Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SPARE CHANGE








From my weekly column The Investigator in the Santa Barbara News-Press, 21 February 2009:


Truth is, our Beltway Establishment--Democratic or Republican--couldn't organize a binge in a brewery.

These are the folks responsible, through negligence and profit-taking, for where we are today--ripped off by banksters and Wall Street and Madoffs who made off.


"Obama for Change?"


Maybe President Rhetoric meant spare change.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

OBAMARATION






Eight years later, this is how State Street, Santa Barbara has changed:

Borders has been replaced by Marshalls.

Saks Fifth Avenue is now a Saks Off, akin to a Turkish bazaar on a bad day.

About 25 percent of the shops are empty with for lease signs.

Churchill's Jewelers are having a "Going out of business sale" today.

Homeless:  Over a dozen per block.



Sunday, November 13, 2016

CAUGHT IN THE ACT





After raiding the freezer and hiding out with ice cream sandwiches, this duo's lame excuse:

"Well, they're sandwiches, and its lunchtime." 


Thursday, November 10, 2016

A TOAST TO MEL







MELBOURNE WEDDLE, R.I.P.







Earlier today, Santa Barbara lost its dandiest dresser and kindest lawyer.

And we lost a very special, very dear friend.

Message to all:  Never get a flu shot.



Thursday, October 20, 2016

GOOD RIDDANCE TO MONTECITO CAFE







When Margaret Huston knew she was leaving, many months ago, she allowed the quality and service to go down, down, down.

What was once a decent restaurant and bar became a crap hole, which does not speak well of their new endeavors.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

HEART-BREAKER





Yes, I'm probably biased, but this little guy (my grandson), about to turn four years old, has the dreamiest face in the world.


COMING UP SIX YEARS AGO






This is one of the first posts on this blog, from a trip to Ketchum, Idaho in August 2010.

Room 206, Sun Valley Lodge.

Hemingway called it "Glamour House."

It was his favorite hideaway from 1939 onward.





VAN STEIN FINALLY EARNS HIS STRIPE