They’re Back! Tag!! We’re It!!!

Graffiti and other forms of vandalism seem to be a part of urban life these days.  On the East Side of Petaluma, I have noticed a sudden up-tick in graffiti (gang and tagger crews) in our public parks and trails…

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And if they tire of painting their symbols on public or private property, there is always a public toilet somewhere that can be turned over for sport…

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A recent column in the Press Democrat reported that there was also an increase in graffiti in Santa Rosa.  The  article argued that graffiti could be reduced if we just provided a space for the “graffiti artists” to perform.

Of course, art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.  I wonder what the columnist would think of this piece of  “art”…

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Sigh…

It’s looking to be another long…hot…summer on the East Side…

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Petaluma’s Wine Newsletter

Yesterday’s post on how to determine whether wine has gone bad, prompted me to create a new category to which future posts by Petaluma’s Internationale Instituto De Vino Wino may be found.

A few details on the Instituto…

  • The Internationale Instituto De Vino Wino is located in the Casa Madrone de Vin Ordinaire.
  • The Instituto has a Tasting Room–La Centre de l’Experience du Vin de Petaluma.

The Instituto’s  Champagne is only a bubble off!

Our vino has much “gout de terroir.”

Our grapes have no wrath.

The Instituto will issue an “irregular” newsletter each Monday…or Tuesday…from time to time…if we feel like it.

Until next time…

Petaluma’s Internationale Instituto De Vino Wino

Chief Wino &  Solo Vine Manager (We have only one vine)–Frank
First Secretary-Vinnie Parducci
Second Secretary- Guido Marcucci
Third Secretary-Gustav Von Da Vee
Treasurer-Minnie Da Moocher
Counsel–Horace Rumpole of Chateau Fleet Street Claret
Vat & Barrel Managers-Jay Gaulo
Restaurant Manager-Al Fresco
Food Director–Sushi Tira-Misu
Director, Financial Planning-Two Fingers (as in “a-one-a,” “a-two-a”) Sabastiani
Director of Protocol & Arbiter of Taste–Marthe Stuarda
Tour Director-Expresso Camino Freeway
Movie & Video Critic-Francois Fjord
Bouncer–Sumo Cum Laude “Big Fish” Sashimi
Chats du Vin Extraordinaire—Hannah Sue & Gracie Mae (The Claret Kitties)
Tristan E. Isolde-Director of Cheap & Trashy Personal Counseling
Enchy Latta—Director of Catering
Jerry Attrick–Senior Citizen Wine Consultant

Petaluma’s Internationale Instituto De Vino Wino

Petaluma is in “wine country” and as such presents many opportunities to enjoy some of California’s liquid fruit of the vine.  There is a very interesting wine institute (fictional, of course) in Petaluma that enhances the wine experience.  Consider this recent newsletter…

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Members frequently ask how does one determine if a newly opened bottle of wine has gone bad

Here are a few tips from our staff…

Subtle Hints

  1. The fumes cause the California authorities to issue an emergency “Spare the Air” day alert.
  2. The cat runs TOWARDS you seeking protection.
  3. The bottom of the bottle falls out when you pick it up.
  4. Your guests insist upon an independent taster before sipping.
  5. Twenty men in white protective suits from the state environmental toxic spill authority appear at your front door.

Strong Hints

  1. The police raid your house searching for a Meth Lab.
  2. You open the refrigerator and find that the contents of the wine bottle have eaten through the bottle, fridge and floor taking out four apartments below you.
  3. Representatives from the Chinese Army offer you $6 Million for the bottle.
  4. Erroneous seismic readings of 7 or higher are reported everytime you pick up the bottle–and you did not feel a thing.
  5. Your cat starts to bark when you open the bottle.

Irrefutable Evidence

  1. You hear the theme from Ghostbusters when you open the bottle.
  2. The independent taster dies.
  3. Twenty men in white protective suits with radiation badges and Geiger counters from the Atomic Energy Commission appear at your front door.

Officers & Staff  of The Internationale Instituto De Vino Wino

 La Centre de l’Experience du Vin de Petaluma

Chief Wino &  Solo Vine Manager (We have only one vine)–Frank
First Secretary-Vinnie Parducci
Second Secretary- Guido Marcucci
Third Secretary-Gustav Von Da Vee
Treasurer-Minnie Da Moocher
Counsel–Horace Rumpole of Chateau Fleet Street Claret
Vat & Barrel Managers-Jay Gaulo
Restaurant Manager-Al Fresco
Food Director–Sushi Tira-Misu
Director, Financial Planning-Two Fingers (as in “a-one-a,” “a-two-a”) Sabastiani
Director of Protocol & Arbiter of Taste–Marthe Stuarda
Tour Director-Expresso Camino Freeway
Movie & Video Critic-Francois Fjord
Bouncer–Sumo Cum Laude “Big Fish” Sashimi
Chats du Vin Extraordinaire—Hannah Sue & Gracie Mae (The Claret Kitties)
Tristan E. Isolde-Director of Cheap & Trashy Personal Counseling
Enchy Latta—Director of Catering
Jerry Attrick–Senior Citizen Wine Consultant

Petaluma–On The Ligther Side

From time to time, I come across scenes that make me chuckle.  In these times of economic crisis, layoffs, and general malaise, I think it best to be reminded that there is a ligther side to life.

In short, a little “whimsy” goes a long way these days!

Consider this sign in front of one of our churches…

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…and on the flip side…

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Neighborhood cats still enjoy the intoxicating qualities of cat mint…

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…with the usual catmint hangover…

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Blight–Graffiti & Trash Creeping Back…

For several years I documented the progress of graffiti and  trash in our public areas, trails, and parks.  Over the last few months, it seemed as if these symptoms of urban blight were on the decline. A tribute, perhaps, to the various volunteer efforts to clean up our parks and trails.

Granted, I  severely restricted my surveys and searches for such scenes starting last year as it was pointless–not to mention, risky–to pursue the subject any further.  I did take some solace that  the frequency of these “incidents”  seemed to be trending downward. 

This morning I was reminded that graffiti and public trash are still around. It was too obvious to ignore…

Gang Graffiti In A Park

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Soccer Field Trash

On the soccer field in the same park, trash was blowing across the field…

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As least I did not find any swastikas or other “hate” graffiti. For those interested in a photo documentary of hate graffiti in Petaluma, go to Petaluma Swastikas & Racial Tags.