, or something new you want to try or learn. Write it down on the same sheet from last week and think about how you are going to make it happen. Then follow through. From a nutritional perspective, this week is simple. Water! Your body needs it, it’s good for your skin, kidneys and muscles and it can help control calories. These are just some of the benefits and most of us do not drink enough. A great tip is to add lemon to a glass of water first thing in the morning; that will help your digestive system the rest of the day. Another tip: Keep a bottle of water on your desk and try and drink and refill it four times during the day. That’s not hard, right? Lastly, stick this workout to the fridge. It’s a great one. Oh, please remember that I will meet you right here next week and, yes, I will ask whether you followed through. So change the cycle and just do it already! And remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.

Warm-up: Squats – 30 seconds Push-ups – 30 seconds Plank – 30 seconds (Repeat three times) Workout: This is a tough one, all body weight movements descending from 100 repetitions to 10, with 10 pop-ups in between each movement. Do one round for time – this should be difficult. Work hard! 100 jumping jacks 10 pop-ups 90 mountain climbers (regular) 10 pop-ups 80 crunches 10 pop-ups 70 mountain climbers (twist) 10 pop-ups 60 tire jumps 10 pop-ups

50 side lunges 10 pop-ups 40 squat jumps 10 pop-ups 30 jump lunges 10 pop-ups 20 frog jump squats 10 pop-ups 10 jumping jacks 10 pop-ups

That’s it. This one’s no picnic but it’s effective, for sure, so do it as many times as possible this week. If you have any questions about anything (or you want more or need a little motivation), please feel free to contact me directly at 805.698.6080 or jenny@ Hope to see you in class soon. Write Jenny a letter ( or contact her directly with any questions at And go get ‘em, the Sentinel is rooting for you.  


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You Have Your Hands Full

their enormous backpacks, holding tight to their parents’ hands, making their way to their very first day of school. My sixth grader jumped out of the car before it was even parked. I got the “Later Mom.” And then he was gone.

by Mara Peters Former editor for the fashion/lifestyle section of the New York

Post, Mara moved to London and worked as a contributing editor for the Daily Mail’s You Magazine, freelancing for Look Magazine, NY Post and the Style Magazine for The Sunday Times. To remain sane during diaper years she writes a mommy blog, You Have Your Hands Full –

…But the Sour Ones Are Good Too

On Blackberry Pies and the End of Summer


t takes at least half a day of real commitment to get enough. They plough through the brambles – standing on tiptoes, stretching beyond their reach, stamping with determination – to get those precious blackberries. They pick relentlessly, checking the pots we’ve brought, shouting out the status how full they are. “Jackpot!” rings out as a summons to the group to scramble over when one of them stumbles on an outrageously juicy clump of the precious berries. It is our last tradition of summer: Making that blackberry pie. When we have full bowls and pots and have been scratched up to the hilt, we head to the kitchen and start the process of making the filling. Soon the sweet smell that only comes from a homemade pie is wafting through the house. The kids pace and wait as the pot of gold turns into a pot of delightful blackberry filling. The first bite is the most anticipated and always the best. A perfect combination of sweet (the whipped cream), sour (the

blackberry filling) and just a bit of crunch (the flaky homemade crust). The kids rejoice at all the hard work. We sit outside to celebrate our triumphant summer’s end. And we chat about an uncertain new beginning as school restarts.

Picking the Sweet Ones Makes All the Difference… It struck me this year that our pie was a bit sweeter, a little less sour. Their little hands used to pick from the branches close to the ground. Some of the blackberries were so red and unripe that they could have passed as raspberries. Years of picking have taught them, though, and now they wear long sleeves and pants to reach for the ones that have baked in the sun and turned into perfect sweet berries. I think of that bittersweet taste as our life shifts so dramatically this week. I crawled up those school steps this past Monday. My gas tank was empty; I didn’t think I would make it. There was


Olivia can reach the high branches now. That’s good, right?

something so remarkably sweet about hearing that first bell ring, marking the end of our summer’s odyssey. The kids had packed their own lunches, organized their new binders and made their own beds – all before school began. I was ready for this moment yesterday. Yet I lingered in the hallways, anxiously looking into their classrooms and wondering how this year will be for them. I hesitantly shook new teachers’ hands, feeling nostalgic for their old ones. The sour consumed me as I watched the little kindergarteners struggling with

I keep thinking about that pie getting sweeter every year. It does get better. Those early summer years of survival have given way to three months of adventure and life. There is no longer a day that is interrupted by a nap. Nights can go for hours without a meltdown. I watched three lacrosse tournaments; I witnessed two kids learn to surf; I cheered as another swam the Goleta pier; I laughed at the sight of our littlest guy swimming easily across our pool. This was, by far, the best summer we have ever had. But I can’t help myself. I remember taking that first bite this year and thinking I preferred the pie the way it was. Maybe, by the end of Labor Day, I’ll change my mind. 

Peters’ Pick


hhh, this will be our little secret. Grandma Linda doesn’t need to know that I’ve published her secret Blackberry Pie Recipe… First, laboriously handpick 5 – 6 cups blackberries. Put half of the berries in a pan, add 1 cup of sugar with 1 (heaping) tablespoon of corn starch. Mix well together, then turn on the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until the berries give up their juice and begin to boil. Reduce until the mixture thickens. When it seems right, turn off the heat and cool thoroughly. Spread the remaining fresh berries on a (homemade) cooked piecrust and cover with the cooled mixture. Chill. (The pie. But you can chill too.) When you’re ready to serve, whip 2 cups of whipping cream with 1 tablespoon of sugar and a splash of vanilla. Spread that delicious treat over the entire pie. You can do this anytime of year, but I find the pie best served on a summer-almost-fall day with lots of loved ones to fight over the last piece.








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Rant by Katie Cusimano

Flipping Summer the (Stuffed) Bird

School’s in!


abor Day marks the end of summer for most of us in Santa Barbara. The KEYT news staff busts a double shift asking us to support Jerry’s Kids, we’re no longer supposed to wear white shoes to church (or anywhere else, lest we commit a fashion faux pas) and mothers lament the loss of quality family time as their little darlings prepare to return to school. Wait. What? Say that last one again? I can’t tell you how many times I’m met with disgust when I express my unbridled delight that summer is ending and my children will be leaving their respective couches to go back to where they belong – school. Clearly I’m doing something wrong as a parent. Other moms engage their children. Together they sew and picnic and travel and journal and arrange flowers and make jam and take long walks through flowery meadows. I wake up, see my kid sprawled on the family room couch and begin cleaning the unidentifiable kitchen mess she left from the night before – all while plotting my darkest revenge. Then my other kid wakes up in a perky, cheery mood. Game over. I’m gone. I’m a textbook German Type-A control freak. Big shocker, I know. (As a service to those around me, I do, in fact, selfmedicate.) As such, I find my family to be at our happiest and most productive when we are on a predictable schedule. Sure, a break from the norm is fun occasionally. But three months? After three months of summer’s bliss, I feel like a cat in a swimming pool. Fish me out, dry me off and give me a comfy place to sleep away the trauma. During non-summer months, I control the terms of my own personal anarchy. If I want to escape my bubble and be adventurous, I’ll drive right past Vons and take a trip to the wild side, Whole Foods. If I’m feeling bold, I’ll drive home via Cathedral Oaks

instead of taking the freeway. Heck, I’ve even been known to answer my front door when I can clearly see it’s a rep from CalPirg. But in June, July and August, I say sayonara to schedules and considered deviations. And I ride the crazy train to my little corner of summer chaos.

Santa Barbara Summers Rule! Santa Barbara Summers Suck! I’ve noticed people in Santa Barbara generally claim to love summer, yet many residents also simultaneously and incessantly whine about many of the season’s annual happenings. It begins with June Gloom (every year, haters claim it to be “far worse” than the year before) and continues with gripes about unruly behavior on July 4th. Some are grumpy about bumper-tobumper traffic, tourist crowds and the “F” word (Fiesta); others about those who prematurely reserve spots at parades and the pesky street barricades that inconveniently shut down traffic. These same people look at me with horror and disgust when I say I don’t always enjoy summer in SB. Maybe I’m the only one who consistently found herself behind folks with out-ofstate license plates attempting to navigate their way through the downtown labyrinth at a snail’s pace, typically whenever I was late for an appointment. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace our local tourists. I just wish our City Council would designate one day per week for them to enjoy our fair city and leave the other six days for me to do my dang errands. And clearly word has gotten out that SB is cycle-friendly summer town. But all the bike lanes in the world, no matter how wide, cannot accommodate the middleaged wannabes, decked out in head-to-toe Tour de France costumes, riding 3-by-3 in a single lane. Hey guys, yes, you are guaranteed the same laws as automobiles. But I’m pretty sure my friends and I don’t

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Thanksgiving 2013 Was Katie Cusimano is a Los Angeles-born, 4thyear college dropout and longtime Santa Barbara resident who revels in exposing the absurdities of everyday life around town. She worked and volunteered for numerous local establishments before finally settling on the glamorous career of co-parenting her two daughters to be ungrateful teenagers. Currently she serves as president of the SBHS Theatre Foundation and manages promotions for the program.

drive three cars side by side on Milpas, chatting each other up and ignoring everyone else on the road behind us. I have one word for you LiveStrong-lovers: Draft. Then there’s the boredom of our children. Years ago, as a kid enjoying her summer freedom, I made the mistake of telling my mom I was bored... once. Within four minutes, I found myself with a hand shovel, kneeling in 102-degree heat, digging dandelions from our lawn. I’ve employed similar tactics with my own children, usually involving a toothbrush, Pine-Sol and my house’s dirty baseboards, so they know not to use the word. This summer they therefore often found themselves “intellectually challenged” and “activity impoverished” and “nourishment deprived” but never officially “bored.” That’s what I get for teaching my girls a vast vocabulary.

Wonderful (Yeah That’s Right) And so, after enduring the group dynamic of shared hormones for three months, I embrace the first signs of fall and my favorite autumnal holiday – Thanksgiving. But my Thanksgiving isn’t in November. Not even close. Much to the dismay of my children, I give thanks on the first day they go back to school. That first evening home, along with their first homework assignment, we enjoy turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. I cook and serve with utter glee. My children sit cross-armed on the couch shooting me serious stink-eye. It is truly glorious. This past Monday, as I basted my Thanksgiving turkey and mashed my potatoes, I reflected on the cooking, cleaning, nagging days of summer, and I smiled. Would I have it any other way? I think not. And while I won’t shed a tear by any means as fall arrives, I will secretly look forward to next summer when we can re-group and do it all over again. So stash your white loafers and dust off your sensible suede clogs. Just like a mother enduring a full-term pregnancy, we all have nine months until we regularly see our toes in the sand again at East Beach. And don’t forget to have a Happy Thanksgiving, Santa Barbara. I sure did.

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...continued from p.5 pursue a strong ground game that should not be under-estimated. It’s like the Chinese military strategy: sheer numbers eventually overwhelm. Put enough canvassers on the street, send them to every Dem resident, call repeatedly, and eventually a critical mass of Democratic voters just votes out of fatigue. Democrats also do voter registration drives to get more voters in their ranks. On the right, a recently developed, loose coalition of Republican and business organizations has produced wins with Dale Francisco, Frank Hotchkiss, Michael Self and Randy Rowse. Get either camp’s blessing, and money, endorsements and ground game follows. Winning is not guaranteed, but it sure greases the skids. This year, interesting splits are emerging in the machinery. On the left, there are four candidates chasing three seats, splitting party endorsements between them. Bendy White (incumbent), Gregg Hart, David Landecker and Megan Diaz Alley. On the right, the business and Republican coalition (informal as it may be) is behind Frank Hotchkiss (incumbent) and Lesley Wiscomb. They figure that Bendy White will win re-election. But conservatives and Libertarians also find Jason Nelson appealing, while Planning Commissioner Michael Jordan has strong ties to the business community. That means there will be conflicting slates. Democratic voters will see White-Hart-Alley but also WhiteHart-Landecker. Conservatives get less outreach, but tend to be more reliable voters. They’ll see promotion materials for Hotchkiss and Wiscomb, but could also see a slate of Hotchkiss-Wiscomb-Nelson from the local Republican party. There will be no Indy slate because there is no Indy organization. Wiscomb, Nelson and Jordan are all registered

as Decline-to-State. They’ll have to approach voters of all stripes, a significant endeavor. To level the current playing field, we must either restrain party machinery, or Indies have to find a way to create machinery of their own. Since Indies deliberately avoid subservience to a party, embracing machinery kind of defeats the whole idea of being Indy. That’s why non-partisans struggle mightily in a supposedly non-partisan election. As an Indy that votes in every election, I get individual and slate mailers from everyone. No door knocks because I live in a low voter turnout district. CAUSE (formerly PUEBLO) usually sends walkers into my area, but skips my house as they only target Democratic voters. The cost of a seat on City Council is $80,000+ these days. Unless we reduce that, and/or cap campaign contributions, party machinery will continue to have the edge in local elections. If we truly want non-partisanship in our government, we have to do more than just pay lip service to it while pretending not to hear the loud drone of party machinery in the background.

What can you do? If you want more non-partisanship, then find and back non-partisans. Offer to make phone calls and walk precincts. You’ll learn a lot about what people are concerned about in this town and help your candidate address those concerns. Most of all, whatever candidates you like, participate actively. Go to the forums. Do your homework. Write letters to the editor. Good citizenship is about more than just dutifully voting in elections. Time, effort, and money are required to elect the right leaders that will act responsibly for the collective good. Be part of that effort. 

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Meat platter. DBA. Happy times.

You call that a “snack?” Wow… and the 805 Blonde Ale with Watermelon Juice was a creative risk that actually worked really well.

while the hickory and meatier taste of the tri-tip strengthened the caramel and toasted tones of the malt character. The softer quality of the chicken allowed the depth of the beer’s flavors to come out, emphasizing its plum-like fruitiness, delicate oak tone and gentle, spicy English hop character. A side dish of Red Cape Beans provided a peppery, brown sugar flavor to the course that helped accentuate the other items on the plate. Another side dish of Market Corn and Pasilla Hash supported the chicken and the pasilla chiles brought a complementary spice note to the dish. Still rolling. I’m happy.

And A Third The final course was a knockout pairing, combining the recently released Double DBA and a Market Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake topped with House Made Vanilla Ice Cream. The buttery,

sugary, dough flavor of the cake and fruity sweetness of the berries complemented the golden raisin, dried cherry and toffee tones in the beer. The ice cream had a strong vanilla bean taste that pulled out the beer’s vanilla and toasted coconut notes that come from being aged on American oak. A fresh raspberry garnish gave a touch of tartness to lighten up the lush flavors. The warmth of the cake and coolness of the ice cream were bridged by the beer’s prickle of carbonation and the heat of its alcohol to produce a titillating sensation on the palate. Four for four. Like Christina said all those weeks ago, Chef Ron pretty much blew my mind. (Well put, Christina.) The evening ended with party gifts being handed out to the guests (as all good parties should end). Everyone received an 805 Blonde Ale pint glass filled with a bottle opener, stickers and even a $6 gift card so you can come back and try your preferred Firestone brew (or even one of their many other beer offerings). Overall the dinner really exhibited Arlington Tavern’s dedication to fresh, local ingredients (and beer). That same commitment was recently acknowledged by the Santa Barbara Farmers Market with a Farm Friendly Dining qualification. Chef Ron’s pairings showed his ability to blend flavors into pleasing combinations that are both distinguished and comforting. This is not AT’s first beer dinner. And hopefully it will not be their last. Bravo!  

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by Jana Mackin

A journalist and a poet, Jana has lived everywhere from New Orleans and Butte, Montana to Saudi Arabia, where she taught English to children. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post and San Francisco Examiner. She now lives in the Valley.

The Valley Grind Effect

Valley Grinders: Co-owner Chelsey Williams (right) on her 37th birthday with Mom and Co-owner Barbara Morr (left) and VG Manager Rose Hammers (middle). What’s up, ladies?


alley Grind is the caffeinated sweet spot of the Santa Ynez Valley, where hair-raising coffee jolts this small-town into a jovial java buzz each morning. In the heart of old Santa Ynez, Valley Grind baristas dish out a lot more than steaming Juan Valdez; they pour out frothy banter and high-octane charm as regulars catch up on the latest news. In the outside world, a pitiless anonymity may prevail but inside patrons are known by name and drink. Valley

Grind fresh-brewed equanimity butters people’s smiles and bagel sandwiches. Customers as eclectic as the coffee house’s industrial-country ambiance gravitate as much toward a honeyed latte as a warmlit “Good Morning” on an otherwise dull day. What VG evokes are nostalgic whiffs of some Norman Rockwell kitchen table memories usually clouded by our daily frenetic emergencies that tally naught at day’s end. One finds sanctuary from his

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Chris Kaping and daughter Sierra are big fans of Valley Grind. (Hey Sierra, hope you have the best first day of school ever!)

or her essential loneliness here. And what joy as people walk in as though they had just disembarked from that famine ship of daily burdens into VG’s welcoming arms. It’s a nice way to start the day. What more can I say? (Lots, actually, I’m highly caffeinated.)

A Storied Past

Arthurian Knights of Koffee Hold Court What stories repose here in the coffee house art space. Titled Shaman Dancing, an acrylic body painting imprinted by a kinetic spirit is a backdrop for a father (cancer survivor) and daughter who have come in to share a smoothie moment. Wannabe Illuminati can shape the destinies of knights and pawns on the house chessboard. Armchair travelers can visit Cannery Row or the Twilight Zone via an improvised lending library. The VG mercantile purveys merchandise: Valley Grind Bear Flag hats, Morning After Soap, notecards, flour sack towels and other items. There is something Arthurian about the VG’s prodigal table where the Knights of Koffee have sat at their assigned spots (marked by brass bridle plates) at dawn’s break for more than 20 years. One almost expects the Fisher King to walk in, plop down and say, “What up, doe?” But instead it’s Chris Kaping, a 39-yearold local youth soccer and basketball coach, who speaks up: “It’s THE coffee place in the valley. I love the magic,” he excitedly told me. “When I was diagnosed with cancer, the whole community of Santa Ynez came together to help pay for the surgeries. Where else would you find that?” It’s a good point, Chris, a great one in fact. “My favorite part is the servers,” Chris’s 11-year-old daughter and Los Olivos Elementary School sixth grader, Sierra, chimed in. “It’s family friendly, everybody can come.” Then she paused, but only for a second, looked at me and said, “Have the best day ever.” It’s been a good start, Sierra, thanks.

Chelsey Williams, 37, and her mother Barbara Morr opened VG on June 1, 2011. The place had sat vacant for several months after ownership changes, and Chelsey seized the opportunity to realize her dream of owning a coffeehouse. The birth of VG became a reality as mother and daughter created name, logo, identity and feel. “It used to be called the Roasted Bean,” Chelsey told me. “I started hanging out there in ‘95 or ‘96.” (She also worked there). “It was the only coffeehouse in the Valley at that time and was wildly successful. People just congregated there. The owners had a cockatoo that actually lived in the place. Her name was Madison and I can honestly say that at the time, she was my best friend. I made lifelong memories and friends at the Roasted Bean and really want to evoke that passion at VG.” Regarding the prodigal table, Chelsey explained that it “was at the Roasted Bean when it first opened. When it changed hands around three years ago, the guys purchased the table from the owners and took it to a different establishment. When VG opened the guys told me, ‘We’d love to come home, but so and so has been so good to us, we can’t just kick ‘em to the curb.’ Then a year later, that establishment changed hands and the guys said, ‘Chelsey, we want to come home, but we want to bring our table with us.’ The rest is history.” “If the walls could talk,” she continued, nostalgic. “These guys are legends. It’s very cool... this was their home, and now it is again.” Mom and co-owner Barbara put it simply: “Valley Grind is a great name that has morphed into VG. It’s all about the experience, customer service, consistency and quality.” Enough said. (Well, actually, no it’s not. I’m not done yet.)

The Best Day Ever VG is more than just a warm and welcoming coffeehouse. It’s also a gallery

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Joe Olla, owner of Joe Olla Realty in Santa Ynez, likes riding his horse over (not really) to start his day at Valley Grind (that part is true).

space that showcases local artists each month, with the space booked by artists into 2015. “My concept has definitely morphed into what I like to call an urban general store,” Chelsey explained. “I focus on unique gift items. Some have a retro vibe, some a little bit hipster, some vintage, some local and some are just sweet and innocent. I like to try and have something for everyone.” Among such local products is Paradise Road Soap Company created by Karen and Steve Cottingham to “smash the rash” of poison oak and ivy. The soap is used by more than “twenty-five fire agencies as well as the US Forest Service.” “I love hanging out here,” said Karen, 54. “You are in the hub of the community. It’s such an amazing space. It’s the best day ever.” (Now, where have I heard that before?) “Wear Your Inside Out” is the logo of Suzanne Alexandra, this month’s VG featured artist. She uses acrylics to body paint her subjects then presses them to imprint on canvas with often haunting and lyrical results. The model for the aforementioned Shaman Dancing was her son Phoenix. Several other canvasses adorn the walls. “Chelsey is so awesome. Tell her I love her,” said Suzanne, 55 and recovering from brain surgery. “VG is so awesome. It’s real, authentic. It’s truthful and so is my art; there is nothing pretentious here.” A couple Santa Ynez High School teenagers also love the place – they can get their VG rally caps, smoothies and attitudes on after a hard day of classes. “These are really dank (great) smoothies,” said 17-year-old Senior Spencer Hall and 15-year-old Sophomore Samuel Jones. Sounds like they are having the best day ever. I guess Valley Grind just has that effect on folks. (Check out Valley Grind online at www., give them a call at 805.688.1506, or just stop by the shop at 3558-A Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez. You’ll be happy you did.) 

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...continued from p.11 I’m rambling. Where was I? Oh yes, the brutal end to our summer. After the surprise party and related fall out (let’s just say that I took Sunday off), I did around five days of work in two and a half, and then we headed out to Santa Catalina Island with friends Tyler and Jennifer Rameson and their kids. Cue more carefree summer fun. Cue more work-related procrastination. It seems almost inconceivable now, but Wendi and the girls and I hadn’t been to Catalina before. (It’s inconceivable because the whole thing fits us so well.) Tyler and Jennifer had, though, a lot, so they were able to show us a very good time. They’d gone and leased a great


San Roque resident Bill Koonce and his daughter Lola already knew about the benefits of the Bacara staycation and do it four or five times a year. “Why spend the time traveling when you can just do this?” Bill asked, smiling. (I didn’t have an answer.)

place on Eucalyptus Street (no cars, so the kids could bike like crazy) that was walking distance to everything, including Antonio’s Pizza & Cabaret and Big Olaf ’s (which I am still digesting, happily). Luau Larry’s, as the name implies, was a fun place for me to grab a quick beer. Fish sandwiches at Rosie’s Fish & Chips at the end of Pleasure Pier were delightful and so were a smorgasbord of snacks and treats all over Avalon. Oh, that reminds me, the Avalon Grille put out a lovely meal for the adults one evening as well. We fished off Pleasure Pier too – Kate caught a whopping ten fish (!) thanks to highly specialized bait that cannot possibly be disclosed for fear of destroying Tyler’s

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Catalina fishing monopoly – and Tyler and I spear fished with Hawaiian Slings one morning off of the quarry. Wendi and I had massages from the lovely Marcia Serra, an ex-Santa Barbara friend who’d made the trip over from LA with her table and surprisingly powerful Brazilian hands. The kids swam and played and had good wholesome fun. Etcetera. Catalina was a blast, for sure, for the whole family. Thanks for getting us out there, Tyler and Jennifer, we really enjoyed it and are already making plans for next year. But I’m tired just having written about it.

There’s No Rest for the Weary We had to leave the island a bit too soon on Saturday. Fortunately, however, our early exit was for a Taylor Swift concert at the Staples Center that had my kids whipped into a fanatical frenzy. T-Swift (as she is affectionately known to my daughters) is a big deal around my house, you see, and we’d planned this little end-of-summer excursion months ago with friends Paul and Briana Westmacott and their daughters Elli and Lila. (For everybody paying attention, yes, that Briana Westmacott, Sentinel contributor extraordinaire.) I won’t say too much here – Briana will undoubtedly write about it soon (am I right, Briana?) – but I will say that everything from the hotel stay to the show was super fun, way more than probably any of us anticipated. The bottom line is that Taylor Swift delivered. (So did her opening acts.) Straight up. For adults and kids alike. Hers is a massive production, probably one of the larger pop shows on the planet right now, and it was more fun than you’re probably thinking. But, damnit, that’s a lot in the last week or so of summer. And by the time we got up on Sunday morning and drove home, I was cooked. Beat. Roasted. Worked. So much so, that I needed a vacation.

Ryan Muzzy Saved My Life It was in this posture that a seemingly innocent glass of wine with friends Ryan and Sarah Muzzy turned into something… more. “I hear you, man,” Ryan sympathized as I told him the foregoing story, “we had quite a summer too.” He paused, then non-chalantly queried, “You know what you need?” I didn’t. I told him as much. “You need a night or two up at Bacara to mellow out. Get a room, bring the kids, relax in the pool, go for a run, get a decent meal in you and refresh. Then get the girls back in school and get to it.” As you may have already guessed, old Muzzy is a compelling guy. So we quickly arranged a room and made the fifteen-minute drive to heavenly bliss. ...continued p.30

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• LOVE IS FREE What: Be a Tourist in Your Town Where:  Anywhere from the pier or beach to the top of Gibraltar Peak. When: This Labor Day Weekend; Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2. Why: How often do you sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasures of Santa Barbara? How: Hike, bike, SUP, surf, wine taste, try a new restaurant, stroll State Street...


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t’s Labor Day. (Yay!) We get three days to play. If you aren’t already headed out of town for some time away, we have a special day trip just for you. No packing necessary for this excursion, all you have to do is jump in the car and head 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara. So come Saturday or Sunday (or Monday!), we think you’d be wise to follow our guide for a fun-filled day trip to Bell Street in Los Alamos.

Historically Speaking

Los Alamos is overflowing with history and you can see many historical landmarks on Bell Street, including The 1880 Union Hotel. Be sure to check out the many antique shops, too, because you don’t want to go home without a souvenir: – Art Brut Gallery – 458 Bell Street, 805-344-4440; – The C Gallery – 466 Bell Street; 805 344-3807; – The Depot – 515 Bell Street; 805 344-3315;

Culinary Calling

Once you’ve done a little shopping, head over to Bell Street Farm and fill your belly at our favorite lunch locale on Bell Street: – Bell Street Farm (Friday – Monday, 10am – 6pm) – 406 Bell Street; (805) 344-4609;

Wine Time

Top off your lunch at one (or both) of the local wine tasting rooms located on Bell Street: – Babi’s Tasting Room/Casa Dumetz Wines (Friday and Saturday, 11am – 7pm; Sunday, 11am – 6pm)– 448 Bell Street, Suite B; (805) 344-1900; – Bedford Winery (11am – 5pm daily) – 448 Bell Street; (805) 344-2107; www.

Dinner Date

It’s practically illegal to leave Bell Street without savoring some of its famous flatbread pizza: – Full of Life Flatbread (Thursday through Saturday, 5 – 10pm; Sunday, 4 – 8pm) – 225 Bell Street; (805) 344-4400; There you have it, folks, the SB Skinny on how to do a proper day trip to Bell Street in Los Alamos. We like it all, Los Alamos; you can ring our bell any old time. Happy Labor Day! 

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Where: Various locations in downtown Santa Barbara. Why: Nutrition seminars for female runners, a Pink Carpet event with Lolë and fun 5k and 10k runs! How: There’s still time to sign up for so you can partake in all of the above. What:  Santa Barbara Running Strong Fall Signups When: Signup now for the Fall 2013 session of Santa Barbara Running Strong, held Friday mornings from 6 – 7:10am starting September 6, ending November 22. Where: Goleta location, 129 North Fairview Avenue Why:  Join Drea McLarty for a 70-minute mat Pilates class designed to develop and strengthen the core and stabilizing muscles that a runner requires in order to support an efficient stride and injury prevention. How:  Contact to sign up. Cost is $150. What: Santa Barbara Running Group on Map My Run When: If you join the group before Labor Day, you’ll be entered to win a FREE pair of Brooks shoes from SB Running! Where: Check it out at (That’s ridiculously long for print. We know it.) Why: The group will be a way to share runs/routes, connect with other runners, and join challenges. How:  Check it out, join and start racking up those miles! 

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...continued from p.28 Now before I get started here, I want you all to know that we were treated well. Even very well. (The EIC job has its perks, occasionally, what can I say?) But anybody can do it. And everybody reading this should seriously consider it. With that hedged qualifying statement out of the way, we checked into a terrific room with a well-sized balcony overlooking the Pacific and quickly changed and headed to the pool cabana that had been reserved. (That too had a view of the ocean through lush palms, like basically every vista on the property. It’s a special place.) For clarity, when I say poolside cabana, think private with comfy chaise lounges, an umbrella if the sun is too much, a small room for changing and watching television when you’re tired of horsing around with the kids in the pool and an attentive and friendly server bringing you all sorts of magical concoctions and little treats (thanks UCSB Lacrosse Captain Alex Mainthow, you were great around the pool, man). Then you’ll have the idea. Now imagine our surprise when the lovely couple in the cabana next to ours turned out to be old friends Jeff and Heather McGuire from Agoura Hills (Heather and Wendi were good friends and roommates at UCSB all those years ago). Jeff and Heather were celebrating their thirteenth anniversary and, after the shock of seeing each other in adjoining poolside cabanas at Bacara wore off, we quickly got to reminiscing about old times. They were terrific back when we used to take trips to Mexico together and have remained cool as can be. It was great to see them. So, naturally, we made dinner reservations with them and arranged a babysitter for a few hours through the concierge. That’s how easy it is up there. The folks


UCSB Lacrosse Captain and IV-dweller Alex Mainthow is up for Bacara Cabana Boy of the Year. (We made that up… but it could be true.)

at Bacara really have thought of everything and make the stay worry-free and simple. Perfect for a couple days off. Rambling again. Sorry. Where was I? The cabana. I was at the poolside cabana. After a few hours in the pool (and some time in the cabana relaxing), the kids were done… and I had to make a wine tasting at the Foley Food & Wine Society Tasting Room. (Wendi relaxed at the pool with the kids and Jeff and Heather.) Approachable and non-pretentious yet still beautiful and very well done, the Foley tasting room is a nice little addition to the property. Friendly Assistant Manager Lila Brown skillfully took me through a wonderfully informative and delicious tasting that started with a Kuleto Estate Rosé, moved to a surprisingly nice Sebastiani Roussane (yeah, Sebastiani), a couple lovely Chardonnays (Chalk Hill and Lincourt), a complex Cab Franc (Kuleto again), a big jammy Paso

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Robles Zin (Eos) and a couple sinfully sweet dessert wines (Eos Moscato and Semillon). Oh, and a wonderful cheese plate with all sorts of goodies all over it. Wow. I met back up with Wendi, Lily and Kate at the room – there was milk in champagne flutes on ice with cookies and some fresh fruit for the girls when we got there – showered up and got ready for dinner. (We were almost late because Wendi almost couldn’t get out of the robe that came with the room.) The “babysitter” – Jennifer Webb-Shabestari, a lovely Mt. Carmel School faculty member – showed up right on time and immediately set our minds at ease. Which, in turn, allowed us to have a lovely outdoor meal at The Bistro, sort of Italian Riviera-meets-American, and celebrate our old friends’ anniversary before walking back to the room, swapping a few stories with Jennifer and thanking her profusely and sleeping. Soundly. Everybody from Cody Sexton at the front desk (Cody actually brought new Havaianas flip-flops to the room for us when we revealed that our youngest, Kate, had somehow forgotten shoes at home) to Pedro Mayores (he got us into our locked room after we forget the key) to Lila Brown and Alex Mainthow and Jennifer Webb-Shabestari was terrific and really made the stay special for not just Wendi and me but the kids as well. It was perfect, just what we needed. Thanks very much to all, we owe you a debt of gratitude. And we will definitely be back.

Ready for More In the morning, we walked the property and found lots of stuff for adults and kids to do (there’s too much to list here, just go to and poke around before making your reservation), then we headed to a light and healthy breakfast at the Spa Café and followed it up with a family beach walk. (Bacara basically has its own huge private beach. Love it.) I left to get some work done at the office and Wendi and the kids stayed by the pool again until the mid-afternoon.

When we re-grouped for dinner that evening at home, everybody was tired but smiling and satisfied. We talked of our summer – of surprise parties and Catalina and Taylor Swift and Bacara and friendships and fun times – and of what was to come in the impending school year. Then we read a book and hit the sack early so the kids might be reasonably rested for the first day of classes. They were. And perhaps most surprisingly, so was I. Here’s to another summer passed and to another good school year ahead, everybody. We’re looking forward to getting to know all the parents and kids in our kids’ classes, and to a fun-filled fall and holiday season jam-packed with parties and weekend geta-ways and and and... And don’t worry, we’ve already booked our staycation at Bacara for the first week in January.

Stuff I Like I like everything and everybody listed above very much. Thanks to all y’all for everything… if I had more space I’d say more good things. If anybody reading has any specific questions or thoughts on the foregoing, just write me an email or a letter and I will respond with particulars. Right on. I’m also coming around to this whole new “social media” thing I’ve been hearing so much about. The Sentinel is now on the Facebook and the Twitter, so go check us out and befriend us. And please rest assured that as soon as I understand how to write horrifyingly offensive things on each of your respective “walls,” I’ll be doing just that. The truth is that we see this whole “internet” business as a way of communicating more efficiently with our readers, so please do look us up and check us out. We’ll be growing our online presence over the coming weeks and months, and hope you’ll all be a part of that. Finally, I like my good friend Ryan Muzzy and his wonderful family. (We wouldn’t have thought of the Bacara and lots of other fun things without them.) Get better soon, Ryan, I miss you in Schatzle and you’re in my thoughts. Much love. 

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