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suppose I should start what will be a mercifully brief column with the following disclaimer: I am not some crazed aviation enthusiast with a death wish. Sure, I’ve flown in lots of airplanes – including one wild ride in a tiny private plane from Santa Barbara to Tahoe a few years back – but there was pretty much always a purpose to those flights; none was simply for pleasure.

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And I’d never flown in a helicopter. Ever. Until last week. Frankly, I always thought a thirty-minute Hawaiian pleasure cruise aboard TC’s chopper – yeah, that’s a Magnum, P.I. reference – sounded like a boring (overpriced) novelty. I was just never interested in that type of “experience.” ...continued p.5 Boy was I wrong.

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 azza’s Missive – Editor-in-Chief Matt Mazza and local photographer M extraordinaire Corey Sanders went for a helicopter ride all over Santa Barbara. And they lived to tell about it. (We hear Corey was pretty scared at one point though.)

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I t’s Crimetime – Anthony Weiner makes a surprise appearance at Alice Keck Park; drunk people like late night Jack in the Box runs; alcoholics with brain injuries can’t find the cars they steal; some people prefer fighting to tuna salad and TPS reports; insane outbursts in Trader Joe’s are only socially acceptable if they relate to the abysmal parking situation out front; we’re done with meth-riders.

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L etters to the Editor – Somebody likes Jeremy Harbin. Somebody doesn’t like Jeff Harding. Somebody thinks Sharon Byrne got it wrong. Somebody thinks superbugs exist and more testing needs to be done. Somebody thinks there are suspicious aircraft over Santa Barbara spraying something nefarious on the masses. Somebody doesn’t like people with houses. Somebody misses her old dog, Buffy. Somebody loves Santa Barbara and takes lots of pictures to prove it.

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T he Beer Guy –What’s better than Trappist monks dedicated to making quality beer? (Spoiler Alert: Nothing.) Zach Rosen gets fantastic-monastic this week.  Eight Days a Week – Hey all you super-positive 8ers out there: Hit every Harbin-sanctioned event this week… and be sure and tell ‘em 8 Days sent ya!

 Santa Barbara View – Sharon Byrne on the origins of Thanksgiving; Loretta Redd on prejudice, discrimination and profiling; Ray Estrada on State Street comings and goings.  The Weekly Capitalist – Jeff Harding takes on John Kelley’s revenue neutral carbon tax proposal from last week’s edition. Five words: Let’s get ready to rummmmmmmble!

I n the Garden with Mr. Greenjeans – Randy Arnowitz on delightfully drought-tolerant plants and landscaping. Potted plants too!

 Mad Science – Get up, stand up: Rachelle Oldmixon continues the fight for nondisparagement of turkeys. Stop blaming the damned bird for your apathetic laziness and pathetic work habit after the holiday.

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 Presidio Sports – CIF Football and Sports Figure of the Month, a perfect little postThanksgiving local sports read this week. (Thanks Presidio, nailed it as always.)  Man About Town – Brad Nack has a healthy respect for the magnificent reindeer, and he paints them frequently and rather well (check it out December 6 at Roy); First Thursday: After Hours highlights the newly minted Historic Theatre District (Lobero, Granada and New Vic); and Santa Barbara endures a pop music invasion this week. Can Mr. Léisuré survive?

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 In the Zone – Quick, what comes to mind when you read the following: Glowing hot molten bronze, cowboy poetry, space suits, cheese plates, Fess Parker’s Winemaker Blair Fox, Tim “Frogman” Cotterill and commissioned sculptures. What?! How in the hell did you get Santa Barbara Art Foundry? Damn you’re good at this. (Thanks Jeremy Harbin for another great column. Even if you didn’t stump a soul. Or a sole. Or a flounder, for that matter.)

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 Pump It – Jenny spent her Thanksgiving running full speed up and down East Beach with an abnormally large frozen turkey tied to her waist and dragging in the sand behind her for some extra resistance. Better read her post-Turkey Day tips to work off that stuffin’.

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 Shop Girl – It’s open shopping season and Kateri Wozny is all suited up and ready to get in the game. She came out of the gates hard and showed real stamina, hitting Bonita in Summerland and then Bonita and TORO – for men – in Los Olivos. We say, Olé!

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 American Girl – Tommie Vaughn had a very good time at Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s recent Atelier event, especially after she bumped into Funk Zone artisan spirit master Ian Cutler. She took lots of pictures and asked people their favorite songs from the ‘80s (the theme for the night). And she drew a whale. And she made a Velvet Elvis. Almost. (Terrific work, Tommie, thanks.)

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 Keepin’ It Reel – Jim Luksic ate a whole Turducken with all the fixin’s for Thanksgiving so he isn’t hungry anymore. He spent his post-feast food coma watching films about “overwhelmed meat truck drivers” and Texan bull riders. Let’s just say Thanksgiving is a strange holiday around the Luksic farm. Moving on.

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Plan B – Briana Westmacott cheated on her old stove with a Whole Foods turkey this year and she feels bad. She also likes old things like baby cribs and classic Dodge trucks. How she fits all of that into a cogent column is anybody’s guess.

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 The Santa Barbara Skinny – Holiday Gift Guide! We bet you can get a gift for everybody on your list right here. (If the Skinny chicks know anything, it’s holiday gifting. Trust us.) Commercial Corner – True to CEO Craig Shelburne’s words, local highflyer Sonos is gobbling up office space all over downtown Santa Barbara. (Thanks Austin Herlihy and Chris Parker, nice little piece this week, guys.)


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I was recently invited to spend some time up above town with Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, a locally owned and operated business that, I learned, doesn’t just cater to tourists. Here’s how it went down: “Hey Matt, it’s Dan Casey over at Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours. How’s it going?” “Fine, Dan, what’s up?” “It’s a beautiful day. Want to go for a helicopter ride?” “Sure.” “Great, see you at 515 Marxmiller Place, behind the old Elephant Bar off Hollister, in an hour.” “That’s it?” “That’s it.” “Roger that.” “Over and out.” Immediately recognizing my own limitations, I called my friend and go-to photographer Corey Sanders to see if he might come along and take a few shots. “Corey, it’s Matt.” “Hey man, what’s up?” “Can you go up in a helicopter in an hour?” “Yep.” “Bring a camera.” “Yep.”

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“See you behind the old Elephant Bar ASAP.” “Yep.” “Over and out.” “Roger that.” That was it. An hour later Corey and I were standing on the tarmac with Pilot

Not a bad evening for a little pleasure cruise over town. Not bad at all.

Dan Dan the Helicopter Man kept it professional but also light, fun and informative. Nice guy, strong pilot. Good times.

Dan. (He lives in Goleta and is basically always available to go up for a flight.) He’s been flying helis for around 13 years and knows his business. We chatted as he ran through a battery of pre-flight safety precautions and checks. “We do a number of tours,” he told me as Corey started in on the Top Gun/Right Stuff shots, “a lot of tourists like seeing Neverland Ranch, the Reagan Ranch and, of course, Oprah’s house. But locals tend to go for whale watching and the islands; we talk with the whale watching boats and share information on location

of all sorts of marine life – dolphins, whales, whatever any of us see out there. We also do a tour along the ridge of the Santa Ynez Mountains and then into wine country, and people love that one too.” He paused. “Fuel’s clean, the machine looks great. Let’s go through the pre-boarding safety talk and then fire her up.” “Great. Where are we headed today?” “We’ll do a little coastal cruise down to the Coral Casino, head up over ...continued p.22

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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.

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local woman was minding her own business talking on her telephone one afternoon in Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens when she noticed a nearby 31-year-old Santa Barbara man staring at her with a “strange smile.” His smile was so strange, in fact, that she uncomfortably diverted her eyes, only to rest them on the man’s exposed Anthony Weiner, which he had pulled out through his undone zipper. The woman quickly left the area and called the cops, and the guy was soon arrested for indecent exposure. We’ll say. We’ll also say that we are totally and completely mystified about how this happens. What’s the thrill? Does the exposer think this is a winning pick-up approach? Keep your snake in the cage, dude, or someday you’ll find that you’ve shown your little thingy to the wrong woman with an angry husband. And frankly, you’ll get what you deserve.

Ah Yes, I’ll Have a Grilled Sourdough Jack, Some Curly Fries, Two Tacos and a DUI, Please… A 24-year-old local man pulled out of Jack in the Box on Milpas at a “high rate of speed with nonoperational brake and tail lights” and was quickly pulled over. Officers were shocked – shocked, we tell you – to find that the man was intoxicated; he blew twice the legal limit. Come on, let’s be honest. If we were cops looking to get drunks off the road, we would hang out at, you guessed it, Jack in the Box on Milpas from, say, 10:30pm to 4am, Thursday through Saturday (with spot checks on other nights). And we’d pull over every single car that came out of the drive thru and committed even the slightest traffic violation. The bottom line is that few sober people are out searching for a Sourdough Cheesesteak Melt with a side of two tacos at 1:15am on a Saturday. But hungry drunks? Jack sings their siren song; it’s powerful, hard to resist and generally has terrible consequences. Turn right on to Milpas without signaling? Put the Grilled Sourdough Jack down,

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sir, and step away from the curly fries. It’s time to say the alphabet. Backwards.

Dude, Where’s My Car? No Seriously… Downtown City Parking Lot video cameras recorded a 35-year-old homeless man stealing a car one night last week. The ensuing SBPD investigation led to the identification of the thief, and he was soon brought into the station for questioning. He quickly admitted that the recording showed him driving the stolen vehicle but explained that he suffers from a traumatic brain injury and drinks alcohol to excess, often blacking out. He allegedly couldn’t recall stealing or driving the car, or whether he’d been given permission. (Spoiler alert: He didn’t have permission.) And had no idea where he might have left it. Great. Here’s an idea. Get some help and pull your life together. Wow.

Lunchtime Crimetime A drunken 46-year-old local man was challenging all comers to fight in a restaurant at lunchtime one afternoon last week. “You want to fight me, chicken lips?!” “Uh, no, sir, I just want to eat my tuna on wheat.” “You want to fight me, lamb chops?” “No, man, I’m just finishing off my Chinese Chicken Salad and heading back to the office to fill out a few TPS reports.” “Hey poo-for-brains, how about you?!” “Nope. Just picking up a turkey wrap no mayo and a horchata.” Et cetera. He was arrested for ruining the lunch breaks of the good people of Santa Barbara (a crime otherwise known as public intoxication).

Trader Joe’s Parking Woes (Redux) A 57-year-old transient staggered into Trader Joe’s last week and started loudly demanding money from patrons. When management patiently asked him to leave, the man began yelling “odd things” and slammed a shopping cart into a wall. One question: Did his rant have anything to do with the parking situation out front? Look, we’re not saying what the guy did was right, but, if it was about the parking, well, we understand.

Privacy Please At 11:45am one morning last week, a 50-year-old homeless man locked himself in a public bathroom in Chase Palm Park and began screaming about cocaine and alcohol while repeatedly “flexing.” When officers arrived, he refused to leave and continued about his business. Hmmm. Interesting factual case. Did he ever scream about drinking too much coffee that morning? Anything about significant nicotine intake? Either of those, especially if paired with cocaine and liquor abuse the night before, might explain the need to flex and steadfast refusal to leave the bathroom. What? We’re just sayin’.

You Can Lead A Meth-Addicted Cyclist to Water… A 52-year-old local man was stopped for riding his bike on the sidewalk one morning last week. First he gave cops a fake name and told them that he had a California ID but couldn’t find it. Then he told them that he didn’t have a California ID but an Arizona one, and that he couldn’t find that one, either. This went on for some time. Eventually, cops arrested the guy for refusing to provide adequate identification. They searched him incident to the arrest and found meth and meth pipes and all sorts of other nasty stuff. We made it a few weeks without seeing reports of meth addicts on bikes, and thought that maybe, just maybe, we’d provided enough warning to our methamphetamine addicted readership that they would stop with all the methed up bike riding. Apparently, we were wrong. Methers, this is the last time we will say it: Stop with all the cycling. It’s a bust. 

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Although you might not believe it, we actually want to hear from you. So if you have something you think we should know about or you see something we've said that you think is cretinous (or perspicacious, to be fair), then let us know. There's no limit on words or subject matter, so go ahead and let it rip to: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Letters to the Editor, 133 East De La Guerra Street, No. 182, Santa Barbara, California 93101. You can also leap into the 21st century and email us at letters@santabarbarasentinel.com.

Jim Brewer Is a Good Guy; Jeremy Harbin Is a Good Writer

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ey Matt, just wanted to give you props for the article on Jim Brewer at Blueline PaddleSurf (Out of the (Comfort) Zone, Part II, Vol. 2, Issue 45). Jim and I started Blueline out of our garages about six years ago; as it grew we secured the lease on 24 East Mason Street and built out the store, which used to be an auto body shop. I sold my interest to Jim a little while ago, but we are still close friends and I continue to follow the business closely. I thought the article by Jeremy Harbin was excellent; he’s a talented writer. It’s always a pleasure to read an informative piece about a local shop, especially when so many of SB’s merchants are “big box” stores. Jim is a great source for interesting stories if you’re ever looking for new material. He’s traveled all over the world, and has many classic tales to spin. Big thumbs up on the Sentinel, Matt, it’s a great publication and I wish you much success in the future. See you around town, hope you had a great holiday. Will Ransone Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Great to hear from you, Will, glad you’re enjoying the paper. While I know Blueline and dig the shop, I haven’t actually met Jim directly (yet). With that said, all sources point to him being a very good guy – I know Jeremy really enjoyed his time on the water with him – and I fully intend to stop in soon and listen to one or two of those stories. Speaking of Jeremy (wait, was I?), he is indeed a talented writer and we are happy (lucky?) to have him around. Have you read his 8 Days a Week calendar? Consistently funny, informative and smart. Straight up. Thanks for taking the time to write, Will, see you at Handlebar Coffee soon. Keep reading. – MSM)

Board of Supervisors’ Decision on Santa Maria Energy a Win-Win Hi Sharon, it is misleading to characterize the Santa Barbara County Supervisors recent approval of Santa Maria Energy’s proposed project as favoring the environment over jobs. (Thinking Globally, Acting Locally… And Maybe Vice-Versa, Vol. 2, Issue 45.) Reporting indicates that SME will still proceed with the project even with the lower greenhouse-gas emissions limit. The jobs and other economic benefits of the project will still happen, but now SME will spend up to $500,000 reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from this project. There is nothing symbolic about that. SME’s decision to proceed with this project

is clear evidence that they will still realize a fair return on their investment even while making these impact reductions. This decision was a win-win decision for both jobs and the environment.  John D. Kelley Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Terrific letter, John, I appreciate the thoughtful read and figured I’d respond since I think I see the disconnect here. As I read Sharon’s piece last week, it wasn’t Sharon herself pitting jobs against the environment in the context of the Santa Maria Energy Project; instead, that was her view of what various news and opinion pieces had done leading up to the BOS’s decision (see her first paragraph, for example). In fact, Sharon is quite clear that the project will go forward – with all of its jobs and tax dollars and economic boon in tow – and that SME will likely simply pay the $500,000 fine for breaking the greenhouse gas emissions limit. (I may be taking a liberty here but I read her characterization of the $500,000 fine as “symbolic” to be as much a commentary on oil profits as it is a commentary on the likelihood that SME will actually reduce its emissions to avoid the fine. I could be wrong.) Anyway, I don’t think you and Sharon are as far off as you seem to think. Now, what to do about that pesky industrial revolution happening all over the world and its contributions to the global warming fiasco? It’s important to start at home, yes, and many of us in Santa Barbara are indeed focused on a grassroots effort in that regard, but what about Sharon’s point? Tough stuff for sure. Thanks again, John… I really enjoyed your revenue neutral carbon tax piece last week, am glad for Jeff Harding’s response this week (see p.14) and hope to see some more commentary about it in these pages soon. (If anybody missed it, check out John’s Take: Do We Need A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax?, Vol. 2, Issue 45.) – MSM)

Anonymous Criticism of Jeff Harding Falls Flat Matt, I rent a condo near the beach in Santa Barbara. I did acting in the past and through hard work have my own business. I’ve had enough of Jeff Harding. He is what epitomizes the rich from the working class. He always tries to rationalize why the homeless and working class are the way they are; he even had the nerve to endorse a minimum wage of around $8.50 per hour instead of a living wage which is badly needed. ...continued p.37

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he beer shelves of Santa Barbara have just been graced with bottles of Stift Engelszell, the world’s eighth Trappist brewery, for the first time. For local beer drinkers, this is an early holiday gift, one that got me thinking about Monastic brews. Trappist beers are made by Trappist monks. The Trappist order is a subdivision of the Cistercian Order of monks and nuns, and follows a very strict lifestyle. Trappist practitioners emphasize the importance of labor and using one’s hands. Consequently, Trappist monasteries produce labor-intensive goods such as cheese, bread, clothing and, of course, beer. These products have gained a reputation for being only of the highest quality. And of the nearly 170 Trappist monasteries in the world, there are only eight that make beer. Stift Engelszell is the only Trappist monastery in Austria. La Trappe is in the Netherlands, while Westmalle, Chimay, Rochefort, Achel, Orval and Westvleteren are all located in Belgium.

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Over the years, the brew-crafting Trappist monasteries were having trouble with other breweries putting Trappist on their labels in order to make them sound more appealing. This led to legal battles and the eventual formation of the International Trappist Association (ITA), which, in 1997, created a legally-protected logo to designate Trappist goods as “Authentic Trappist Products.”

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There are several requirements in order to be deemed an authentic Trappist brewery. First off, and most importantly, the beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery with Trappist monks overlooking the brewery operations. Next, the income from the brewery can only be used to cover the living expenses and maintenance of the pertinent monastery. All additional profits must be donated to charity. The ITA wants to ensure that the Trappist logo symbolizes care and dedication to quality that the monks put into their beers. In contrast, abbey beers do not have to be brewed by monks or even on abbey grounds. The term “abbey” is not regulated the same way Trappist is and can be used very loosely in the beer world. In most cases, an abbey lends out its name to a brewery. The abbey may receive royalties from the brewery, but will often have little involvement with brewery operations. A good example is Leffe, a widely distributed abbey ale that is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewery. And distinctly not an abbey.

The Monastery Style

Trappist beers and abbey ales are commonly associated with two beer styles, dubbel and tripel, and the Westmalle Brewery is said to have forged the mold that defines them both. Westmalle has been brewing since 1836 but has gone through a series of renovations over the years, the most recent one being in 1991. So while it is romantic to imagine monks brewing ancient recipes on antiquated equipment, the current Trappist breweries are state-of-the-art facilities run with an absolute devotion towards quality and cleanliness. Westmalle Dubbel has an aroma of plums and spice with a fruity, sweet taste that has just a touch of roast character. There is a juicy raisin flavor that comes from a type of barley malt typical for Belgian dubbels called Special B. Westmalle Tripel was introduced in 1934 and is golden-colored with flavors of white grape, honey and yeast. The beer has a touch of sweetness and a dry finish. Despite the fact that dubbels and tripels are classic monastic styles, the other Trappist breweries are quite distinct from one another and they each have their

own personality. The Engelszell Abbey, for example, was founded in 1293 but didn’t become a part of the Trappist order until 1925. There was a brewery on site at the time, but the monks discontinued brewing in 1929 due to its dilapidated condition. In recent years, as there has been a need to finance the restoration of the entire monastery, the Engelszell monks happened upon a local brewer, Peter Krammer, who helped them reestablish the brewery. In 2012, they received the Trappist designation for their beer, becoming the eighth in the world and only the second Trappist brewery to be located outside of Belgium.

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New England zipped by while we passed the time by sharing beers. A bottle was shoved through the space between the seats in front of me and I immediately saw the hexagonal Trappist logo that is on all Certified Trappist products. It was the first time I had seen one of Engelszell’s beers and I immediately thrust out my glass, excited to taste it. Poured into a flimsy plastic cup, the beer was glowing orange and fragrant with aromas of dried flowers, earthy-pepper and toasted bread. It had a semi-sweet taste accented by flavors of honey, golden raisins and orange peels. Benno is considered a saison, however the

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monks have identified it as a helles (German for light) dubbel. I tend to side with them since saisons can be very dry and crisp but Benno was more gentle, with a relatively full body and a lighter carbonation that seemed to wander out of the liquid. Ah, monastics. Great brews. You can find Engelszell’s Gregorius at Whole Foods Market, and it will accompany your winter festivities rather nicely. Its rich, tangy flavors will make a nice night cap after a holiday meal, or just a good gift for yourself. Cheers, everybody, here’s to a lovely holiday season for everybody. 

Gregorius

Gregorius is Engelszell’s flagship beer and named after their first abbot, Gregorius Eisvogel. Trappist and abbey ales are often made with Belgian candi sugar – a beetbased crystallized sugar that looks a lot like rock candy – but Engelszell uses local honey in both of their brews. The beer is a chestnut brown color with a sweet aroma full of fig, dark fruits and an herbal hop note. Gregorius has a distinct tartness that sets it apart from any of the other Trappist beers I’ve tried. Once you sip on the beer, there is a rush of sweetness composed of honey, raisins and cocoa. The liquid is thick and chewy, filling your mouth. As it travels downwards, the thick body is broken apart by a fair amount of carbonation. It ends with a dryness that leaves your throat parched. Ultimately, Gregorius is complex and unique, making it worthy of the Trappist accreditation. And it’s a damn fine beer.

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The Engelszell abbey also makes a beer called Benno, named after abbot Benno Stumpf, who led major renovations to the monastery grounds. As far as I know, only Gregorius is generally available in Santa Barbara. In fact, I’ve only happened across Benno once. I remember it well. I was traveling on a bus to the Beer Bloggers Conference with a group of beer writers. Headed towards Boston, red brick towns and green scenes of

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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 tim@santabarbarasentinel.com. 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 those that have yet to be published.

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Is everyone feeling positive? We sure hope so. Because here in the Sentinel’s most feelgood column, we like to think we bring out just a little bit of positivity in each day. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s that time of the year when you might be tempted to get dragged down by the overwhelming consumerism of the season. Well, at 8 Days, we say get dragged up by the overwhelming consumerism of the season! This week, we’re going to help you do just that. So make your list, check it twice, and always, always, always shop local. Mountain Air Sports (14 State Street) is a good place to start for your skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, travel and all other kinds of outdoor needs. After that, it wouldn’t hurt to flip right over to pages 25 and 28 for Calle Real and Carpinteria shopping guides. And remember: Stay positive out there, 8ers.

Saturday

First Monday is back! That’s the one day of the month where we all go out to eat to a restaurant that’s open on Monday. So where should we go this month? Well, we sure do love a sandwich from Panino, and it just so happens that each of their five locations is open today from 10am to 4pm (except for the Solvang location, which is curiously only open until 3:30pm. Got somewhere to be, Solvang?). Panino doesn’t have a bad sammy on the menu, so just pick any rando sando and eat that thing like it’s the last one you’ll ever have. Our favorite locale is the one at 834 Santa Barbara Street. See you there!

Tuesday December 3 Tree Wishes

Fun fact: Not even during Earth Day and Arbor Day combined do trees get as much attention as they do every December. “Why?” you might ask. Well, it’s because some people put trees up in their homes around this time each year, and they call them Chr******trees. Wait, hold on here. They’re called Ch41$7m4& trees. That’s definitely not right. One more try: Kirstmirse trees. There seems to be something seriously wrong with this keyboard. Oh well, fine: they’re called Holiday trees. And people use them to celebrate Holiday by hanging ornaments on them. In this tradition, Bacara Resort & Spa (8301 Hollister Avenue) will have a lighting ceremony today at 5:30pm in their lobby. But theirs is no ordinary tree; it’s a 15-foot iron sculpture by artist David Shelton. There will also be champagne and “holiday treats.” Make your reservation to rsvp@ bacararesort.com.

November 30

Stands for “Too Cool”

What’s that? You want more forced references, you say? Perfect, because when Granada Books pulls back their tortilla curtain today (there it is), they’ll reveal a new addition to the store: none other than author T.C. Boyle. He’ll act as a “guest bookseller” to help raise awareness of Small Business Saturday. It doesn’t look like he’ll be doing any reading or Q&A-ing, but it should be good fun to ask him for recommendations just like you would any bookseller. Or you could just ask him to put his Tom Coraghessan in the inside flap of your copy of his new Stories II. Find Granada Books at 1224 State Street and call them at 805.845.1818.

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December already. Where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday we were down at Granada Books meeting author T.C. Boyle. The time sure does fly. Well, we’re feeling sentimental today, and organ music somehow feels like an appropriate complement to our mood. So after church today, head back to church – Trinity Episcopal Church at 1500 State Street – for the first installment of their Advent Organ Series. Happening the first four Sundays this month, the series begins today at 3:30pm with recitalist Mahlon E. Balderston. For more information, you can call Trinity at 805. 687.0189 or visit their website at www.trinitysb.org.

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Who would win in a fight between Abraham Lincoln and Santy Claus? Please email your answer and supporting reasons to tim@santabarbarasentinel.com (no word limit). We’ll report the results here next week. Until then, let’s see it go down in real life. Dress up as Santa and head to the Montecito Library (1469 East Valley Road), where historian John Voehl will already be dressed up as Abraham Lincoln to talk about the Christmases of the past president’s administration at 4pm today. Just imagine it: you dressed as Kris Kringle, Mr. Voehl dressed as Abraham Lincoln… then right in the middle of his talk about Christmas in the White House, the Civil War and the Gettysburg Address, you come in and you’re all… uh, sorry, hold on one second, everybody. We’re getting a phone call. Okay, that was Sentinel standards and practices and they said we can’t go one more sentence without saying that you SHOULD NOT go to the Montecito Library dressed as Santa Claus to start a fight with the guy dressed as Abraham Lincoln. They also said something about the dozens of headshots they receive weekly of “actual writers.” Let’s

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Around this time of year, some kids start thinking about a man who magically traverses the entire globe, stops at every single home, delivers gifts and eats cookies. The kids over at Adams Elementary School (2701 Las Positas Road), however, think about science. That’s because tonight is Science Night: A Celebration of Discovery at their school from 6pm to 7:30pm. It’s a free event that’s open to everyone, and it’ll have all kinds of exhibitors like the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Museum of Natural History, City College Biology Club, City College Earth Science Department and many more. Look out for some other fun stuff: the Rockshop Academy’s Technical Difficulties, teachers making “people-powered” smoothies on a blender bike and TVSB doing green screen demonstrations. Don’t forget to pick up an $8 plate of enchiladas so that fifth graders can go to science camp.

December 6

Picture of a Painting of a Picture

Tonight at Wall Space Gallery (116 East Yanonali Street) from 6pm to 8pm is a reception for Studio Physics: A Photographic Exploration into the Nature of Time, Light, Space and Gravity. The artist is John Chervinsky, and he has a pretty interesting process. He takes a picture of a still life that he arranged, then he sends it off to China, where someone in a painting factory paints it and sends it back. Now, if he stopped there… that’s not art. (Don’t tell the nameless Chinese guy or gal I said that; it looks like they do a fine job.) But what makes it art is that he then puts the picture by the original still life – which has been doin’ its composing thang while John waited for China – and takes another picture. For more information, call the gallery at 805.637.3839 or visit online at www.wall-spacegallery.com. And don’t forget the two most important things over the course of this holiday season: Stay positive out there and “Tell ‘Em 8 Days Sent Ya!” 

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Origins of the Thanksgiving Holiday Proclamation by Sharon Byrne

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hether you’re doing Black Friday, dragging out the holiday decorations or just still recovering from your Thanksgiving feast, here’s a fun little bit of history for you on the official proclamation of the Thanksgiving holiday. It was mostly a northern states celebration, originating with the Pilgrims in 1621. Washington and Adams both proclaimed Thanksgiving Day holidays in years of their respective presidencies. Jefferson skipped it, but Madison renewed it in 1814. From then on, states tended to set their own Thanksgiving holidays, often at different times of the year. But it was Lincoln who would install it permanently as a national holiday, always to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November. Lincoln? He was sorely tested by the task of holding the relatively new nation together when it erupted into strife before even turning 100. What better way to remind Americans that they are first and foremost Americans, than by remembering that hard-won first feast, and calling everyone in the nation to do the same? Making it a permanent, official holiday would evoke one American People to celebrate our origins and success created out of our beginnings in the New World, in unity. Now that, folks, is politics at its finest. At this time of reds vs. blues, coastal vs. flyover states, the 99% and other internal divisions in our nation, we might do well to remember we’ve been divided before, but our union held. Thankfully, these present divisions haven’t erupted into military conflict, occupation of our homes and cities, civil war and strife. Here is the text of the Thanksgiving

Holiday proclamation, written Secretary of State William Seward:

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The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts

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of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth. By the President: Abraham Lincoln William H. Seward, Secretary of State

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Profiling with a Passion by Loretta Redd

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roucho Marx once described politics as “the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” Two words, commonly used to describe the rejection of something or someone, discrimination and prejudice, have become inaccurately interchangeable in our sensitized world of idealism, and now we can add the term “profiling” to the soup of our political correctness. But we make discriminating choices every day... without prejudice. When a traffic light changes from green to amber, we make a discriminating decision to move our foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal (unless you’re at the intersection of Cabrillo and Anacapa, then it apparently means go faster). The act doesn’t mean that you are prejudiced, only that you have used certain cues to make a choice. However, if you hold a prejudice or negative evaluation, you very likely will make “discriminating” choices on that basis. Often the prejudice is based on incomplete information. But sometimes the basis can be quite understandable, such as when you have a seafood allergy and make a discriminating choice not to order it from a Chinese food menu. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are prejudiced against the little shrimps, but you wouldn’t go near them with elongated chopsticks. Then there are instances where we are not allowed to discriminate, though it may arguably be helpful to do so. When I was in elementary school, the best readers were called the “Blue Birds” and the slowest learners were in the “Yellow Bird” group. The reading books were different, and every student knew it. Classes and groups – rarely larger than 20 in size – were organized according to ability and capacity; the system was designed to be discriminating. It also allowed for different curriculums and more attention for those that were struggling. Modern classroom teachers are required to at least attempt to teach classes of 30 or more students of wide ranging differences; sometimes because the parents are unable to unwilling accept that their child is less prepared to learn. In this case, the parent has the prejudice against this system of discrimination in public schools, so they demand that every little angel be taught just the same. Doesn’t work very well,


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does it? But nobody’s feelings get hurt. In Santa Barbara, we are now entering a new era of political correctness over terminology regarding profiling. The term infers a disproportionate targeting of a certain class or color of people, usually for the purpose of enforcement of certain laws (African Americans in the days before civil rights, Middle Easterners since 9/11). But what if the entire population running counter to certain laws or behaviors is, in reality, only one particular demographic? I don’t personally believe our law enforcement officers are prejudiced against a certain group of people, but all cops will respond with a definitively discriminating action when a crime is being committed: Catch the moron! On one hand, for the group or class being profiled, it can undermine their trust in law enforcement, create an atmosphere of fear and alienate that community as a whole. But on the other hand, we have our latest group to fall into the handcuffs of project “Falling Dawn.” Similar to project “Gator Roll,” (who on earth names these sweeps, anyway?) these individuals who were induced or entrapped by a clearly discriminating group of local, state and federal officers looking specifically for criminals, just happen to all be of Latino heritage. Given the group of 59 mostly tattoosporting darlings were all Latino, they must be victims of profiling, I suppose. But Santa Barbara Chief Cam Sanchez, of Latino heritage himself, defended the action by saying, “We are profiling criminal activities, yes. But this is not racial or class profiling. Sadly, one hundred percent of these crimes committed by gangs here are against people of their own ethnicity. This is about the individual who made our community unsafe.” The victims of those crimes wouldn’t want law enforcement to turn their collective heads if they needed protection, and fortunately, most officers see the criminal act first, and the actor second. But shall we start beating up on the police, inferring they are not making a discriminating choice between law abiding and law breaking, but rather are arresting out of prejudice and profiling? There’s no faster way to put the criminals in charge. At the same time, I’m not suggesting we give a free pass to some police behaviors found in other cities like false reports, extortion or excessive force. Fortunately, we have a line of accountability that includes the Chief and District Attorney directly, and the City Administrator, City Attorney and Council indirectly. But I also can’t help but sense that the criminal element is gaining the upper hand. I will promise you that if the so-called Mexican Mafia continues to find Santa Barbara a relatively easy community from which to operate, then the occasional sweeps of this type will escalate and undoubtedly be described by some as

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profiling. Maybe our cops need to be “discriminating” a little earlier and a little more often next time. Before we tie ourselves into a societal knot of social correctness, remember that discrimination is not necessarily bad; that prejudice can be for good or for evil; and that profiling sometimes occurs as the result of erroneous conclusions, but sometimes because it’s just the truth.

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he Trailhead bike shop at 635 State Street is the latest victim of high rents on Santa Barbara’s most visible commercial corridor. It’s closing soon. This comes in the wake of a series of State Street comings and goings in the last three months of the year. To the surprise of few people, Maggie’s at State and Anapamu streets abruptly closed last month after 14 months as a whitelinen tablecloth restaurant operation. Shortly afterward, the nearby Quiznos also closed abruptly and left a vacant storefront at 1213 State Street. Another departure is the Green & Yellow Basket hat and gift shop, 911 State Street After 63 years of operation in Santa Barbara, the shop was touted as State Street’s oldest. But how many hats do you have to sell to pay rising rents, which can range from $2.25 to $3.25 a square foot for a triple-net lease? That’s a lease that covers rent, utilities and other services. Three empty storefronts can be found on the 1000 block of State Street because of the closings of a bridal shop, luggage and T-shirt and shoe shop. Overall, State Street storefront vacancies are fewer than several years ago, but some persist on the 900 block. Meanwhile, scaffolding has covered the three-story storefront on the 1110 block of State Street, with no signs of completion this year. The building used to house a rug shop. Tamir Indian Restaurant has taken the spot of a similar eatery at 1013 State Street. And, near the closing Trailhead shop, the seasonal Peace Store has opened through the holidays at 629 State Street It sells local artists’ creations with some of the proceeds going to charity. 





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read with great interest John D. Kelley’s article in last week’s edition of this fair publication (Do We Need A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax?, Vol. 2, Issue 45). In his commentary, he suggests that the government should tax energy production and distribution and redistribute this wealth to all American households. The goal of this initiative is to reduce CO2 emissions and thus reduce global warming. There is only one problem with this scheme: It won’t work. I am not a global warming denier. I do question the validity of much of the data and claims that are passed around as fact, but we are facing man-made (anthropogenic) global warming. The real issues are: why, how much, and how harmful? Any basic research into the topic will reveal a wide variety of opinions on these issues. I hear most often the phrase “most experts agree that [insert your favorite conclusions here].” The history of global warming predictions based on experts’ computer models have not been very good, and while they are getting

better, they are still not that accurate. None predicted the global cooling of the past 15 years. View such data with skepticism. To get beyond the issues between the global warming deniers and fundamentalist believers, I will concede the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on this matter (assuming they are still not gaming the data). They say that in this century the climate will warm up between 1.1°C and 6.4°C. Let’s just use their middle of the road projection of about 3.0° C for this discussion. Assuming Mr. Kelley’s tax is adopted, the net effect on carbon emissions is about equal to zero. That is, the tax would have almost no net effect on global warming. This isn’t my opinion but it is based on the data churned out by the Model for the Assessment of Greenhouse-Gas Induced Climate Change (MAGICC) which was developed by the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. The result:


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The red bar is total global warming. The blue bar is our contribution to global warming. The chart compares no carbon tax (do nothing) to two levels of carbon tax: one at $15 per ton of CO2 emissions and one at $25. You could say that at the $25 level our emissions would cause only a 0.11°C reduction in global warming because our contributions are so low. It is a statistically meaningless reduction. This chart comes from my good friends at the Cato Institute, and before you say “foul,” these aren’t their numbers. They used data from the Energy Information Agency, the National Center for

“At the heart of [a carbon tax] is an income redistribution scheme: tax Big Oil, rebate the tax revenue back to “every household.” How does this solve anything?” Atmospheric Research, and the IPCC. Perhaps you would agree that there are more sides to this topic than as represented in the popular media. While it is easy to put the blame on our so called “reckless consumption” (our desire for material goods and a better life), the problem they wish to solve is not located in the USA but rather in China, India and other emerging economies that generate most CO2 emissions. Good luck there. Mr. Kelley gets his information about a carbon tax directly from the Carbon Tax Center (carbontax.org). It is a carbon tax advocacy group run by Charles Komanoff, an “energy consultant” who describes himself as an “economist.” Based on my review of his conclusions in a spreadsheet provided by the site, he makes no assumptions about a resulting reduction in global warming as a result of his proposed carbon tax. That is because it is unknowable. Aside from the scientific flaws behind this tax, and before you say, “But jeez, we’ve got to do something,” you should know there are serious problems with the economics side of it. Taxes such as these are often called “nudge” policies, or rules and regulations that wish to steer our behavior toward government-approved outcomes. They try to control what economists call “negative externalities” such as air pollution caused by automobiles. They can “work” in some fashion but they often don’t work out as envisioned and they can result in bad unforeseen consequences. These “experts” who propose such policies believe they are better at directing your and my behavior than you and I.

That is, they think they have a command of all the factors that go into directing the economy and human behavior and can, like the Great Oz, come to the proper conclusions and policies. The carbon tax is no different than any other such tax that governments come up with to regulate behavior. Proponents of this tax make naïve assumptions about economics and human behavior. They view them as a giant machine that they can regulate by pulling levers here and punching buttons there for the common good. The Fed is a good example of the failure of this concept: Everything they predicted, before and after the 2008 crash, was wrong. They are still wrong as Main Street stagnates while Wall Street thrives. Why would this be any different? At the heart of this tax is an income redistribution scheme: tax Big Oil, rebate the tax revenue back to “every household.” How does this solve anything? For sure, such a tax will drive up the cost of fuel, especially for gasoline. If gasoline is more expensive and yet we receive a rebate that may offset the increased cost … how does that help? If the rebate is insufficient to cover the increase, then how does taking valuable capital from energy companies and giving it to “the people” to spend on “reckless consumption” stimulate the economy or reduce carbon emissions? It doesn’t. Then there are other “externalities,” such as how do you know how much to tax? That is, at what level are taxes too high and choke the economy or too low to have any net reduction in CO2 emission? What is the “right” amount of carbon emissions? Will higher fuel costs drive up the cost of everything? Will people behave in ways they didn’t anticipate, thus creating some new problem they didn’t foresee in their god-like wisdom? Will the total costs to the economy of such a tax outweigh the benefits? The quick answer is: They don’t know. Especially with the carbon tax: The advocates have pulled their numbers (“assumptions”) out of their collective … um, hats. The technical term for this is “guessing.” You better hope they guess right. Imposing a large new tax on energy producers will only reduce innovation and prosperity as companies have less capital. If it were otherwise, then why not slap huge taxes on technology companies and see what happens to innovation and prosperity? There is not one example in history where a tax has led to prosperity. The well-meaning Mr. Kelley believes that a tax will lead to a better world. He believes such a tax will be administered fairly and efficiently by the federal government. He believes it will lead to greater wealth. He believes that restricting trade with non-taxing countries will be a plus for the economy. He believes it will lead to a better climate. I believe that, unfortunately, none of those things will occur. 





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Mr. Greenjeans

by Randy Arnowitz “Mr. Greenjeans,” as he is known around Santa

Barbara, is a gardener, horticulturist and writer. He particularly enjoys working with roses, orchids and sharing the day with his golden retriever Peaches, who faithfully accompanies him in the field. Contact him at greenjeansmr@gmail.com

Delightfully Drought Tolerant

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y now, many of you have probably gotten a letter regarding water usage, the rising cost of the wet stuff and the dangerously low water levels of our reservoirs.  If you have a lawn but don’t have kids or a dog, it might be a good time to convert that labor, fertilizer and water intensive part of your landscape to something else.  Drought-tolerant plants do not have to be aggressive, threatening or cactus-y. The Mediterranean plants and some of our own California natives that we already use in our landscapes – such as lavender, rosemary, ceanothus and many of the sages – are aromatic, colorful and much less thirsty than we give them credit for. Most of these plants can get by and actually flourish with a very occasional, but thorough, watering. Also, with only infrequent irrigating, these guys tend to be exceedingly longer lived. And of course, they don’t need mowing, edging or much food. If you do have kids or a dog, well,

maybe consider reducing the size of it. The lawn, that is, not the dog. My friend, we’ll call her Isabel (not her real name), had devoted most of her backyard to a verdant, lush, Marathon lawn. Over time, she became more and more environmentally and fiscally conscious and, since she has two Hungarian pulis (not their real breed), decided to significantly reduce the size of her lawn. She enlarged the surrounding beds by adding more drought-tolerant plants to them and then changed over some thirsty ground cover areas to attractive, Mexican pebbles. Lastly, she added decomposed granite pathways throughout the landscape. The look is clean and the landscape takes less maintenance, water and food. Needless to say, Bob and Ziggy are two contented Rasta dogs (not their real names). Ornamental kale in a glazed strawberry pot retains moisture and tastes good.

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Ever wonder why when you go to nurseries, the annual color pots are always packed full of plants and the color just explodes right out and over the rim of the pots? I thought so. Well, the reason that they look so good, apart from the fact that they probably feed the heck out of them and choose the right flowers, is because they do indeed pack them full of plants. Let me explain. When you read the little plastic labels that come with your pansies, calendulas, snapdragons and other bedding plants, they will usually say something like, “Plant 12 inches apart,” or “plant 24 inches apart,” or whatever. Those instructions generally hold true if you’re going to stick those little flowers in your garden bed. But – and this is a big but – if you’re putting those same plants in containers or pots, you’ll get a much better and showier show if you plant them right up next to each other in the pot instead of leaving so much space in between. And as you might have guessed, I have a

•Feed your plants often after they have begun to grow. • Keep in mind that even in the winter, unglazed terra cotta or clay pots will dry out much faster than glazed or plastic ones. • Try to avoid using a lot of smaller, tchotchke-size pots. Instead try fewer, larger, low bowl-shaped containers. Tiny clay pots need water almost daily. •Use a quality brand of potting soil such as Fox Farm Ocean Forest, Happy Frog or E.B. Stone’s Vital Growth Optimum Impact 420 Recipe. •Deadhead spent flowers regularly to keep plants producing blooms.

Plants I like to use in container are:

- Alyssum (sun or bright shade) - Calendula (sun) - Cyclamen (bright shade or morning sun) - Iceland poppies (sun) - Lobelia (sun or bright shade) - Nemesia (sun) - Ornamental kale and cabbage (sun or bright shade) - Pansies (sun) - Phlox (sun) - Primroses – all types (bright shade or morning sun) - Small and medium snapdragons. Avoid the towering “Rocket” variety as they max out at three feet or more (sun). - Stock (sun) - Violas (sun) 

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have a bark problem. No, there are no pesky beetles drilling holes in my pines. My walnut tree is not infected with bark canker. And no, the trunks of my citrus trees are not exuding a clear, amber-colored gum from cracks in their bark, either. It’s the other kind of bark. Almond bark. The dark chocolate kind that has almonds buried in it. The problem? I drive past Pierre Lafond Montecito Market in the Upper Village almost every day and that’s where they have the stuff. If you want the problem, too, they’re at 516 San Ysidro Road in Montecito. 

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Turkey Science:

Stop Blaming the Damned Bird Already

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esterday was Thanksgiving. I was happily enjoying a crazy, fun day with friends and my boyfriend’s family. We cooked. We laughed. We ate. We drank. We laughed some more. But then, everyone seemed to get sleepy. The conversation lulled. People yawned. I even think someone snuck off for a nap. (That person may have been me.) It wasn’t just hosting Thanksgiving that made me so tired. It was the “turkey coma.” We all know what that is. Most of us even look forward to it.  It’s that sleepy, lazy haze that overtakes us after Thanksgiving dinner. Family is around us; the youngest cousins are begging to play. But for those of us falling prey to the sweet sleep post-feast, none of that matters. We’re napping on the couch while others are stuck cleaning up before anyone realizes what’s going on. Yeah, sure, we call it the turkey coma. But is the turkey – an otherwise fine, upstanding bird – getting a bad rap? Is the turkey really to blame? Maybe. Or maybe it’s not the turkey itself but the

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Feeling slothlike now that the feast is over? It’s not the bird, damnit!

tryptophan in the turkey that is making us tired. What gives?

Giving Yourself (and Your Preconceived Prejudices) the Bird Alright, Rachelle, great. Everybody knows about tryptophan. But what is tryptophan? It sounds like a horrible nickname for sports fans. Spoiler alert: It isn’t. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, the building blocks for proteins. Amino acids consist of amino groups – functional amalgamations of one nitrogen atom and two hydrogen atoms – and a carboxylic

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A self-professed science nerd, Rachelle has her B.A. in neuroscience from Skidmore College in upstate New York, and is working towards her Master’s in psychology at UCSB. In her free time, she blogs at www.synapticspeculations.com. She never could quite understand why she had to choose just one area of science; they are all fascinating. Especially when paired with some classic rock.

group – an acidic functional group containing one carbon, one hydrogen and two oxygen atoms. Amino acids are linked together inside the body to create proteins our bodies use every day. Tryptophan, in particular, is used by our bodies to produce several essential proteins and molecules, including the neurotransmitter serotonin and hormone melatonin. Most of us have heard of serotonin; it’s involved in so much within the brain that it’s always being talked about somewhere. Serotonin is also a precursor for a host of other molecules. Melatonin is a hormone derived from serotonin and, among other things, is involved in regulating our sleep cycle. Now I’ve got you convinced! The tryptophan in the turkey is allowing our body to produce excess serotonin, which is then converted into melatonin. Then we get tired because we have so much melatonin in our systems. Logical? Yes!  But I fooled you. (Ha!) That isn’t the case.  Tryptophan is found in high

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concentrations in lots of everyday foods, like soy, spinach and eggs, for example. In fact, there is less tryptophan found in Thanksgiving’s traditional bird than there is in most spinach omelets. And let’s be honest, few of us eat enough spinach on Thanksgiving to give us the sleepies. If it’s not tryptophan making us sleepy, what is? Thanksgiving celebrations are all about the feast. The food is never ending, and the desserts can stretch on almost as long. All that food usually makes even the most health-conscious of us overeat. Overeating causes our bodies to change how energy is directed to different systems.  In order to digest all the delicious food we consumed, the body reduces how much blood and energy is sent to muscles in our extremities. That you probably knew. It’s why your mom told you to wait an hour after eating before getting back in the pool. What you may not have known is that less blood is also sent to the brain.  The body then boosts blood flow and energy use in the gut to increase functionality in our digestive system. While this helps us digest more efficiently, it often leaves us feeling sedated and tired, making it much easier to forget those dishes and go take a nap on the couch. So this year, let’s stop pointing fingers – especially the middle one – at the bird and all give in to that happy, sleepy feeling. In fact, next year, I’m thinking of scheduling nap time into the holiday festivities.  That way no one gets stuck doing the dishes alone. 






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Sports Figure of the Month: Jake Clinton by Barry Punzal

Nite Moves event director Jake Clinton stands with City Administrator Jim Armstrong while holding a declaration from the City of Santa Barbara recognizing Nite Moves’ 25 years in the community.

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n his working life in Santa Barbara, Jake Clinton’s business has been making sure people have a good time. He ran an arcade and owned a pizza parlor back in the late 1970s and ‘80s. Today, people know Clinton as the man who owns and directs the uber popular Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series at Leadbetter Beach and Shoreline Park. The Wednesday after-work endurance/ social event in the summer months symbolizes the Santa Barbara lifestyle. Clinton also runs two traditional holiday running events in the community:

the Pier to Peak Half-Marathon during Labor Day Weekend and the Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler. For all the work he’s done in the running community and promoting healthy living on the South Coast, Presidio Sports is pleased to name Clinton as a Santa Barbara Sports Figure of the Month. Nite Moves celebrated its 25th anniversary this past May, and the City of Santa Barbara recognized Clinton for his dedication and work in running the weekly event with a proclamation. Clinton, 63, co-founded Nite Moves

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back in 1989 with Chris Holmberg and Eddie St. Clair. He took it over in 1992. Holmberg came up with the initial idea of putting on an evening run before the conversation turned to doing a series, Clinton recalled. Clinton pushed for doing it midweek, and the rest is history. “Both those guys looked at me as if I was nuts,” said Clinton about staging the event in the middle of the workweek. It worked. On just five days notice, the first event drew 298 people. “That first year we averaged 500 a night for a total of 3,000 for six nights,” Clinton said. The first year, the “Bud Light Summer Series” consisted of 5k and 8k runs and a kayak paddle. “That first year we tried to do kayaks and it just never got off the ground,” Clinton said. “I think if we started with stand-up paddle it would have taken off.” The swim was added the second year, and the event’s popularity exploded. Participants have the option of running a 5k, swimming 1k in the ocean or doing both events, known as the aquathon. What started out as an every-other-week activity has become an 18-week series that runs from late April to the end of August. Clinton said men made up the majority of the entries for the first event. But it didn’t take long for the women to join the fun. “The women came after the third event,” he said. “If you look at pictures of the first event, it’s almost all men. By the end of the summer, it was a social event. And it just snowballed.” Later, Clinton noticed more participants were bringing their kids. “Ding. That’s when I started a children’s run,” he said. Nite Moves developed into a fun, healthy, family night out, where everybody benefits. “A big part of Nite Moves is getting people off the couch,” Clinton said of how the activity promotes good health. “I made it easy.” Continue reading the rest of this article on PresidioSports.com Each Month, Presidio Sports recognizes a local sports figure for their extraordinary contribution to the Santa Barbara athletic community. It is our way of recognizing those who are making a lasting impact in our sports community, whether it is an inspirational athletic performance, a lifetime achievement award, or perhaps a great example of leadership.

Bishop is Coming Home for a CIF Semifinal Game by Barry Punzal

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ishop Diego’s football team has found its way back home for a postseason game. The third-seeded Cardinals won their

second straight road game in the CIF Northwest Division playoffs Friday night, blasting Duarte 41-7. The win means the Cardinals (10-2) will finally play a home playoff game next weekend. They’ll host Tri-Valley League rival Nordhoff in the semifinals at SBCC. It will be the first home playoff game in two years for the Cardinals, who are in the semifinals for the third straight season. They didn’t have a home playoff game last season because of a CIF sanction. Their last home postseason game was a firstround win over Brentwood in the 2011 East Valley Division playoffs. In the meantime, Bishop has made itself at home on the road during the postseason. Last week, the Cardinals won at North Torrance, 34-0. At Duarte, they dominated from the start. They rolled down the field on their first possession and scored on a 1-yard run by running back Abel Gonzalez. Bishop quickly went up 14-0 when Gonzalez capped its second possession with a 6-yard touchdown run. Then the defense made a statement after a fumble. It stopped Duarte on four possessions inside the 5-yard line. The momentum of the defensive stand carried over to the offense, as the Cardinals scored again on a 51-yard run by Aidan Williams. The PAT kick was missed, leaving the Cardinals ahead 20-0 at halftime. Bishop didn’t let up in the second half. Gonzalez burst through the line for a 44yard gain and Williams finished the drive with a 2-yard TD run to make it 27-0. Anthony Carter played another outstanding game on defense, picking off two passes – he now has four in two playoff games. After his first interception, he played quarterback and hit Danny Molina for a 17-yard pass down to the Duarte 2. He finished the short drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Lash for a 34-0 lead. Carter recorded his second interception and the Cardinals cashed it in with another touchdown, a 5-yard run by Alexis Herrera. Duarte (7-5) scored late in the game on a 99-yard fumble return avoid the shutout.

Carpinteria Falls to El Segundo in Second-Round CIF Game

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n a football game full of big plays, El Segundo made a couple more than Carpinteria and escaped with a 45-31 shootout win over the host Warriors Friday night in a CIF Northwest Division quarterfinal. The biggest play of the night was a 96-yard kickoff return by El Segundo’s talented Jamie Stewart. It turned out to be the backbreaker for Carpinteria because it came right after the Warriors marched 67 yards and tied the score at 31-31 on a 9-yard run by quarterback Ian Craddock


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Then both teams lost a fumble. Carpinteria would capitalize on El Segundo’s turnover at the 10. It marched 90 yards and scored on a 10-yard run by Peter Ramos. The 10-3 lead didn’t last long as El Segundo countered with an 80-yard drive. The big play was a 54-yard touchdown pass from Nootbaar to Karsseboom on a third and 31. Carpinteria answered with another long drive to retake the lead, 17-10. The Warriors marched 83 yards, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Ramos. The Warriors were doing a good job containing Stewart in the first half, but Karsseboom burned them with some big catches. He picked up 46 yards on a pass over the middle and caught a 4-yard TD toss from Nootbaar to tie the score at 1717 before halftime. El Segundo took the lead on its first possession of the second half. Nootbaar

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kept the ball and ran 8 yards for the goahead score, 24-17. “He got a whole lot of yards and most of his yards are on scrambles. That’s what they’ve been doing all year long. They’re a tough team to stop,” said Hallock. But Carpinteria also has some players who are difficult to stop. Bryson Frazer thrilled the crowd with an electrifying 63-yard run. He swept left, bounced off tacklers, cut back to the right and motored into the end zone to tie the score at 24-all. “He’s capable of making a play on any down,” said Hallock of his speedy running back. Nootbaar and Karsseboom lowered the boom again on Carpinteria. They hooked up on a 68-yard scoring play to put the Eagles ahead 31-24. “We just didn’t come through with the plays in the second half,” Hallock said. “We needed to stay score for score.”

The Carpinteria Warriors finished their season with a record of 8-4, their first eight-win season since 2002.

with 1:06 left in the third quarter. Craddock kicked the ball deep to Stewart, who slipped a tackler and found an open lane up the left sideline to the other end of the field. Stewart also kicked the PAT to put the Eagles ahead 38-31. “Jamie, he’s a phenomenal player; you have to respect him every single play of the game,” El Segundo coach Steve Shevlin said. “He has the opportunity to score every time he handles the ball.” Asked about Stewart’s kickoff return, Carpinteria coach Ben Hallock said, “That was tough. Unfortunately, that’s one of the teams I coach, so I got to own that. I take responsibility for that.” But it wasn’t just the kickoff return that hurt the Warriors. El Segundo got big plays from other players, too. “Their big guys came up big in the second half and made all the plays they needed to make,” Hallock said. Receiver Nick Karsseboom came up huge on several plays for the Eagles. His biggest was a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Lars Nootbaar on a third-and-31 play. “Nick and Lars had a great game,” Shevlin said. “It worked out really well for us.” On a night when the defenses on both sides took a beating, El Segundo’s stepped up and forced Carpinteria to punt with the score at 38-31. Nootbaar then put the ball back in the hands of Stewart. He made a spectacular catch, falling backwards

while hauling in a 37-yard pass at the Carpinteria 3. Two plays later, Shaman Moore scored from 2 yards, giving the Eagles a two-touchdown advantage, 4531, with 6:32 left in the game. The way this game was going, that seemed like plenty of time for Carpinteria to stage a comeback. Craddock’s running got the Warriors down to the El Segundo 18. But the Eagles’ defense came up big again and stopped Carpinteria with 3:17 to go. “I was scared to death of their offense,” Shevlin said of Carpinteria. “Ian is a special quarterback. He made me very nervous.” In the end, it was the running of Stewart that kept the ball in El Segundo’s hands. He ran for a first down on a fake punt, and the Eagles were able to run out the clock and end Carpinteria’s season at 8-4. The fourth-seeded Eagles (9-3) move on to a semifinal game against top-seeded Oak Park. “We had a great season. It was wonderful,” Hallock said. “We did all kinds of really fine stuff and our guys were really classy through the whole season. I was really proud of them. I’m thankful they brought me along with them. It’s been fun.” For the fans, Friday’s game was fun to watch. It started with both teams kicking field goals: Craddock nailed a 46-yarder and Stewart followed with a field goal from 32 yards.

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with Mark Léisuré

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.

A Nack for Painting Reindeer

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ost people move on from thinking about reindeer at about the same time they find out there is no Santa Claus. But Brad Nack’s obsession with the antlered animals has little do with arrested development – although he did at one time manage Santa Barbara band Toad the Wet Sprocket, whose music is a lot more mature than their name. (Toad recently released a new studio album for the first time in 16 years, and it’s great, but that’s another story). Nack is a professional painter who stumbled upon the idea of making miniature oils of reindeer nearly 20 years ago basically by accident, which seems how a lot of great ideas come to being. He did his first one for a longtime friend’s

mom as a last-minute Christmas present. When it was part of a winter art show at a gallery two years later, it seemed a whole lot of folks wanted to buy it. “A light bulb went off over heads,” Nack recalls. “[The owner] said, ‘do 25 next year, and we’ll see if they sell.’ Instead, I made 50 of them and they sold out.” Now, Nack’s 16th annual “100% Reindeer Art Show” is slated for 6 to 8pm on Thursday, December 6, at the restaurant Roy (7 West Carrillo Street). The 2014 herd is also set at 50. And just like every previous year, the paintings will feature the artist’s creative take on the critters crammed onto very tiny canvasses, as the paintings come in just two sizes (4” x 5” and 5” x 7”). Each is elegantly

Here’s Brad with the tools of the trade.

framed, making them appear much larger. “It’s always a challenge to discover new and different things for each one because they’re so small and there are the same restrictions each time,” Nack says. “But I like pushing against those boundaries and seeing how far I can take it. In some ways, it’s more interesting than having the freedom to go wherever I want.” If the format is constant, expressions, emotions, colors, and perspective all vary among the pieces – and from year to year. “Somebody brought to my attention

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that they reflect where I am in my life, and I’m a little embarrassed to say this, but they’re probably right. It’s like it’s a mirror: if I’m happy, they get morose and depressed, and if I’m down, when things aren’t quite in sync, then they’re all looking very happy. It’s strange I know.” This year’s herd is largely “quizzical,” Nack says, admitting it’s been a tough year with lots of pressures and deadlines. So you may want to comfort him or at least buy him a drink at Roy, although he did say that “just this week I got a lot of perspective. I figured out I need to relax a bit more, because there’s no point in stressing out.” Painting the reindeer renditions doesn’t provide a great deal of financial relief, either, for Nack, who also works at the art curator at MichaelKate Interiors in the Funk Zone. “Because they’re small, people think I do them really quickly,” says Nack, who usually creates five to seven paintings at a time over a period of weeks or months. “I added it up, and it comes out to about twenty to thirty hours each.” The vast majority is priced at $175 to $275, so – I’ll do the math for you – that comes out to somewhere decidedly south of $8 an hour, even less when you factor in the frames, marketing, and other costs. “It’s nice to get compensated for making them, even if it’s not even minimum wage,” Nack says. “Taco Bell would be a lot better for income. But art is not about the money.” But if you want one of Nack’s reindeer

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headshots, you’d best show up with money (or credit card) in hand – and get there plenty early. Although the show starts at 6pm, guests are handed numbers in order of arrival and let in accordingly. Those who collect the paintings annually are very quick to decide. Often only a few remain available just 15 minutes into the show, although all the paintings will hang for the full two hours. Meanwhile, reindeer obsession has its limits; you won’t find any Rudolphs among 2014’s herd, although Nack employs a wide range of colors to create the critters. Check that. “There might actually be one with a red nose this year,” Nack says. “You’ll have to come and see.”

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Nack’s 100% Reindeer Art Show is an unofficial part of First Thursday for December. Unofficial, because Roy isn’t actually an official venue (which requires membership in the Downtown Organization, the organizers of First Thursday) or even a paying partner of the monthly informal art and culture event. Neither are some of the best venues that still offer lots of great stuff. But December does bring a cool new fully sanctioned event, First Thursday: After Hours. The two-hour extension (beginning

at 7:30pm, meaning there is a half-hour overlap, but this is Santa Barbara, so precision and accuracy are optional) is meant to promote the new marketing concept of the Historic Theatre District, which is actually pretty cool and accurate, since all three of the venues – The Lobero Theatre, The Granada Theatre and The New Vic – have been around for many decades, which translates to eons in Santa Barbara years. Not only that, but both the Lobero and the Vic are just reopening this week after extended renovations – in the Vic’s case, a complete gutting and reconfiguration to serve as the new home of the Ensemble Theatre Company – while the Granada’s $50 million upgrade took place just over five years ago. And now we have three very nice venues that have capacities ranging from 300 to 660 to 1,300 – a fine array to accommodate all sizes of audiences and performance requirements. Anyway, the theaters are planning on hosting open houses with live entertainment and behind-the-scenes experiences on a rotating basis each month for the next six months. (That would be twice each; I’m pretty good at simple division). December’s kickoff goes to the Lobero, which has arranged for close-up sleight-of-hand trickery from magician Mark Collier, free appetizer bites from ...continued p.36

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(left) The Mission and related grounds are just gorgeous from above; you really get a feel for the importance of the area to Santa Barbara up there. (right) Ledbetter looked ready for an evening barbeque with friends as we made our way back up the coast. Somebody hit Chapala Market for some ranchera preparada! (bottom) Town, bisected by State, right before Dan dropped off into that Magnum, P.I. super turn that had Corey reasonably concerned for his life.

Montecito and then back through town. It’s diverse and beautiful, and there’s a great shot off the end of Stearns Wharf looking up State.” “Sounds good to me. Corey?” “Sounds great. Is there any way we could take the back door off so I can get some shots?” (I love Corey.) “No problem,” Dan responded, and the back door was off within seconds. A few minutes later, so were we.

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in maneuvering the chopper for a shot or to get us close to a point of interest. But none of that was what really made the whole thing so cool. The perspective the helicopter experience provides of Santa Barbara is truly special. You really see the amazing geography of the place – the rolling undulations, the bluffs and the beaches and the green hills and the mountains and everything else so easily taken for granted – and can stop and go at will. It’s super personal, far different than seeing SB from above in an airplane. I suppose it’s reasonable to say that it’s like the difference in seeing a place from a bike when compared to a car. You just see so much more, and feel so much closer, when you’re on a bike. That’s how it felt up there in the whirlybird. It felt close. Special. We saw the opulent beach-front estates of Hope Ranch and Montecito (not one but two frickin’ full-sized private baseball diamonds on the bluffs); we stopped at the end of Stearns Wharf and got that terrific view of the city Dan mentioned, bisected by State (before dropping off into a wild Magnum, P.I. drop that had Corey hooting from the wide-open back seat); we circled the Clark Estate and the Mission. We had fun, for sure, and we saw Santa Barbara in a whole new light. One I personally won’t forget for a long time.

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After we landed and exchanged thanks and handshakes with Dan, Corey and I stood by our cars for a few minutes talking about the flight. We agreed that it was a blast – although, to be fair, Corey lamented not having a second camera at the ready with telephoto lens (we’ll get ‘em next time, big guy) – and that we’d recommend it to friends, maybe take our wives up some day. (You can actually bring a bottle of wine up there with you, which ...continued p.43

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e a hero: Commission a sculpture and invite your friends to come see it being made while you all drink wine and eat cheese and look at men wearing what look like space suits from an old science fiction movie pour glowinghot molten bronze. It’s a pretty badass move, and with the Santa Barbara Art Foundry, it’s possible. But a reception for those who’ve ordered a custom piece

is really just excess wax on the mold of all the foundry has to offer. The tour of the facilities is the main attraction. They’re open seven days a week from 11am to 6pm, and if you stop by, they’ll get you on the very next complimentary tour. When they stayed open late last Friday night for a “happy hour” event, the knowledgeable Andy McTavish guided us through the whole

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process to produce a bronze sculpture, explaining everything we saw and fielding plenty of questions with ease. You really have to take the tour to appreciate the ins and outs of what the experienced craftspeople do there and the innovations made by the foundry that, according to Andy, other foundries now try to duplicate. Then there’s the art gallery. As we had just learned during the tour, the world-famous sculptor Tim “Frogman” Cotterill has an exclusive deal with the

SB Art Foundry, so plenty of his work is on display. (I was previously unfamiliar with the Frogman, but apparently people go nuts for his limited edition pieces. You’ll learn all about the Frogman in a short video at the start of the tour.) Along with bronze sculpture forged on site from several artists, the gallery showcases other mediums, as well. The glasswork by Josh Simpson is a standout, and Andy told us all about the laborious technique that goes into it. It’s all enjoyed with a glass of wine from Fess Parker Winery head winemaker Blair Fox’s Fox Wine Co. label that’s exclusive to the foundry. Pair that with plenty of upcoming events from the creative and prolific mind of Director Lindsay McTavish – like a “cowboy poetry” night and dog fashion show for charity – and you’ve got a great date night or friends night out or just an interesting and educational experience for one, two, or the whole family anytime. Find the Santa Barbara Art Foundry in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone at 120 Santa Barbara Street. Reach them by phone at 805.324.4230 and find them online at www.sbartfoundry.com. They’re open seven days a week from 11am to 6pm. 






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the retail business for 30 years and opened Bonita in 2009, which, as you likely already know, means “pretty” in Spanish. “The name reflects the store; it has a Spanish flavor to it with a lot of elegance and color. It also reflects my background,” Rita explained. With much success coming out of the shop, she decided to open up another Bonita location in Los Olivos this past May. She also added TORO, Spanish for “bull,” which aims at the male clientele. “[It’s great to have a store] in Los Olivos because customers can shop and also taste wine in the town,” she said. “It’s got a rustic, country feel to it.” Bonita has a cozy yet southwestern feel. I was greeted by blues music and thus immediately slipped on my shades. (Doesn’t everybody do this when confronted by infectious blues?) As I danced my way around, I found that Bonita carries a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, lingerie, loungewear, accessories, shoes, fragrances and beauty supplies from upscale designers, such as Genetic Denim, Frank & Eileen, Heidi Merrick, Calleen Cordero, Anna Sui, Kerry Cassill, Tocca and Chan Luu. “Our customers are hip and looking for something unique. They want to be different and have something beautiful or classic,” Villa said. “It’s also great when

you see mothers that are shopping with their daughters.” Bonita even carries a beautiful and unique line of bags from Los Angeles called TOTeM, which uses recycled needle points, serape, Navajo blankets and discarded horse tack. The boutique has statues Villa bought at antique stores, photos on the walls from Texas artist Clarke Graves and crosses from San Miguel de Allende. “I’m always on the hunt for vintage things that will give the store its character,” Villa told me, smiling. At TORO, high-end brand names include James Perse, AG Jeans, Autumn Cashmere, Daftbird, Civilianaire and CP Shades. “It has not just clothing but men’s jewelry, leather goods, barber goods, a vintage cocktail section and a man’s best friend/dog section,” Villa was proud. “We call it a ‘den for men.’” Ooh. I like the sound of that.

Feeding the Needy

It isn’t just the shops’ character and their respective collections that have me excited. Villa also gives back to the community by selling FEED bags for FEED Projects, an organization that provides vitamins, school meals and other necessities to help feed more than 60 million children around the world. “It feels good to give back. We live in such a giving community and I choose causes I feel my customers care about,” she said. Shopping and doing my part? I love the direction we’re heading in here.

Shopping Isn’t Just For the Ladies

For those looking to see the up and coming fashions and meet a designer, Bonita Summerland hosts a variety of designer trunk shows once a month between February and December. The shop is also currently hosting a Ladies Night “Sip and Shop” trunk show on Tuesdays from 3 – 7pm now through December 17. “I feel like I’m entertaining in my home. We serve food and wine and everyone has a good time,” Villa said. “They meet friends and a designer that they can have


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yourself ) and do some good in the process. Happy shopping, everybody, see you around town soon. 

Owner Rita Villa, the ultimate “Bonita,” opened the shop in 2009.

great conversation with. They get the whole store experience.” And don’t fret, men, you’re in luck! You also have your own special night, called Men’s Beer and Brats Last Minute Shopping Night, where you can find that special gift for your lady at Bonita Summerland on Thursday, December 19 from 4 – 8pm. “We will have beer and brats and the men will have a fun time shopping,” Villa laughed. Ladies will also have the opportunity to shop for their man at TORO during Lucky Ladies Friday the 13th Shopping Night in December from 4pm – 7pm. Wow. That’s a lot of shopping. And the best thing about it is that you can either stay on the beach and shop

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Amy King, Tiffany Haller and Rachel McNamara were looking good and having some fun. (Right on, ladies.)

Ian Cutler makes terrific spirits right in the Funk Zone. (He also made me feel quite artistic after a few tastes of his hand-crafted bourbon and vodka.)

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hen EIC Matt asked me if I wanted to cover the Atelier event at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art – coined The Earth is the Bottom of the Sky – he explained that it was all about exploring the limits of excess with an evening of optical intrigue, hedonism, mark-making in the void and other playful philosophical pursuits that were made popular during the 1980s. I heard, “Blah blah, art, blah blah, food, blah blah, free booze, blah blah, the best of the ‘80s.” My mind raced to somewhere around 1984. Visions of Area in New York City,

which some argue was a more influential club than Studio 54, surfaced from a distant archetypal past. (Area combined the ultimate Art-meets-Fab, Sex-meetsExcess culture of the day, and mixed it up with the soundtrack of the ‘80s and enough elite stars to make a young girl’s hair curl.) Naturally, I accepted the story. And I realized that my new editor knows me a little too well already. Umm, ok, yeah… I know. I live in Santa Barbara and it’s 2013. The event at SBMA was sure to be a bit more civilized than Area circa 1984.

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A longtime writer, editor and film critic, Jim has worked nationwide for several websites and publications – including the Dayton Daily News, Key West Citizen, Topeka Capital-Journal, Las Cruces Sun-News and Santa Ynez Valley Journal. California is his seventh state. When he isn’t watching movies or sports around the Central Coast and Los Angeles, you can find Jim writing and reading while he enjoys coffee and bacon, or Coke and pizza.

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o I hunger for Hunger Games: Catching Fire? My reply is two letters long. While most movie-going Americans flocked to see the latest adventures of Katniss Everdeen – which raked in $160 million stateside during its opening weekend – I opted for less-crowded confines. No hunger pangs in this corner, though I will witness the movie soon out of respect for co-stars Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Anticipation is higher for the gritty dramas American Hustle and Out of the Furnace, both of which star Christian Bale (seeking more Oscar consideration?) and have my undivided attention. Until then, we have one inevitable – albeit unlikely – Academy Award nominee fighting for his life in the Lone Star state.

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allas Buyers Club examines a real-life electrician and bull rider who, in 1985, was saddled with a death sentence in the form of AIDS. The devil-may-care cowboy (Matthew McConaughey at his thinnest) enjoys drinking, drugs and unprotected sex with ladies, but the HIV virus – still a mystery during the Reagan Administration and a point of conflict in the medical world – has caught up with him. The man, initially in denial about the diagnosis, soon becomes a pariah among his macho coworkers and must find a miraculous cure within 30 days. His doctors (Denis O’Hare and lovely Jennifer Garner) couldn’t be more opposite; one advises the patient to “get your affairs in order” while the other physician is open-minded to alternative treatment. As the ailing hero, McConaughey is far from a frail pushover – not a “sunflower” like his transgender friend and business partner (Jared Leto), with whom he forms the titular organization. Marvel at the chemistry and authenticity between the hospital’s unlikely bedfellows (so to speak) as one assists the other with a leg cramp. Unexpected alliances ensue, as does globetrotting: It could be argued that somebody with such an affliction wouldn’t have the energy or fortitude to travel the world for solutions, but his actions speak to the story’s themes of pride, dignity and desperation. If this Texas tempest in a teapot doesn’t seem an ideal match for French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée, be assured he oversees the material with toughness and tenderness. The filmmaker also takes care to let his capable cast breathe. McConaughey proved with last year’s Killer Joe and this year’s Mud that he can be a serious actor who has developed considerable range and rhythm. And in Dallas Buyers Club, he demonstrates an Oscar statuette isn’t out of reach.

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...continued from p.32 painting or sculpture does to me. I, like many others, like art to move me, inspire me. Most of all, I want art to create sound within me. (Yeah, I know, it sounds weird but, being a musician, it all comes back to music.) And at Atelier, it was all about the ‘80s. A time when hair bands and new wavers ruled the airwaves and created some of the most memorable hits and music videos to ever see the light of MTV (and they were actually played on MTV… imagine that). Those same hits continue to regurgitate themselves on radio station playlists to this very day. My eyes caught on Martin Kersels’ massive Charm bracelet dangling from

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SBMA’s entrance as I walked up the dual staircase. And slowly, surely, my mind began to play a favorite song of the ‘80s, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Nice start. After I had ooh’d and aah’d the dazzling installation for an appropriate period, I entered the first room and immediately spotted friend and owner of Funk Zonebased Cutler’s Artisan Spirits Ian Cutler in the back corner, pouring tasters of his 33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Cutler’s Ultra-premium Vodka. I headed over for some conversation and artistic inspiration. After a few tastes of his delicious wares, I felt great, locked and loaded, ready for

LIKE TOTALLY TUBULAR TUNES Amy King – “Mickey” by Toni Basil (1981) Tiffany Haller – “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar (1983) Rachel McNamara – “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield (1981) Rachel Gantz – “Take on Me” by A-ha (1985) Gabby Dimaranan – “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds (1985) Lauren Kinsley – “Like a Prayer” by Madonna (1989) Alyssa Johnson – “White Wedding” by Billy Idol (1988) Jennifer Jaqua – “Mountains” by Prince (1986) Fred Usher – “She’s Lost Control” by Joy Division (1980) Rita Moya – “The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (1987) Vince Leo – “When Doves Cry” by Prince (1984) Christina McMahon – “Karma Chameleon” by Boy George (1983) Amanda Stansell & Tatjana Milhon – “The Love Cats” by The Cure (1983) Will Ashe – “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson (1982) Lia Roberts – “I’ll Melt With You” by Modern English (1982) Delphine Sims – “Faith” by George Michael (1987) Sydney Hengst – “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley (1987) Shelley Coldren – “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics (1983) Richard Haigh – “With or Without You” by U2 (1987) Elizabeth Barnes – “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar (1983) Brian Hotchkin – “Wake Me up Before You Go Go” by Wham! (1984) Poppy Jewett & Sandy Landers – “Material Girl” by Madonna (1984) Kristy Thomas – “Africa” by Toto (1982) Erica Longley – “Grinding Halt” by The Cure (1980) Christine McLaughlin – “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohn (1988)

The Hardly Recognizable Covers knocked it out all night long. Tubular. Me and my 10-second whale masterpiece. (Yes, that really did happen.)

Joe Demko and Dr. Julia Delgado looking gorgeous.

Aren’t Jennifer Jaqua and Fred Usher just lovely? The green striped jacket is amazing!

anything. Ready, for example, to take on the Velvet Collage-making table that I had quickly passed upon entry. The Velvet Collage table, which was inspired by the dazzling surfaces of Peter Alexander’s work on view at SBMA in the Totally ‘80s exhibition, invited guests to create their own collage on black velvet. I was all set to make my very own Velvet Elvis, but quickly realized that I possessed neither enough time nor talent. Regardless, I had a lot of fun with all the bright and sparkly scraps I found. I strolled through the museum, stopping to ogle exhibits from John Divola and Peter Alexander and marvel at the marble Roman statues dating back to the first half of the 2nd century. As I did, I sipped my Brander white wine and munched on Karen Smith’s re-creations of iconic foods of the ‘80s. Think Wolfgang

Puck’s Chinese Chicken Salad or Spago’s miniature pizzas with goat cheese and caramelized onions. (Karen just nails it, time and time again. Her Savoir Faire Catering should definitely be high on your list for any impending soirées.) I tried to control myself at the Dark Star Cupcake Bar, with its sweets clearly designed to make you totally and completely lose track of space and time from Sugar Cat Studio in Santa Barbara. I had to stop and play the gallery game called As Far As You Can Get, an experiment similar to John Divola’s own, in time and motion, where guests could make their mark on a long black expanse of empty paper to create a collaborative construction of meaning, and all in tensecond intervals. I drew a whale. (Yes, I have a three-yearold.) I enjoyed creating my own dollhousescaled abandoned space at the Pop-Up Abandoned Architecture table, and listening to the Hardly Recognizable

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Vince Leo, Christina McMahon and Amanda Stansell had suspiciously empty cocktails in this shot. Better freshen up, guys.

Richard Haigh and Elizabeth Barnes. Love it.

Delphine Sims and Sydney Hengst stop for a quick photo – thanks ladies! Steve and Rita Moya enjoy a little quiet time. (No, not Quiet Riot time. Quiet time.)

Covers as they made their own path of ‘80s playlists out on the front steps under the stars. It may not have been Area in NYC in the early ‘80s, but Atelier at SBMA was a lot fun and definitely worth doing. Like, for sure.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Santa Barbara But the real highlight of my night was visiting with all the guests, taking their pictures and asking them that one burning question that would in a sense encapsulate the entire evening and be a

Will Ashe and Lia Roberts look great and their favorite ‘80s tunes (“Billy Jean” and “I’ll Melt With You,” respectively) are two great songs.

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Kristy Thomas looked lovely and remembered “Africa” by Toto fondly. (I still love that song.)





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...continued from p.21 Sojourner Café, and complimentary beer tasting by Figueroa Mountain Brewing, outside on the esplanade (which I think is just a fancy word for the front entrance way). Hopefully, they’re also letting us inside to see what the six-month closure afforded, but who knows?

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...continued from p.7 People need to show more compassion and help others less fortunate. It’s not only good for our karma but it’s good for our country and city. I am not judging him but unless he is in the shoes of the struggling he has no right to judge. I’d like to see him survive on minimum wage in this town without benefits. 
You are welcome and I challenge you to publish this. P.S. I love your paper and your viewpoint. I ask that the last email I sent, if published, remain anonymous. Anonymous Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Challenge accepted, Anonymous. I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the paper, but here’s the thing: For me, your criticism of Jeff misses the mark. His piece last week – Why Do We Keep Trying to Fix the Unfixable (Vol. 2, Issue 45) – was an honest assessment, in my estimation, of the state of a variety of oft-cited “problems” that this City faces. And, like it or not, despite countless private and public dollars, addiction and homelessness remain “problems.” So does affordable housing. Jeff doesn’t say to ignore these issues; instead, he suggests that finding economically viable and socially responsible ways to manage them, rather than chasing more politically convenient yet ultimately nonexistent “solutions,” is the best way forward. (I hope I didn’t put words in your mouth there, Jeff.) That doesn’t smack of a lack of compassion to me. It smacks of looking at things realistically and providing an opinion. (Anecdotally, the “lack of compassion” card gets played way too quickly and way too often; providing a reasonable critique and discussing tough issues candidly does not by itself reflect a compassionless person. For me, that type of unfounded criticism serves only to stop reasonable debate. That’s bad. I digress.) Here’s another thing: Jeff puts his views out there and signs his name to them each and every time we publish his column. Challenging me to publish your letter criticizing him and then asking me to remove your name isn’t really fair. I need to get away from these Anonymous letters again; we didn’t publish them for a long time and I am now remembering why. – MSM)

Lois? Hannah-Beth? Anybody? Matt, I love your paper. I have a question. It is not about beer or transients though I love the crime blotter. After over 25 years of living here in gorgeous Santa Barbara and being a homeowner, I want to know why you can never get a response from either Senator Jackson or Senator Capps. You send a letter with a question to one of them, which I have done a couple times in 20 years, and get a response to contact the other. Or they tell you to contact your local office or call Sacramento. I have been on the phone all day after my sister, who is auto-immune deficient and fighting cancer, wanted to know about the skies

over SB a few days ago. Those were not your normal planes, she told me, and it shouldn’t be crop dusting season. I thought maybe she was exaggerating. So I called the local office and got children making statements way over their pay grade and apparent educational background. So then I called Sacramento. They told me to contact Santa Barbara. Even better! I could contact the air space people. I want a statement from local government about what is going on over our gorgeous city and if they are chemicals being used. How hard is this unless you are hiding something? This is a more serious issue and maybe not the right forum, but do you have any suggestions? Robert Flores Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Trust me, Robert, if any forum is right for these types of questions, this is it. We reached out to Senator Capps and are awaiting a response; I’m confident one is forthcoming and will let you know as soon as we hear something. In the meantime, keep reading… and scanning the skies for suspicious aircraft laden with powerful chemicals designed by a Machiavellian government to keep us apathetic and docile. Oh wait, government-sanctioned booze and drugs already do that, so they don’t need airplanes with spray nozzles affixed to the wings. I’ll be in touch. – MSM)

Mac McGill Is Hopping Mad

Matt: Yeah, me again. I’d like to address you and the rest of Santa Barbara here for a second, and though I think I am actually being pretty reasonable I will readily admit that I am hopping mad. This morning at Starbucks I noticed a homeless brother of mine seemed to be having words with a civilian, so I started listening. I noticed the gentleman in question was pretty clearly insulting my friend on the basis of his homelessness. “Excuse me sir, but I am going to have to ask you to stop insulting my friend or I will bring it to the attention of the management.” “Take a bath,” was his response to me. So I did what I said I would do. Management asked him to knock it off, I guess, but a few minutes later he came at sat down next to me at the communal table. There are only two reasons to sidle up to someone you have just insulted. Either you are looking to apologize or you are looking to make even more trouble. This guy wasn’t apologizing. We had a few more words. When I related this, actually to Don Carroll, he told me something very similar had recently happened in the library when another civilian had walked up to their table in the library and started berating them for being “bums.” Clearly spoiling for a fight. Don played the peacemaker and actually had a calm little speech about how it was great that people can say and think whatever they want to in this country. He is more Zen than I am.

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Obviously. Now look, if you want to believe that there actually are enough jobs for everyone who wants one, and all of those jobs pay more than enough to live on and that larger economic forces are never at work and we all just don’t work because government benefits are so lucrative and easy to get and no one who lives in all the fancy houses up on the hill got there ‘cause just maybe they happened to get luckier than their fellow man, you all go right ahead. It is demonstrably untrue, but I have pretty much gotten beyond the point where I expect my society (or yours as it increasingly feels) to behave in a sane fashion. Still, when this paper or any other, or someone running for City Council, makes it seem like all of Santa Barbara’s problems are the result of the unwashed hordes invading this fair city, you are encouraging a nastiness with real world consequences. This psychotic hatred of the poor will grow increasingly dangerous as I am pretty sure we are only a decade or two away from a technological unemployment apocalypse. The absence of jobs and opportunity is becoming structural and permanent and shows no signs of getting better any time soon. Believe you me, I know full well how culturally and aesthetically unpleasant some of my cohorts can be. I spend a heck of a lot more time with them than you do. But if you do have one of those houses up on the hill, or any place to live at all, and a job that you not only enjoy but pays you rather well, and you still feel the need to inject more ugliness and insults into the world, then your problems are way worse than ours. Mac McGill Recently Bathed Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Oh Mac, one step forward and two steps back, my friend. Is this some kind of threat? A Manifesto, of sorts, for

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the “unwashed hordes?” I’m sorry that you and your “homeless brother” had to endure an unpleasant encounter with one of my “homed compatriots” – I certainly don’t advocate or condone violence of any sort, for the record – but think of the myriad unpleasant encounters that everyday folks, with homes or without, have to endure in connection with “culturally and aesthetically unpleasant” drunken panhandlers cussing and threatening and openly doing drugs and using State as a toilet (for example). Is that any better than some jackass in a coffee shop treating you poorly? Any worse? Look, there are good people with homes and there are good people without homes. There are bad people with homes and there are bad people without homes. There are drunk people, stoned people, irresponsible people, violent people, insane people. Some have homes. Some don’t. C’est la vie. Here’s a thought: Let’s all stop injecting ugliness and insults into the world, hold hands and sings songs. I’d like to teach the world to sing, Mac, in perfect harmony. Maybe we can do it together. But threatening “a nastiness with real world consequences” isn’t in the first verse of Kumbaya. Be the solution, man, not the problem. I know you know that. – MSM)

Super Testing for Superbugs Is Super Important Matt, your comments last week to the Acting Public Works Director for the City of Santa Barbara, Rebecca Bjork, are spot on: ”In a situation like this – where public health and well-being is at sake – it doesn’t seem a stretch to me for the community to demand state of the art technology and strict testing.” (A Point of Clarification, Vol. 2, Issue 45.) I think if we get into this subject with any objective depth, we will find that there is little chance for the regulatory ...continued p.41


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Plan B by Briana Westmacott Hailing from NorCal, Briana has lived in Santa Bar-

bara for the past fifteen years. While she is indeed an adjunct faculty member at SBCC and has contributed to LOVEmikana, Wake & Wander and Entrée Magazine, much of her time is spent multi-tasking her way through days as a mother, wife, sister, wantto-be chef and travel junky. Writing is an outlet that ensures mental stability… usually.

An Antiquated Love Affair

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’m not proud of what I’m about write, not in any way, shape or form. My husband knows about it and he is thoroughly disappointed. But I have no regrets. I cheated. There, I said it. Wait, it’s not what you think. I didn’t cheat on my husband. I cheated on my stove. He’s an O’Keefe and Merritt from the ‘50s, and he’s a keeper. In my defense, I used to cook. I really did. I have cute little boxes and old worn folders stuffed with recipes that have been handed down through the family over the years and that I have tried and tested and eaten. They’re delicious, mostly, and I could have cooked the best of the best on my wonderful stove for family and friends. But I didn’t. I ordered Thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods. Yes I did, all you Martha Stewarts out there, I completely broke all homemaker laws. And I’m not sorry about it. Not one bit. I set the big table, of course. I actually pulled the good China out for the festivities. I just didn’t physically cook anything that my guests ate. In years passed, I would have stressed and planned and explored new recipes and dishes and table décor. I would’ve fired up my old stove and warmed him up, gently, lovingly, so he could help heat my sauces and do my simmering. But this year my poor old stove sat there cold in the corner, alone. And he’d done nothing to deserve it.

It’s Getting Hot in Here My stove means a lot to me. He was built in an era when things were crafted by hand and they were made to last. His body is shell white porcelain, etched with shiny chrome in all the right places. What can I say? He’s hot. (Pun intended.)

I want this Dodge. I promise to never cheat on it.

behind the wheel of that classic truck and cruise around SB. I’d never cheat on that Dodge. (At least I don’t think I would.)

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I’ve been unfaithful. Can you ever forgive me? Speak to me, damnit!

Understandably, he can be testy at times; he’s approaching sixty-five and behaving as if there is no retirement in sight. But when I turn his burner, he still fires up. Sure, he’s been categorized as “vintage” and “antique” and both terms are entirely true. But I know my stove is dependable. I can rely on him to heat things up. My mom also has an O’Keefe and Merritt stove. She got hers years and years ago and she is the one who found mine, telling me that “they just don’t make things like they used to.” You know what? She was right.

Moms Know Best My mother taught me to value all that is vintage. Not only is vintage typically crafted better than anything you can grab from the nearest big box store, but vintage has a story behind it. Vintage has spent some time on this earth and that deserves to be honored. Cherished. I was my mom’s first baby girl. She went

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Regardless, 2013 will go down as the year that I cheated on my old stove. I learned a valuable lesson in the process, too: While I’ll always honor the antique aspects of our world, I also entirely appreciate the modern day Whole Foods approach to cooking my turkey and fixings. I’m so sorry to have let you down this year, Stove, but don’t fret. Christmas dinner is right around the corner. 

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on to have four of us and we all slept in the same classic crib. It was knobby and pink and probably would’ve been on a recall list somewhere today, but that wooden palace nested me and all my sisters throughout our bundled years. My mom even pulled it out of the attic when I brought my own babies home to visit. Now it’s out in her garden. Yep, you read that right, Mom fashioned a climbing wall of sorts from that crib for some vines. The old wooden slats that housed all those babies over the years now rest in my mom’s garden, right next to some of my grandma’s ashes. Along with the crib and the stove, my mom has a plethora of vintage items sprinkled around her house and garden. The best one she has is in the garage. I’ve had my eyes on my mom’s 1947 Dodge truck for years. (That’s right, Paulie, I want that truck!) Much like my stove, the Dodge is hot. I hope someday I can sit

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• Rose Packable Vest

Where: Lolë Atelier, 714 State Street Why: It’s all in the bag with this lightweight, warm and versatile down vest and packable pouch. A must-have on our list for the active, on-the-go chicks in your life. How Much: $79 Website: www.lolewomen.com It’s Kind of a Big Deal: Mention Santa Barbara Skinny and save 20%!

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• 22k Gold Plated Chunky Mix Chain Bracelet Where: Locally at Chapala & Parker (350 Chapala Street) or online at www.jillmichaeljewelry.com Why: Wrist assured, this beautifully textured 22k gold plated statement piece will have its recipient armed and ready to go at all times.

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• Royal Afternoon Tea

Where: Bella Vista at Four Seasons Biltmore, 1260 Channel Drive Why: Tea, anyone? It’s high time for the royal treatment! Tea includes a glass of champagne, tea, finger sandwiches, miniature pastries, tea cake, freshly baked scones, whipped Devonshire cream and lemon curd. How Much: $42 per person Website: www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara

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Where: The Grapeseed Company Scent Bar, 21 West Ortega Street Why: Homemade in Santa Barbara, this deliciously scented limited edition set makes the

• Santa Paws: Pet Photo Night

When: Wednesday, December 4, 5 – 7pm Where: Santa’s House at La Cumbre Plaza Why: This is your chance to get the whole family in on the fun and dress up the pets to pose with Santa. These photos will make adorable holiday cards or gifts! How Much: $19.99 - $39.99 Website: www.shoplacumbre.com/events/paws It’s Kind of a Big Deal: Order a photo package online before December 4th and save up to 35%!

• Custom Carlyle Beauty Experience

Where: Carlyle Salon & Style Bar, 350 Chapala Street Why: Whether a blowout, a haircut or even a makeup application... we think there’s always room for a bit of pampering. How Much: Gift cards are available in any value, darling. Website: www.carlylesalon.com  

• Chaser Slouchy Sweatpant

Where: DIANI Boutique, 1324 State Street, Suite B Why: This holiday season, don’t sweat it! Gift a comfy yet stylish pair of pants that can be dressed up or down. How Much: $95 Website: www.dianiboutique.com It’s Kind of a Big Deal: First-time customers who sign up for the DIANI mailing list get 10% off their order. Excludes final sale items, cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer can only be used online, not in-store.

• Two-Bottle Wine Gift Package

Where: Pali Wine Tasting Room, 116 East Yanonali Street Why: Who doesn’t love getting a new bottle or two? Known for their fabulously fruit-forward Pinot Noirs, the gift of Pali Wine is sure to impress any palate. How Much: $42 – $89 depending on which two bottles are chosen. Comes with a gift box. Website: www.paliwineco.com It’s Kind of a Big Deal: Purchase before December 10th, mention Santa Barbara Skinny and receive a 10% discount.

• Axiom Leather Band Bracelet

Where: Waxing Poetic Summerland (2350 Lillie Avenue) or Waxing Poetic Los Olivos (2477 Alamo Pintado Avenue). Why: It’s arm candy with meaning. Words of encouragement, prayer, truth, motivation or inspiration are inscribed on the silver and brass

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calfskin leather bracelet. How Much: $48 Website: www.waxingpoetic.com It’s Kind of a Big Deal: Mention Santa Barbara Skinny and save 10% off your entire purchase.

• Noble Maple Syrup

Where: Isabella Gourmet Foods, 5 East Figueroa Street Why: A far cry from the Aunt Jemima of your youth, Noble Maple Syrup is sourced from the ancient maple orchards of Quebec and matured in Tuthilltown Distillery bourbon barrels for 6-9 months to produce a product that will leave you drinking straight from the bottle! Try the Egyptian Chamomile Blossom and Tahitian Vanilla Bean infused flavors to impress even the most discerning foodie on your holiday list. How Much: $35 per 15.2oz bottle Website: www.isabellagourmetfoods.com It’s Kind of a Big Deal: Now through December 24, purchase a regular-size bottle of either variety and receive a complimentary Petite version (2oz) when you mention this article. A great stocking stuffer!

• Gold Flat Pendant Necklace

Where: Online at www. BurnishImports.com Why: Want to shop for a cause? Give an empowering gift. This stylish fair trade jewelry offers women in developing countries support and opportunity with the help of local founder, Karly Dowling.

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• Local, Organic Jams & Jellies

Where: Locally at Isabella Gourmet Foods, Crazy Good Bread Co., Fairview Gardens Farm Stand or online at www.sweetladycook.com Why: What a perfect spread! We think these delicious, locally made and adorably packaged jams are a sweet gift. Add to a basket of local goodies and you’ll be a hit among your foodie friends and family. How Much: $9 – $14 Website: www.sweetladycook.com It’s Kind of a Big Deal: Two-jar gift boxes are available for $20 on sweetladycook.com. Don’t forget to mention SB Skinny!

• A Lucky Horseshoe

Where: Plum Goods, 909 State Street Why: It’s a shoe-in! This yarn-wrapped horseshoe brings good luck, protection and good fortune wherever it goes. Made locally with reclaimed Texas ranch steel horseshoes and yarned with love, each is a chic one-of-a-kind gift. How Much: $45 Website: www.plumgoodsstore.com

• Oiselle Randies

Where: Santa Barbara Running (110 Anacapa Street in town or 129 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta) Why: With sayings like “run your butt off,” “get your rear in gear” and “lead from behind,” these cheeky wicking undies are the perfect gift for the runner in your life. How Much: $48 Website: www.sbrunningco.com

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...continued from p.37 community to step forward with any such testing regime. This whole subject has been presented several times to that very group and has been consistently ignored or side stepped. The citizens themselves, for their own protection and that of their children, need to drive this forward. Your carriage of this series in the Sentinel will be instrumental toward that end. The flaw and the reason why the state and local bureaucrats are reluctant to test adequately is that the results would show just how dangerous this water is, and thus how they have neglected public health. That would bring the system to a screeching stop. It would also elicit a backlash from the politically-vested interests who would come out of the woodwork in droves. The clientèle captured regulators would then be exposed and the whole of the system badly embarrassed. Unfortunately, it looks to me like it must go that far for the people to be safe. The industry agenda thus far has relegated the issue to money and politics, not science. In fact, sewer plant staffers are not required to have the requisite knowledge to even discuss this topic. If they have no background, how can they then give guidance to local decision-makers? My guess is they really can’t. There needs to be a series of tests conducted on the recycled water we are using in our community, including testing on the related infrastructure and the locations it is being used. Why is there so much reluctance to do adequate testing? Once an adequate series of tests is undertaken, we will know what we have before us. That will allow a basis for change – intelligent change – if the tests demonstrate that change is necessary. That would also help the City better protect its citizens. Until there are valid scientific tests that are statistically relevant over a period long enough to consider seasonal variations of incoming pathogens, we are at a craps table and the pathogens enjoy house odds while politicians and bureaucrats play at manufacturing uncertainty. There’s a simple answer here. Get rid of the uncertainty. Test and test correctly. 


Dr. Edo McGowan, Medical Geohydrology Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Thanks, Dr. McGowan. The best I can do here is reiterate my response from last week, a portion of which you cited: “At the end of the day, I understand that recycled waste water serves a number of important purposes but frankly don’t care much about the intricate processes involved in the recycling itself. I care a whole hell of a lot, however, about whether the recycled water we are using is going to make my family sick. In a situation like this – where public health and wellbeing is at stake – it doesn’t seem a stretch to me for the community to demand state-

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Minnesota Buffy. She went to the big home in the Minnesota sky, where it’s always dinnertime. Rest easy, dear doggie, rest easy.

of-the-art technology and strict testing. Yes, there are costs associated with that type of approach. But what might the costs be in the alternative?” – MSM)

Buffy the Dry-Eye Slayer Hello Briana, I loved your column on memories a couple weeks back and can’t believe you had a Buffy! (The Language of Memories, Vol. 2, Issue 44.) I had a Lhasa Apso named Buffy too, and she was the sister that I always wanted. Buffy was drop dead gorgeous. We had the same eyes and I was convinced she was the blond version of me. Every night she slept in my bed and we would simply open the door in the mornings and she would wander around the streets of Minnesota until dinnertime. She always came back for dinner. Buffy outlived her lifespan by many years. (Many of my pets tend to do this and I believe it’s due to my Italian mothering that involves loads of love and good food.) When Buffy passed away, I was already off at college and I remember I cried for three weeks straight. Here’s one of only two pictures I could find of her (that’s me on the left). RIP Buffy Lemke. And thanks, Briana, for the memory. Kristina Lemke-Mckean Montecito (Editor’s Note: I know you wrote this to Briana, Kristina, but I’m all choked up and thinking back to Oden, my first doggie. I miss him still. Thanks for writing. Here’s Briana. – MSM) (Briana’s Note: Kristina, I am so grateful that The Language of Memories provoked you to dig up some classic photos of your Buffy. I too cried long and hard when my Buffy died (I was in middle school) and I forced my family to hold a huge funeral in her honor. There was a procession and everything. Here’s to Buffy love! – Briana)

Santa Barbara Infatuation

Another just for you, Matt. The antidote for all worries. From Sea Fever by John Masefield:

Heaven’s Light on Harbor Ships, by Ron Atwood (Saturday morning, November 23, 2013).

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Ron Atwood Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Indeed, Ron, I love ending with these. Nothing like a great photo to help everybody remember where we live and why it’s worth the occasional struggle. We’re all a part of it, man, each and every one of us. Thanks. Peace. – MSM) 






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