CHEAP EATS Stirring constantly ... I'm a troublemaker. For complicated reasons, my old pals, um, Ronnie "Zack" Pottery and his wife, Mrs. "Zack" Pottery, were running from the law. Understand that these are two of the sweetest, law-abidingest people you will ever meet. They live very cleanly, simply, and musically in subrural, um, Idaho, pay taxes, stay sober, write, work, and record at home, go to the doctor, and consume more tea than anyone I know. Their idea of a wild time is to stay up late (as in, like, 11 p.m.) and render jazz standards on melodica and banjo. Sometimes they throw in a little slide whistle, or toy piano ... the sick, twisted deviants! Their closest friends, I swear, are nuns.
Everybody sing: The hills are alive with the sound of music. No. It's Idaho, but it ain't like that. And I'm not sure I quite know what I mean, but I have a gut feeling it might be funny, in an over-my-own-head kind of way, so let's stay with it. Just in case.
Everybody sing again: The hills are alive with the sound of music.
Sorry. The reason I'm stalling is because I want so very badly to explain why my two most clean-living friends ever, anywhere, were fugitives from (in)justice for a week. It's so exciting and ridiculous. Surely it will make great copy. And yet, I have to be careful, don't I?
Suffice it to say, as vaguely as possible, that people with shitloads of money can do basically whatever they want to people without squat, or very little, at any rate like maybe some musical instruments and herbal tea. Everybody knows this, right?
But it's even more twisted than that. Woohoo!
To make a long story short, as Ronnie "Zack" himself is fond of saying, someone with shitloads of money takes someone else with shitloads of money to court over, say, shitloads of money, or custody of kids, or it could be anything, really. The point is that clever, ruthless lawyers with shitloads of money start playing shitloads-of-money hardball with each other over shitloads of money, and the next thing you know, nun-hugging, starving-artistical innocents with a fear of flying are about to be subpoenaed to appear in a courtroom many states away to testify against a third person with shitloads of money who is not even materially involved in the case of Shitloads of Money vs. Shitloads of Money.
So let's say that this third person with shitloads of money would prefer not to see Shitloads of Money winning shitloads of money off of Shitloads of Money, if only because in the process his own good name, Shitloads of Money, stands to be destroyed and he may, for example, lose the respect of loved ones who may or may not already have lost respect for him years ago. In any case, it's too much to risk for someone with shitloads of money, so he generously suggests to said nun huggers that they must certainly be under stress and could use a vacation.
Oh, it's so convoluted and other-worldly. It's enough to boggle a little chicken farmer's tiny brain. Which is partly my fault, because as soon as I saw Mr. and Mrs. "Zack" Pottery in their his-and-hers false mustaches at a discreet little hotel in My Hometown, California, I asked them please not to tell me too much about what was going on, so that I might write about it more accurately.
As a result, you probably know more about this case right now than I do. All I know is that Shitloads of Money vs. Shitloads of Money + Shitloads of Money False MustacheSporting Nun Huggers = Fun for Chicken Farmers.
Breakfast was on them. Lunch was on them. Dinner was on them. Gas was on them. And as it gradually dawned on me that "on them" likely didn't really mean on them so much as on them, I started suggesting fancier and fancier places. Places that chicken farmers and musicians don't generally get to eat at.
And in this way, in my own imagination at least which counts! I had the small satisfaction of sticking it to Shitloads of Money.
My new favorite restaurant is the Willow Wood Market up here in Graton. It's the kind of place where I would never be able to afford to go, myself. It ain't cheap eats: in other words, you'll spend $15-$25 on a dinner entrée. But on special occasions, like your birthday or surprise out-of-town visitors wearing false mustaches and picking up checks.... It serves pretty basic, unpretentious, comfortable, and great food like risotto with scallops, rock shrimp with polenta, and grilled flat iron steak.
WILLOW WOOD MARKET & CAFE
9020 Graton Road, Graton
Mon.Sat., 8 a.m.9:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.3 p.m.
Beer and wine