OCT 23rd: Bill Buchanan & Marty Mijalski, Stories from the FBI


OCT 23rd: Bill Buchanan and Marty Mijalski, Stories from the FBI
OCT 30th: Mike Phipps, History of Cable Cars
NOV 6th: To be announced
NOV 13th: David Chiu, President of the Board of Supervisors
NOV 20th: Chef Paul from MMC, How to Cook a Turkey


Bill Buchanan and Marty Mijalski are both retired Special Agents of the FBI with well over 50 years of combined experience serving our Country and hunting and nabbing some of the most clever bad guys you can imagine. Come to hear some of the stories that will amaze and you and renew your appreciation of America's elite law enforcement group.


After the fire bell of uncertain and mysterious origin intoned yet another session of this venerable club, we were introduced to Anthony Baglio sponsored by Tom Jacobs. John Mathers’ daughter works with the homeless in London and Edinburgh. 

Bert Hill’s tall and handsome son Eli made another return visit. Time to sign him up, Bert?  Ken Brown introduced his guest another pilot, Jennifer Walling. Bear with me on the spelling, folks; I had to beat feet out of the office before I could consult the roster.

Sidney Mobell initiated member introductions by informing us Harry Kim is under the weather. John McKnight had an excuse for Les Anderson (probably stalking a stray backhoe). New grandma Betty Taisch spent a week in the Big Apple. Pretty spry grandma if you ask me. Marty Mijalski reminded us that since GGBC Scribe Pete Ratto is not here, we can say anything. Go ahead, Marty, I’m all ears and my fingers are twitching. John Mather mused that BART is not on strike, so perhaps the end of the world isn’t as near as we thought. Joel Panzer announced his son JJ has been elected to the board of directors of “Rebuilding Together,” a 501 c (3) dedicated to building shelter for needy families. Mike Mattis’ cruise on the tall ship Lady Washington has been delayed by the government shutdown. Bert Hill is fully engaged in a fund-raiser for Miramonte School. His wife is the hub of information on that project. Surprisingly without leather flight cap, white scarf, and goggles, Wayne Veatch told us he is a Cessna 190 pilot, and is pumped about today’s focus on aviation. His 1952 Studebaker is idling outside at the curb ready for a parade…any parade. Hugh Tuck complained that no one laughed at the joke he told last week, so he’s going on strike. Well, he can just borrow the placard we made for Johnson You with “Punch Line” on one side, “Laughter” on the other. Makes it easier to respond. Capt. Jill Hoffman USNR, complained that the budget crisis has scuttled a reserve drill in Denver, Colorado. A no-nonsense directive expressly prohibited attendance. Rats; scratch another boondoggle. If federal workers get retroactive pay, then why not retroactive boondoggles?

Without missing a beat, Johnson You followed his company tagline with a joke about a boy who called 911 because his dad was going under in a fight, but then reversed it when his dad started winning. He followed that with two more, obscure and unintelligible jokes, one of which sounded like, “Wharf to lendomine, the quickly pooned the wjhuffer until the scurrione beamed up vthat sploobper non…HA HA HA (not). Hand him the placard with the chicken stuck to it. Chuck Mills, philosopher for a day, said, “Some days you’re the pigeon, some days you’re the statue.” Let me write that down. Like Obama, Chuck offered some free stuff: wine and nibbles at the Design Center tomorrow. Alan Garber was dejected because he stayed up all night memorizing jokes and Johnson You told all three of them. How could You tell? Mike Mustacchi made a hopelessly naïve request that Johnson tell jokes everyone can understand. California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma will visit San Francisco in two or three weeks and may stop by to visit us. Could there be an election around the corner? Terry Cowhey says he really enjoys this Mensa crowd. For the last year and a half he’s been working for the Hong Kong division of the utility project in Pinole. His crew was on standby for three days waiting for instructions from a guy who took Columbus Day off, and liked it so well he took the rest of the week off. No problem: everybody got paid anyway. What a country. Rickey Wilson, former Mayor of Rumsey, California, reported that Mike Seldom Seen Hanlon is back in the game. The spider that bit him has been repelled and Mike helped shut down the Family Farm. He may join us next Wednesday. Rickey told an incendiary joke about Congress that I’ll leave to your imaginations. Reg Young’s daughter and African American husband are in Miami. She will specialize in pediatric neurology. Perhaps Dr. Benjamin Carson has some professional advice

for her. Roy Wonder, another flyboy, said he’s “retired and tired.” Come on, Roy. Is that any way for the Tamalpais retirement home poster boy to talk? You should try out for the Timberline Geezers. We have one slot left for the upcoming winter season. Judge John Stewart continues to dispense justice at the Hall of Justice.

Janet Von Doepp announced the flotilla on the bay this weekend will be escorted by a boat owned by her ex-husband. Perhaps this lively event, organized for the benefit of kids with cancer, would be just the thing to buoy the spirits of former GGBC member George Clark, a nonagenarian who is severely depressed according to his wife. Federal Administrative Law Judge Tom Smegal reminded us he is “From the government and is here to help you.” Riiiight. Harvey will celebrate his birthday next week and will use the wiles he’s acquired as a lawyer to weasel his way out of jury duty. Just tell them you know a retired FBI Special Agent, Harvey. That should do the trick.

Respectfully submitted by Pinch-Hitting Scribe,
 Bill Buchanan





From our National Capital to BART, many Americans wonder why the "Art of Compromise" seems to be failing.  Our immediate National budget and debt crises have reached only temporary relief.  Even that came only after expert economic analysis estimated $24 Billion was wasted.  The full consequences of damaged confidence in US throughout the rest of our World remain to be seen.  

Locally, we all hope our BART impasse will be resolved before this is published.  Will even that come before the already widespread personal suffering of innocently dependent riders triggers worsening ripples among those depending upon them?  How much will that damage the economy that we all depend upon?  Will the Union "shoot its own foot" if the Legislature or voting public become angered to pass new laws prohibiting transit strikes altogether?

If compromise is the answer, why is there so little enthusiasm for it?  A quick review of dictionary definitions reveals a deeply embedded undercurrent of disrespect for the hard concessions at the heart of compromising.  Third and fourth definitions of the word "compromise" often characterize it derogatorily, as some kind of failure itself.  Few of us express pride in "compromising" our most preciously held principles.  

When our personal principles turn out to be at odds with fundamental positions held by others, how can compromise hope to find the solutions we all know to be sorely needed?  Utterly overcoming opposition often seems impossible in a globally connected and overcrowded nuclear world struggling over limited resources, amid Age Old religious and ethnic conflicts.  

If compromise also becomes unacceptable, do we not need look for other alternatives to stalemate?




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