July 30th: Mark Farrell, Laura's Law


We returned home this morning.  Back to the MMC, the Crystal Ballroom, and back into the care of Elmer and Jorge.  I assume something distracted Bert Hill this morning, as it was left to President Jill Hoffman to give the five minute warning.  Bert did get up to the podium to give the thirty second warning though, except he wasn’t very effective.  President Jill was forced to ring our Fire Truck bell repeatedly and even resorted to using Past President Hugh Tuck’s Barbie horn.  As the unruly mass was attempting to comply with President Jill’s urging to get seated, Cathy Scharetg walked though the door, was handed the microphone and suggested President Jill reappoint Rickey Wilson as the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Did any members admit to being here at the MMC last Wednesday.  Only two.  Steve Shain and John Stewart.  Although Shain claims they conducted an actual meeting and have minutes.   

We had two guests this morning.  Hosted by Joel Panzer was Joseph Phair, an attorney and former scout leader.  Our speaker, District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell brought along his legislative aide, Margaux Kelly, which means our Chairman of the Day Rich Corriea was Margaux’s official host. 

Excuses requested for this morning; via text message to me from, Len StecLen is back from his cruise, but brought a bad cold along with him.  Wayne Veatch is with his SIR Chapter touring the Recology Transfer Station and Recycling Plant at Pier 96.  I hope Wayne and his group enjoy their tour.  Usually the Wednesday tours are geared for 6th graders, not seniors.

Excuses requested for the future; Antony Mills, who did remind us if it’s raining in our house to call him, unless lightning is present, then don’t him, will be in Tahoe next week. Also on vacation next week; President Jill, meaning First Vice President Joel Panzer will be in charge.  With the end of Ramadan, Hedy Kaveh returned, only to tell us he needs to be excused for three more weeks.  Now that Hedy doesn’t have to worry about fasting, he’s going back to Paris.  

Members that have returned; the previously mentioned Rich Corriea, who appears to be fully recovered from his knee surgery.  Must have been arthroscopic, since Rich was walking around just fine.  Rich was recuperating up in Glen Ellen and decided to take son Jack and two of Jack’s buddies on a canoe trip on the Russian River.  As is typical for thirteen year old boys, they thought Rich and his excursion idea were “weird”.   

Bert Hill is back from another Washington trip dealing with his Mom.  Hedy Kaveh asked “where’s Eli”?  Bert replied; “when you work for PG&E, you stay pretty busy”.  Janet Von Doepp asked Bert if Eli could help her get a call back from PG&E.  Bert didn’t respond.

Returning from his cruise to Alaska, Stan Ellexson gave a good review of one of the movies shown on board; Grand Budapest Hotel.  Ken Brown is back from New York City and Ken took a side trip out to the Hamptons.  Ken says, despite its wealth, there are no Teslas in the Hamptons.  That’s probably because most of Tesla’s production stays right here in California.  Which city in California has the highest number of Teslas registered?  Atherton.  Arlan Kertz had to buy one just so his neighbors wouldn’t think he was “weird”. 

If you are ever in Quantico, Virginia, John Bell suggests you visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  Do you know Quantico, Virginia’s biggest claim to fame?  It’s the birth place of Bill Buchanan.  Or, at least Bill thinks so.

Speaking of Bill Buchanan, his new office in Marin, Buchanan & Associates, LLC, is fully equipped and is up and running.  Bill’s just waiting for the phone to ring.  Latest update on Claire’s condition; totally pain free.  Thanks again to Johnson You.

This week’s restaurant recommendation from Joanne Fazzino; Ala Romana at 1098 Jackson Street, corner of Taylor Street. 

Marty Fleisher’s oldest son and his wife are expecting Marty’s first Granddaughter.  Of course, this hasn’t caused Marty to become all Grandfathery.  Alan Garber reports he met Marty for dinner and when Garber walked into the restaurant he saw this very attractive young woman, late twenties tops, hanging all over Marty.  I’m not really sure what happened as the evening progressed, but Marty did say Garber is the worst wingman ever. 

Interestingly, this morning Garber arrived wearing a camouflage coat.  Wouldn’t that have been more appropriate to wear last Thursday?            

This past weekend Betty Taisch and Rich took care of Betty’s nine and half month old Granddaughter.  Betty and Rich were exhausted.  They did have fun though. Betty also caught Hershey Felder at the Berkeley Rep and said it was a great show.  Thinking of crossing the bay to see the show?  Well you can’t.  Last night was the last performance.        

Jim Lazarus was glad to see Mark Farrell even though the Supervisors are on recess for five weeks.  Jim also thanked Mark for the eleven ballot measures for the November election.  The Chamber will be giving its recommendations soon.  

Coming back from Oakland last week, Tom Jacobs was heading up 3rd Street towards his office and traffic was really bad.  At Harrison Street, Tom stopped to wait for a spot to open up across the intersection as to not block the box.  Unfortunately, Tom did infringe slightly on the cross walk.  A bike rider as old as Bert Hill gave Tom a bad time.  What was a bike rider doing in a cross walk?  An old guy?  Maybe walking his bike.

Alex King did ask if Tom knows about the guy in Africa with 222 teeth?

For those of you that still do not know how to properly speak into a microphone, Reg Young gave you all a lesson this morning.

Karen Nemsick is gearing up for Rebuilding Together’s next round of projects this coming October.  Most of the projects will be in the Bayview.              

Another recommendation from Sausalito booster President Jill.  Jazz by the Bay.  Every Friday until August 22nd, from 6:30PM-8:00PM at Gabrielson Park.  It’s free.  Don’t want to go to Sausalito?  There’s a free concert in San Mateo’s Central Park every Thursday through August 14th.  From 6:00PM-8:00PM and it’s also free.  Plus, you’ll see me and my faithful dog, Ollie.  You might see my wife Nora too.      

Only a single joke this week.  From Chuck MillsA biker on a Harley is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC.  He sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs the little girl by her collar and tries to pull her inside the cage.  The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage, and smacks the lion on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering, the lion jumps back and lets go of the girl.  The biker brings the girl back to her parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter saw the whole event and says to the biker, “Sir, that was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen in my whole life.” The biker replies, “it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted”.  The reporter says, “Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page” The reporter then asks the biker, “what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?” The biker replies, “I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican”.  The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads on the front page: U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH!

It appears Marty Mijalski is still upset that John McKnight was awarded the rubber chicken.  Adding insult to injury, McKnight posted the picture of his being presented with the chicken on Facebook and even tagged MartyMarty says the post has gone viral.  I don’t think Marty has to worry though.  Three “likes” doesn’t constitute viral.  Plus I think all three “likes” were from McKnight.     

No joke from McKnight this morning.  John did relate a story though.  John was taking a walk with a female friend and noticed something green in her hair.  To John’s disbelief, he pulled a piece of lettuce from her hair.  “Whoa”, John’s friend exclaimed, “is there anything else in there”?  John said “oh no, that was just the tip of the iceberg”.
This prompted Mike Mustacchi to mention he had just returned from Wyoming where he attended a funeral and a golf tournament.  Mike said he played well, even though the competition was stiff.    

Reg Young expected Mike Hanlon to be here, so he wasn’t prepared for the birthdays.  But I was.  On Sunday, Marty MijalskiMarty was hoping he wouldn’t be singled out, but we cannot deprive the GGBC of one of our most time honored traditions.  So, Marty wore a hat today and we sung our little hearts out.  Poorly as per usual.   

Knucklehead of the week:  The National Park Service for giving the boot to the Drake’s Bay Oyster Company.  A sustainable business that’s been there for over forty years.  Even the majority of environmentalists thought the oyster farm should stay.  But, the most extreme environmentalists pushed the Park Service hard enough to close down the farm.  I hope you don’t eat a lot of oysters, because eighty percent of oysters consumed in the Bay Area were from Drake’s Bay.