Jul 16th: Barbara Barigan-Parilla, Save the Delta!


We moved into the Commandant’s Ballroom this morning.  I’m not sure if we’re in the summer doldrums, but our attendance fell off a bit from last week.  Certainly not worthy of the big room.  Bert Hill wasn’t here to ring in the five minute warning, and President Jill Hoffman wasn’t here either.  So, this morning First Vice President Joel Panzer was a one man banana stand.  Gave the five minute warning, presided over the meeting in President Jill’s absence and was Chairman of the Day.        

We had three guests this morning.  Hosted by Mike Mustacchi was a slimmer, taller, better looking and smarter Mustacchi, Mike’s second cousin Raphael Mustacchi.  Our other two guests sneaked in after the meeting had started.  Our long time former member Noah Griffin and his photographer and they left before the meeting ended.  And, since Noah’s photographer didn’t sign our guest sing-in sheet, I have no clue as to her name.  Noah did regale the membership with a ditty about Derek Jeter in honor of Derek’s final season with the New York Yankees though.            

Excuses requested for this morning; via e-mails to me from, as previously mentioned, President Jill, who is taking a deposition this morning, Patricia Fripp who is preparing for a webinar, and Antonio White who has an early morning assignment for RMC.  I guess both Joel and J.J. Panzer delegate those early morning assignments so they can still come to breakfast.  Ray Siotto requested an excuse for Rich Corriea who had knee surgery.  Ray doesn’t know if it was arthroscopic or an actual “cut into the knee” type surgery.  As a veteran of both types of knee surgery, let’s hope Rich had the former.  Speaking of knees, Reg Young excused Mike Hanlon who twisted a knee and has to visit the doctor this morning.  Reg also excused Jim Simpson, who did not twist a knee, just has early patients.  So, it will be Jim doing the twisting on someone else.  J.J. Panzer requested an excuse for the previously mentioned Bert Hill, who is on Grandpa duty this morning. 

Excuses requested for the future; Christine Torrington, who is happy she will qualify for Medicare on Sunday, will be travelling for two weeks and end up in Ashland, Oregon.  Stan Ellexson will also be gone for two weeks, first on a cruise to Alaska, then onto Las Vegas and finally to Palm Springs in time to celebrate his sister’s birthday.  What is Stan going to give his sister as a birthday gift?  Why, one of Sidney Mobell’s hourglass pins.  Not wanting to jeopardize her chances with the Board, new-member-in-the-pipe-line Dana Walsh requests to be excused for two weeks as well.  Next week in Alaska fishing and the following week in Las Vegas for the Furniture Show.  I know Alaska is a big state, but that puts three GGBC members there at the same time, Stan, Dana and Len Stec, also on a cruise.  

Member that has returned; Betty Taisch back from Sedona where she and Rich attended Betty’s cousin’s wedding.  A small affair, only eight guests.  The happy couple has been together for twenty-one years and finally made it official.  Betty also reports her son did get the house.  Rickey Wilson, wearing a bright shirt worthy of being a safety vest thanks to L.L. Bean, was meeting with an engineer last Wednesday in preparation for some remodeling work.

Last week I mentioned that Dan Negron was riding the bus with the Triple A Louisville Bats watching son Kris, the Bats second baseman.  Well, Kris is off the bus.  Called up to the big show by the Cincinnati Reds.  In Kris’ first game he hit a two run homer, his first in the major leagues, had three RBIs and scored a run.  Here’s a link to the Homerun; http://m.mlb.com/video/?content_id=34547635&query=negron and a link to the Post game interview; http://m.mlb.com/cin/video/v34567645/?tcid=mm_cin_vid&c_id=cin.


Reducing his commute by fifty minutes each way, Bill BuchananBill opened a new office in Marin, right off Seminary just past Piatti.  Bill also updated us on wife Claire, who is now pain free, thanks to Johnson YouBill and Claire are now staunch believers in acupuncture and if you ever have TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) you know who to call.  A bit of trivia, Johnson’s father Benson was the first licensed acupuncturist in California.

Note to self; do not ride in a car when Ed Flowers is driving.  Why?  This morning Ed said he thinks he needs new glasses because he thought Joel was Jill.  If you can’t tell the difference between Joel and Jill, there isn’t a pair of glasses made that can help you.

This week’s restaurant recommendation from Joanne Fazzino;  Beast and the Hare on Guerrero at 21st Street.  Try the rabbit with herb salsa and soft polenta.  I used to love rabbit and ordered it all the time, until my daughter Kayla adopted Joey the Rabbit.  I’ll have the King Salmon.  None of my family members ever had a salmon as a pet.            

Looking to raise your cultural awareness?  This coming Saturday Sidney Mobell is speaking at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue at Sloat Boulevard at 1:00PM.  If you buy a copy of Sid’s book he’ll even autograph it for you.  Note I did refrain from any comments regarding Irish Cultural Center being an oxymoron.        

A new word coined by J. J. Panzer; ignoranus.   That’s a jerk that is also stupid.      

Do you work for, or are a member of a board, of a non-profit that’s “in transition” and looking for a new CEO?  Meaning, in trouble and in need of help.  See Jim Lazarus.  His wife Ann is an expert at turning around non-profits in this situation and is available. 

As Hugh Tuck was driving into the City this morning, he came upon Recology truck #17280.  This is one of our long haul transfer trucks and the driver needed to change lanes.  When Hugh saw our driver’s signal, he let him merge into his lane.  I hope our driver is OK.  We see so few courteous drivers, our guy is probably still in shock.  Hugh also passed out his last ten printed rosters.  But, if you didn’t get one and you ask nicely, Hugh may be willing to print a few more. 

Tom Jacobs is celebrating his 11th anniversary.  Eleven days that is.  Like Stan Ellexson who needed a special piece of jewelry for his sister, Tom also looked to Sidney Mobell to create a special piece of jewelry for his new wife.  Sid took Tom’s Mom’s wedding ring as the base, which was originally a pin that belonged to his Mom’s aunt.  That ring has some history.          

Waiting for your prize from the GGBC Golf Tournament?  Steve Shain was going to pass them out next week.  Except next week we’re in Oakland.  You’ll get your prize in two weeks.

Marty Mijalski again elected not to tell a joke and defer to John McKnight and Alan GarberMarty did want to know why Bill Buchanan got three photos in last week’s bulletin though?  
Here’s this week’s entry from McKnight:

During a visit to an asylum, a young man asked the Director how does he determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.  “Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub”.  “Oh, I understand,” said the young man, “a normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the teacup.”  “No”. said the Director, “A normal person would pull the plug, do you want a bed near the window”?

This week’s entry from Garber: Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven.  At the pearly gates, St. Peter says, “we only have one rule here in heaven, don't step on the ducks”.  So they enter heaven and there are ducks all over the place.  It is almost impossible not to step on a duck.  Although the women try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on a duck.  Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw.  St. Peter chains them together and says, “your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man”.  The next day, the second woman steps on a duck.  Along comes St. Peter with another extremely ugly man.  St. Peter chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman.  The third woman, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, very careful where she steps.  She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks.  One day, St. Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on, very tall, long eyelashes, muscular, and St. Peter chains them together without saying a word.  The happy woman says, “I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity”?  The guy says, “I don't know about you, but I stepped on a duck”.
Goldie the Chicken was not awarded this morning, but First VP Joel Panzer did toss McKnight the yellow rubber chicken.  The yellow chicken is to be awarded for the worst joke, so by default, does that mean Garber had the best joke?
Irrespective of your feelings about McKnight’s and Garber’s jokes, at least, unlike Chuck Mills, they do not tell the exact same joke on consecutive weeks. 

Reg Young, subbing for Mike Hanlon, hit the birthday mother lode this week.  Four birthdays.  Today, Steve Shain, tomorrow, Wayne Veatch, on Saturday, Joel Panzer and on Sunday, Christine Torrington.  I know technically Christine’s birthday should be celebrated next Wednesday, but next week we’re in Oakland and Christine is in Ashland, so we let Christine wear the hat today. 

Speaking of being in Oakland, remember, next Wednesday do not come to the MMC for breakfast, unless you want to eat by yourself, or with other GGBC member that can’t look at a calendar, on the 12th floor.  Our meeting will be in Oakland with the Lake Merritt and Berkeley Breakfast Clubs.  Here’s a link to the venue, the Lake Merritt Hotel; http://lakemerritthotel.com/contact-us.html, and free parking is available up Madison Street (away from the lake) about a block away at the Scottish Rite Temple parking lot.  The lot is on the left side of Madison Street.  Also, for you BART riders, I mis-spoke this morning.  It is the 19th Street station, but your walk down 19th Street is going to be six blocks instead of four. 
Another special event reminder, the GGBC’s annual Dick Polhi Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament is scheduled for  Saturday, August 2nd at the Marin Bocce Federation in San Rafael.  We are still short of the forty attendees we need to break even and we’re running out of time.  So, please signup with Joel Panzer as soon as possible.
Knuckleheads of the week:  Serious knuckleheads, not funny knuckleheads.  Ukrainian separatists and their Russian backers who decided that a plane flying straight and level at 33,000 feet in an approved air corridor is hostile and decided to shoot it down, killing 298 innocent people.