Oysters! At the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival!
(Left). With wasabi, ume, and green onions. The others with a mignonette.
(Center). With a cucumber jalapeño “salsa”.
(Right). Oysters on the grill.
All of the oysters I ate were Humboldt local.
But! The oyster festival was not without its controvery and drama this year!
First, there was a thing where the California Department of Public Health officials closed the bay because a test showed dangerously high levels of the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Suddenly everyone was trying to figure out where they were getting their oysters from instead.
Then! It was discovered that there was a “math error” made at the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory. The oysters were fine.
Really. That’s how they described it. A “math error.”
“It’s probably fine,” I thought to myself as I ate a dozen oysters. “I probably won’t get super duper awful sick.”
(It was fine.)
But that’s not even half the drama!
The festival apparently asked all of the local breweries to donate beer to the festival. In previous years there were arrangements like the festival would purchase one keg for each keg donated.
But this year they didn’t want to pay at all.
In response the local breweries decided to hold their own, competing oyster festival.
And they named it “Shuck Yeah!” which is the best name for an oyster festival that has ever existed.
Anyway I have no idea how many people went to Shuck Yeah! instead of the Arcata Bay festival because it was in Fortuna and who wants to drive to Fortuna? And we didn’t really hear about this until after the festival whoooooops.
But really. I am not making this up:
Speaking of North Coast local breweries! We went to Redwood Curtain Brewing Company and had a couple of really nice beers.
Head out back to the food truck for some super solid fish and chips.
But like every two minutes I was startled when I saw this cardboard cutout out of the corner of my eye.
Like oh my gosh, Mr. President, what are you doing here? Can… can I buy you a beer?
And then there was also this tiny Danny DeVito too??
Is this a threat?
I took a photo of this book so I could make a joke but my phone glitched out and took this really weird multiple exposure?
Which somehow felt very right??
Anyway the joke was:
This Is Happening, part of the best selling trilogy:
This Is Happening
Why Is This Happening?
How Do I Stop It From Happening?
(In Truth the book was one of those printed collections of Instagram photos. The sort they might sell at an Urban Outfitters as a kind of capitalism-co-opted-pseudo-authentic-ephemera [spicy hot take warning «airhorn noises»])
Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of my favorite pinball tables. This is a thing I have opinions on now???