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A Plague of Mosquitos

Sep. 18th, 2008 | 02:46 am

Where in the @*!% are all of these mosquitos coming from?

I swear, in all the years I've lived here, I've swatted maybe a couplethree dozen mosquitos inside my house, tops. This summer, though, I've had to kill about a dozen every single night. The little bastards have been everywhere! Walk around town at dusk and you'll see hundreds of them buzzing around almost every tree. What is this? I don't understand why this year all of a sudden we've got a plague of mosquitos in this town...


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Google Maps' Street View covers McKinleyville

Aug. 14th, 2008 | 03:08 am

I'm sure by now everyone's heard that Google Maps has added most of Humboldt County to their Street View feature. I was surprised that McKinleyville was covered so thoroughly. Even the 20-foot-wide easement I live on was photographed! Looking around my neighborhood, I saw clues that made it obvious to me that the Street View van had cruised through here last summer. I was curious exactly when, though.

It didn't take me long to find out. Have a look at the marquee for the McKinleyville Shopping Center:

If they were advertising an event for "9-21," then the van must have been here in the middle of September, 2007.

My house looks alright on Street View, actually! Looks like I'd mowed the front grass recently, which is nice. I had no qualms at all about emailing my friends and relations to let them have a peek at my house and neighborhood. :-) I'm proud of where I live!


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High gas prices? lol

May. 30th, 2008 | 02:31 am

I hear a lot of bellyaching lately about high gas prices. It's pure hot air! Last Saturday, at Burger King here in McKinleyville, I counted 13 vehicles in the drive-thru line. Most were SUVs and big pickup trucks, all of them just sitting there with their engines running for 15 minutes and more. At Jack In The Box in Eureka at lunchtime yesterday, there were 11 cars idling in line. To do something this lazy and wasteful, these drivers are clearly not hurting financially at all because of increasing pump prices. (In both cases, I walked in to the restaurant, had one person in front of me to order, got my food and was on my way home in less than 5 minutes.)

Heck, just hang out for a while along Central Ave. and watch and listen. Practically every 30 seconds, you'll see and hear one of these jet-engine-sounding pickup trucks screaming along, maxing RPMs in every gear. I have no sympathy at all when these people complain it costs them over $100 to fill their fuel tanks. It's actually really easy to keep one's gas expenditure at a minimum. Avoid unnecessary trips, and go light on the gas pedal. Getting angry and driving aggressively isn't going to make the price of gas go down one single cent.

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Just curious

May. 13th, 2008 | 02:54 pm

I wonder – is there a particular reason why the Coast Guard seems to do most of their helicopter flight training over our town, instead of over the ocean where their actual duty lies?

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McKinley Flag

Mar. 19th, 2008 | 01:11 am

My 100-year-old 45-star flag – the flag of the administration of the assassinated President William McKinley.


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Airport Rd. Gravel Pit

Mar. 11th, 2008 | 01:32 pm

This section of Airport Rd. is a disgrace.Collapse )

It has been YEARS since this road has seen a streetsweeper. Actually, I don't think it's been cleaned since the 20th century. It's just amazing to me that county road employees can drive back and forth to work every day and apparently not notice or give a damn about how crappy the main road to and from our airport looks. Show some civic pride, guys. Please, CLEAN IT UP!

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McK Shopping Center, half-a-century ago

Feb. 20th, 2008 | 02:20 am

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I just obtained another old postcard of the McKinleyville Shopping Center. The photo was probably taken around 1960, most likely on the same day as the one for this other postcard I posted about previously.

Being someone who wasn't around then, it's really interesting to me to see what the original stores were. On the left – is that where what would later become Ace Hardware began? It looks like there was a bakery where the cleaners is now. Then there's what appears to be a laundromat, with the (Ron's Villa?) drug store next door.

A few things surprised me. For one, the post office wasn't there yet! (When was that built?) The grass area and trees were quite a bit different then, too. (There's big ole trees over where Safeway used to be!) And I love that old Standard gas station sign there at far right. That was a treat to see, too. 8-)


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Jan. 20th, 2008 | 02:20 am

Recently, on eBay, I found an Auto Club strip map from the early 1920s that showed the pre-Redwood Highway route from Eureka to Crescent City. The picture in the eBay ad was small and not very good quality, but I could see enough to tell that some name other than "McKinleyville" was used on the map to designate our town. I couldn't quite make it out, so being curious, I bought it to find out what that odd place name was.

It was "Adriance." See, right in the middle there?

Have you ever heard of McKinleyville being called Adriance? I surely haven't, and I know a thing or two about local history.

At first I wondered if Adriance might simply be a tortured mis-spelling of "Alliance" – the small community north of Arcata that was centered at the intersection of Alliance Road, Spear Avenue and the Annie & Mary railroad tracks. Alliance (or "Alliance Corners" as it was more formally known) does show up on many maps of this period. But Adriance couldn't be Alliance – on the map, Adriance is clearly located well north of the Mad River. That's got to be McKinleyville, so why is it called Adriance? Your guess is as good as mine!

P.S.: If you'd like to see the whole map, there's a scan of it here.


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The airport - 60 years ago!

Oct. 23rd, 2007 | 04:04 pm

This is a fun picture. It's the airport 60 years ago, when it was still a Navy Air Station! To get your bearings, the present-day airport terminal is located at the upper right, just below that runway loop. From there you can probably figure out what's what. Most of the buildings in those days were barracks which are no longer there, but there are several buildings, large and small, that are still standing.

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In the center foreground, a couple of those paved walkways by that barracks building can still be found today covered over by grass. And that row of little trees on the right side of the diagonal road at bottom – look how tiny they were then and how big they are now! In the bottom right corner you can see a row of small plants parallel to the lower edge of the photo, and among them as babies are the now-huge eucalyptus trees that just got trimmed back about 6 weeks ago. And just above those, cut off by the right edge of the photo is the old palm tree that's right adjacent to Airport Rd. today. Finally, see that diagonal line of cypress trees near the picture's right edge? The tall cypress trees in the parking lot today are two of those. Judging by the age of the trees in this picture, those cypresses are probably about a hundred years old now.

Anyway, there's lots more interesting details to see in the photo. I'm always finding new old stuff in it!

Photo courtesy of Humboldt State University Library - Special Collections


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Pine Villa Motel

Oct. 17th, 2007 | 08:08 am

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Formerly located where Les Schwab is today; postcard circa 1940.


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