Archive for June, 2009

Pearl’s Wisdom Questionable

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Feeling guilty for never having patronized the Blue Gecko (though I’ve been told I didn’t miss much), we made a point to check out the newest riverfront restaurant, Pearl on the River.  The quick take: some atmospheric and menu hiccups keep this from being a must-visit quite yet.

There were five of us dining last night.  We gambled that it wasn’t yet popular enough to require reservations on a Thursday.  We were half right.  The hostess directed us to the bar area saying it would be about 15 minutes until they could seat us. Not a big deal, since we weren’t in a rush, and not an undue wait in any case.  The cocktail menu reflects the hottest trend-word of the hour: muddled.  Turns out, it would be a fairly accurate term to apply to the night, beyond just what happens to the strawberry and basil in one drink or the mint and ginger in another. (more…)

Bring on the Draft!

Happy NBA Draft Day!
Who’s on tap to bring the Sacramento Kings back to their glory days?

This afternoon, Jason Thompson’s inviting basketball fans to a Draft Party at ARCO Arena. This player may be tweeting his thoughts on today’s draft as well.

Draft time!!!!!! Who should your team draft & why????

That’s a tweet from Chris Webber from the other day.. I’m also following this former Kings Player on Twitter.

Looks like this is going to be an interesting Draft Day.

Water Rules Rule

There are some changes – okay – decades old changes – that you might not be aware of, and some new changes yet to come – take note!

Indeed, few Sacramento residents seem to know that, in the decade since the last major statewide drought in the early 1990s, landscape watering is allowed in the capital city only on alternate days.

Odd-numbered addresses, whether home or business, may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses get Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No one waters Mondays. What’s new as of last Friday is that the daytime watering ban has been extended two hours in the morning; it now runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., even on designated watering days.

Also new: Cars can be washed only on designated watering days, and only with a shut-off nozzle.

The biggest change comes this fall. When standard time is in effect, usually November through March, landscape watering will be allowed only once a week: Saturday for odd addresses, Sunday for even. These are permanent changes, not drought-related, and apply only to property owners who pay water bills to the city of Sacramento.

I’m forever surprised at Sacramentans seeming disregard for water conservation.  Watering at high noon on a hot day is not only bad for your grass (though good for steaming vegetables), but, well, did schools here not teach about evaporation?  Not to mention the poorly positioned sprinklers that water as much sidewalk as they do lawn.

Inserts will appear in water bills next month – so your warning is coming. But why wait?  Start making changes now.  The kids, fishes, and trees will thank you.

(p.s. Also annoying here: my water bill listing the flat rate and the metered rate – when the metered rate is HALF the amount I’m paying! Who doesn’t meter?!  Seriously, Sacramento, again, been doing it for years in SoCal – like not watering our driveways.)

Shady Lady, Some Visible Values

This will be one of my few visual aid-free restaurant reviews, but oh well: Had a chance to check out the new Shady Lady Saloon at 14th and R.  Their “thing” is twofold: first, no TVs!  Second, they do old skool – like way old – cocktails.  The lack of TVs could explain the light crowd on Sunday night given that we were there smack in the middle of the NBA championship game.  The cocktails, however, did not disappoint.  I enjoyed a Pim’s Cup – just the way I would in England, cool and full of crisp cucumber and fragrant herbs.  Cocktails are all around the $8 mark which makes them very close in price to the menu items.

I would recommend the tomato soup at $5.   I didn’t get details on it, but I would guess it was free of cream even though it had the traditional creamy texture (vegans or lactose intolerant diners should check, of course).  Bonus for being garnished with a grilled cheese sandwhich (no really).  My husband and I shared the soup and each ordered the Cobb Salad.  At $7.50 it was a relatively good salad value, with it’s pleasing straight lines of ingredients and ample bowl size making mixing easier and less messy.  I was surprised, however to find the dish remarkably bland.   That sounds harsh – but it did lack any real flair.  I wouldn’t call it bad, though.  I originally asked for my salad with dressing on the side but was persuaded to go for it as-is by the server who said it was better tossed and was dressed with a light hand anyway. Maybe too light, in this case.

The venue also hosts regular live music acts in the spacious, warehouse/saloon-chic interior.  I love live music, but I wondered why both acts on Sunday felt the need to use all available amplification when the wide, hardly-full room probably could’ve experienced their sound just fine without any electronic help whatsoever.  Translation:   it was LOUD – too loud to engage in much meaningful conversation among our table of seven for very long.  Maybe they could turn it down a wee bit during the dinner hour?  Then everyone could enjoy both food and entertainment without sacrificing good companionship along the way.

Lastly: the hunt for a good burger in the new R Street complex continues, according to my friend who gave the Shady Lady burger a tepid so-so review.  I told her not to rely on Burgers and Brew either – unremarkable, especially when there is better in town.

Run Dog Run!

Talk about a Top Dog!

The San Francisco Chronicle reports a Sacramento Wiener dog wins one of the heats at the Wiener Nationals dog race regionals.


From the San Francisco Chronicle

[From the San Francisco Chronicle]
Check out Downtown Beans, the 2008 Champ. He’s so fast!

I saw my first Wierner dog race at last year’s Picnic Days. It’s a fun tradition at U.C. Davis and the racers are so cute!
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Searching for Summer

Here’s a shot of my car, stuck in traffic before the Yolo Causeway on Friday. Then it started raining in the middle of my ride home.

Westbound I-80
OK. It was more like a drizzle. Still, it’s June. This weather doesn’t feel like Summer. I want to break out the tank tops and shorts. Instead, I’m grabbing a sweater before leaving the house.

I’m ready for hot weather.
Are you?

More KRXQ radio dramz

Advertisers jumping ship! Live shows cut until Thursday! Eek! But in a good way!  Posted on the KRXQ website is this message – written in all caps because either they REALLY MEAN IT or, more likely, because dude is the kind of guy who just doesn’t do that much interwebbmail and types in all caps BECAUSE HE DOES:

TO OUR LOYAL ROB, ARNIE AND DAWN FOLLOWERS,

WE HAVE FAILED YOU. AS A SHOW, AS PEOPLE, AS BROADCASTERS, WE HAVE SIMPLY FAILED ON ALMOST EVERY LEVEL.

WE PRESENTED OUR OPINIONS ON A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT IN A HATEFUL, CHILDISH AND CRUDE FASHION; AND THEN, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETRACT THOSE REMARKS, WE DEFENDED THEM.

SINCE THEN, YOU, OUR LOYAL LISTENERS, HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO US THAT WE WENT TOO FAR. THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING. NONE OF YOU SAID THAT WE COULDN’T HAVE OPINIONS, YET SO MANY OF YOU SAID THAT THE WAY WE GAVE THEM CROSSED THE LINE. FURTHER, YOU SAID THAT OUR ATTEMPT TO MASK OUR COMMENTS AS “JOKES THAT WOULD BE UNDERSTOOD BY OUR AUDIENCE,” WAS UNACCEPTABLE. I WOULD SAY NOW THAT IT WAS WORSE THAN THAT, IT WAS COWARDLY. YOU HAVE MADE THAT CLEAR.

WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO VARIOUS GROUPS AND ASKED FOR A CHANCE TO MAKE THIS RIGHT; TO RESPOND, WITH THEIR PARTICIPATION, TO THE EDUCATION THAT OUR AUDIENCE HAS PROVIDED US. THAT OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN GRACIOUSLY GRANTED THIS THURSDAY MORNING, JUNE 11TH. AT 7:30 A.M.

THE WORD APOLOGY APPEARS NO WHERE IN THIS LETTER FOR A REASON. WE ALREADY HID FROM DOING THE RIGHT THING ONCE AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. APOLOGIZING IN A WRITTEN, POSTED STATEMENT IS A FORM OF COWARDICE. WE WILL SAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID THIS THURSDAY.

ON A FINAL, PERSONAL NOTE, AS THE LEADER AND OWNER OF THE SHOW, I HAVE MADE THE DECISION THAT WE NEED TO REFRAIN FROM BROADCASTING NEW EPISODES UNTIL WE CAN ADDRESS THIS ON THURSDAY . WE WILL RETURN TO THE AIR AT 7:30 A.M. JUNE 11TH.

ROB WILLIAMS

ROB, ARNIE AND DAWN

The most striking part is their acknowledgment that saying “we were only joking, get over it” probably did a wee bit more harm than good.  Bee coverage here.   (no links to the station until we see how they redeem themselves – that’s our only form of financial protest.)

Biting Into Apple Goodies & More

Waking up and serving up some tech goodies for you.

First up – Apple Fanatics, rejoice. At 10 AM, the new Apple store will open its doors in Roseville.


New Apple Store in Roseville

[From the Roseville Press-Tribune]
Bring on the Apple Fans! A few years ago, I covered the opening of the first Apple Store in Europe.

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And the hits keep coming on Sacramento radio

What remains of Sac radio since the demise of KWOD isn’t so hot.  KRXQ 98.5’s morning program made national news today with their recent diatribe against transgendered . . . children.

So charming.

I can’t say I listen to the program, so I don’t know if such morning chitchat is par for the course or extra craptastic:

“I’m not open-minded once I look into sumpin'” one of the two men grunted at the beginning of the segment, their voices interchangeable. “I have every right to call you a freak and judge you on that. It makes me sick. ‘Mommy, I’m a girl trapped in a boy’s body,'” he simpered, mimicking an effeminate little boy. “I want to wear a dwess.”

They berated co-host Dawn Rossi, who seemed genuinely horrified by the rising crescendo of ugliness towards the children and their parents from States and Williams.

“You’re actually defending allowing people to become freaks?” they seethed. “A boy who wants to wear a dress is a freak. A nut.” Comparing transgender children to “fat bastard kids on Maury,” States and Williams urged advocates of transgender children to “stop hiding behind research and laws,” whose authority they wholeheartedly reject. Braying with the certitude of the jubilantly ignorant, States and Williams revealed to listeners that “transgenders [sic] did not exist four decades ago,” apparently unaware of the historical fact that transgender individuals have existed in every culture throughout recorded history, including in native American cultures where the “two spirited” were revered as teachers, healers, and shamans.

Oof.  How wonderful that when Sacramento makes the national news for something it’s for this. Or being broke.  Really, we’re not doing so hot lately.

I first heard about this while watching KCRA this morning.  That broadcast noted the DJs offered – well, not sure about an apology – at least an excuse saying that people who listen to them know they were joking and it was all just a joke, so it’s okay.

If you’ve know me awhile or know any of my pet issues, you’d know nothing gets me going like this line of ill-reasoning.  “It’s a joke, you just don’t get it,” doesn’t make it okay, gang. It’s a way of further putting down and establishing an in- and an out-group.  And I wouldn’t believe for a single second that the DJs believe anything other than that which they espoused.  Good thing I didn’t listen to them before or I’d have to change the second preset in as many weeks.

Journalist from Sac is one of two detained in North Korea

Though dealing with the stress of their relatives’ arrests for more than two months, the families of two journalists held in North Korea are kicking up the PR efforts in the face of the impending trial and increasing tensions between the two countries. Laura Ling (sister of the better know Lisa Ling, formerly of the view) was detained in March of this year and accused of illegally entering North Korea and some other vague bad stuff. The Fair Oaks family appealed to both countries on the Today Show this morning to appeal to diplomacy and reason to win the day. The two women, according to reports, will have assigned North Korean lawyers to represent them at the June 4 trial – though information about the proceeding and the charges are sketchy. Del Campo HS has also held a vigil for its alumna.

It was really heartbreaking to watch the family plea for the safe return of their wives/mothers/daughters/sisters. The other captured Journalist, Euna Lee, has a four-year-old daughter who, according to her dad, still thinks mommy is at work. And really, what else can you tell her.

Fingers cross that this ends well, as it did for Roxana Saberi who was held in Iran but released last week.

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