Wednesday, November 22, 2006

North Coast Travelogue: 11/19-11/21

I'd read an article in the Sacramento Bee not long ago about how deer are more likely to be on the roads this time of year. It seems this is the Fall mating season so the bucks will be roving around with reckless abandon in search of Miss Deer.

I hadn't thought much about it, until reading the article. Even then, I was somewhat surprised as in the spring and early summer I'd seen umpteen dead deer along the road while driving back and forth to San Francisco. It couldn't get worse than that,could it?

I saw fewer dead deer this time around than I'd seen back then. I did finally almost hit one, though.

I was keeping the warnings about the deer hazard on my mind. Still, it surprised me when I turned a corner down around Myers Flat while heading south. A doe had jumped off the hillside and was halfway across the freeway. I panicked. Well, kinda.

She was probably less than 70 yards in front of me and, by the time I reacted, probably less than 50. I wasn't sure I could stop in time, especially with anti- lock brakes.

To make matters worse, rather than get accross the freeway, she stops and turns to go back when she's over half way to the other side. Luckily, she immediately did another about face and trotted towards the west side of the road. Then I realized I could easily manuveur around her to the left. More luck involved as no traffic was coming the other direction.

All's well that ends well.

I probably overreacted, although I'm not sure if I jammed on the brakes hard enough to lock them up if I didn't have anti- lock. I don't recall feeling the anti- locks come on.

I'm not sure if I like the anti- lock feature, or not. Most of the time the brakes seem to grab when I try to slow down at high speeds, rather than just slow me down.

Maybe I'm just getting used to them as that doesn't seem to happen as much anymore. Whether the anti- locks helped save that deer, I have no idea.
Finally managed to follow Erik Kirk's advice and ate dinner at Tommy's Joynt, in San Francisco. He'd suggested it some time ago. Last time we tried to eat at Tommy's, it looked like there was a line going out the door. We didn't want to wait so we passed it up.

Turns out the lines are kinda normal there as this is kind of like a cafeteria: You walk in the door and the line starts there. Then, you walk along, see what you want and tell the guy or gal on the other side what to put on your plate.

Pretty quick, actually, and we actually found a seat nearby. I get the impression the place is always packed.

Fairly inexpensive, too. When we eat at Jack Tar's, at the Cathedral Hill Hotel, right across the street from Tommy's, it can cost between $20 and $30 for the two of us, and that's getting the cheaper meals. At Tommy's, we both ate for less than $20. I had the Buffalo Stew, $7.50. Connie had the Buffalo Chili, or whatever it's called, $5.50.

Not bad. I guess Tommy's will be the lunch and dinner place of choice from now on, when we're staying at the Cathedral Hill Hotel.

Oh, as an aside, some of the sales routines you run into are so predictable. First time I recall the guy at the hotel front desk bring this up:

He noticed we were "Medical Foundation Folks", or some such, and pointed out the Jack Tar Bar and Grill had a Healthy Heart menu. He gave us a brochure with the Healthy menu.

I noticed a few things on the menu I'd seen before on the regular menu. I mentioned to the wife that we should check and see how much they cost on the regular menu.

Sure enough; Most everything on the Healthy Heart menu was on the regular menu, and it was cheaper by two or three dollars on the regular menu. Tricky, tricky, tricky.


At 12:50 PM, Blogger Carol Ann said...

A friend of ours had a deer run right into his driver's side window smashing his ribs and his van. Be careful driving, Fred. We all need to be careful.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo's bashing KHSU, Wes Chesbro, and Rob Ammertwerp.

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Fred, ya got any recipies for deer? as a wandering nomad I come across many a deer carcass, and since I'm not picky about what I put in my mouth...

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plazoid, No road kill cafe in Arcata yet? It's not a fast food chain so it would not be a violation of the "9 only" ordinance. Sample menu at:
For some good recipes go to :
turn off the music provided and scroll down for some real great Thanksgiving feast ideas :o)

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

Yeah Fred be careful, I've seen alot of deer hits so far this year. Hit one of those guys at 60mph is a great way to ruin your day. I have heard that those deer whistle things you can put on your car don't work, or are a live saver, I haven't really looked them up.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Fred said...

It's amazing how much damage a deer can do to a car. I worked with a guy that hit a deer on the Elk River Bridge on 101. Drove up behind him just after he hit it, a huge buck. His car was totalled, at least according to the insurance company.

I've heard the same about those whistles. Some say they're great, others say no.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Tommy's was a staple for me when I was in law school, along with El Torro's burritos on 17th and Valencia, Amici's pizza delivery, No Name Sushi on Church Street, and the Hong Kong Cafe just down the street (now closed. :&( ). All of them were affordable to students because the restaraunt owners owned the buildings outright.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Oh, and I think Tommy's has been there since the 06 earthquake or something.

At 6:46 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, the web site says they opened their doors in 1947, but that doesn't mean the building was built then.


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